Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter Haven by Athol Dickson

"Winter Haven by Athol Dickson" gets 3 stars from me. This is the 4th book of his I have read and though I liked the story line, I didn't like it as well as the other 3 books. To me this book is like Sci-fiction and horror. Thirteen years ago Vera Gamble's brother ran away from home in Texas. The story starts out as Vera is on a mailboat going to Winter Haven to collect her Siggy's body after it was found washed up on the beach,  Siggy Gamble only spoke Bible verses and he could speak them in seven languages. Their father was a faith healer but couldn't heal his wife or his son. Then after  Saggy ran away Vera started having seizures (but there were really visions) and her father locked her up in the attic where Saggy had spent most of his time with his Viking comic books and his little toy boat.  He told her questioning God was what was causing them and they were her punishment, So Vera has blocked all the visions away in her mind and refused to think about them. When Vera  goes to claim the body she is surprised to see that Siggy hasn't changed into a man but has stayed exactly the same. The Steady Wallis, (the lawman of Winter Haven) is sure there is something strange about Siggy being there so he won't let Vera took the body home till he learns the truth. While there the village people try to warn her not to try to found out what happened and why his body is in Winter Heaven. Vera is warned about Evangeline who is a witch that  draws people to Evangeline Folly's and they are killed and forever trapped trying to return to their homes. She meets Evan Frost after getting lost in the forest and she starts to fell they meet be more than friends. The town folks again warn her away from him saying he isn't what he appears to be. Vera is determined to find out how and why her brother ended up in Winter Haven even through there is danger. I like the ending of the story must better than the ending. I think anyone reading this will be surprised to learn that what appears to be isn't always the way it is. Winter Haven was given to me by the author for an honest review.

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