"fast-paced historical romantic suspense"
In 1795 Englishwoman Lady Elizabeth Stanwycke journeys to
Wolfram Castle in Germany to become a tutor to Charlotte,
niece to Count Nikolas von Wolfram, as she has nothing
else. Near the estate she notices a man chasing a woman in
the woods, but her escort, Katrina Leibren, insists they
not stop and tells her to forget what she saw.
At the castle, she meets her new employer, his two sisters
and an uncle as well as the visiting Count Delacroix.
Elizabeth soon finds herself wondering what is going on as
she hears strange noises and witnesses eerie events. The
weirdest is her growing feeling for Nikolas, who at times
is coldly aloof while on other occasions, is passionate as
if he feels the heat between them. Still unable to resist
the mystery of the occupants of Wolfram Castle and
especially the wolf-like howling just outside, Elizabeth
begins to investigate not realizing how dangerous that is
to her well being including her heart.
AWAITING THE MOON is a fast-paced historical romantic
suspense that will keep the audience wondering whether the
sub-genre is gothic or supernatural. The key element to
Donna Lea Simpson's clever prose is whether a werewolf is
running loose in Germany and if so is that creature
Nikolas? Elizabeth as she falls in love with her employer
ponders which is worse; that he is a murderous shapeshifter
or that he is a homicidal lunatic. Fans of either sub-genre
will treasure this strong Regency era thriller.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted January 31, 2006
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 18, 2006
The woods are not safe - and neither is her heart...
It is 1795, well past the time when folks should have abandoned such superstitious notions as a belief in werewolves, Elizabeth Stanwycke thinks as she travels into the heart of Germany to tutor a young countess in the ways of the world, and the English gentry in particular. But Elizabeth has never seen anything like Wolfram Castle, her new home for the time she is to work there, nor has she ever met any man like Count Nikolas von Wolfram, her new student's uncle. Handsome, commanding, enigmatic, he is keeping secrets, but whether they are merely sordid family tragedies of the past that he is concealing, or something more terrifying and sinister is anyone's guess.
All Elizabeth knows is, the more time she spends in Count Nikolas's company, the more she is drawn to him... but she understands only too well the price a woman pays for allowing the urgings of her heart to influence her behavior, and she is determined never to pay that price again.