A JOURNEY INTO THE MYSTICAL PAST — A REVIEW

When Raisin Radcliffe leaves London for a small village in France, she is trying to find a way to deal with her relationship woes and the secrets of her past.

When Geoffrey, her brother, joins her, the two set off to explore the surrounding area, including the tunnels that seemingly hold a mystical meaning. Along the way, they also share some memories of their shared childhood.

As they attempt to reconnect, they are unexpectedly drawn into other events in the village. Protestors who have formed a cult-like organization have their own agenda with regard to the tunnels, and in the process, kidnap a young boy. Raisin and Geoffrey immediately become involved in the search.

What dangers will they and other villagers face as they try to find the child and expose the insidious plans of the cult? How does a shepherd named Henri add to their knowledge? What does the “shepherd’s prayer” mean? And how do the wolves figure into the dangerous ceremony planned by the cult members?

The story was fairly fast-paced, although the mid-section bogged down, with a lot of detail that did nothing to advance the story for me. As much as I wanted to see everyone safely back home and for the cult members to pay for their actions, I didn’t like Raisin or Geoffrey very much. To me, they seemed like adolescents rather than adults. The best parts of the story were those dealing with finding the young boy. Shepherd’s Prayer earned three stars from me.

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