Title: Hacienda Moon
Publisher: The TriGate Group
Publish Date: July 27, 2012
Review Copy Provided By: Reading Addiction Book Tours and the author
Book Blurb: Love, obsession, and betrayal, the most powerful human emotions, are spun together in this gothic novel. Tandie Harrison is a police medium who has just suffered a divorce after losing both her psychic visions and her daughter in a car accident. When she leaves New York City to start a new life near her hometown, she moves into the alluring plantation house, Chelby Rose, and falls for its charismatic caretaker, Eric Fontalvo. Their burgeoning affair ignites a centuries old curse, ensnaring them in a web of danger, deceit, and intrigue. Soon Tandie learns that in placid Bolivia, the mystical worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Hacienda Moon is a seductive tale of one woman’s journey to confront the demons of her past and find the courage to face her future. It is a mesmerizing novel that explores the deepest depths of human nature, and the characters will hold and haunt you long after you have read the final chapter.
Review: I have to admit, I'm a sucker for Gothic novels and this one is really great. It comes complete with a psychic, a curse, some witches, possessions and a few dead bodies. The first chapter or so were a bit slow. I struggled to understand the accident that cost Tandie her daughter, but as things moved along they made sense. What really impressed me the most was the historical elements of the story.
KaSonndra really brought the reason for the curse to life in the pages. As she gave away bits of the story over time, it kept me turning the pages. I wanted to know more. I wanted to find out how the curse was broken. I wanted to find out what role Baby B played in helping her mother from the other side too.
Usually the climax of gothic novels isn't very fulfilling, but that's not the case with Hacienda moon. In fact, I was really surprised at who the evil spirits were possessing, or dwelling within. I was also surprised at how part of Tandie's past is tied in with the evil. This is a great dark and stormy night read. Its not very long, only 245 pages, but after the initial chapters it moves along at a nice pace and will keep you interested until the last page is turned.
Rating: 4 flowers
KaSonndra Leigh was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She now lives
in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to
write about people doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Her two
sons have made her promise to write a boy book next.
She holds the MFA in creative writing, and loves to play CLUE,
Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora's Box (good writer's
block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated
to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies,
Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.