Book Review: Penn’s Woodland – David Connor

Penns WoodlandDuring his eighteenth birthday, Penn’s family blamed him for his lover’s attack in the woods that led to his imprisonment at the confines of his room with only his mind as his companion and his sister Georgia as his sole caretaker. When Ewan Parrish, a world-renowned architect was contracted to build a secure walkway through the woods, Penn finds himself drawn to the man.

Ewan who also got intrigued by the whole set up is determine to find all the answers to his questions especially now that he’s developed a burgeoning feelings towards the young recluse.

Based on the blurb, I didn’t peg this to be an historical romance set in the 1920’s. Let me tell you, I’m not a big fan of historical fiction and I seldom read those types of literature but there are some books that really gets to me and this is one of them. I loved a writer who could keep my interest about something I’m not really fond of in the first place. Penn’s Woodland is so full of purple prose that at times I almost get lost in it. That’s not a bad thing though, I loved the consistency of the dialogues here. It makes me feel like living in that era myself.

There’s also a whole vibe of terror in this book. It’s subtle but very effective. You know there’s a monster in there masquerading him /herself and there will come a point in the book that you just find yourself reading faster to get to that part.

There was insta-love here that may or may not work for some people and somehow Penn and Ewan didn’t get much shit about their relationship given the era they’re living in. Still, I find myself enamored by how they both complemented each other. Both are very likable and the author obviously did a good job in providing ample connection between the two.

This is the first book I’ve read by David Connor – a great first read at that and I can totally see myself reading more from his catalogue in the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Expected publication: July 29th 2015 by Less Than Three Press

This title is available for preorder and will be available at approximately 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 28, 2015.

About The Author David lives in a small, rural town in New York with a cat, Molly, and his vivid imagination. It refuses to shut down, even when he sleeps. “Penn’s Woodland” started as a dream–literally, as do many of David’s works. David can be found on Twitter at @DannyCinicic and has a Facebook page with his writing partner:

The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. 

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