Stephen Doster has authored several other books and has an excellent interview with Joyce Dixon on Southern Scribes. Doster grew up on St. Simons Island, the location of the stories. As noted further in the review, I recommend this book, but also that it be read in pieces. I found my expectations taking turns that were not there when I read the stories in fairly close sequence. Read one, put the book away and come back to read another without demanding the continuity that shows up carry on in a strong manner.
The collection of stories focus on the times of St. Simons Island from the first settlers in Spanish missions through modern times. The ongoing linking catalyst is the bell that first rang out over wild country and at the end, graced a local church.
The stories began with a common thread, including the bell and a blend of paranormal incidents, with historical references at the appropriate moment in time that reminded me of some of James Michener’s books. About half-way through, it seemed the shadow theme faded and the remainder were Georgia incidents with a couple, especially the end that had the bell thread. The arrangement sort of lost me.
Each story is artfully told with some humor, some angst and good description and history. Perhaps best read as short stories of Georgia without trying to figure out the purpose and connection of the title and the shadows. Read one and put it aside for awhile, then go back and enjoy a story. Kiss the Rim was one of my favorites, but the clever Father Carlos would make a nice next door neighbor.
Historical fiction without excess profanity and no erotica. No fluff.
I read this book on my Kindle Fire and will be reviewing on Amazon.com and Goodreads.
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