A suspenseful paranormal romance about witchcraft, magic, reincarnation, and destiny.

Fiction - Paranormal
508 Pages
Reviewed on 07/06/2023
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Author Biography

Hi! I live in Eastern Ontario. I'm married with three adult children and five wonderful grandchildren. I prefer warm weather and sunshine but winter gives me time to write. If I’m listening to music, it will be something from the 1960s or 1970s. I enjoy action movies and romantic comedies, but I draw the line at slasher flicks and horror. I love science fiction and fantasy as well. I love to read; I immerse myself in the text and, as my husband says, the house could fall down around me, and I’d never notice. My preferences are as varied as there are genres, but nothing really beats a good romance, especially one that is filled with suspense. I love historical romance too and have read quite a few of those. If I’m watching television, you can count on it being suspense — I’m not a fan of reality TV, sitcoms, or game shows. Writing gives me the most pleasure. I love creating characters that become real and undergo all kinds of adventures. It never ceases to amaze me how each character can take on its own unique personality; sometimes, they grow very different from the way I pictured them! Inspiration comes from all around me; imagination has no bounds. If I can think it, imagine it, I can write it!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Atonement by Marie Huguette and Susanne Lee Matthews revolves around Anca Cole, a Boston bartender disillusioned by her urban life, who returns to her Salem roots to care for her injured Aunt Selma and protect her family's threatened heritage. Propelled by her aunt's prophecy, Anca navigates mystic quests, rekindles a relationship with her childhood love Walt, and uncovers latent magical abilities. As Anca and Walt unite to combat a malicious threat, they uncover sinister activities within their community and wrestle with their interconnected past. Confrontations with fraudulent demolishers and revelations about hostile hospital staff deepen the conspiracy threatening their heritage. Anca's supernatural vision reveals her selkie lineage, marking a crucial turn in her journey. As they balance personal revelations and daunting challenges, Anca and Walt recommit to protecting their legacy and confronting their adversities together.

Atonement by Marie Huguette and Susanne Lee Matthews is a fantastically woven novel that surpassed even my loftiest expectations in both the quality of writing and just how engrossing it is. In the interest of full disclosure, I entered the Mystic Adventures series with this book but it read perfectly well as a standalone. The Salem setting being a place already imbued with a rich history made the personal ties to Anca feel deeper, and the authors incorporate its atmosphere without turning it into a travelogue. I love Salem but I care more about Anca, which is a testament to how well she is developed as a character. The heartwarming rekindling of Anca's childhood relationship with Walt not only adds a sentimental touch but also anchors her to her hometown in another layer of her connection to the land. There's no question that I will go back to read the first two books in the series and Huguette and Matthews have hooked in a faithful new fan. Very highly recommended.