Thursday, August 25, 2011

Forgotten Memories

Title: Forgotten Memories
Author: Theresa Stillwagon
Publisher: Beachwalk Press
ISBN: 9781937325053
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary, Paranormal
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph 

Jen Ferguson has always felt a special connection to the paranormal, but her psychic abilities have caused her nothing but heartache. Mistreated by most of her family, Jen seeks solace in the ghosts of Winter Creek. Only her Grandfather, who shares Jen’s connection, trusts in her judgment. He’s proud of how successful she has been as a History professor and Jen knows just how much it means to him that she’s working with the historical foundation to restore Winter Creek to its former glory. That is why she has made a promise that nothing and no one is going to get in the way of her work until the end of the semester. However when Adam Craine enters the picture, Jen isn’t so sure she can keep her promise anymore. 

Adam first meets Jen through his inquiries to the foundation about moving his cattle through their old town. He believes a good old fashioned cattle run would work in everybody’s favor. What Adam didn’t count on was his immediate attraction to the sexy professor. He can’t explain why he is drawn to her, as he certainly isn’t looking for a relationship. He’s been burnt before and the scars are far from healed. Still, there’s something about Jen that calls to him. Will Adam and Jen be able to stop themselves from making the same old mistakes? Not if the ghosts of Winter Creek have anything to say about it… 

Forgotten Memories is the first book in a new series, Winter Creek, Montana. The story combines contemporary, paranormal and even hints of historical western genres very well, thanks to the setting of Winter Creek. I enjoyed the idea of the town’s past running in parallel with its present. The characterizations were good, as there was enough information for me to make up my mind about which characters would be worth forming an attachment to and who I needed to be wary of. Yet there was still enough mystery surrounding certain people to pique my interest in future books in the series. 

I was absolutely hooked by the plot and enjoyed trying to solve the puzzles surrounding characters’ pasts and how they link together. The style of writing however, caused me some problems. Focus seemed to jump from one issue to another far too quickly and I struggled to keep up. Similarly, characters seemed to experience a range of emotions in rapid succession, making for a somewhat frustrating read at times. This was such a shame because honestly, everything was present – good characters, a great plot that satisfied and the promise of more to come. I just know that if the writing could settle down somewhat for the next installment, this series will make for a very enjoyable read.

1 comment:

Doreen McGettigan said...

I enjoyed the review. Very honest!