#Bookreview – Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Riordain Geneviene

Teagan Riordain Geneviene

What Amazon says

Esmeralda Lawton is sick of the big city. “Ralda” was betrayed until trust became a theoretical concept. So it’s a dream come true when she buys an old estate, complete with historic cemetery. Okay, she isn’t excited about the cemetery, but she’s strangely drawn to the estate. Atonement, Tennessee, a quaint town, seems like the perfect place for her. However, her new life isn’t quiet.

The house is full of antiques. Some have extraordinary properties — a brass bed causes strange dreams, and a mirror shows the truth of who you are.

A mysterious neighbor secretly watches over the graveyard. There’s more to him than meets the eye, but what? Then there’s Gwydion, owner of Fae’s Flowers. She stubbornly resists her feelings for him.

Ralda suspects that people are drawn to Atonement to, well — atone. She wonders what sins led her there. However, her ancestress made the mistakes.

Atonement is home to more than humans. Supernaturals go there too. Some have fallen far.

This urban fantasy, seasoned with Celtic mythology, comes with a side-order of mystery. Are you sad to see the “Sookie Stackhouse” stories end? Make a visit to Atonement, Tennessee!

My review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author has a wonderful knack of bringing her characters to life and making the reader really care about them and what is happening to them.

Esmeralda Lawton has just moved to Atonement, Tennessee after purchasing a large, ramshackle house at an “unbelievably low price” in an auction. Esmeralda or Ralda, as she prefers to call herself, can’t believe her good luck which seems almost to good to be true. Perhaps that is because it is to good to be true. The house, which is attached to a family graveyard which Ralda is also the proud owner of, has a history and is of great interest to a number of people in the town.

Not long after taking up residence in her new home, Ralda and her calico cat, who sports the gorgeous name of Lilith, start noticing some unusual things about the house and graveyard. Ralda starts to meet some unusual people; or are they people? Something rather strange is going on with strange noises in the night, enormous feathers which don’t belong to any know species and frightening dreams and thoughts. At the same time, Ralda is trying to give support to her new neighbour who is going through a rough time with her marriage and whose husband seems to have vanished.

Atonement, Tennessee is a great, all-round read, with elements of a mystery, the supernatural and romance all successfully intertwined. The book also dips into the themes of female friendships as well as destroyed trust which add to the intrigue. I read this book in less than a week and am looking forward to reading the next book, Atonement in Bloom, in this series.

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57 thoughts on “#Bookreview – Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Riordain Geneviene

  1. Robbie, your review took my breath away. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed “Atonement, Tennessee.” In a sense, it’s where everything, my blog and even the Pip novels began. Because if I had not written this story, I would not have started blogging. If I had not started blogging, then Pip would not have come to be… or Lulu, or Conrelis…
    It means a lot to me that you were entertained by the story. It means even more that you found value in it.
    Hugs on the wing.

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      1. You really have become a skilled book reviewer, Robbie. The ability to give that kind of feedback is a talent in any arena. If you supervise staff at work, they are luckier than they realize.

        LOL famous… I don’t know that I’d want to be famous — but I sure wouldn’t mind being rich. 😉

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      2. Thank you, Teagan. I am very pleased by your comment. I try hard to share good content when I review and I am thrilled when it is appreciated. I would like to be a famous writer. To write something that remains and enthralls people long after I am gone is a nice dream.

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      3. “To write something that remains and enthralls people long after I am gone is a nice dream.” Indeed it is, Robbie. Beautifully said. Even though I try to be a little flippant about it, I suppose that is actually what keeps me writing. 🙂

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    1. Hi Kamal. Thank you kindly. I suppose it is rather historical. I’m a research geek, so I looked into so many things. I grew up a few hours’ drive from the area where my fictional town would be, and twice lived in the general area as an adult.
      But I researched the history of the state, to get the years right for when the home would have been built, as well as how “developed” the area would have been (not very!)
      Those things helped me “feel” the fictional town and know what kind of people, personalities, opinions would be there. Plus first hand knowledge of very small towns helped me know what kind of businesses would (or wouldn’t) be there.
      Have a beautiful new week. Hugs!

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    1. Haha! Hi Tandy. As they used to say about living next to a grave yard — at least the neighbors would be quiet! Considering the neighbors I’ve had the past 10 years, I would love to live next to a cemetery. 😀
      Have a beautiful new week. Hugs.

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    1. Hi Jacqui. I like to think the town could be anywhere. A reader did some photo art of it, his vision of it being in New Mexico. Another blogger, did a promo post for me using pictures of his hometown in Connecticut that reminded him of the stories. Then another man told me there is an Atonement church and school in Texas. It made me really happy to think people might imagine my fictional Tennessee town just about anywhere.
      You are welcome in Atonement, Tennessee any time. Hugs!

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