Title: Castle Gordon
Author: Sue Jaskula
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense
After her husband is gunned down mere weeks before the end of WWII, Anna Castle Gordon arrives in a small Canadian town on the shores of Lake Huron, determined to carry out their planned future despite his demise. Braving harsh northern storms and unfamiliar territory seems straightforward to Anna after serving in the air force herself. When her late husband’s lecherous brother proves threatening, and her funds are withheld, Anna’s confidence wavers.
Handsome and caring, Scottish born Joseph Hendrie seems the answer to her apprehension; until a local woman’s disappearance creates Anna’s biggest challenge yet… knowing who to trust. Will she become the next victim? Is Joseph all he seems? Can she follow her dreams in a new country without his help, or does she want to?
Anna survived WWII and the death of her husband, but can she overcome her conniving brother-in-law who controls her money? Fiercely independent, Anna Castle Gordon is devastated by the death of her husband and frustrated by a letter claiming to be from him, giving all their money to her brother-in-law. He lords over her and even tries to force himself on her late one night. Fleeing for her own safety, she runs out into the night. A stranger with a Scottish brogue rescues her and takes her back to his little cabin. She’s safe, for the moment, as she heals from her injuries. She doesn’t know who to trust and it gets even more complicated when a local woman disappears. Her Scotsman, Joseph, has secrets of his own. Is he just like Anna’s wicked brother-in-law or could he be her saving grace? Can Anna continue with her dreams in a brand new country or will she die trying?
Castle Gordon is a historical romantic suspense packed with emotional tension and drama. From the moment I started reading to the very last page, it held me captive. I thought about the story and Anna’s plight when I wasn’t reading. I talked about it to everyone I encountered, even the produce clerk. I connected with Anna right away and rooted for her to make her brother-in-law pay for his evil deeds. The descriptive narration is filled with raw emotion, so much so, that the reader is thrust into the story. There were times when I was reading that I forgot it was fiction. The writing in Castle Gordon is brilliant, from the historical accuracy to the suspenseful subplot. Sue Jaskula whisked me away to another time, another place, where women had few rights and were often mistreated. Castle Gordon will leave an indelible mark on your soul. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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My career has spanned many years in a mix of criminal and civil law and hospital surgical administrative work. Along with my work and life experience, I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Creative Writing Certificate both from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to take early retirement and pursue a career in writing, a pursuit I have entered into with energy and enthusiasm. I am currently a registered member of Toronto Romance Writers, Crime Writers of Canada, and Sisters in Crime.
My husband and I have a home in Grimsby, Ontario. But I truly feel most at home at our cottage in Kincardine, Ontario near our adult children and grandchildren. On these shores of Lake Huron, with some of the best walking trails in the country, my imagination soars and my best stories come to life.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N