While you’ll find The Wooded Path listed under the genres “women’s fiction” and “romance” (in addition to contemporary fiction and mystery), it is receiving some surprising reviews from male readers. Case in point:
“…Once I picked up it was hard to put down. I don't usually read fiction but my wife recommended it to me and after the first few pages I was hooked. Mysterious, sensuous, well written. Waiting for the next book.”
I also had a local reader tell me he was impressed with my obvious research about the lake. He found the accurate facts to enhance the mystery in the story. And another said he found it fun, if not a bit frightening, to discover what his wife might be thinking about sex and marriage.
As the writer, I am absolutely thrilled when any reader picks up on the underlying messages I enjoyed weaving into the story of a disappearance in a tight-knit Carolina community. My fascination with psychology and the power of the subconscious lead my characters to struggle with confusion and temptations. I am happy to hear that my characters often reassure women that they are not alone in their secret dilemmas and midlife experiences, and that they see some of themselves or their friends in the story.
The wooded path that leads from the protagonist’s yard to her horse becomes a metaphor in more than one way. I invite you to come see how the journey pans out, and decide for yourself if you would take the straight and narrow…or the winding one.
Blurb:Ever wonder if you’re normal? Laine McClelland sure does. When the mysterious disappearance of a bunco friend, Paula, shakes her Lake Norman neighborhood, her seemingly perfect world is suddenly filled with dark thoughts, dangerous temptations and surprising confessions. What is normal once you realize life’s short, anyway? Was her marriage ever enough? She finds herself risking it all…and afraid of what really happened to Paula.
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Nancy LiPetri lives on Lake Norman, North Carolina, and shares her passion for the region in her debut novel, The Wooded Path. Lake life and the dynamics of a neighborhood group of women helped inspire the story. Originally from landlocked Iowa, she has enjoyed living on both coasts and in her husband’s native Chicago in between, taking her family and freelance copywriting career with her, and gathering inspiration for her fiction along the way. She appreciates realism in her favorite movies, television shows and books, and strives to entertain readers with believable characters experiencing a spectrum of issues people don’t always reveal to others.
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