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Posted October 4, 2011
If you had the chance to go back in time, you might want to venture into years and places that would perhaps spruce up your future and circumstances. Instead, what if your journey was motivated to solve a crime and put a wandering soul at ease? Shannon Bailey's paranormal romance thriller, "Shadowbrook Manor" spins the story of a young widow who cannot shake the spirits that come to haunt her home on Mackinac Island. Bailey sets a pace that will keep you glued to the end. Just when you think you have an inking where the author is taking her characters, you will be surprised at the twists and turns. This book will appeal to not only lovers of romance and the paranormal, but also to those who love a great story set in picturesque locations such as the beautiful island Bailey describes. Pick up "Shadowbrook Manor." You will not be disappointed! Author Jen Tucker, The Day I Wore My Panties Inside Out
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Posted July 10, 2011
As a reviewer, you get to read many books from many authors, both new and old. I had the pleasure of reading a book by Shannon Bailey called The Haunted Hillerman House a few years ago, and I noted at that time, that although she was a new author, she was going to grow up and be a gifted mystery writer. She certainly had the `mindset'. She switched gears and wrote a Vampire trilogy; Forever Davids, Develyns Tale and The End of the Order, now all three bound as The Unwilling. Still they all had that hint of mystery, that twist around every corner! Three years later, I am the recipient of a submission for Shadowbrook Manor, and I see Ms. Bailey is all grown up. This book shows her growth as a writer and her talent for murder, mystery, and mayhem. This story is sharper, twisting and winding the reader down a path if no return. Samantha was in a marriage that was falling apart. She learns her husband was killed in a tragic car accident along with another passenger, a woman, his lover. After dealing with this terrible treachery, she learns that his parents, through their guilt, have given her a house on Mackinac Island, Mi. This is where we find Sam, traveling there to fix it up as quickly as possible and get it sold. We next meet Tobias, an older gentleman, who met her at the ferry, helped load her luggage into his horse drawn wagon and would taxi her to the Manor. During their ride, he elaborated on the families and the gossip of the island, along with the story of Shadowbrook Manor, the haunting story of Captain Alexandre O'Keefe and his beloved Leslie. Sam scoffs at the thought of ghosts. She definitely is a non-believer. As Tobias re counts the story, Alexandre comes to the Manor in the late 1890's. A year later, he meets the beautiful Leslie Faraday, her husband James and another couple they are traveling with, the Burtram's. Alex and Leslie fall in love over that summer and then tragedy happens. Alex was found dead in the Manor, and Leslie has disappeared. It is said the captain's ghost still waits for Leslie to return. Ms. Bailey draws you in immediately with her wonderful pictures of the area and its ambiance. You can see the water, the bridge, and the winding paths. You can feel the sun and smell the flowers. Color comes bursting from the pages and a wonderful tale of everlasting love weaves itself into your heart. The sadness, the deceit, the lies, and finally the truth take the reader through a path that is mesmerizing. I loved the story, I cried, I was shocked, I was angry. I ran the gamut of feelings throughout. It is a wonderful love story filled with mysteries that you will not solve until the last page. And when you do, you will feel fulfilled... I await your next endeavor Shannon Bailey! Review by Gloria Lakritz Senior Reviewer for the Paranormal Romance Guild
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Posted January 17, 2013
What an incredible book! Romance,mystery and ghosts! I read the haunted hillerman house and then shadowbrook manor .......i loved them both! A really great read! Shannon bailey is an awesome writer!
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Posted August 10, 2013
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