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Paranormal Mystery Early Review: Shifting Dreams by Elizabeth Hunter

Shifting Dreams by Elizabeth Hunter ( Cambio Springs #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Somedays, Jena Crowe just can’t get a break. Work at her diner never ends, her two boys are bundles of energy, and she’s pretty sure her oldest is about to shift into something furry or feathery. Added to that, changes seem to be coming to the tiny town of Cambio Springs—big changes that not everyone in the isolated town of shapeshifters is thrilled about.

Caleb Gilbert was looking for change, and the quiet desert town seemed just the ticket for a more peaceful life. He never counted on violence finding him, nor could he have predicted just how crazy his new life would become.

When murder rocks their small community, Caleb and Jena will have to work together. And when the new Chief of Police isn’t put off by any of her usual defenses, Jena may be faced with the most frightening change of all: lowering the defenses around her carefully guarded heart.

Shifting Dreams is the first novel in Cambio Springs, the new paranormal romance series from Elizabeth Hunter, author of the best-selling Elemental Mysteries series.

Release date: March 5th 2013.

 Amazon kindle US($4.99)/UK(£3.60)


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I just thought that if you mix Nora Roberts with Patricia Briggs you might get this particular book. 

Elizabeth has a talent to take a simple contemporary plot, add a pinch of paranormal and still make us feel like the characters are a bunch of normal people we all can relate to.

I found this book adorable and refreshing.  

Jena, a mother with two young kids comes back into her tiny town after her husband dies from a brain tumour. Not only she desperately needs her family's love and support, she is coming back so her own kids can shift freely for the first time, because Cambio Springs is a town of shifters, and they are keeping it a secret.

But in the current economy the town is struggling too much, and a local young entrepreneur comes up with a plan that involves hiring an outsider sheriff and allowing strangers into town.

When Caleb Gilbert comes to Cambio Springs he is really tired from detective work in the big city, he likes the idea of piece and quiet, and he likes a local diner's owner, sharp and flirty Jena, even more...

However before their relationship has a chance to develop into something more serious, there is a murder in town which hasn't seen the likes of it before, ad Jena and the rest of the town people will have to start trusting Caleb with their secrets, if they want to solve it.

Caleb and Jena had amazing dynamics. There was no instalove, you can be sure that Elizabeth Hunter does not do instalove, but there was slow wooing with plenty of humour and shy awkwardness, and I found it incredibly sweet. 

Jena's friends and relatives also had character and were full of life, and I admit that I'd love to read more about them as the series slowly progresses. Overall, hugely recommended!

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Я бы сравнила эту книгу со смесью Норы Робертс и Патриции Бриггз. Она была очень милой и в характеров оказалось невозможно не влюбиться.

Джена, мать двоих детей возвращается в Камбио Спрингз после смерти мужа от рака мозга. Ей не только необходимо окружить себя любовью родных и близких, ей нужны особые источники города, которые обладают целительной силой, что так ценят оборотни, основавшие город. Ибо Джене необходимо убедиться, что её мальчишки смогу обернуться в первый раз в безопасности и в открытую, что было бы невозможно в большом городе.

Калеб Джилберт нанимается шерифом в маленькое захолустье в пустыне потому, что стремится к тихой и спокойной жизни, да и флирт с очаровательной Дженой, владелицей местного кафетерия, обещает превратиться во что-то более серьёзное.

Только вот с приездом Калеба и обещанием перемен со стороны местного бизнесмена город потрясает убийство, шокирующее оборотней, которые никогда на друг друга так не оборачивались.

Теперь и Джене и остальным жителям предстоит решить доверить ли свой секрет Калебу или лишиться шанса найти убийцу? 

Замечательные, живые персонажи. Свежий, простой сюжет, полный юмора и человечности. Очень, очень книгу советую почитать, как впрочем и всё остальное, написанное этим автором!


Christina said...

This sounds awesome, though I'm seriously skeptical of the Nora Roberts + Patricia Briggs math. Though I can't remember if I tried Briggs or a different author...

Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

Ohh, this book sounds good! :) I always like it when there is no insta-love. I'm happy you liked it so much and I will keen an eye on this one.


Blodeuedd said...

Not sure about the Nora Roberts bit but Briggs, oh yes. I do want to read this book

Melliane said...

Nice I really want to try this one, it sounds like another great book by this author!

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Haha, Christina, don't discount Nora Roberts. She has some average reads, but some of her books are really really good. It's that simplicity and adorable oppeness in relationship, the acceptance of one another that I love which reminded me of her in Hunter's book.

Mel, Elizabeth writes lovely books. I hope you enjoy this one! :)

Blodeuedd, it's shifters, but there is no macho crap, and there is a strong but normal girl. Reminiscent of Pat Briggs' books...

D., it was lovely, read it! ;)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh wow. Man. Good think I entered for the giveaway of this one then on another blog. :D I loved the sounds of it, and now I'm really wanting it. lol Thank you!

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