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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In "Painted Skies", Nova Denver is an ethnobotanist with a special gift and a special friend named Stephen, who she views as her guardian angel. After her mother’s sudden death, secrets start to unravel regarding Nova’s past. As she discovers more about herself and her family, Nova encounters more strange things that will lead her to her family’s old cabin as well as London – two places that will provide the answers she seeks.
Halfway through chapter one, I was exhausted. Nova’s fight with her mother Grace was strenuous to my mind. I even prayed that I will never stumble upon people like Grace. I’m still ambiguous whether the ‘battle of beliefs’ between the two characters was a good thing for me to go through, but it did solidify Sue Simonich’s ability as a writer to get me, the reader, to be fully engaged in the story and its characters. That, obviously, I truly did. The author’s writing style was beautiful; there were times when it sounded almost poetic to me. Unfortunately, there were also times where I needed the dictionary for certain words. The dialogues sounded literary at times. Nevertheless, I loved the story line and I did enjoy all the unpredictable twists and turns. All things considered, I would say I read a beautiful story, and perhaps my vocabulary improved greatly as well. As a fan of the paranormal genre, I look forward to her work should she decide to write another story with a similar theme.