Summary

Ms. Huszar delivers a thoroughly engaging and well-developed novel with compelling, likable characters, set in a mysterious, supernatural town that kept this reader entertained throughout. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Well done, Ms. Huszar!

4 STAR REVIEW: THEN CAME THE THUNDER by Rachael Huszar

About The Book

Three Willows: Book 1
Publication Date: July 2, 2021

Jessalyn Joy loves her husband, but she can’t help the feelings that arose when he volunteered for the Union army. When he comes back to her in a box instead of on his feet, those feelings complicate even more.

Jessalyn’s mourning period is cut short when something begins to attack the livestock in their small town, and greater dangers begin to threaten their provincial life. Thrown together with the new reverend, one of her own students, and a strange man somehow related to her husband’s passing, Jessalyn must find a way to stop the evils that threaten her husband’s first and ultimately last home.

Set in the Southwestern home front, Huszar blends a taste of fantasy into a startling down-to-earth world, creating a high stakes adventure for this strong female protagonist and her band of amateur sleuths.

The Review

Then Came the Thunder is the historical fiction debut novel by Rachael Huszar set in the 1860s in the New Mexico Territory. It also has some mysterious goings-on, almost of a paranormal or supernatural bent, in the small and virtually unknown town of Three Willows. 

The prologue gives us hints of what’s to come, and there are definitely some strange happenings. We learn of the town’s history and its founding families, and the current descendants of those three families seem to take their roles in town a bit too seriously. There are several secrets lurking about and Ms. Huszar reveals them a little at a time, some of which have far-reaching consequences, others not so much. 

Ms. Huszar wrote an engrossing book that held my interest throughout, plus it was a quick read. The characters have a depth to them, and Jessalyn, the schoolteacher, and Sam, a stranger in town, are front and center. 

The mayor has asked the widowed Jessalyn to allow Sam to board in her spare room until they can find him alternate housing. Jessalyn’s a little uncomfortable doing so but agrees to it and ultimately is glad that she did. 

There are layers to the story, and it has a good flow as Jessalyn, Sam, and others try to figure out what’s causing the deaths and injuries in town and on the ranches. Especially when the injuries to a teen are called an accident of his own making when some know better. What are they covering up? 

When the truth is revealed, there is disbelief along with unexpected consequences. There is nice closure but some loose ends, which I hope will be addressed in the next book in the series.

Ms. Huszar delivers a thoroughly engaging and well-developed novel with compelling, likable characters, set in a mysterious, supernatural town that kept this reader entertained throughout. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Well done, Ms. Huszar!

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About The AuthorRachael Huszar kept her life steeped in stories from a young age, and she began her own journey in story-making when she reached adulthood. In the time since, she has taken up swimming, roller skating, and consuming tabletop RPG streams. She spends the bulk of her time with her dog, Silo, and works full time as a designer in Dallas, Texas.

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REVIEW AUTHOR

JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 39 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister last fall and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5001736?ref=nav_mybooks JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - NovelsAlive.com and RomanceJunkies.com Previously she reviewed for Romancing-the-Book.com which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!

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