Thursday, May 3, 2012

T.S. Ingalls - Cumbrian Rain

Cumbrian Rain
by Tenya Sharp Ingalls

Kindle Edition Available

Product Description (from Amazon)
This contemporary adventure romance weaves a web of international intrigue and danger.

Attempting to escape her grief, tragically widowed Annora Lang travels to Cumbria, England to bury herself in research for her doctoral thesis, but when she meets the mysterious Tad, she discovers her own sinister past has come back to haunt her. Caught between her fear of one man and her love for another, can Annora be the hero this time, instead of the victim?

Secrets, Tad must keep them, but the appearance of the fascinating Mrs. Lang threatens everything he has carefully hidden for twenty years. Although his work breaks the law, it’s for all the right reasons. Can he leave it all behind to get what he really wants?
About the Author (from Amazon)
Tenya Sharp Ingalls has been writing as long as she could hold a pencil. She began writing poetry and short stories as a child, continuing to ply her hand at story-telling in her teens by participating in young writer's conferences throughout high school. "No matter what else I planned to do at any point in my life, I always wanted to write," she says. After years as a homeschooling mom of three and owner/operator of a subcontracting business, a partnership with her husband, Bobby, Tenya has finally begun to self-publish her novels. She believes that so many protagonists and plots have built up in her head that she may never get them all on paper.

Tenya tends to pay homage to the mountains which nurtured her growing up years in the small logging community of St. Maries in northern Idaho. Gleaning from her interest in missions, the hosting of a foreign exchange student, various travel experiences, and snippets of information in her world, Tenya strives to create memorable and relatable characters. She honestly believes in love-at-first-sight, true romance and marital bliss. Tenya and her husband of 25 years reside in south Louisiana with their three children.

O.Scarlett GUEST Review by Kendra

I am not, as a rule, a fan of the Romance Genre. I prefer to have it more as the icing on the cake, rather than the cake itself. Therefore, if it weren’t for the fact that the author was my cousin, I probably wouldn’t have read this book. That said, I’m glad I did read it.

It took me a while to get into it, especially as I have had a bunch of other books on my reading list for school. I wasn’t “hooked” until about 25% through. Then, I couldn’t put it down.

The romance part of the plot starts quickly enough. Annora nearly runs over Tad with her car, gets her car stuck in the mud, and ends up stranded while he goes fishing. She manages to run into him again, right as it starts to rain, and he helps her by taking her to his sister’s house. It is pretty much love at first sight.

If they were normal people, that would be the end of it.

Unfortunately, they’re not. He’s distrustful of her, as he knows things that certain people would rather not be known, and he suspects that she’s on a mission to kill him. Unfortunately, that’s not far off the mark, although she has no idea she’s part of a plot. In fact, she’s almost as much a victim as he is.

The person who wants Tad dead, wants her.

It was a well written book, with believable characters, and a rather twisty plot, which is what I look for in a book. The descriptions were enough to give you a great mental image of the characters and settings, and weren’t so many that they became annoying. I enjoyed all of the fishing references, as my grandfather is a fisherman, and used to take me on fishing trips.

Note: If you have a queasy stomach, you might want to skip on this book. There are some descriptions of some of the things Annora’s former employer did that makes your stomach turn.

Genre/Theme:  Romance, Crime, Human Trafficking
Reading Level: Mature Teen to Adult
Profanity: LOW
Sexuality: Mild to Obvious There is nothing that happens outside of marriage in this book (beyond kissing, and a bit of exploring) but there is mention of rape, and Annora narrowly avoids it twice. Also, it is mentioned that before they became Christians, both Tad and Annora had much looser life styles
There are dealings with human trafficking, and one of the characters had his tongue cut out, as well as a few other things, as a child. It is stated that he was not the only child to have it happen to him at the time. Also, the person who wants Tad dead addicts him to a drug that causes some horrid withdrawals, and there is a fight scene that is quite bloody.

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