Four Steps by Wendy Hudson ~ Book Review by Ameliah Faith

FOur-Steps-CoverTitle: Four Steps

Author: Wendy Hudson

Publisher: Ylva

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/16/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Thriller


Alex Ryan lives a simple life. She has her farm in the Scottish countryside, and the self imposed seclusion suits her, until a crime that has haunted her for years, tears through the calm and shatters the fragile peace she’d finally managed to find.
Lori Hunter’s greatest love is the mountains. They’re her escape from the constant hustle and bustle of everyday life. Growing up was neither traditional nor easy for Lori, but now she’s beginning to realise she’s settled for both. A dead end relationship and little to look forward to. Her solution when the suffocation sets in? Run for the hills.
A chance encounter in the mountains of the Scottish Highlands leads Alex and Lori into a whirlwind of heartache and a fight for survival as they build a formidable bond that will be tested to its ultimate limits.

My View:

Part Sweet Romance Part Scary Suspense

Lori is an interpreter who love hiking and dreams of working for the UN. Alex is a computer whiz who helps the police with cyber crimes, often involving children. She lives on her family farm and rarely leaves. On a weekend away they meet each other in on a mountain in Scotland. Before long feelings develop confusing the straight Lori and leaving the lesbian Alex with questions of her own. Just as they are finally drawn together, tragedy strikes pulling them apart. Can they work past the pain or is Alex destined to be alone…its a matter of life and death…..

“Then Alex was part of her and Lori lost any control she had left”. This is my favourite line in the book. It says so much and yet it is so understated. Its soft yet determined, a theme I found in this book.

Let me just say upfront that I actually PM’ed the author, a woman I have never met, and told her outright that she is an evil, evil woman in the best possible way. The book started out suspenseful and not happy. It quickly changed direction and turned into a warm sweet book. Little was I to know the dark and deadly was yet in store. The tension was intense and acute. My heart raced and I couldn’t stop rocking and actually had to stop reading until I was firmly anchored in the here and now before I could go back to the stomach in knots drama. Oh Gads, Ms Hudson knows how to draw out the scary bits and throwing in twists so the anxiety lasts what seems like F O R E V E R! It is brilliant! I swore I was only going to read one more chapter before going to bed but twenty chapters later I was still reading. I could not put it down…. good thing I was going to be able to take a nap the next day because I had to finish it.

I loved the characters of Alex and Lori. They are charming and delightful. Each of them on the mountain to forget and make new memories, little did they realize what the Fates had in store when Frank introduced them in the rain. (You will love Frank, he’s pretty amazing) Their lovely story will have you saying awww more than once. Their best friends are pretty wonderful too. They are funny handfuls, both grateful that their friends found each other. When the chips are down each of them stood up and became supportive heroes for both of the women.

In the end I had to write back to Ms Hudson and tell her she was forgiven as I loved this book and the final major twist made things alright in my world. Read this book, its worth it!


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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