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Then Came the Thunder


Loved it! 😍

Overall, it was a delightful read. If you are looking for a feel-good story, go for it. Highly recommended!

Then Came The Thunder by Rachael Huszar is a fantasy novel set in the nineteenth century. Jessalyn Joy is a teacher, mourning her husband who died in a war. She lives in the small, quaint town, Three Willows, situated in the middle of a desert. Samuel Brooks, a stranger with a secret, comes to Three Willows to make a fresh start. But something is killing the livestock there, and soon, it becomes clear that the town has a secret of its own.

I loved how the author so brilliantly took a small town, added lovable characters, and mixed them all together with a nice mystery. The pace of the plot was perfect. Not too slow that it would make me lose interest, and not too fast that it would overshadow the characters. Although the fantasy part kicks in in the second half, the first half made me fall in love with the characters.

It seems the author fleshed out the characters from real life people. They were so grounded, and their struggle with emotions seemed so real, it made me root for all of them. It would be hard for me to choose a favorite character because I feel each of them had a role to play that gave a sense of closure to the story in the end.

The entire setting of Three Willows and the bond everyone shared with each other made me feel all warm and snug. It is a place I would love to live in. Every scene is so brilliantly executed by the author and life of the people described in such a manner that I would have loved to read about how they go about their day.

If there was anything I feel could have been improved, it was the fantasy part. I wish some more pages were spent on it. I don't want to say anything more about it as I don't want to spoil it for other readers. But there will be more books in this series so maybe we'll get to know about it then.

Overall, it was an amazing read. If you're looking for a feel-good story, go for it. Highly recommended!

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About the author

Rachael Huszar kept her life steeped in stories from a young age, and she began her own journey in story-making when she reached adulthood. Since then, she has taken up swimming, roller skating, and consuming tabletop RPG streams. She works full time as an exhibition designer in Dallas, Texas. view profile

Published on July 02, 2021

50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Historical Mysteries

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