Seeking Shelter by Morgan K. Wyatt

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Seeking Shelter by Morgan K. Wyatt
Publisher: Sweet Cravings Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full (201 pgs)
Heat: Sensual
Rated: 3.5 stars
Review by Poppy

Megan’s goal of being a loving wife ended the same time her husband, Jason, tried to choke the life out of her. She flees the scene with her young children with the help of the police and her neighbor. Heading back to her home state, she realizes Jason will follow and terrorize anyone who gets between them.

Megan becomes Elaine. She changes her appearance along with her name to escape her vengeful spouse. With the help of new friends at the women’s shelter, she pieces together the broken shards of her life. Megan finds the strength to trust and love again when she meets soft-spoken Kevin. He supports Megan’s transformation from abused wife to confident woman. Life is full of potential with her new place, love and career, but Jason looms like a dark cloud. Unfortunately, Jason is not a big fan of happy endings, especially hers.

With one of the most powerful first lines I’ve read (“Dear God, would you please kill my daddy? Amen”), Seeking Shelter pulls no punches as it shows how one woman, Megan, grows from a down-trodden, abused wife to a confident, secure woman.

Seeking Shelter isn’t at its heart a romance (though there is the relationship she eventually develops with Kevin, she doesn’t even meet him until nearly one hundred pages into the story); it’s a suspense novel with the bones of women’s fiction.

The strength of the story is in its characters. We meet a crew of folks who are so incredibly developed, unique and interesting, they’ll keep you reading even when the plot hits a bump. The bumps are very small, and the story is thoroughly interesting. The children broke my heart at the beginning, but it was lifted as I watched them change and grow with the kind of resilience only the very young seem to have.  Megan struggles to overcome her fear… and who could blame her?  She was all but held prisoner by her husband and abused verbally and physically. We’re meant to hate Jason, and we do.

Kevin was exactly what our heroine needed. Soft-spoken, calm, a little bit unsure, he’s the complete antithesis of Jason. Don’t think he’s weak, however. We find out just how strong he is before the last page.

I’ve not read anything by this author before, and despite my few issues with some of the plot points (and the ease with which the ends are tied) I was truly amazed at her skill with words and character building. I’d not hesitate to pick up another book by Ms. Wyatt, and really did enjoy this one.

Comments

  1. Mary Preston says:

    It is a very powerful first line. Got to love that.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  2. Morgan K Wyatt says:

    Good Morning Poppy,
    Thanks for reviewing my book. I am off to work now.

  3. Thank you for hosting

  4. What a great review. Sounds like this is a outstanding and great story.

    • Morgan K Wyatt says:

      Afternoon Mom Jane,
      I appreciate the hard work Polly put into the review. Thanks for following the tour.

  5. Karen H in NC says:

    Well, it’s the last day of the tour and I want to say I’ve enjoyed following you around, learning more about you and your books. So, thanks for a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  6. It’s been a great tour. The books sounds very exciting, I can’t wait to read it.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  7. Claira Pam says:

    Wow, talk about pulling no punches, indeed! This sounds like a very powerful read, and I’m particularly interested because my sister-in-law recently went through a very similar situation with her ex-husband. Thank you for writing.

  8. Morgan K Wyatt says:

    Hello Clara,
    I started out the tour at the Domestic Violence Blog , not part of the Goddess tours, to point out this happened to me. I just changed a few details to call it fiction. The story allows people to understand how a woman could get in such a situation. Thanks for commenting.

  9. Great review!
    Sounds like a really good read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  10. Chelsea B. says:

    I really appreciate the honest review! This has been a great tour with really great insight into the book. I greatly enjoyed it! 🙂

    My best,
    Chelsea.

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  11. I enjoyed this book.

  12. Catherine says:

    What a thoughtful review. I usually try to avoid “women’s fiction” during the summer. I like more “fluff” and fun, contemporary romps in the summer. For some reason, I wait to read heavier, more dramatic fare in the Fall and Winter. It seems like a better season to tackle Seeking Shelter.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    • Morgan K Wyatt says:

      Good Morning Catherine,
      Often I want fluff too. It is rather like food cravings. I will admit to having two fluffy books coming out next. Weighty one in the wings. 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

  13. That’s an interesting first line

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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