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Top Customer Reviews
Willow Ryker runs the diner in town. She is an empath and has to keep her mental shields up so that she doesn't get caught up in other people's moods. There is one person who she can't keep out. His every emotion colours the world around him. Her chef at the diner doesn't help. He can read minds, and enjoys tormenting her by telling her what others are thinking
Quinn Dearborn is recently back from Afghanistan. He has been medically discharged because of his PTSD. Now his home town see him a hero, when he sees himself as useless. The nightmares and the sleep walking are the worst. He can't relate anymore to his high school friends. He feels he is battling against a monster inside himself.
That is all I will tell you about our main characters. They have lots more secrets for you to discover. There are laughs, tears and magic from the "two natured" . I always enjoy my journeys to Woodland Creek. I'm sure you will too.
Every now and then I love mixing up my contemporary reads with a little PNR. When I heard Jenni Moen was dipping her toe into the paranormal pool I had to read it!
Dearborn was an enjoyable read. Jenni’s writing welcomes you, you can’t help but want to read on and fall in love with her characters. Willow was a tough cookie and for that reason alone I automatically liked her. She had grown up around magic and shifters and with her own unique power it was nothing new to her. It was when her high school crush returned from overseas employment that things got interesting.
Quinn Dearborn felt like a stranger trapped in his own body, his struggles endeared me to him as he attempted to make sense of his new life and surroundings. War had changed Quinn but he soon found out there was more to his change of personality than that.
Quinn and Willow were incredibly sweet together. Their relationship might have been on the fast-forward but they had a history and connection that I believed in so I was all for it.
“It no longer felt like a first kiss. It felt like the kiss. The one that grabs on to your heart and shoves you firmly into life-altering, all-consuming infatuation.”
Like Jenni’s previous books, I loved the writing style of Dearborn. It was told in alternating point of view so I felt like I could connect with both characters. The plot was there as was the setting. The only stumbling block I found was the angst level and ratio of PN to the R. When Quinn was experiencing his turmoil and discovering who he was, I never felt the threat or risk of danger, I wished this was boosted to the next level just to up the ante so that I could gasp and fret for this couple.Read more ›
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy
What a fabulous concept, 30 books by different authors centred around the same small village. I’ve looked and – hurrah - some are on Kindle Unlimited, so I’m planning ( when time allows!!) to read more from this collection.
I’d not read anything by Jenni Moen before but this sounded such an interesting plot I wanted to try this one. I did find it slow to start and in that way, the writing style and the way it unfolds it reminds me very much of Charlaine Harris Midnight Crossroads, though the only murders here are the Cluedo variety! Its a gentle story, full of tiny mysteries and hints about what's coming, so that when things are revealed we’ve an idea what’s going to happen. And then I got surprised when it didn’t work out the way I’d thought :-) but that’s fine, I love the unpredictability of when that happens.
I loved Willow right from the start. She’s got a kind heart and that comes through, where even though she can feel other people’s emotion she still tried to think the best of them. I loved her plans for the house and when it was complete I could visualise those rooms – I’d love to stay there. Quinn too, a lovely man but so traumatised by his experiences he’s in a way scared and yet something draws him to Willow, they complement each other really well. Ryan her diner colleague was a great guy too and had some good lines. Its a very gentle story, no heart stopping romances and dramas, no edge of seat suspense, but a plot that gradually reveals more and more about the people in the village. I savoured the story, its not one to rush through or you miss the tiny elements that add so much to it.Read more ›
Dearborn is an emotional novel, in the broadest sense.
This book was playing out like a paint so vividly in my mind. I could envision the beautiful colour all around Quinn Dearborn that shown his feelings. Only Willow can see them, and even if this mix of different colours are stunning, they also are so intense to know her down. This is what Willow is used to call Dearborn Effect.
Quinn Dearborn was «the best quarterback in the state», a beautiful boy that left Woodland Creek to become a soldier after the shock of 9/11.
Fifteen years later he came back to Woodland Creek. Everyone sees in him just a hero, Willow sees the man with flaws, weakness but also with a beautiful soul.
«Quinn’s eye were deep, dark green. When they focused on you, everything else faded away».
She chooses to help him despite the Dearborn Effect, because she understands he is full of rage, desperation and also loneliness .
«But as I sat at a table with my oldest three friends, it occurred to me I didn’t know anything about them anymore». Quinn’s friends have a family: sons, wives… he has nightmares and only Willow seems to help him to find an equilibrium, a reason to stay.
«I thought he might be based on the boy I’d longed for years ago, but he wasn’t that boy anymore. He was a man and a complicated man at that. There were times he seemed so broken and lost that he could barely function, and times when he seemed perfectly fine».
But Quinn is more than a veteran who as to fix with his new life. He disappears in the middle of the night for waking up at dawn completely bare and in the surrounding woods.
And Woodland Creek is a mysterious city.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the third Woodland Creek book I have read, without realising that they were all written by different authors! Read morePublished 1 month ago by AnnieCampbellAuthor
'Dearborn' by Jenni Moen was a slow burner for me. I felt the story took a little while to get going, but gradually Jenni Moen builds up the momentum until it reeled me in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Read-Rate-Review