I believe this book falls into a category known as speculative fiction–one reviewer called it a psychological thriller, so take your pick. It reads like an action/adventure, but some fantasy is pivotal to the plot. An experimental psychological research program sets off the action. I don’t want to reveal too much, so as not to spoil the readers’ fun as they turn the pages of this uniquely-plotted story.
To enjoy this rollicking adventure, one indeed must suspend disbelief, which isn’t a problem for most readers of this genre. Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for a popular writer named Davis Bunn. The writing is polished, the plot tight, and the characters are realistic and detailed/nuanced.
The Gracious woman blog is written by me, Susan Karsten. I am happy to announce that my first novel, “A Match for Melissa”, has been published by Pelican Book Group! It was released to the public on July 7, and is available on Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble’s website.
Here’s an excerpt from a recent review:
“A Match for Melissa” is a Regency romance. My acquaintance with this genre is limited so I looked it up. To be a real Regency the novel must be set in early 19th century Britain and have a very defined style. A Regency novel will transport the reader back two hundred years so we know how the characters dressed, what their homes looked like and how they socialized. We see a world with clearly defined social classes, morality, manners and conversation.
The author did her homework. “A Match for Melissa” is chockfull of details on life in rural England and upper class London. The characters are delightful. Unless they are bad. (The bad ones are really wonderfully bad.) Melissa is an intelligent woman with an independent bent to her nature who still functions inside the strict rules of protocol for her class. Her father, also independent, but with greater latitude and freedom than a woman, is in charge not only of the family fortune but also the choice of Melissa’s future husband. Much of the tension comes from wondering when Melissa will be able to be matched with the man she really loves.
Plenty of minor characters add flavor and fun and dimension—the English dressmaker who affects (badly) a French accent, an ancient butler, and a competing suitor. The author has a gentle wit and a passionate, unashamed faith. “A Match for Melissa” is my first Regency from this author but Lord willing it won’t be my last!
So, please give my book a look! Thanks, Susan Karsten