For those who are familiar with Sheri Anderson and her time as head writer on “Days of Our Lives,” this is a must read! Some new readers who may be unfamiliar with the show and it’s characters will also find themselves wrapped up in Anderson’s quick paced and exciting storytelling. Those who have a better grasp on the history of the show may get a lot more out of the story itself, but it can easily be picked up by new and old fans alike.
In “A Stirring From Salem,” the second novel in the “Salem’s Secrets, Scandals and Lies” series, Anderson takes us to South Africa where we encounter many old and familiar characters from Days, as well as some new characters, some of which were introduced in her first novel, “A Secret in Salem.” Much of the story revolves around Steve “Patch” Johnson and Dr. Kayla Brady, with appearances from John Black, Marlena Evans, Bill Horton, Abby Deveraux, and newly introduced characters Charlotte (aka Charley), Chase, and Jackson Gaines. Readers can also expect to see a handful of new names on the canvas.
With Anderson’s incredible attention to detail and great use of imagery, you can’t help but feel like you are seeing every aspect of the South African landscape through the character’s eyes. On a more personal note, I could not help but see scenes from the film “Out Of Africa” in my mind the entire time I was reading. Having the character’s faces as well as the mental image from the film in my mind contributed a great deal to the story itself and as a result, I could not put the book down.
The story picks up where “A Secret in Salem” left off; we continue on the journey with Charley Gaines who, after the tragic death of her parents and learning another life altering secret, is coming to terms with her new life and exploring the world of photography. Her newfound career takes her to South Africa, where she encounters some new, as well as familiar faces. Charley finds herself immersed in the world of modeling and all the high fashion, glitz, glamour, and drama that comes with it. Also in South Africa are Patch and Kayla, both of whom are working at the Tom-Ali Clinic, with the beloved Dr. Bill Horton, and raising their young son, Joe. John and Marlena are on hand to help their dear friends from Salem when a deadly secret is revealed and the clinic’s future is then threatened.
In true soap opera fashion, we see our fair share of love, romance, suspense, mystery and, of course, the necessary cliff hangers. In the skillful and caring hands of Sheri Anderson, “A Stirring From Salem” does not disappoint. I look forward to reading the third installment, “A Scandal From Salem,” due out this fall. Thank you, Sheri!
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It was great revisiting old favorites like John, Marlena and Bill Horton in this beautifully written love story with Africa as it’s backdrop. I continued to fall in love with the character of Charley and her developing relationship with her newly discovered parents. And don’t forget her drop dead gorgeous brothers and the kooky Scarlett. Very colorful characters and an easy, enjoyable read.
In this frothy follow up in what has become a very tantilizing trio of books based on the iconic “Days of Our Lives” Sheri Anderson once again delivers–perhaps even a bit more than the first book. We are once again taken on a ride with such beloved characters such as Patch and Kayla and many others. The dialogue is engaging and the story-telling what one might expect from the author who was responsible for making “Days of Our Lives” so popular in the hey-day of soaps.
In a time when the soap opera genre seems to be dwindling, one has to wonder: If Sheri Anderson can churn out excellent books one after another based on DOOL–Then why on earth do the powers that be allow someone not a tenth as talented as Sheri write the actual show? Sort of a head scratching question.
Very entertaining for fans and non-fans.