Rose Wood

Fiction - Paranormal
326 Pages
Reviewed on 11/21/2014
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Author Biography

Sharon Mikeworth was born and raised in South Carolina, where she still lives with her husband and children. After graduating from college, she worked as a computer programmer, instructor, and tutor. She began writing her first novel, Rose Wood, while visiting and researching an authentic Southern plantation. She now divides her time between her family and her writing.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Rose Wood is a paranormal thriller written by Sharon Mikeworth. Aileen is a writer who works for the Southern Aurora Magazine. Her column, Skeptical Traveler, is an ongoing report and record of the paranormal activities and places she's investigated. While she tries not to seem cynical about the paranormal, Aileen just hasn't experienced anything that has changed her outlook from skeptical to believing. Her boss, Ed, is not happy with Aileen's apparent inability to muster enthusiasm for the subject of her column, and, to appease him, she agrees to investigate Crybaby Bridge in South Carolina. When she gets there, the sky is turning ominously dark, and her car breaks down right by the bridge. No one drives past for the hours that she waits so she decides to walk for help. The skies open up and Aileen is soon drenched to the skin. Then it starts to thunder and lightning is striking all around her.

Sharon Mikeworth's paranormal thriller, Rose Wood, is one of those books that make you want to sit down in a comfortable chair with a cup of tea and keep reading till the very end. Aileen is a compelling character whose life hasn't really gone anywhere yet; it's as though she's waiting for something to happen...and it does. The first spectral appearances are spooky and wonderfully Gothic. There's also a historical mystery that Aileen stumbles upon and is compelled to solve, while she navigates an affair with an all-too-perfect man. I particularly enjoyed following as Aileen visits the local library and museums as she investigates a mystery from the early 1900s. Mikeworth's writing style is clean and never cluttered or overly verbose, and her plot moves beautifully. Rose Wood is a marvelous Gothic thriller, and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it. Rose Wood is highly recommended.