Lord of Thunder by Linda Mooney

Lord of Thunder by Linda Mooney
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
Genre: Paranormal, Historical
Length: Full Length (253 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Cherry Blossom

Annie Mayall was a young bride, brought to Montana in 1940 by her new husband to start their new life together…as soon as he struck it rich in the promised silver mines. Abandoned for three long, desperate and lonely years, Annie was forced to survive by herself in the wilds of the mountains. Until one stormy night brought a severely wounded stranger to her tiny one-room cabin. A stranger both mystical and fascinating. A stranger who not only brought her happiness, but a kind of love she never knew existed.

A stranger who was not of this earth.

Linda Mooney brings into existence the rough Montana life of the mid-20th century. With undeniable skill and veracity, she weaves the historical background of WWII into the fabric of her story. The details of today’s pioneering life on undeveloped land with no modern conveniences in a time when radio was commonplace elsewhere and telephones were not an oddity make for an unusual setting for this science-fiction tale that begins like a historical novel.

I will not reveal who is the stranger Annie Mayall rescues for fear of spoiling the readers’ pleasure, but I must say their mutual discovery is well presented, and both the hero and heroine of the story are appealing characters. As are Annie’s old neighbors.

Linda Mooney’s descriptions of the Montana landscape, of its changes of seasons and its harsh weather, as well as its quiet, strong inhabitants, give the place a character of its own. The cabin where Annie lives become as warm and inviting for the reader as it is for the heroine herself, and we share Annie’s pride in the work she does on the homestead. We admire her, and can easily take her for a role model.

What prevented me from giving the story a 4-book rating, however, was the sometimes awkward introduction of Annie’s past. The lengthy flashbacks and descriptions of her life before she came to Montana could have been accomplished with more effect if they had been woven into the plot itself, rather than told to the reader as a chronicle of past times.

Similarly, certain repeated descriptions are a little heavy-handed, and distract from the flow of the story.

However, none of it prevented me from enjoying a fine read and a good story, intense suspense and joyful reunions. Lord of Thunder took me away into a world of imagination for my great reading pleasure.


  1. Thank you!! 😀

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