Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Review + Excerpt: Moonbow by Sheila Hollinghead

Title- Moonbow
By- Sheila Hollinghead
Genre- Inspirational Romantic Suspense

A widow, a doctor, an unborn child. Three lives are at risk in this high stakes suspense. Die Auserwahlten, the Chosen Ones, have impregnated Gisa with an embryonic clone. Is it evil or just a child? It's up to Dr. Rayden Brooks to untangle the web that keeps them captive and save their lives. But will Gisa trust him?


Moonbow began as a literal dream. Bless (or curse) my husband. When I told him the strange story, he encouraged me to turn it into a book. I'm not sure if the final manuscript resembles the first shadowy images in the least. Writing morphs and grows into things we cannot imagine when we first put pen to paper.  I hope to continue the growth of the story and further explore the question from my dream: "Are some men born evil? What if they got a second chance?"


The opening of her door startled her. She looked up into Rayden's face.
"What are you doing?" she asked, gulping down a sob.
He reached in and placed her hand in his. His hand was warm and dry, and his strength seeped into her. She allowed him to pull her out until they stood face to face. He wrapped his arms around her, and she cried into his shoulder while he stroked her hair.
With a shuddering breath, she pushed back to peer into his face. He brushed her tears away with a tender touch. Even with the tumult of emotion crashing through her, her skin tingled each place his fingers trailed.
She pulled back to escape the sensation and searched his eyes. “Why? Why did they choose me?”
“I don’t know.” His voice was gentle, his lips agonizingly close.
She wanted to remain like this, in his arms, safe and secure, enshrouded where nothing could ever harm her. “If I have an abortion, at least they’d quit following me?” She said it tentatively, as more of a question than a statement.
He sighed. “I told you that’s not going to happen.”
“Why? I need to know why.”
"Maybe you know?"
She shook her head again. “I don't know! I’m nobody. Nobody at all..."

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I had a hard time getting into this book. The pacing was a little slow at times, and I often found my mind wandering. It had so much potential to be a fast paced, thrill a minute read, but it kind of fell flat. 

The story was very intriguing and quite suspenseful, and I enjoyed piecing together each clue as it was given, but by the end of the book I still felt out of the loop. I didn't quite get what the whole cloning thing was for and I wished there had been more clarity. So much was put into what Die Auserwahlten were doing, but the main result, the big WHY, was just out of grasp.

Another thing that kept me feeling disconnected from this story was the unbelievable acts that sometimes occured. I know this is fiction, and I've never been pregnant before, however, some of Gisa's actions just seemed impossible. I'm not sure how she coped at nine months doing some of the daring thing she did, and it just didn't feel real.

Having said all that, I still enjoyed this book to some degree. The plot was interesting, the characters were well developed and showed a lot of strength throughout the story, so much so that I was their biggest cheerleader.

Unfortunately, this book was just missing that special something that draws me in completely, and doesn't let go until the very end.


Sheila Hollinghead, an army brat, was born in Nuremberg, Germany. When she was ten, her father was stationed in Toul, France where she discovered a treasure trove of books hiding in the furnace room. The house was rumored to be the former headquarters of the Nazi Party with bullet holes decorating the foyer as evidence. The books, sci-fi, mysteries, fantasy, and the classics, opened her mind to the power of story. Today, she is married and lives on a farm in south Alabama with dogs, cats, and chickens. She agrees with Emily Dickinson who said, "I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it until it begins to shine."

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