[📚] Parliament House Takeover Tour: Healing the Bayou by Mary Bernsen

Happy Tuesday bookstafam!

A warm welcome to my Parliament Monsters, and Book Sharks, as well as to all the authors, writers, publishers, bloggers, loyal readers, family, friends and everyone in between. Welcome to my little slice of blogging heaven!

Jana here, I’m back again, and I’ve excitedly teamed up with Parlaiment House once again for another magical Takeover Blog Tour, this time, I am reviewing Healing the Bayou by Mary Bernsen.

First of all, I have to thank the team at Parlaiment for sending me an e-ARC copy as well as to Mary for allowing me to be a part of the team for her book tour. Below, you’ll find a copy of this beautiful book cover, as well as the Goodreads synopsis and my review! First though, be sure to click on the cover when you’re done reading my review to head over and add it to your Goodreads TBR! Fair warning, there MAY be spoilers!

Published by: The Parliament House

Healing the Bayou by Mary Bernsen

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Pages: 210

GoodReads Synopsis:After learning that she is adopted, Eliza sets off to locate her biological family and finds them in the Louisiana bayou. But they’re more than just locals-they’re descended from the area’s most famous Voodoo queen, Marie Laveau-Eliza’s great-great-grandmother. Surrounded by a mysterious world of seances, spells, and sacrifices, Eliza finds herself worshiped as the last great priestess. What’s more, she’s inherited the ability to heal the souls of others with a simple touch of her hands. Eliza is expected to cultivate this gift so she can claim her title as Queen and return the Voodoo community to glory. A task Eliza wouldn’t mind as long as she could perform it beside the devastating Samuel Mueller. But according to tradition, Samuel is her keeper, and a keeper never becomes romantically involved with his ward. His sacred duty is to protect her. And the bayou is rife with enemies who would sacrifice anything to eliminate outsiders like Eliza…

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5)

Buy the book here

First of all…

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Parliament House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating and review.

So, without further adieu, let’s dive on in.

Where to begin with this book, I honestly am not sure. I picked this up for a readathon as it is a shorter novel and I needed to cross it off my review TBR list and I was so pleasently surprised with what I read. I couldn’t put it down, ask my husband, I was completely engrossed in this book. I was utterly entranced by the characters and the story. Mary created a storyline and atmosphere that pulled me in and had me frantically flipping pages to find out what would happen next.

We meet Eliza, who is dealing with one of the worst things one could ever go through – the death of both of her parents in a car crash. Add on to the situation that for her entire life, 24 years, she’s never been able to experience the touch of another human without excruciating pain and is told that it’s a hypersensitivity disorder. Pile all of that on top of one another and you’ve got one hell of an experience for a young adult to be going through and dealing with – now completely on her own.

Upon her parents death, the book begins with Eliza at her parents wake and she is rightfully so, distraught. Not able to deal with the grief longer, Eliza leaves the wake to find herself in a car accident, and when she wakes up in the hospital, is confronted by her family lawyer with a letter that had been tucked safely away in her parents safety deposit box. This secret letter deals Eliza yet another devestating blow, the fact that she was adopted. What a smack in the face, to not only lose your parents, but to find out they weren’t even your birth family.

Eliza sets out to find her birth family, to see if she has any living family members and maybe isn’t so alone in the world. This journey causes only more pain when Eliza learns that both her biological parents were killed in a fire when she was an infant, leaving her as the sole survivor which lead to her adoption. On her quest to find blood relatives, Eliza travels from Florida to Louisiana where a private investigator tells her of only one, an aunt, Vivian.

Upon meeting her aunt Vivian, Eliza is thrust into a world she had never known, full of sacrifices, spells, dark magic and the unknown. Eliza learns of Voodoo culture, and that she is to assume a position of power she never knew was hers, ultimately pushing her aunt out if the position that she has held since Eliza’s mother’s death until the rightful heir was to be made known.

Eliza, biological daughter of the previous Louisiana Queen of Voodoo, is in line to inherit the Voodoo Throne and lead the Voodoo community out of hiding and fear. Through sacrifice and ritual, Eliza discovers what happens to both sets of her parents, and learns what it means to rule as Queen of Voodoo, all the while learning to cope with her loss of family, and learning that what she believed was a curse throughout her whole life, was actually the ability to heal. Honing in on controlling her abilities, and learning as much as she can about the culture she was born in to, Eliza faces her biggest decision yet.

Through twists and turns, ups and downs, Eliza, her keeper Samuel, and a few wonderful secondary characters (I’m looking at you Camille) face one of the most devious people to ever confront the Voodoo community and it is up to Eliza and her group to ensure the proper ways of Voodoo life are restored.

I honestly couldn’t get enough of this book and am definitely hoping to see a second novel and continue on in Eliza’s story. I’d love to know more of what happens to her, what she learns, and I want more Samuel and Camille in my world.

I definitely would recommend this to those interested in YA fantasy, it’s a compelling novel that hopefully will have your fingers flipping through the pages as fast as mine were!

As always, may your coffee be strong, and your books transport you somewhere magical.

And remember, stay wild moon child, and creep it real, witches!


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