I finished this book a few days ago, and I’m still unsure how I feel about it. On the one hand, I loved the idea of the book, but I feel the delivery was lost for a few reasons. Secrets of Windwood is a dark and mysterious book full of woeful tales, family curses and secrets, obviously.
Simon Lord has it all—the beautiful fiancé, the loving family, the sprawling mansion, and the famous last name. Little does he know that what is supposed to be the happiest day of his life will become his last. The little town of Solomon’s Wake has managed to keeps its secrets hidden for nearly a century, but no darkness can lie dormant forever. It only takes one fateful night, one storm, one wedding for a vampire to rise, a werewolf to escape, and a witch’s age-old curse to rise again.
Decades later, the Lord family is a shadow of its former self. Windwood, the Lord family ancestral home, sits in near ruin as Simon Lord lies in a coma, but life goes on. That is until Joshua Lord makes the fateful decision to return to Windwood with his young family. Curses, as young Jenna Lord finds out, do not have an expiration date. The Lords and their friends find themselves battling vicious werewolves, homicidal grandmothers, the unrelenting spirit of a vengeful witch, and their own dark pasts. The only question is, who will make it out of Windwood alive this time?
This book has it all, witches, werewolves, vampires, oh my! A lot of secrets are unearthed throughout the story; I did wonder if there were too many. I sometimes found that the story was hard to follow at some points as the book switched from past to present quite a few times.
Jack is a great storyteller, though; the characters are likeable and well-written. I do think that, at some points, Jack forgot that Simon had been in a coma for thirty years. Some things that both he and Georgia said were more akin to if they’d been together the entire time. On the whole, I enjoyed it. I couldn’t put the book down towards the end as it rolled into a huge climax with everyone getting involved in the action! It is no secret that I love a good book involving the supernatural, and one that has the classic three will always be on my ‘to read’ pile.
Thanks to Cayelle Publishing, Jack Reese and Love Books Group for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.