Thursday, April 23, 2015

#Review of A Red, Red Rose by Susan Coryell from Barbara Edwards

Susan Coryell’s A Red, Red Rose quickly drew me into the slightly gothic atmosphere of a Southern mansion with a ghost and a hidden history. Ashby, a modern girl, misses her cell phone and internet access as she takes on caring for her nephew for the summer at the family home she’s never visited. The explanations for the estrangement increase the suspense page by page just as the romance between Ashby and Luke grows stronger.
Ashby is intrigued by the family secrets and the ghostly spirit that seems to be protecting her. despite the reluctance of everyone to share what they know, Ashby persists. The revelation result in a violent and surprising end.
I really enjoyed reading A Red, Red Rose and will be looking for the next story by Susan.

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A short biography of Susan Coryell:
A career educator, I have taught students from 7th grade through college-level. I have a BA degree in English from Carson-Newman College and a Masters from George Mason University. I am listed in several different volumes of Who’s Who in Education and Who’s Who in Teaching.  I belong to Author’s Guild, Virginia Writers, and Lake Writers. I love to talk with budding writers at schools, writers’ conferences and workshops.
I have long been interested in Southern concerns about culture and society, as hard-felt, long-held feelings battle with modern ideas. The ghosts slipped in, to my surprise, while writing cozy mystery/Southern Gothic A Red, Red Rose and its sequel Beneath the Stones. 
My first published work was the award-winning young adult novel Eaglebait. I live at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.

When not writing, I enjoy boating, kayaking, golf and yoga. My husband and I love to travel, especially when any of our seven grandchildren are involved.

Please visit my website: and my blog: I am on Facebook and Twitter: @scoryellauthor. 


  1. Thanks, Barbara for including A Red, Red Rose in your awesome blog. Sequel BENEATH THE STONES is up on Amazon and other on-line stores:

  2. A lovely review of a wonderful book. Susan Coryell is high on my list of favorite authors.

    1. Thanks, Nancy! Hope you will read BENEATH THE STONES, the sequel. I admire your writing, too!

  3. Lovely review. Adding both books to my to-read list on Goodreads.

    1. Wow, Marissa! I am honored that you wish to read both of my cozy mystery/Southern Gothics! Thanks so much for commenting.

  4. Susan,

    Congrats on the lovely review. Both novels are absorbing reading.

    1. So glad you joined us, Jacquie. "Absorbing reading" is the highest compliment I can receive!


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