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Friday, March 1, 2013

Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman/ SG VBTour

Shadow of Time

by Jen Minkman

March 1-5

 

Book Blurb:
 All Hannah longs for is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.

My Review:


First let me say, I loved the title,  Shadow of Time.   There is something just elegant about the name of this book and I was intrigued to read it from the get-go!    Oh and I am so glad I got in on the reading and reviewing of Ms Minkman's book.   It was awesome.

Her characters are quite believable and quite likable as well.    Hannah is brave and strong when faced with the things she does not understand.    She is faithful and loyal to her friends and her younger brother and finds herself falling in love with Josh, who she had watched grow up throughout the years.    Now that he is almost an adult and built very sensually, she just can't help but fall for him.

The storyline centers around a curse....a very old and dangerous curse.  It started with Josh and now it includes Hannah too.    There is a lot of Indian lore, spiritualism, and ritual  as well as past life experience in this read.

I loved how Ms. Minkman told her story......smooth and fluent.   I loved the bond between Hannah, Josh and Ben.    I loved watching Hannah and Josh's romance bloom and grow.  It certainly was a read about sustaining friendships, and love throughout the ages.

As a reader, I felt like the author did a lot of wonderful research and I felt like I came away knowing more about Navajo Nation than I ever dreamed possible.   Thank you Ms. Minkman for having the passion and commitment to write such a beautiful book.    I give thi lovely read 
 

5 winks    

 

 


 

 

About the Author:


 Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English, career counsellor and teenage coach at a secondary school in Voorburg, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack. 

'I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad's typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!



Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.



2 comments:

Jen Minkman said...

Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful review! :) I'm happy you enjoyed my book so much! If you could possibly leave a few lines on Amazon and/or Goodreads, that would really make my day!

Beth Cutwright said...

Will be doing! Thanks for stopping by Jen!