WINWARD SECRETS by K.A. Davis (Review Stop)

 

Windward
Secrets
Fiction:  Suspense, Mystery
At just over 67,700 words Windward Secrets is a fast
paced mystery laced with humor, suspense, and a touch of the paranormal that
will make the reader gasp at times, and soften their hearts at other
times. 
When Claire McPherson booked Windward Cottage, for the
annual reunion with three college friends, her biggest concern was whether they
would like the weather-beaten, old Victorian on Cape Cod.  Claire, Diane, Jill, and Caroline are in for
more than a little Right and R.
Windward Cottage has its own special powers of seduction.  After 35 years of friendship they thought
they knew everything about each other, but the old house draws confessions out
of each and leads them unwillingly into a 50-year-old mystery.
What was planned to be a vacation filled with fun,
food, and reminiscing turns into one that will change their lives forever.  Who or what is trying to frighten them?  Only one woman’s stubborn determination keeps
them at Windward Cottage when common sense tells them to leave.   Fear, danger, and unexplained events connect
the four women to each other and to Windward Cottage.  Three of the women find their futures, and
one finds her past. 
Readers will recognize someone they know in every
character as Windward Secrets heightens their awareness of the heinous crime of
human trafficking.
A Review for Windward Secrets
~By Sam for Pages Abound

This story took me by surprise, and left my with a book hangover of the most enjoyable kind. I was unsure what or where the story was going to take me, but was pleasantly surprised by the journey. The mystery and suspense had me on edge and unable to put it down until the very end. The story was an inspiring story of friendship and unwavering determination for the truth and, in the end, justice.

The story had several strong characters. Each was well developed and their contributions to the plot unfolded in a way as to not bog down the reader. While I don’t really feel like I can get to detailed because I am afraid of giving things away, I will say that there were multiple times throughout the book I caught myself saying, “I did not see that coming!” The author did a wonderful job with the various plot twists and surprises which were easy to follow and felt natural to the story. Sometimes when stories try to give you a hearty plot, it gets so confusing and cumbersome to keep up with. Or they simple feel forced or out of place, that was definitely not the case with this one.

Claire picked a childhood vacation spot for her turn in girl’s weekend trip. She and her three friends from college have taken turns choosing/arranging girl’s weekend since they graduated college. Each of them bring something to their group. But each has their own insecurities and secrets too. So does the sleepy Victorian cottage they are renting for the weekend. Claire is determined to figure out the secrets it is trying to keep from them. She will find out more than she ever imagined?

 

A great suspenseful read with the twists and turns!

 

 

 

 

Blue Velvet
 (Emerson’s Attic Series #1)
Middle-grade
historical fiction/adventure.
Smoke and Mirrors
(Emerson’s Attic
#2)
Middle-grade
historical fiction/adventure.
 
My name is Kathleen Andrews Davis and I live in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania with my husband and a horde of deer who insist on annihilating any attempts at gardening.   We are empty-nesters with two grown daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.
During my long and varied working life I did business writing including everything from press releases to policy and procedure manuals.  I served as managing editor of an in-house newspaper where I enjoyed every aspect of production including writing, photography, and even dummy layout.  From there, I moved into marketing pieces and business plans.
My favorite venture, however, was fourteen years in the Bed & Breakfast industry.  This was my passion.  When we left our lovely old Victorian it left a hole in my heart and I found myself with an indistinguishable yearning to be more and do more.  The little wheels in my head started turning and it dawned on me, if I liked commercial writing, why won’t I like creative writing?
Becoming a grandmother was the fuel that fed the fire, and I decided to leave my grandchildren a legacy of words that would outlast any other inheritance I could give.
My first two books in the Emerson’s Attic series, for middle-grade readers, were so much fun that I decided to give an adult novel a try.  I love stories about smart, mature women and the characters of Windward Secrets introduced themselves to me when I least expected it.  And so, I have found my new adventure and hope to learn and grow as an author.
 
The knitting needles have slowed, the flower beds (or what’s left of them) have weeds, my fishing rod leans lonely in a corner of the garage, and I can’t get enough of my grandchildren.

 

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