Posted in 4 paws, fiction, Review, suspense on August 6, 2014

everything a season


Not all the witch trials took place in Salem. And there are people in nearby Rachael Crossing who believe the abandoned old house in their midst has roots going back to those awful times.

Determined not to be spooked by vague rumors, Deborah Colby leases that house for the summer and when she meets Ethan Burke, she’s certain she’s made the right decision – certain her whole life has been leading her there to him.


amazon buy


I finished this book the other day and really enjoyed it.  It reminded me of a book we read for my book club called The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and the tie to the Salem Witch Trials and jumping back and forth in time from chapter to chapter. I really enjoyed how it went back and forth between past and present through about half the book and then was in the present (well 1982) for most of the last half and the last chapter jumped to 2022. It all tied together nicely and didn’t really leave anything hanging.

I wondered about Ethan and I was happy to see that my suspicions were correct.  Although I wonder how it could happen, but that is why it is fiction!  I felt sorry for Deborah having to deal with her sister and her rigid beliefs, but at least she learned to stand up for herself and evolved more into her own person.  There was a good mix of characters and the personalities of most held true for a small town and how it is sometimes hard to be considered one of them until you have lived there for quite some time.

I think this book is worth the read and give it 4 paws up!



About the Author

I started writing stories as soon as I learned how to put letters together to form words. From that day forward, writing has been a part of my life whether it was my first attempt at a novel in seventh grade or the little plays I wrote for my friends to perform for neighbors and family. After college, when I was busy teaching French and Spanish to high school students, I was also writing poetry — some of it in French.

After several years, I left teaching to be a full time mom, and when my two children started school, I went back to writing. To my delight I found that the muse was still there, still waiting patiently for me to come around. My first novel, Ghostfire, was published at that time. It went on to be condensed in Redbook magazine (the first paperback original the magazine had ever condensed.) Then came The God Children and The Portal. Redbook also published my first short story, which was subsequently sold to several foreign magazines. With two great kids, a golden retriever and a loving, supportive husband (whom I’d met at the beach when I was fourteen — but that’s a story for another day), I felt like I was exactly where I was meant to be in my life. But fate had another plan for me, and it went by the name of “breast cancer.”

Looking back, I realize how fortunate I was that the cancer was discovered at such an early stage, but at the time it was all very overwhelming. Once I was back on my feet, I wanted to help other women who were newly diagnosed, worried and afraid. I became a Reach to Recovery volunteer for the American Cancer Society and went on to run the program for Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. A number of years later, with the help of my surgical oncologist and two other volunteers, I started Lean On Me, a nonprofit organization that provides peer support and information to breast cancer patients. When Lean On Me celebrated its tenth anniversary it no longer required as much of my time, and I once again found myself free to pursue my first love — writing.

Website * Twitter * Facebook * Goodreads