Review of Christmas in Dogtown by Suzanne Johnson

dogtown-coverThis short story features a woman named Resa who has returned to visit her family in a very small Louisiana town. Also there is a man named Chan, the guy everyone expects her to end up with. Resa has had some bad luck recently and isn’t sure if she’s ready to jump into another relationship. She’s also not sure how she truly feels about Chan.

There is some very good writing to this story. I loved the paranormal twist that does not reveal itself until the end. It presents a new concept that I have never heard of before, and I found it fresh and entertaining. There isn’t a big romantic plot here, which is how I prefer my stories. There is the possibility of a future romance, but this isn’t your average romance title.

I also loved the descriptions of the swamp area and the river. Those scenes are beautifully written and gave me a sense that the author herself must love those kinds of places. When an author writes from the heart, it shows. This story is short and sweet, and I would have enjoyed reading more.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

5stars

 

 

 

 

5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Paranormal

Ages 16+

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Book Description:

A woman who spent years escaping her rural past learns that Dogtown, Louisiana, hides more family secrets than just the recipe for boudin blanc…..
Resa Madere’s on the verge of losing it all. The boyfriend’s gone. The job’s history. Her beloved house is on the brink of foreclosure. She’ll do anything to save it—even spend a long Christmas holiday working in St. James Parish, Louisiana, helping her uncle run the family meat business. But the community of Dogtown, which has been home for seven generations of the Madere and Caillou families, has deep roots and deeper secrets. For Resa, going home is one thing.
Getting out might not be so easy.

 

suzanne-johnson3About the Author:

Suzanne Johnson writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance (under the name Susannah Sandlin) from Auburn, Alabama, on top of a career in educational publishing that has thus far spanned five states and six universities—including both Alabama and Auburn, which makes her bilingual. She grew up in Winfield, Alabama, halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’ birthplace, but was also a longtime resident of New Orleans, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football, cheap Mardi Gras trinkets, and fried gator on a stick. She’s the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series and, as Susannah Sandlin, the Penton Legacy paranormal romance series.

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