The Wishing Well Curse by Lynn Donovan
Zeke Clay couldn’t have had a worse day. He lost his job, his girlfriend was unfaithful, he had fallen behind in his studies as an EMT and had to quit. A person driving in front of him left the road, submerged in a slimy pit of mud. Zeke dove into the sludge, pulled the unconscious driver out, and performed CPR when he couldn’t find a pulse. Once rescue units arrived, he discovered the guy was the man with whom his ex had cheated. He packed his bags to leave town, not really certain where he was going.
On his way, he stopped at the post office to retrieve a letter. It was from a lawyer’s office in Colorado. He was invited to attend the reading of a will for someone he had never heard of. At least it gave him a place to go. The will revealed that he had some family after all. And if he believed what the lawyer told him, he may possibly inherit the estate…IF he accepted the bizarre conditions listed in the will.
First, he was to lift a curse that had been placed on his family. Before he could do that, he had to live in his uncle’s house for a week. He had to somehow restore love to the family. At first he thought the entire situation was too strange to be true. He wasn’t even sure he believed in curses. But clues kept coming to him until he thought this could only be an elaborate scavenger hunt of some sort…or perhaps he was being punked. But events turned mystifying and he was unsure of his ability to handle what was happening. Who could he trust to help him?
As he read more of the family history and experienced a glimmer of understanding how his parents fit into the scheme of things, he asked himself if he really could solve this mystery, lift a curse that seemed to be real? Fortunately, the deceased uncle had wisely placed advisers along the path of discovery for Zeke to turn to when he didn’t know where else to get help. I appreciated the Biblical counsel from the biker pastor, as he listened intently and non-judgmentally to Zeke’s struggles and queries. He wasn’t one to push, but allowed Zeke to make his own discoveries on his own time. He was a friend who made his time available, just the type of person Zeke needed.
The author employs a unique blend of fantasy, Native American legend, and Christian beliefs to create an intriguing light mystery. The first time I read the book through, I was mystified right along with Zeke. Turn of events were surprising and not as predictable as I expected them they to be. I enjoyed reading this and appreciate the originality the author exercised when she crafted the plot lines. Zeke was a likable young person, and I soon found myself cheering for his success. As a work of fiction, this is an enjoyable experience.
Spoiler: don’t read if you just want to enjoy a piece of fiction with paranormal elements.
While I enjoyed the story itself, I hesitate to recommend it without a bit of a warning. I personally feel that the belief in ghosts is a cultural thing. The Bible makes it clear there is a spirit world with angels and demons, the good and the bad. I respect the things involved in the spirit world; I don’t believe we should treat any aspects of it lightly. To me, the belief in ghosts is trivializing belief in the spirit world–a compromise. Any time spirits are mentioned or appear in the Bible, there are warnings against calling them up. Angels were always sent by God and/or doing His business. In addition, I don’t believe that ghosts can accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. That is a privilege that is given to living, breathing human beings.
A complimentary review copy was provided to me by the author and Pauline Creeden, editor at AltWitPress. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- Author Interview: Lynn Donovon, The Wishing Well Curse (ebarnes23.wordpress.com)