Author: Joanne Sundell
Publisher: Five Star-Gale
Reviewed by: Cheryl Malandrinos
Meggie’s Remains is a superb romantic suspense novel that will capture you from the very first moment you enter Colorado Territory.
Meghan McMurphy flees Boston and her past with few belongings and her copy of Jane Eyre. Arriving in Denver, she hopes to lose herself in the city where the nightmares might not reach her. When dashing Ethan Rourke stumbles upon Meggie on a snowy Denver street, he believes the woman must be insane. But Ethan has no idea of the life she’s lived or the secret she is determined to keep hidden.
Assuming the name Rose Rochester, Meggie is hired as a teacher in an isolated mountain town in rugged Ute country. Settling in to make a life for herself–and hoping for a life simliar to that of the main characters of her beloved romance novel–Meggie knows that somehow and someway, the monstrous changeling from her nightmares will find her, killing any possibility of a life at all.
Sundell creates two multi-faceted and intriguing characters whose experiences are as different from each other’s as night is to day; develops feelings between them that neither is willing to accept or act on; and comes out with a huge winner. Meggie’s story is one of pain and terror while Ethan’s is a story of tragedy and loss. Battling against their growing feelings, each time that it seems Meggie and Ethan will end up together, Sundell tears them apart and keeps the reader turning the pages. And as if that isn’t enough, Meggie’s past is slowly creeping up to get her, and she knows it!
In addition to historical accuracy and attention to detail, Sundell’s ability to create realistic characters makes Meggie’s Remains an excellent read. You can tell that she has lived and breathed each of the characters she has created: Meggie and Ethan, their friends and associates, even the villain.
With a touch of the paranormal, this book becomes an engaging and intriguing read. Anyone who enjoys romantic suspense, an historical love story, complex characters and a book that you can’t put down will want to read Meggie’s Remains.