Roberta D. Hoffer
Mrs. Hoffer has presented Silentheart, the first book of a new Vampire trilogy, in a manner that if adults did not care for the pandemonium of the Twilight Saga, then this would be the next exciting paranormal romance to choose. I found that I was immediately caught up in this unwinding, twisting story and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The story begins with a woman finding that the man she married has just destroyed their marriage, so her life seems to be falling into shambles as she tries to pick up the pieces. What is worse, her best friend was privy to the upcoming divorce. She decides to make a fresh start to her new life by moving to a new town and taking up a teaching career.
As she desires to trace her lineage, she takes a class to learn more. It is when this class is over, that she learns more that she thought… Her long lost grandfather was still alive, when her family suspected him to be deceased. Not only this, but she learns of a few other relatives that are considered to be the ‘walking dead’. Even after learning this, she accepts them immediately into her life, despite the dangers this knowledge possess.
The story goes on to introduce a very special vampire whom claims to be destined to be in her life, even despite her marriage. What is more amazing is the immediate bond the two share.
Upon receipt of this book from the author, I did receive a letter directly from her. She told me in advance how the characters were inspired, and they are indeed interesting and strong. However, in some places of this book there are some word errors, and I did notice that near the end of this book as events were unfolding, that it was more difficult for me to follow a few characters as Hoffa switched so often between ‘first person’ and ‘third
person’. I am not sure if this is a part of her errors to ‘remind her that she is not perfect’, as stated in her note to me… but the quick change in perspective was noticeable and somewhat distracting as it broke the flow for me
Despite a few grammatical flaws, this was an amazingly interesting story with some very creative ideas on vampires. It is hard to find a story that does not always carry the same themes on the walking dead. I am very much looking forward to the next two chapters in this unfolding saga as the reader
is left hanging and wanting more!
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