ROW80 & Review of Six Train To Wisconsin
I’m always thrilled to receive ARCs from fellow authors, especially when they’re out of my chosen genre because chances are I may not otherwise pick up that book. Unfortunately, that means I certainly miss out on many gems. I’m glad I didn’t miss this one, a speculative fiction novel The Six Train to Wisconsin by Kourtney Heintz.
I met Kourtney through the awesome vastness of the on-line writer community and jumped at the chance for an ARC of her book because, well, Wisconsin native here. You throw my state in the title of a book and I’m going to read it just to make sure you haven’t painted us beer-swilling Cheeseheads in a bad light. Which, never fear, is not the case.
The Six Train to Wisconsin (a 2012 semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition) is an emotionally charged book written with such skill that at times I became just as overwhelmed as the characters and had to come up for air. Oliver and Kai, husband and wife, have saved one another. They are both broken souls, both the other one’s salvation. But how far will you go to save the person you love? And how far will they allow you to go before that love is shattered?
For Kai, life has always been difficult. A telepath who loses control and finds it hard to block out the overwhelming emotional trauma of everyone within a half-mile radius, she is caught between wanting to help those in need, and the devastation that comes with the failure to do so. For Oliver, Kai is his life. He can’t bear to see her broken and giving up, so he uproots her from their Manhattan life, and drags her unwillingly to Butternut, Wisconsin.
There’s only one problem with Butternut. All of Oliver’s demons reside there.
Suspense and intrigue follow when Oliver and Kai’s life begins to unravel even as Oliver is desperately fighting to hold the pieces together. Kidnapping, mystery, and a twist I never saw coming left me breathless by the end. The characters are well-drawn, and the writing tight and gripping. An honest tale of love, suspense, and sacrifice. I won’t call it an easy read. I will call it a must read. And, just so I don’t leave you thinking it’s all sombre intensity, there are some pretty humorous interactions between characters, and let’s not forget the turkey. If that one doesn’t make you at least giggle, then there may be no hope for you.
Okay, so on to a much overdue and woefully neglected ROW80 Update for those of you interested.
- Finish the first draft of Emergence ~ A Darkness & Light Novel, Book Two.
- Make significant headway on my urban fantasy/paranormal romance tentatively being titled Crossing Paths.
Somewhere along the way I decided to add a third project thanks mainly to how well it was received on WIPpet Wednesdays, as well as the prodding of fellow WIPpeteers using sharpened quills. The First House officially became a WIP that I intend to release as a serial with illustrations. Yes, giant nutball here.
So, where do I stand? As of this exact moment Goal #1 sits at 94,826/110k words. I hope to add to that count today. I’ve been adding to it nearly every day with the exception of the five I was out of town last week. Goal #2 now sits at 12,777 words. I have managed to add some each week so that’s good. Not sure it counts as “significant headway” but at least it’s something.
Now go get a copy of The Six Train to Wisconsin (By the way, did I mention I’ll be interviewing the awesome Kourtney Heintz right here on June 11? Well, I am. Make sure you stop by.) And go send some love to the other ROWers.