Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Book Review: Into the Shadows by Marie Jones

Title:  Into the Shadows
Author:  Marie Jones
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Mystery
Publisher:  lulu.com
Release Date:  December 23, 2015

From the Back Cover:

Arriving home from a short holiday in Dingle, Lily Crossways makes a staggering discovery - on one of her photos taken on 'Inch Beach', a woman's desperate face is staring directly at her. Yet Lily knows she was alone that day on the beach. Who is she, is she even real, and why has she appeared to Lily? Unable to let the woman go, Lily makes the uncharacteristic decision to leave behind her safe world in England and return to Dingle to try and find her. Her search eventually leads her to cafe owner David Carson, this woman's brother, who hasn't seen his 'missing' sister in five years. Lily must now convince him to trust in her, taking bold steps to prove herself to him, and together track down his sister before it's too late. Yet are either prepared for the hidden secrets they are about to uncover in their earnest desire to find her, and the impact it will have on those they love?

Buy Links: Amazon 
My Review:

First, I want to comment on the cover... simple and gorgeous.  I love it!  And it sets the mood for what you are about to read.

Lily Crossways lives a fairly non-existent life in England.  She enjoys a quiet vacation in Ireland where she has vague memories of a vacation long ago when she was a child.  Upon her return to England she proceeds to review her photos taken on Inch Beach and is bewildered and shocked to see the image of a woman beckoning her in one of the photos.  Lily knew that she was alone on that beach, so who is this woman?

Here is where I got a bit confused.  To me, this sounded like a "paranormal" genre of book, and as I continued to read, I was a bit disappointed to see that it wasn't.  Okay.  That's my own fault.  No where in the description did this author or publisher suggest that this was a paranormal romance.  So, as I write this review I need to put that out of my mind.  My fault... not the author's.

Marie Jones beautifully described the town of Dingle.  She pulled me into the scenery to where I felt like I was right there... the beach... the cafe... the pubs... the B&B... all of it!  I loved the main character, Lily, and I loved how her life was turned around and her heart was opened.  This book was beautifully written and the author did a fantastic job for a debut novel.  Marie Jones is an author to keep your eye on for more in the future.

My reason for 4 wine glasses instead of 5 is that the big mystery turned out to be not such a big mystery.  The story was good and the whole concept of secrets being revealed and finding love when you can, made for a good read.

My Rating:

About the Author:

British Writer, Marie Jones, lives in Sussex and married with two children. The busy mother of two has a strong creative streak and enjoys photography, drawing, as well as writing. Marie studied creative writing for three years at college before pursuing writing her debut novel.

Her first novel, 'Into The Shadows', was recently awarded a special 5* Review on Readersfavorite.com

'Into The Shadows' is a romantic suspense, woven with mystery and family drama. It is one woman's journey to take a brave step to change herself and her situation, literally going into the very shadows of herself, and by doing so drawing others own shadows out as they are intricately pulled into her story." Marie was inspired to write the novel whilst visiting a stunning part of Ireland.

You can visit her website www.mariejones.yolasite.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarieJonesWriter



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