Historical fiction + Horror...should be a no, I don't get it...

Widdershins - Jordan L. Hawk

I'm going to start by saying while there is a very small, very limited selection of historical fiction that I have enjoyed this genre is still not a biggy for me and horror stories are just a huge NO, NO, NO!!! So I'm left wondering how this happened? That I not only read this book but I really, really liked it and have every intention of reading more. It's a mystery...ok maybe not so much of a mystery as a surprise. This is the part where I'm going to ramble a bit...

 

I've spent a bit of time pondering this surprising anomaly and wondering why? First I wondered why did I even read this book, it's not my thing? Ok this was the easy question and I like to start with the easy stuff before the morning coffee. I read it because so many of my friends were not only reading it but really, really liking it and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Then came the harder part 'why did I like it?' I may read a book because my friends are and I'm curious but it doesn't mean I'm going to like it, just doesn't work that way for me and probably most people. So here's what it came down to for me...

 

What makes for an excellent reading experience? For me it's a story that I can slip into and see everything in my head like I'm watching a movie, but it's subtle. It happens without me having to work at it or even realize what's going on. It means my hubby will talk to me and it's the one time that I've tuned out the real world and have no idea what he's telling me, not a good thing who knows what he could get me to agree to at these times because I'm there in the story and everything just seems natural and right, which is probably one of the reasons that I don't like historical so much and really, really hate horror.  Those damned monsters follow me to bed every time. 

 

Jordan Hawk created a world that I thoroughly enjoyed and each time I picked up this book the movie started playing. The creatures horrified me, Whyborne and Griffin were there with me, so I could be brave, Christine was a woman whom, I would have proudly wanted as my friend. I cheered for her and her independence. She represented the women of that era who bravely struggled to create the world that I inherited and while not perfect it is so much better than what was. But most of all Wyborne and Griffin were a couple that I could believe in and when Griffin would look at Whyborne and call him 'my dear' I heard it, I didn't roll my eyes or giggle because it sounded silly for a man to use that kind of endearment towards another man because for me at that moment I was in that era and those were the type of endearments that lovers used.  For me this story was just right, it took me to the world that the author had created and led me along the story's path with ease and believability, which considering some of the things that were contained in this story made for a bit of an impressive task.

 

I'm on to the next adventure and hopefully, maybe there will be fewer things going bump in the night...but, somehow I doubt it. Oh well, maybe my big brave dog will protect me...no wait, he just saw his shadow so I'm going to have to convince him to come out of hiding first, lol. I think I'm on my own for this one ;-)