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A lifelong love of American history led Deborah Schneider from teaching high school to writing novels. "Beneath A Silver Moon" won the Molly award for “Most Unsinkable Heroine” from the Heart of Denver chapter of RWA and was later a finalist in the New Historical Voice Contest and published by Dorchester Publishing. “Promise Me” won the EPIC Award for Best Western Romance. Deborah is employed by the busiest library system in the US. She’s received the “Open Book Award” from Pacific Northwest Writers and was named “Librarian of the Year” by Romance Writers of America in 2009. She writes steampunk and fantasy romance as Sibelle Stone.
on July 31, 2012 :
Usually I’m not a fan of historical romances. I can’t get into the way the characters have to speak with the milords, ‘twis, ‘twas and ye. It also doesn’t help that any historical romance I’ve read seem to be written the same way no matter who wrote them. A Duke falls for a poor servant girl; Lord Whoever seduces the naïve country lass. And then there is the way the sex is written! Petals of her sex, the heat in his manhood. Ugh!
But Whistle Down the Wind caught my attention because of the paranormal twist to it. I’m actually fascinated by the idea of witchcraft. When I was younger I think I watched The Craft a million times. So even though historical isn’t my thing, paranormal is and since I’ve never read any historical paranormal romance I thought I’d give it a chance. And I’m really glad I did!
I thoroughly enjoyed Catlin and Griffin’s story. I love for once I wasn’t reading about a girl who needed rescuing. Catlin is a strong female character who knows her own mind and what she wants and doesn’t need a man to take care of her – mainly because of her being a witch she can care for herself. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to be taken care of though.
Griffin is the usual hero: a decent nobleman who has indecent thoughts about the little witch. But even though he is the typical described hero I still really liked him as a character. He was charming and sexy and a little bit of a bad ass. And I loved the way he flirted with Catlin – the splashing water and chase? Adorable!
And I adored little Bitsy. Her innocence and sass was just the right amount for a character.
I was a little disappointed by how fast Griffin and Catlin fell into bed as soon as they were out of the watchful eye of her sister. It just felt a little rushed. I think the timing could have been better which would have added even more heat to it.
All in all, I think Whistle Down the Wind was a really great read. It definitely changed my opinion of historical romances – paranormal ones, at least.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)