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Feature book: The Whisperer

5 December 2018

The Whisperer by Elsa Winckler

Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 10 Mar 2017
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Format: ebook
Length: 163 pages
RRP: A$4.99

She can talk to the animals. She can hear the animal’s thoughts and desires.

Cilla Stevens is a teacher by day, works with troubled children, and is an animal whisperer. She senses and knows exactly what the animal needs. Her talents are with horses, but dogs and people are also included in her sensory and intuitive nature. When she was young, she had an imaginary friend who suddenly left, but he has come to life in the ranch owner.

Cameron Rahl is a ranch owner who is having trouble with one of his horses. The horse is just plain ornery, and he wants to get to the bottom of it, but he doesn’t believe in whisperers. He thinks Cilla will only cast a spell on the horse. He hasn’t believed in the solidity of much since his mother died when he was ten. So, he ridicules the whisperer when she turns up. And this sets the pattern for their time together.

I struggled with the whole on-and-off-again relationship, particularly the way in which it was done. Cilla is the one who held to the belief that she and Cameron were meant to be together, forever, after all she drew him when she was ten. Her mother kept the picture, so she is totally in awe that she has known him all along. Cameron is the one who has the doubts. He would be with her, break her heart, get called an idiot by someone like his brother, and wouldn’t see her for months. Then this pattern is repeated many times with her parents disgusted with him, his ranch manager when it was his turn disgusted with him. These people tell him he should be ashamed of his treatment of Cilla each time he breaks up with her. This pattern was repeated a few times in the story, which was quite annoying, and distressing for Cilla. I’m not sure that I could have been that steadfast.

At the end, Cameron does come around like all good romance heroes, and he gives her the perfect proposal. He also has a plan for their life together. His shame at how he treated Cilla does come through and the reader feels this on the pages.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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