5 stars · book reviews

White Heaven Women


Title: White Heaven Women
Author: Jessie B. Tyson
EBook, 195 pages
Published August 2012

My e-book copy was provided by the author herself, Ms. Jessie B. Tyson, in exachage of an honest review.

summary from goodreads.com

Separated by Death, Reunited by Fate…

In the year 1899, in Whitehaven, Cumbria, UK, Lady Constance Witherspoon, only 14 years of age, gives birth to twin girls during a tumultuous storm. Lady Elisa (Beth) is born with a diagnosis of demonic possession, while her twin, Lady Sarah, is crushed and killed when the ceiling collapses in the storm.

In the year 2000, Sally Witherspane returns home to Whitehaven and is haunted by relentless nightmares about demons and a baby crushed at birth. To discover the meaning of these dreams, she seeks the help of the local psychic, who instructs Sally to attend a past life meeting. It is there that Sally meets Beth Witherspoon.

Persuaded by a ghostly blue apparition, Sally documents a family history filled with deception, abuse and an ancient evil, and she must summon strength and faith to become the woman she is destined to be, one of the last descendants of the White Heaven Women.

White Heaven Women is a very welcome addition to my growing list of beloved books. Debut author, Jessie B. Tyson makes the reader feel the emotions that the characters were expressing. I found myself shivering a couple of times, and I was even afraid to fall asleep, for fear of having nightmares, which was how the story of White Heaven Women began.

One stormy night, the main character, Sally Witherspane, was having a bad dream which included a red-eyed devil. On the first night that I read this, it was actually raining in our place, much like the rain that Sally had always feared. When I realized this is actually a paranormal novel, I prepared myself for a tumultuous evening. But I stopped at Chapter 3, because I thought I heard something moving outside my bedroom windows. I freaked out! OMG, I thought I could never sleep again. Yes, I was such a coward. Ha! Anyway, the next day, in the afternoon, I continued reading and didn’t stop until I was finished.

White Heaven Women is very easy to read and quick-paced. From the moment the author told me of her Audio/Video clip on youtube about the story behind the blue ghosts of Whitehaven, I got intrigued and knew this was going to be a good read. I listened to Jessie’s voice five(5) times until I read her book, so her voice was floating in my head while I encountered Sally’s nightmares and discoveries.  The first part of the book got to me. The retelling of the events that happened a century ago was heartbreaking – the untimely conception of a child, the gossips in the neighborhood, the death of a newborn child, the non-acceptance in the family – all of which were just so sad.

Yet, it was truly a great experience reading a book that talked about reincarnation, love between a mother and a child, the acceptance and abomination of a sickness of a child and the finding of true love. There was character development as the story progresses which was a good thing. The idea of reincarnation was not new to me, as I believe that I was also a “someone” in my past life. Whoever he or she may have been, I think he or she would be pleased to know that I live, lived and definitely will live my life to the fullest. 

Kudos to Jessie Tyson for a haunting yet satisfyingly delightful story. I loved the ending, too! You are a great storyteller, your knowledge of supernatural elements in the story were a good concept and it thrilled me to know that it was based on a true-to-life experience.  And thank you for taking me to Cumbria, England, surely it is a magical place; a place I would love to go to in the future. Bravo Jessie, for a compelling debut novel!

Here are some more information you need to know about the author:

Jessie B Tyson was born at Scalegill Place near Moor Row, a tiny village between the coast and the mountains in N.W. Cumbria England. In what year? She’s a senior and will not divulge that, ladies prerogative but she will be collecting a pension in a few years (grin.) She was educated in her natal area and moved to Canada in the year 2000. Jessie wrote children’s and fantasy stories as a teenager. When she matured she moved on to writing adult stories. She has a great imagination and enjoys turning her vision-like dreams into enjoyable tales. Jessie considers herself as a Spiritual Christian, who believes in the Power of God but that doesn’t stop her writing paranormal fiction with ghosts and demons! 😀 Jessie has a wonderful sense of humour, and loves to laugh and tease her friends. She has a generous spirit and will help anyone in need. She has an affinity with animals, especially dogs, cats, horses and dolphins. Jessie abhors all forms of cruelty to any living breathing creature.

Please visit her author page on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/White-Heaven-Women-ebook/dp/B008SDDGV6

She also uploaded a video there, scroll to bottom right. http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008UKEZVW

Facebook author page:- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessie-B-Tyson-Author/216411575156620

Twitter:- https://twitter.com/JessieBTyson

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