About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Breaking McKinley’s Curse (The Mountain Protectors, Book 2) by Mindy Steele

Breaking McKinley’s Curse (The Mountain Protectors Book 2)

A Woman Cursed
Plagued by a century-long family curse, Mammoth Cave Wildlife Conservationist, Josie McKinley has a reason to distrust strangers. But when a charming Warden arrives with a hundred-year-old photo and a dog, Josie must face the past chasing her to make room for the future she's been waiting for.

A Man Searching
On leave from Virginia Fish and Wildlife, Reed Montgomery agrees to help his older brother with his biggest flip ever, converting an early eighteenth-century Baltimore church into apartments. Finding a mysterious secret room, an heirloom desk, and a hundred-year-old photo, compels Reed to travel deep into Kentucky cave country to seek out the family to which it belongs.

Uncovering the secrets surrounding Josie’s great-grandfather’s disappearance will prove impossible as a stranger from the north decides the past is better off hidden in this page-turning romantic suspense novel


Is it possible to fall in love with a photograph? Do you think that people can be cursed in love? These questions and so many more are a part of this new suspense novel by author Mindy Steele. Breaking McKinley's Curse has a dual timeline, incredible characters, and a fantastic setting. What better place for a Kentucky conservationist and a Virginia game warden to find friendship than a National Park that is also one of the seven wonders of the new world? Yes, Mammoth Cave, in my home state of Kentucky, has star billing and Steele's vivid descriptions made me want to visit there again!

But wait!  Another reason to keep turning the pages was to see if the disappearance of Eliza McKinley's husband in 1923 was truly the start of a curse that would continue to plague the future generations of McKinley women. As the plotline alternates between 1923 and 2018, we find Eliza's great-granddaughter Josie McKinley refusing to think of ever trusting, or loving, a man! Famous last words after Reed Montgomery enters her life. Talk about a dream walking! Throw in an adorable canine named Janie, a century-old photograph with a mystery behind it, twists and turns you didn't see coming,  and you have a thrilling story that will leave you wanting more. More of the Mountain Protectors series and more of Steele's books. She's known for her Amish fiction books but this story proves that she's mastering the genre of romantic suspense!

I received a complimentary advanced reader copy. There was no obligation or a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Raised in Kentucky timber country, Steele writes Amish Romance peppered in humor, using her rural surroundings as her muse. She is a best-selling author and the winner of the 2022 FHLCW Reader's Choice award for sweet romance. Steele creates realistic characters for her readers and believes in engaging all the senses to make you laugh, cry, hold your breath, and root for the happy-ever-after ending. Readers can find themselves, somewhere within her pages.

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