First Rule PR Presents: Natasha Troop's Lakebridge Spring and Lakebridge Summer





Book Description

April 25, 2011
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 25, 2011)

Vermont, picturesque and lovely, attracts visitors from across the country in search for the perfect picture, the perfect fall foliage or perhaps a taste of maple syrup. Stansbury is best known for the odd covered bridge that spans Stansbury Lake and goes nowhere, connecting no roads and serving no known purpose. The locals call it the Lakebridge. Very few know of its mysterious origins and fewer care to know more. Those visiting the town perhaps take a few snapshots and leave, their curiosity quelled by an uneasy feeling that they shouldn’t think on it anymore. The tourists will eventually leave Stansbury, but its residents strangely linger, seemingly held captive by a force they barely recognize. They also do not think about the town’s mysterious artifact much except in passing, all but Gil, his father, Ben, and a few others. They know of the bridge’s dark history and understand that it is responsible for every horror that ever befell the people of Stansbury: the people who fear the bridge but will not speak of it. The bridge makes people do things – bad things – so that it can continue to love and care for them all. Some have tried to destroy the bridge, but as long as the bridge is fed with the lives of the innocents of Stansbury it will go on – loving the people of Stansbury. Lakebridge: Spring is the first of a four book cycle revolving around Stansbury and the Lakebridge.


My Thoughts
This book is a cross between "Northern Exposure" and "The Twilight Zone."  The pairing of the scenic coziness of Stanbury, Vermont and the demonic portal that is the Lakebridge; is the perfect blend of quirk and spookiness.
The character's struggle to live their lives in spite of the menaces of bad luck and death that plagues the town will tug at reader's hearts. 

Some characters seem to have a closer relationship with the evil of the town than others, and it is these that you have to watch.  I won't go into who is who here because the discovery of who knows what and what they do or don't do with said information is the crux of the story.

This is a book full of evil, love, loyalty, laughter and death.  The most fun thing about this read is discovering it all.  Who will live?  Who will die?  Who will remember?





Book Description

April 2, 2012
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 2, 2012)
In the aftermath of a tragic spring day, the people of Stansbury, Vermont, are unable to forget what happened, as they have all the tragedies of their past. After the media exploited their pain, they have become uneasy with the world beyond their town and with any outsiders. In the aftermath of the media deluge, latecomers straggle into Stansbury looking to pick up the scraps of stories left behind. What they find, however, is that the powerful forces that have guided the destinies of the people of the town for hundreds of years are now at war with one another and in need of pawns. In the aftermath of Spring, there is Summer. Lakebridge: Summer is the second of a four book cycle revolving around Stansbury and the Lakebridge.

My Thoughts
The town is still there.  Most of the people are not and everyone is in an uproar because the secrets of the town and it's people have become public fodder.  Readers get to watch as the people and ghosts of the the beloved town try to cope.

There are some new additions to the cast of characters, the demon is still there and so is the bridge.  The thing that makes this read special is the fact that the people of the town are no longer walking around with blinders on in relation to the evil the both supports and feeds on the town.

The quirk and the laughs are still there, although the pain and loss are much nearer to the surface.

I can't wait for the other installments of this wonderful cozy horror.




Biography

Natasha grew up in Southern California and received her Bachelor's degree from UCLA in Comparative Literature. She also holds Masters Degrees in both Secondary Education and Creative Writing. Natasha currently lives in the Phoenix area with her spouse, son, daughter and menagerie of pets, including a Basset named Moose and a very overprotective collie dog. Aside from writing, Natasha spends her days teaching high school students to love theatre.


Lakebridge Spring | Paperback |  eBook


Lakebridge Summer | Paperback | eBook
 

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2 comments:

sgzimmer said...

Thanks for reviewing Natasha's Books! I read Summer and loved it myself! Gotta get caught up on Spring now, LOL.

Bridge Maiden said...

Thank you so much for the review and for hosting my tour!

Natasha

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