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Monday, April 19, 2010

Finding Home by Jude Mason

Finding Home by Jude Mason
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (39 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Handsome, blond, Jacob Cob was on a hunting trip that takes him beyond anything he could have imagined. While tracking an animal, he steps into what he believes is the mouth of a cave only to wake up a thousand years in the past.

Taken in by a native band, a young warrior offers him shelter and friendship. Jacob begins to learn the ways of the band, and soon finds himself falling for Tsaskwana, or Bird Song, a lovely native woman. Still he searches for a way home. Every spare moment he has, he wanders the forest, trying to find that cave, to no avail.

Will his white man ways ruin his chance at happiness? Will Bird Song win his heart? Will he accept this new home and these people as his?

What happens when a normally boring day on the hunt goes awry? And you find yourself in the midst of a world you don’t understand with people you long to know?

You have to read Finding Home to figure it out.

Jude Mason’s stories never fail to capture my attention and imagination. I found myself in a whole new world with characters I couldn’t forget. This story has an added benefit—a reminder that the world isn’t ours alone.

Jacob, while out on a hunt for the fun of it, stumbles into a time loophole. I liked that it was totally different from the world he knew without being so foreign he wants to leave. I admired his attitude—he’s a stranger in a strange land, but he never gives up. His strength and determination drew me to him.

Although there is nothing from her point of view, I liked the heroine, Birdsong, as Jacob names her. She’s strong in her faith in him, even when he causes unintended trouble. She’s meek, but not so much that she’s less likable.

What unfortunately did me in on this story was the editing. With a bit of polish, this ebook could be really powerful. The lesson Jacob learns the hard way is one everyone should know, but it gets lost in the little editorial speed bumps. With those smoothed out, this is one ebook for the keeper shelf.

If you want sensual, steamy love scenes and a redemptive spirit in your ebooks, then you need to read Finding Home. I give it 3 cherries.

1 comment:

Jude Mason said...

Tiger Lily,

Thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed learning more about Jacob and Birdsong.