Ravine Lereux from author E. Denise Billups is my latest and greatest read. I have to say that I was pretty excited to read this one for two reasons. One, I love a good short story, like Two Turtle Doves or Beautiful, Complicated Family. Two, I’ve already read Tainted Harvest from E. Denise Billups, and was a big fan of it.
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About Ravine Lereux
Olivia and Edward Lereux live a quiet life with their chocolate Border collie, Axel in a picturesque cottage flanked by Maine’s blustery cliffs, far from town and people. Outwardly, their lives appear normal, but they’re not ordinary people. The Lereux family is cursed with something that has claimed their ancestors for many years.
When Ravine Lereux receives a distressing letter from her Uncle Edward, she must return to a place she swore never to return, a place that’s haunted by something, an abnormal presence she feared as a child. Now she must face it again. As she races to the aid of her aunt and uncle, she makes an unsettling discovery about herself and her family.
Thoughts on Ravine Lereux
Although I am a fan of short stories, I’m generally not a fan of supernatural stories. However, the way E. Denise Billips writes them and makes it easy to follow, I love it. I’m not sure how she manages this, and keeps my attention all the way through, but it is wonderful.
Even if you aren’t generally a fan of supernatural stories, I recommend giving this one a try! You won’t be disappointed.
My favorite parts of this short story were the pace and the character development. For being a short story, I was seriously impressed with how the characters all drew me in and I wanted to keep reading.
I’m not going to spoil the story for you, just tell you that you will not be disappointed by reading Ravine Lereux.
Final Thoughts on Ravine Lereux
One of my favorite traditions is to sit down on Sunday morning at the dining room table with my favorite coffee and a donut from Voodoo Donuts and read a short story. Short stories mean that every single word counts. There is no room for error, and it takes a special talent to write like that.
Short stories also keep my attention just long enough to sit and read the entire thing. This is significantly more enjoyable to me on my Sunday morning than reading the newspaper, and takes the same amount of time.
I am rapidly becoming a huge fan of E. Denise Billups and her writing. Every time I read one of her stories, I find myself wanting to read more! I know Ravine Lereux will not be the last of Billups’ books that I read.
Have you read Ravine Lereux from author E. Denise Billups, or any of her other writing? Are you as much of a fan of short stories as I am? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
About the Author
E. Denise Billups is an author with a rare mixture of Southern and Northern charm. She was born in Monroeville, Alabama, and raised in New York City, where she currently lives, acquired an MBA, and works in finance and as a freelance columnist.
A multi-genre author of fiction, she’s published four novels—Keepers Of The Gate: Twilight Ends (Book1), Kalorama Road, Chasing Victoria, and By Chance. She’s also written several supernatural short stories, Off The Grid, Ravine Lereux: Unearthing A Family Curse, The Playground, and Rebound. As an avid reader of mystery, psychological thrillers, historical fiction, and supernatural thrillers, she was greatly influenced by authors of these genres.
Currently, she is writing a paranormal historical fiction novella to be released in late 2021.
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I love short stories as well! however paranormal are high on my list. I love going to a cafe or coffee shop grabbing a cup and enjoying some quiet time reading with on obligations and disruptions.
Sounds like the writer did a great job with this story! Thanks for your review. I’m a writer as well and I love to hear what draws readers in and what makes them want more.
I’ve really loved short stories since I was young. I also love anything supernatural and so this sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the review.