Set You Free by Elmer Seward

Set You Free by Elmer Seward
Publisher: Bay Rivers Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: (Full Length) 242 pages
Heat Level:
Rated: Sweet
Review by Poppy

Deena is running from a dangerous past. When she finds herself in a small fishing village tucked away on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, she thinks she is finally safe. While there, she discovers a journal that weaves a story of secrets, passion, and unrequited love. In its pages, she discovers the answers to her struggle with the shadows of her own past. In the end, those shadows close in on her and threaten all that she holds dear.

I was completely unsure of what to expect when I picked up this book–but I’m so glad I grabbed it!

The characters drove this story, and did a fine job of doing so.  I fell in love with Mama Jo, Enos, Blake and others from Opechancano, a tiny and wonderful town. It took awhile to warm up to Deena, to be honest. Yeah, it was clear she was running from something, but she was a little over the top with her snippy attitude and crazy fear of spiders (and snakes). Once I got a glimmer of her past, I could understand her unbelievable fear of letting Kat, her daughter, out of her sight but I still thought her rudeness was uncalled for. Over time, though, the folks in town wore her down and she slowly lightened up. Blake and Mama Jo, though, should have awards for putting up with her early on.

The bad guys here were so bad I occasionally had trouble taking them seriously. Every molecule in their bodies was pure evil. They killed without compunction and were absolutely single-minded in their search for Deena. I have to admit, I do love how things ended and who did the handling… it was unexpected and strangely charming.

There is romance here, but it’s on the back burner, slowly simmering throughout the story and very sweet and quiet. Also, there’s an old journal that Deena finds that sort of parallels her life (not exactly, but similar) that is a bit heart-breaking, especially when we learn who it’s really about.

All-in-all, Set You Free is a character driven story, with occasional edge-of-your-seat excitement and some of the best characters I’ve ever read about. Honestly, for the three dimensional, interesting and unique characters alone, I’d read this author again. It’s his strong suit and really fantastic.


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Poppy, thanks so much for the great review. I actually cut back some of Deena’s sharp edges from the first draft. Ultimately, given her past, I didn’t think I could cut all of them away. She is hardened, wary, and untrusting for a good reason. It takes us a while to realize why, and it takes her a while to let her guard down.

    Just a note – The eBook version is only 99 cents for the month of October.

    I will be offline for most of the day today but will respond to comments or questions later in the day.

    Thanks again.

  3. kim hansen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  4. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds very intriguing.

    • I try to write books that are a bit different with characters that I would want to know. I like to think the stories are intriguing. I hope you read Set You Free and feel the same way.

  5. Happy Monday! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  7. Great review

  8. Dale Wilken says:

    Sounds like a good read

  9. Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!

  10. Thank you for your honest review, it’s much appreciated!

  11. Lisa Brown says:

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

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