Monday, March 23, 2020

Book Review | BELLS OF PROSPER STATION by Gloria Pearson-Vasey


Bells Of Prosper Station by Gloria Pearson-Vasey
Publication Date: June 14, 2019
Publisher: Victoria Hall Press
Genre: Historical fantasy
Rating: ★★★½

With Hallowmas approaching, time travelers, Azur Moonstorey and companions, exit Creekside's station library to board the midnight ghost train bound for nineteenth-century Prosper Station. Their mission: to rescue Azur's sister from the eerie dimension, Vapourlea.

This is one of those books that slipped-under-the-radar. Well, almost. BELLS OF PROSPER STATION is unexpectedly enjoyable and imaginative. I like the author’s take on Hallowmas, how the infamous train from hell could be a time-traveling machine, and oil-digging caused the mutation, not only on humans but with the supernatural as well. I enjoyed looking at the scenes from Victorian-era Canada –the community, their lifestyles, and the changes carried by the oil industry to the country- as much as I enjoyed all the local folklore incorporated into the premise.

And there’s, in fact, a good amount of sensible romance to fill the belly. I am glad that it never overshadowed the plot lines and the focus remained on the adventure at hand. I am not a fan of small talks on adventure books, honestly, those slowed things a bit for me. Although, there are very few tangent stories here and all loose ends were tied nicely together in the end.

The characters were suitably shaped, there is very little development, but they are charming. And after one of my recent read, I promised not to read another book where pets are featured, but Bleu is so interesting and fierce, I kept rooting for her. One of these days I’m going to see how things went for these characters, maybe they’ll be on the next book of Curious Tales from Creekside too.

I recommend this for readers who enjoy historical fiction, folklore, and adventure.


About the Author:
Gloria Pearson-Vasey is a storyteller, an author of suspense veiled in mystery and enigma. She weaves contemporary issues into her novels, writing stories that have authenticity along with hopeful endings.

A member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, Pearson-Vasey’s background includes nursing, psychology, music, journalism, and theology. Inspired by her autistic son’s unique sensory experiences, her writing reflects the hidden depths of things.

She lives in a picturesque Ontario town with her husband and one of four sons and enjoys reading, nature, country drives, and time spent with family.

*Thanks to Miss Gloria for sending the digital copy in exchange for this unbiased review.


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