Thursday, March 2, 2017

Book Junkie Promotions Book Review: Shadow of Whimsy

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Shadow of Whimsy: A Cape Cod Love Story by Ann Hymes

Publication Date: June 15, 2016 Secant Publishing Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Genre: Contemporary/Women's Fiction/Literary
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Several generations of one family have lived, loved, and lied at Whimsy Towers, a unique oceanfront house in Chatham, Massachusetts. Strong women who refuse to be suffocated by marriage have found excitement and refuge in this house filled with artists and parties. Love surfaces in unexpected ways.
The newest owner, Theresa Alston Crandall, has just inherited the property and leaves her too-predictable husband in Virginia to spend time on the Cape and unravel family secrets and history. She swims, reflects, explores, and watches dramatic cloud formations float high over the ocean as she sorts through the choices in her path forward.
Romance arrives in the form of a young widower and landscape gardener with an awesome pickup truck, who likes Theresa’s dog and provides temptation to stay at Whimsy Towers. Tips of tree branches dance with the weight of birds that seem to scream warnings of danger, and the churning ocean disrupts family continuity.
Theresa learns how her Southern grandmother came to buy a storm-weathered New England house and how loveless marriage is not a mandatory life style. The final decision feels just right.
"In her debut novel, Hymes presents a conflicted young woman who is beginning to question her humdrum existence. From grief and loss to forgiveness and redemption, Hymes does not hold back. The author steers clear of predictable outcomes in this unexpected story, providing ample romantic suspense and witty prose to keep the reader turning pages. Chock-full of rich descriptions of the New England coast, as well as surprising scandals and an adorable dog named Gypsy, the book should satisfy even seasoned beach readers. A captivating and uplifting tale best suited for fans of meaningful beach-town romances." -Kirkus Reviews

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Review:  Shadow of Whimsy was such a delightful read.  Theresa has inherited Whimsy from her Grandmother who she hadn't known very well.

I love the backstory going into this, with her father keeping the information on her grandmother pretty much a secret until his death.

Theresa goes to Cape Cod by herself as a bit of a separation from her husband. I'm not sure why their marriage is stagnant, but it is. I admit, I was a bit team Kevin in this book. I didn't want their marriage to get thrown aside, but Theresa really puts her vows to the test. I was very surprised at how things worked out in the end, after some of the things that developed while she was at Whimsy. I think I would have really liked to get some more character development on the part of Kevin, so you could really tell why these two were at a breaking point when the story starts, or rather why Theresa felt they were.

The best part of the book was putting the pieces of her grandmother's life as well as her mother's together.

This is the kind of book I want to read on the porch sipping iced tea or lemonade. Its a story of rediscovery and a touch of mystery.

My one bone of contention with this story was the lack of a time frame. It seemed to be set in 1980, but there was one glaring error made that bugged me. Cars didn't have CD players in them in 1980. In fact the Compact disc wasn't invented until 1982 and not until 1985 in cars.

I really loved Theresa and Whimsy. I fell in love with this story from the start.  If you like authors like Dorothea Benton Frank or Anne Rivers Siddons. This is a good book to read.

Rating: 5 flowers

About the Author

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Ann Hymes is a retired real estate broker and mother of two grown daughters. She has a B.A. in English from Mills College and an M.A. in English from Washington College. Her published work includes creative nonfiction. An active international volunteer, including service in the Peace Corps in the 1960s, Ann lives in St. Michaels, Maryland.

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