Fairwick Chronicles #1
Publication date: 1st Oct 2011
Guest review by Pauline
Callie McFay is a best selling author who, despite a life plan of living in New York with her long term boyfriend, decides to accept a teaching position at Fairwick College, a small town outside New York. Callie's parents, who had been archaeologists with an interest in ancient Celtic customs, had been killed in a plane crash when Callie was a teenager, and she had lived with her distant and yet dutiful grandmother. While living with her grandmother, Callie experiences dreams where a shadowy man would appear at the foot of her bed and when she awoke the room would smell of honeysuckle and salt.
When she moves to Fairwick, Callie lodges at a guest house run by a friend of the College Dean, but is quickly drawn to an adjacent Victorian house, Honeysuckle House which appears to be unoccupied. Callie eventually buys the house and in her first night there encounters her shadowy man from her teenage dreams who "delights" Callie in ways she can barely comprehend. Callie is consumed by this figure and her devotion signals the end of her previous life and love in New York. As the story unfolds Callie is taken to a whole new world and understanding of the world around her.
I was really surprised by how captivating this book was. The story itself was gripping in parts with the developing storyline well thought out and the characters all very well developed. The descriptive text helped the reader appreciate the every detail of the surroundings in Fairwick and the people were so well articulated that I could almost picture them - even when the storyline went a bit Harry Potter momentarily! The layers of the story are unfolded to reveal the history of the House which Callie buys and the complex, inter-connected web that is her life and the people from her past and her present.
I would recommend the book as one which will absorb and compel you to finish it. Although the ending was not an entire surprise I was so exhausted that I didn't mind one bit!