Thursday, October 10, 2013

Seeking Shelter by Morgan K. Wyatt -- Review and Giveaway

(Romantic Suspense/Women's Fiction)

This review is in conjunction with a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Morgan will be awarding a backlist eBook at every stop to a randomly drawn commenter, and a Grand Prize of a $30 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Megan’s goal of being a loving wife ended the same time her husband, Jason, tried to choke the life out of her. She flees the scene with her young children with the help of the police and her neighbor. Heading back to her home state, she realizes Jason will follow and terrorize anyone who gets between them.

Megan becomes Elaine. She changes her appearance along with her name to escape her vengeful spouse. With the help of new friends at the women’s shelter, she pieces together the broken shards of her life. Megan finds the strength to trust and love again when she meets soft-spoken Kevin. He supports Megan’s transformation from abused wife to confident woman. Life is full of potential with her new place, love and career, but Jason looms like a dark cloud. Unfortunately, Jason is not a big fan of happy endings, especially hers.

I went into this book expecting a romantic suspense, and while there was some romance and plenty of suspense, really it's about one woman's journey to finding herself and her freedom.

I read the first couple of chapters through my fingers, sure the bad guy would jump out at any moment.  The story starts off running and Megan's debilitating fear is evident from word one.  I did question going to a women's shelter in her home town and getting in contact with her father again when she's trying to hide from her husband.  Still, I loved her dad, so I'm not sorry she landed there.

The author's done a great job with the heroine's character. She's believable and sympathetic.  I was surprised she stayed in the situation as long as she did, since she'd come from a supportive home and didn't have a history of abuse, but then we didn't get to see how she was broken down either, and I know that makes a difference.

I enjoyed the secondary characters from her kids (again, very believable... resilient but scarred from their experience), the women at the shelter, her father and friends.  Kevin is a great guy.  I loved how he stumbles over his words when they first meet, and how he's strong with her and not for her. He lets her change and grow as she needs, but gives her support along the way.

The author has a distinctive, descriptive way with words that I appreciated.  She painted a clear picture with her words and made it easy for me to see setting and people.  The undercurrent of fear throughout kept me tense and made for a quick read.

I think the end was resolved a little too neatly, but ultimately that's not the strength of this story anyway.  Megan and her transformation were the point.  And that point was made beautifully.

4 Flowers - This was a very good book! I'd recommend it to my friends.

Morgan K Wyatt, raised on a steady diet of superheroes, believed she could fly at a very young age. After using trees, barn lofts, sliding boards, and even a second story window as launch pads, she found her flying skills were limited to fast and downward. By the age of nine, her dreams to be a superhero needed some modifications, which caused her to turn to writing and horseback riding as alternatives to flying.

At the age of twenty, she had another chance at superhero greatness as being one of the few female soldiers trained for combat. The fact that women will be able to serve in combat soon indicates that all the witnesses to the grenade incident have retired. The grenade incident didn’t prevent her two sons or daughter-in-law from enlisting in the service. Having different last names probably helped.

Morgan recently retired from teaching special needs students to write fulltime, instead of in the wee hours of the night. With the help of her helpful husband and loyal hound, she creates characters who often grab plot lines and run with them. As for flying, she prefers the airlines now.

Seeking Shelter is a courageous tale of Megan Moeller who flees her abusive husband to start a new life with her children. The only problem is her soon to be ex-husband is not a big fan of happy endings, especially for Megan. This powerful, heartrending tale is now available from Sweet Cravings Publishing.

Buy the book at Amazon UK, or Sweet Cravings Publishing.


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  1. Good Morning It'S Raining Books,
    What a well written review, thanks. :) I know it takes work not only to read the book, but craft an appropriate review. Truth told, the book is half as big as it was originally.

    Thanks for hosting me too. :)

  2. Thanks for your honest and informative review. You tell me just enough to make me want to read more.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Karen,
      It was a lovely review. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. Hi Karen,
    Thanks for commenting. The review was well written too.

  4. Great review, I can't wait to read the book.


    1. Hi Rita,
      I can't wait for you to read the book either. :)

  5. What a beautiful and sensitive review. I loved it and the way the book sounds.

  6. Hi Rita,
    Thanks for following the tour. I have to agree that the review is great.:)

  7. Afternoon Mom Jane,
    I was touched by the review too. Thanks for following. :)

  8. Good review. It's obvious the reviewer was really into this book.

    1. Hi Angela,
      A well written review such as the one above is always a joy to the author. :)

  9. Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Eva,
      Thanks for dropping by and reading the review.

  10. Great review!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds like a really good read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  11. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the novel! I really liked your review.


    1. Hi Chelsea,
      It does a writer's heart good when someone enjoys a book. It is like Christmas when you thought you were getting nothing and you get exactly what you want.

  12. Nice review

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  13. A great review thank you. I'm sure I will be tense reading this too.


    1. Hi Mary,
      I was tense writing it and I knew how it ended...well, sorta.

  14. Yes, she sounds very brave to do what she did. Looks like a very moving read!

    1. Hi Claira Pam,
      Thanks for commenting. Megan is brave for her children. Children who live in an abusive cycle usually become abusers or marry abusive men.


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