If a deal is too good to be true, the truth may turnout to be a bit unnerving as Ralda ultimately discovers when she wins the old Sunhold house in “Atonement, Tennessee” with a very low bid in an on-line auction. She with her cat, Lilith, take possession of the house and discovers the mechanizations, magic, and, ultimately, the reason she ended up in Atonement, Tennessee.
Teagan's writing is excellent, enabling the reader to form clear images of people, scenery and the goings-on throughout the novel, while sparing the reader the excruciating, unnecessary details authors will sometimes torture their readers with. She seamlessly weaves Lilith's thoughts and reactions to various characters and events as they unfold throughout the novel.
Ralda’s neighbors are friendly, but some of them are mysterious and turn up both unexpectantly and without explanation. She forms friendships with the some women, who are also her neighbors, after she discovers them having their Sunday gathering while she is wondering around the far reaches of the cemetery that came with the estate.
Strange dreams begin to haunt Ralda with paranormal activity, sensual entanglements, and mythology made so real she has to wonder if they really are only dreams. Lilith can see some the strange goings on while Ralda sleeps, but while cats can often see the paranormal, they can’t always relate to them in human terms, leaving Ralda to puzzle out by the mysteries unfolding in her new home.
Teagan deals with issues of domineering and philandering men, acquiescent women, and the not so nice results without getting on a soapbox about the issues. Serious offenders "atone" for their transgressions, while everyone else deals as best the can with their current lot in life. While Ralda doesn't want to believe the strange and paranormal experiences she starts having after moving into the Sunhold house are real, she eventually has to face the reality.
“Atonement, Tennessee” is a quick and delightful read. I highly recommend it.
Teagan Riordain Geneviene comments on this blog, and has her own blog called Teagan's Books where she does serial novels.