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A Keeper's Truth Hardcover – 1 Mar 2016
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About the Author
Dee Willson felt the writer’s call at fifteen, when she penned her first novel and received her first rejection letter to go with it. Over twenty years later, with two successful businesses under her belt (both with Canada’s largest book retailer, Indigo Books), Dee Willson rekindled her passion for novels. She joined a hard-core book club, published short stories and interviews, contributed to blogs, and wrote the novel A Keeper’s Truth, followed by GOT (Gift of Travel). Dee is presently working on the second instalment in the Keeper’s series, and Meant 2 B, a crazy ghost story riddled with fate. Dee and her husband currently reside in Burlington, Ontario. They are building their dream home on the shore of Lake Ontario, where they expect to watch their daughters frolic in the lake, and possibly grow four heads. Visit her online at www.deewillson.com or on Twitter @denisewillson --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Willson is a very good writer.
Pernickety point: many an apostrophe is in the wrong place - needs some more editing.
- KIRKUS REVIEW
"A Keeper's Truth by Dee Wilson is an intriguing novel that explores some of the myths that date back to antiquity. I think it is an amazing story, and I appreciate the way that Dee Wilson approaches these controversial mythical lands. I didn't feel like I was reading some fantastical fantasy, but rather a historical review... I found this book enjoyable and entertaining, and I highly recommend it to science fiction aficionados who have an interest in the ancient lost civilizations of the earth and how these affect us today. It is a marvelous story and I am looking forward to reading the sequel."
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I highly suggest you read this book. Like me, you will be begging the author for more. I can't wait for book number two!
The lore was by far my favourite part of the book. Willson must have done some heavy research to come up with some of these elements and they are really, really cool. There were mentions of theoretical places (or not, depending who you ask) and almost magical stories about the existence of mankind that I had never come across before. It added a much deeper level to the story and I am so interested in where Willson found the inspiration for all of this.
The core of the story itself is a formula we are familiar with; a newly widowed woman, Tess, starts seeing strange visions, meets a dark and handsome stranger and starts to question her otherwise normal life and the truths she always thought she knew. While the base is familiar, the story is layered with the aforementioned lore and the reader is kept on the outskirts of what is actually happening for a good portion of the book. It moves quickly, but isn’t easy to piece everything together, and we learn more and more about the characters and their histories as the book goes on.
I was a little torn on how I felt about Tess; she was a great mother and a grieving widow, but she was a mess. I don’t hold that against her; its understandable being in the position she was, having just lost her husband and not knowing how to go on without him. But her back and forth between Bryce (the mysterious stranger) and Thomas (her longtime confidant) or whether she even was ready to be with anyone kind of drove me crazy at times. This behaviour secured a love triangle which often rubs me the wrong way, but at least in this case it was a lot deeper than it appeared and was intertwined again with more lore that set it apart from what you would typically expect from the situation.
That said, I really liked the relationship between Bryce and Thomas. At first I thought it might be annoying, but there were good grounds for the actions and reactions and it wasn’t just simple jealousy or something that existed just to add a sense of drama to the story. They created an interesting dynamic and while there was a bit of back and forth between guys, this didn’t totally dominate the whole story and that I can appreciate. It all ends up making sense as the story goes on.
I liked how this all came together in the end. The supernatural elements weren’t super shocking or off the wall to throw the story off kilter and they blended quite well with an otherwise normal-ish modern story. There is a lot more to who all these people are and this first book only just touches on it. I can’t wait to see where Willson takes us with this. Like I said, the lore and the story is so well crafted; I can’t wait to read more of it.
Originally posted on citygirlscapes.com
I thought this was going to be a fairly standard second chance romance, but it was so much more. The friendship with Thomas, the rivalry with Bryce, the Keepers and lost souls, just an amazing menagerie.
Luckily this is the first in a series, unfortunately I have no idea when book 2 is released, but I will be thrilled to continue this journey.
Reviewed by Jo