My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great book… in some ways reminds me of Beautiful Disaster. Def. a gut-wrencher with a killer love story and emotional turmoil! Highly Recommend!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nice little love story set amid a scenic winery, with a decent dose of family secrets, horrible Ex’s and the like.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A little heavy on the religious aspects (mainly concerning the MC and her marriage) for my tastes, but over all a decent book showing how things work out the way they are supposed to, and not how you think you want things to go…
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed reading this novel. It was the perfect blend of mystery/ suspense, paranormal/magic and light romance. It’s not every day one gets all that in a single book, and Olsen did a fabulous job weaving all the elements together into one crafty book.
The characters were like-able and the red herrings plentiful enough that I wasn’t sure who was the Big Bad person until darn near the end of the book. In the middle of all that detecting, a sweet romance bloomed between two of the main characters, more than a few people died, and a little magic was put to the test.
Great book. Read it in one sitting. Read it!
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I received a copy of Wayward Son through Librarything’s Early Reviewer giveaway and I’m glad the initial blurb caught my attention enough to make me enter to win a copy. It was a complex, inventive novel and will certainly fall into the narrow category of books that I remember well after I finished reading it.
Wayward Son is, at it’s core, and epic journey through time and ancient history, seen through the eyes of one of the Bible’s most notorious characters- Cain. Interestingly, the Bible never tells of Cain’s fate after being exiled, but this author did a brilliant job of building on the fable and turning it into something highly improbable, yet wholly believable at the same time. At the end of reading the novel, I felt as if I too had live through some of the most important events in human history.
At present day, the story begins with an archeological discovery and an ambitious employee of the Getty Museum’s, Amanda James. Through her the reader is taken on an unforgettable journey into the long, tumultuous life of Cain. Mostly, the present-day story line is used as a device for the historical backstory, and I did fine the modern line a little thin and not nearly as compelling as the rest of the book.
But make no mistake, this tale is a must read, and not just for people who gravitate towards epic, historical fiction. Wayward Son can’t be pigeon-holed that easy. It has mystery, murder, mayhem, religion, mysticism, love found and lost, interesting characters and and is superbly written. Check it out, you won’t be sorry!