She’s written nothing since “Sand Castles” so I wonder what happened? For the unfamiliar, Antoinette Stockenberg wrote contemporary romances. Some of her earlier stuff had paranormal elements added to them. Usually it was a ghost or a spirit haunting a home or in one book, a doll house (I’m thinking but not quite sure on the latter but I do think it was a doll house).
I usually hate that paranormal stuff in a contemporary, but you know what? Reading her paranormal contemporaries like “Beyond Midnight” and “Embers” worked for me. It’s been years since I read those two novels but they still sit on my bookshelf.
I’ve collected her books when she was actively writing. Hate when good authors just up and disappear on me like this. No fear, however. I saved quite a few of her titles to enjoy for times like now. What did I like her about books? Well, for starters, her heroines were always so level-headed and mature. So responsible. All of her heroine(s) from the books I’ve read were like that. Honestly, there’s not a better way to describe them.
Her straight contemporaries were well written like “Keepsake” and “A Charmed Place.” I remember enjoying both of those. Forget which one of them was also surprisingly, very, very dark. I’d be hard pressed to say she wrote “romantic suspense” but those two books featured some type of scam artist or a family secret or a murder or two.
When you talk of contemporary authors, I immediately think of Stockenberg and well, Kathleen Eagle, among others. Those two wrote some of the best contemporary romances in the 90’s. Did anybody else read Stockenberg? I know I need to read more of the new writers of today but I’m hard pressed to just let go of the writers of the past. My loss, I’m sure but I’m working on that.
I miss Antoinette Stockenberg. When you do a quick search on Amazon, you’ll see mixed reviews on some of her stuff. I’ve still got “Emily’s Ghost” to read as well as “Safe Harbor” and yay for me when I need a nice contemporary read, I can grab one of those titles and dig in.