Title: Lakebridge: Summer (available in Kindle and Paperback formats)
Author: Natasha Troop
Publisher: Red Frog Publishing
Source: Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
In the aftermath of a tragic spring day, the people of Stansbury, Vermont, are unable to forget what happened, as they have all the tragedies of their past. After the media exploited their pain, they have become uneasy with the world beyond their town and with any outsiders.
In the aftermath of the media deluge, latecomers straggle into Stansbury looking to pick up the scraps of stories left behind. What they find, however, is that the powerful forces that have guided the destinies of the people of the town for hundreds of years are now at war with one another and in need of pawns.
In the aftermath of Spring, there is Summer.
Earlier today I reviewed Lakebridge: Spring. Lakebridge: Summer is the second book in the supernatural horror literary fiction Lakebridge Cycle series. These can be read as standalone books but are more enjoyable together.
Shelley, the current apothecary counter girl, is one of the sweetest characters you’ll ever read. She wants nothing more than to be the star of her own romantic comedy. Gil, her best friend and a constant source of bad luck, wants to hide away from humanity to keep any other Stansbury resident from getting hurt. What they want the most is to have Stansbury back the way it was before the spring tragedy which took so many lives.
While Lakebridge: Spring was grounded in the physical present, Lakebridge: Summer has more spiritual and supernatural elements to it. The Stansbury residents can’t forget the past like they’ve forgotten past tragedies. Those who have seen the angel with the horrible eyes knows something else is going to happen in town but they can’t bring themselves to leave.
The character’s stories aren’t neatly tied up at the end but hope is offered up to entice you into reading the third book in the Lakebridge Cycle. Ms. Troop offers solid storytelling about the residents of Stansbury, Vermont.
About the Author:
Natasha grew up in Southern California and received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Comparative Literature. She also holds Masters Degrees in both Secondary Education and Creative Writing. Natasha currently lives in the Phoenix area with her spouse, son, daughter and menagerie of pets, including a Basset named Moose and a very overprotective collie dog. Aside from writing and teaching high school students to love theatre.