Thursday, March 5, 2015

Healing the Bayou - Mary Bernsen

Paranormal Romance
What is a Queen without her King? 

After learning that she is adopted, Eliza sets off to locate her biological family and finds them in the Louisiana bayou. But they’re more than just locals—they’re descended from the area’s most famous Voodoo queen, Marie Laveau—Eliza’s great-great-grandmother. Surrounded by a mysterious world of séances, spells, and sacrifices, Eliza finds herself worshiped as the last great priestess. What’s more, she’s inherited the ability to heal the souls of others with a simple touch of her hands. 

Eliza is expected to cultivate this gift so she can claim her title as Queen and return the Voodoo community to glory. A task Eliza wouldn’t mind as long as she could perform it beside the devastating Samuel Mueller. But according to tradition, Samuel is her keeper, and a keeper never becomes romantically involved with his ward. His sacred duty is to protect her. And the bayou is rife with enemies who would sacrifice anything to eliminate outsiders like Eliza..

First thoughts after
I would love to see a companion novel or sequel.  

How distracted did I get?
Healing the Bayou is a fun new world I loved reading about!  Eliza had me drawn into her world from the first page, and zoom, off the story goes. I felt for her dealing with her grief.  Though at times I got aggravated with Eliza's naiveté I really enjoyed watching her grow through the story. I was entranced so much I had to make myself put the book down to get at least a few hours of sleep.  
Samuel is a confusing guy who I wanted to like from the beginning and he grew on me.  I now officially love him. He's sweet and protective.  Healing the Bayou is perfect if you want an edge of your seat paranormal romance as Eliza journeys through her discovery of her family line.
I give Healing the Bayou....

4.5 baskets

Author Bio:

Mary Bernsen is a southwest Florida native currently living in Punta Gorda with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child that she affectionately calls husband. She is a stay-at-home mother and spends her days creating characters on the good side of twenty-five because she is in serious denial about the fact that she is now on the bad side of it. She has a passion for fantasy of any kind along with historical fiction. If she isn't having conversations with her made-up friends, you can usually find her clipping coupons or out on the boat enjoying the muddy waters of Peace River (as long as it isn't below 80 degrees).


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