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Soundings: Water Elemental
     

Soundings: Water Elemental

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by Janine Donoho
 
Is there hope for a grieving mother's heart?

Ecopsychologist Dr. Margo Updike loses herself in a shadow life after her daughter's tragic death. When a century storm deposits a young girl on Maggie's secluded beach in Puget Sound, a miraculous renewal begins. Then the apparent orphan exhibits signs of neglect and worse, prompting Maggie's vow to protect and heal

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Is there hope for a grieving mother's heart?

Ecopsychologist Dr. Margo Updike loses herself in a shadow life after her daughter's tragic death. When a century storm deposits a young girl on Maggie's secluded beach in Puget Sound, a miraculous renewal begins. Then the apparent orphan exhibits signs of neglect and worse, prompting Maggie's vow to protect and heal her-no matter the cost.

The arrival of a mysterious man claiming to be Sorcha's father upends Maggie's life. She finds Morrissey strangely irresistible even as her friend Sheriff Ajax Smith questions the man's motives and odd behavior. As a serial killer's victims begin surfacing in Seal Cove, Jax must curb his suspicions to enlist Maggie as a profiler.

Will Jax and Maggie find the murderer before he strikes again? With Morrissey's secrets trapping Maggie on destructive shoals between reality and legend, can she grasp his true nature before losing her chance to rebuild a life worth living? To what depths-and heights-will she go for a daughter, a beloved man and, ultimately, her humanity?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620157114
Publisher:
Libertary Co.
Publication date:
02/02/2015
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning writer Janine Donoho grew up navigating extremes—perhaps due to the ups-and-downs of her San Franciscan birthplace. That Escher landscape primed her to embrace imaginary worlds. With one foot planted in fuzzy science and the other in invented realms, she inhabits the land of WHAT IF. Published in novel-length and short fiction, along with essays, Janine pursues the thumps that echo in the night—and writes about those, too.

With her intrepid husband, Italian greyhound and tuxedo cat, Janine makes her home in the spectacular Okanogan highlands of Washington State. Mountain lions, coyotes, and bears—oh, my!

Janine can be easily reached via her website, , Twitter or Facebook page

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Soundings: Water Elemental 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
Maggie Updike, an eco-psychologist, lives in a small, close-knit community along the Puget Sound, divorced and childless since her young daughter's death some years before. When she discovers a strange young girl washed up on the beach near her home, she finds herself strangely drawn to the child and to the man who eventually arrives and claims to be the girl's father. Meanwhile, not everyone in the small town is happy about the developments, especially Jax Smith, the sheriff and a close friend of Maggie's ... with hopes to be more than that. The girl's odd behavior and bizarre tendencies defy easy explanation, and it will take trust and a belief in something greater than what can easily be seen to fully understand the reality the townspeople are facing. Author Janine Donoho presents the contemporary fantasy novel SOUNDINGS: WATER ELEMENTAL Donoho writes with precision in a style not unlike that of an older generation. In fact, the lush descriptions and close character development in Soundings reminded me of a less dense, more "user-friendly" (if you will) work of literary fiction. The work, while officially classified as contemporary fantasy, contains elements of many other genres, from light suspense and mystery to small-town romance. Themes explored include loss, grief, love, lust, what is versus what could be, memory, bereavement, psychology, and more. Maggie is a particularly complex and compelling heroine. Haunted by a slew of demons, some of whom even she can't quite quantify, and driven by not only her professional commitment to her clients but also her compassion and fierce loyalty to the friends she sees as her family, she withstands --- and causes --- some of the most unexpected plot twists in the novel. Readers used to the very traditional happy ending in a romance novel (although it should be noted that with an ongoing murder investigation underway, this hardly qualifies as "just" a romance novel) may be caught off-guard by the way SOUNDINGS concludes. Though surprising and, perhaps, against the usual grain, however, the ending is true to the deep tone and characters throughout. A beautifully written, marvelously imagined contemporary fantasy for modern readers! # # # Author: Janine Donoho Title: SOUNDINGS: WATER ELEMENTAL Series: Elementals ISBN: 978-1-62015-733-6 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.