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Having traveled and lived all over the world, I have put down roots in Florida. My husband of 36 years, has encouraged me to pick up my writing. Many years ago I wrote two books and then family, children and constant travel kept me from continuing my passion of story telling. Now, once again, under the pen name of Susan Elliston, I find myself back in the world of notes, pages of ideas and research. It is my intention to publish the first of my works very soon here on Smashwords. My other joys are, reading, travel, cooking and most of all my family.
on Jan. 14, 2012 :
The Wardrobe has its roots (figuratively and literally)in English history. The story, family, and furniture travel overseas to the US, where the wardrobe's disconcerting contents find footing on fresh soil. In present day, it's a rude awakening for the book's main characters.
This story takes some creative turns and leaves you keenly aware that mere mortals are at the whim of dark forces...and we don't even know it when we innocently open our closet door...
If you like history, mystery, a touch of magic, and well-crafted characters, then this book needs to be on your list. A few characters had me laughing, several had me cringing, and then there were those who had me cheering for their side. The descriptions are vivid, the story line plausible, and putting the book down can be maddeningly difficult. So make sure when you pick it up, you won't be interrupted. In fact, go to your room and lock the door...and keep the closet door shut, too.
Likable characters are a necessary ingredient for me enjoying any book, and this one has plenty of them. I found myself stressing over the characters' plight, much like I would if they were my own friends.
I don't want to inadvertently throw in any spoilers, so read The Wardrobe and see for yourself why you will never look at your closet the same way again.
(reviewed long after purchase)