Sunday, 23 September 2012

Saxonhurst Secrets by Justine Elyot

I was excited to have the opportunity to read a full length novel from Justine Elyot as I have only read novellas from her before which I have always enjoyed.

This book was so different on every level than I thought it would be and in a good way.
The Reverend Adam Flint is a stoutly religious naive man and is determined to "save" the villagers from being known as "the most Godless village". Although I am not religious myself  I was brought up in a very strict religious household and Justine has captured every quality of this religious man perfectly, I have met people like Adam even down to his mannerisms and his way of speaking to people is all something I can relate to from my own childhood.

On the surface, Saxonhurst is like every other sleepy English village in the Vale of Parham.
But what explanations are there for its unfailingly bountiful harvests, its amazingly successful cricket team, its bizarre and bacchanalian May Day rituals?
New vicar Adam Flint is bent on finding out why Saxonhurst has the nickname 'most godless village in England'. With the help and hindrance of village siren Evie and the strange and remote Lady of the Manor, Julia, he uncovers closets full of skeletons. And not just skeletons - flesh and blood bodies rich in temptations as well...
Will the secrets of Saxonhurst be Adam's ruin?

Justine has captured the essence of antiquated staunch Christian ideals dating back to the Puritans with a mix of Pagan Folklore with a brilliant paranormal twist running parallel through the whole plot. From childhood Adam felt different and now he had been given this new unusual parish he is determined to be the only vicar ever to convince the villagers to follow God and not their traditional pagan ways.
I loved how the secrets of Saxonhurst gradually became intertwined with history,  tradition and superstition and why the village has incredible bountiful crops every year and the cricket team has never lost.

I adored following Adams internal battle with his strong lifelong religious beliefs and his new sexual awakening and love for Evie Witt, or was he just one of the many men enchanted by her. History showed that from the age of 18 there had been a wild Witt girl since 1600's. Appalled and shocked after witnessing the villager's mayday rituals we follow Adam as he genuinely tries to save Evie's soul but is it hers that needs saving....?
The strange love triangle between Evie and Sheila the sexy lady of the manor who is desperately trying to regain her rightful place in her families traditional home; becomes even stranger during the months and weeks leading up to the Harvest festival.

Without revealing too much of this imaginative plot we discover that both Evie, Sheila and Adam both have historical parallels leading to an amazing finale which I loved, it was quite different to what you are led to believe. Saxonhursts secrets is a creative, fast paced, paranormal journey of erotic fun, the characters are relatable with plenty of sex which is believable and incredibly steamy, from voyeurism to spanking and bondage to girl on girl and group sex.  Something for almost every taste and I feel this would make the most wonderful film!
It isn't based on true pagan beliefs so those that follow Paganism in anyway should not be offended; this is simply a brilliant novel on the sole tradition of this unusual quaint English village by the hand of Justine Elyot.
A brilliant imaginative book I read from page to page in 1 day as I couldn't down. I loved it and I can completely recommend this book to everyone that loves their erotica with a great plot and paranormal twist!

Paperback 238 pages
ISBN: 9781908262684

Author Bio
Justine Elyot is the author of Xcite novel Meeting Her Match and the Black Lace title On Demand as well as a growing body of short fiction published by Black Lace, Xcite and Cleis Press.  She likes to explore the dark side of desire in her writing. She lives by the sea.

Please read more about Justine on her official website HERE

You can buy your copy of Saxonhurst Secrets from Xcite Books

Usually £7.99 but for September ONLY  25% off 

All my Thanks goes to Xcite Books for sending me this book to review.

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