Title ~ Esmerelda
Author ~ Judith Leger
Format ~ebook via pdf
Rating ~4 Stars
**DISCLAIMER** I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Short Recap ~ Widow Glory Sinclair and her daughter are living a quiet life on the mountain homestead her family settled nearly three hundred years ago. Then, on a crisp autumn morning, a fractured shriek echoes across the hollow, and Glory’s temperamental handyman claims her prized statue carved from a tree trunk attacked him. Could a wooden likeness of a witch who died centuries before take life? Glory doesn’t think so. Still, mouthwatering sheriff and bachelor William Moore’s decision to hang around and get to the bottom of the increasingly frequent strange occurrences provides her a degree of comfort. Her growing desires to find comfort in his bed…not so much (recap courtesy of goodreads.com )
It seems I am on a short story kick as of late and as far as short stories go, this one had me mesmerized and kept me guessing page after page. The story started off a bit odd, for the first few moments of reading, then I was able to settle in and immerse myself in this wonderful short story. The idea of a guardian angel that protects a woman and her child was a new idea and a lot of fun to read.
I was able to relate to Grace as a mother and as a woman living outside of a populated city, he fears of something going on were well conveyed as well as her apprehension of a woman coming alive and protecting her and her child; ok, so that’s never happened to me, yet.
Judith’s delicate balance of romance, mystery, twists and turns and a strong female character was refreshing; Grace was a great compliment to William’s strength and sense of duty and honor.