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"Wilder's paranormal romantic suspense is a fast-paced thrill ride"

WINTER'S DAUGHTER is a paranormal romantic suspense which raises many questions about the goings on in the town of Salem, Ohio. Some will be answered in this first tale, some will make you crave the next book in the Coven series.

There had always been an Angelov living in Angelov house, that is until Victoria Angelov was murdered 20 years ago, under suspicious circumstances. Victoria's four daughters, Synnamon, Chloe, and twins Summer and Autumn had been separated and put into the foster system in different states. Victoria had told her daughters that should something bad happen and their Aunt Bethany could not find them, that Angelov house would someday call them home.

Twenty years later, Synnamon Angelov returns to Salem, Ohio and the home she had been forced to leave on that tragic night. Not only has she come to reclaim the family home, but also to uncover the details of her mother's murder. Oh she had been told her mother's death had been an unfortunate accident, but so many things about that night just didn't add up. Why had the police searched the house and taken away items in bags labeled "evidence"? Why had they demanded the key to Victoria's secret room? Why had the girls been lied to and separated, and most of all why had Syn felt dark power emanating from Police Chief McNutt? Who had a motive? Victoria had been beautiful, lusted after by men, hated by women. She had also been a witch. Had the killer been a jilted lover, a betrayed woman, or a superstitious citizen? Synnamon would not rest until she got answers.

There's a new Police Chief in town. Law enforcement was in Matthew Whitefeather's blood. Matt had not been a Salem resident at the time of Victoria's death. However he had always been strangely attracted to Angelov house. The house was said to be haunted, and he'd heard the rumors about the family and their practice of witchcraft. He'd even witnessed strange happenings five years earlier when one of the town's children had died on the property. Still he was not a believer, that is until Synnamon Angelov returned to town.

Matthew is attracted to Syn at first sight, but is skeptical about her account of the night her mother was killed and even more skeptical about her supernatural gifts. But the town folk don't want Syn stirring up old wounds. That message comes through loud and clear when someone riddles her house with bullets. Digging up the old case is going to be harder than expected. Most of the file on Victoria's death is missing but one thing is certain, the rope burns evident in the one remaining picture of the victim proves to him without a shadow of a doubt that murder had been committed on that long ago night.

Who is the murderer and why did they murder Victoria? The answer will shock both the characters and the readers. But more questions remain. Why does Victoria's supposed best friend want the Angelov family grimoire at any cost? What other secrets are The Brotherhood hiding? What has become of Syn's sisters and when will they return? What exactly is Itsy? Will Syn and Matthew live happily every after?

Syn and Matthew have definitely made a good start. Their attraction was instant, and the romance is hot, hot, hot from the get-go. Matthew appears to be in the relationship for the long haul. He won't rest until he track's down Victoria's murderer and has promised to help Syn find her sisters if they don't soon return on their own. The tale's Epilogue is a teaser, and it appears the next eldest sister, Chloe has heard the call, will she answer? I for one can't wait to find out!

WINTER'S DAUGHTER is a fast-paced thrill ride that lovers of romance and suspense will not be able to put down until the last word has been read.

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted April 25, 2008

SUMMARY

**A PNR Staff Recommended Read**

One woman's struggle to learn the truth turns into one man's battle to save her life.

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble...

Twenty years after the untimely death of her mother and cruel separation from her sisters, Synnamon Angelov returns to her abandoned childhood home in Salem, Ohio. She is determined to find her sisters and search for the answers behind the half-buried memories and nightmares that still plague her. Not surprisingly, the superstitious people of Salem aren't all happy that Syn is back in town.

Secrets revealed...

Police Chief Matthew Whitefeather doesn't deal in hocus pocus; he works with cold, hard facts in both his personal and professional life. When Syn starts asking questions around town, Matt pays little attention to the whispers of witchcraft and murder-until someone tries to force Syn to leave Salem. Dead or alive.

Matt and Syn reluctantly join forces and find themselves caught in a web of deceit. Just what happened the night Victoria Angelov was found dead on a lonely country road?

And why were her children forced to pay for her sins?

WARNING: This book contains a high body count, graphic sex (though not with the dead bodies) and a disembodied spirit guaranteed to scare even the most stalwart souls.

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Winter's Daughter
(The Coven: Book I)
by J. C. Wilder

Samhain Publishing
October 1, 2008
Available: October 28, 2008
ISBN #1599989867
EAN #9781599989860
296 pages
Paperback (reprint)
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Other Books by
J. C. Wilder

Stone Hearts
Deep Waters
Sacrifice
The Power of Love
In the Gloaming
Winter's Daughter
Thief of Hearts
Paradox I
Paradox II
Paradox III
Temptation
Sins Of The Flesh
Atonement
Tempt not the Cat
Retribution
One With the Hunger
In Moonlight
Ellora's Cavemen: Tales from the Temple II
Dreamquest
The Shadow Dweller Series Volume III
The Shadow Dweller Series Volume II
The Shadow Dweller Series Volume I
Redemption


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