Book & Author Details:
Eyes of Autumn by Cynthia H Wise
Publication date: October 31st 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
In the next installment of The Marcel Experience . . .
Recurring dreams have plagued Katie Hammond since childhood, forcing her to keep an open mind to the paranormal. But when Katie is compelled to follow a forest path during her trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, she stumbles into a forgotten life—one she’s not sure she wants to remember—and an enthralling man who shouldn’t exist.
At the end of the path is Marcus Hillyerd, a man with a life-changing secret and mysterious golden eyes. After his uncle is killed in a suspicious accident, Marcus travels to the mountains to re-inherit the Hillyerd Estate. But Marcus is met with a new challenge and must come to terms with sharing his secrets when he comes face-to-face with the only woman he’s ever loved. The only problem—she doesn’t remember him.
Then evil from Marcus’s past emerges and attempts to destroy everything he holds sacred. Needing reinforcement, Marcus calls upon Marcel Enterprises, his network of paranormal beings dedicated to helping victims of corruption. Together, they must risk their lives to keep Katie safe and protect the empire that took Marcus more than a century to build.
On the whole, this is a delicious bit of escapism and thoroughly enjoyable. And I think tha the best way to get the most out of the story is just to go with the revelations and not pick apart the history of the relationship between Marcus and Katie too much. The one thing which I really had an issue with? The “Scottish” accent. Whilst I understand what the author was trying to do, it was a bit jarring seeing it expressed on the page in the manner it was. Don’t understand what I mean? Read the book. I think you’ll get it when you get to the point it commenced.
That aside, the underlying plot was decent, and the cast of “bad guys” had just the right amount of ick factor for me.
I haven’t read book 1 in the series, but I didn’t think that affected my overall enjoyment of this one, and I would read more in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Author Cynthia H. Wise first conceived the idea for PORTRAIT OF RAGE years ago. At that time she wrote stories for her own enjoyment. Inspired at an early age by the paranormal, Cynthia enjoyed having the ability to become someone else, traveling to distant places, and experience new things as she wrote.
During the long process of editing PORTRAIT OF RAGE, an idea began to take root. Having begun another book years before that she had entitled EYES OF AUTUMN, Cynthia realized how simple it would be to integrate the two worlds. She envisioned continuing the story, carrying characters from book to book as she continued to introduce new stories. She realized the list of paranormal subjects was endless. It would be simple to let the story flow from one inexplicable, exciting possibility to another. And voilà – The Marcel Experience was born.
Cynthia H. Wise lives with her husband in Georgia, where her paranormal series, The Marcel Experience, takes place. When she is not writing books about the supernatural, she can be found with her husband, Cliff, their two dogs, Jake and Sadie, and their cockatiel, Sam.