Yearning (The Dennamore Scrolls #1) is a wonderful first novel in a new trilogy by Gun Brooke. I already know this author is a great storyteller, and this book proves that once again.
The town of Dennamore seems to draw everyone who ever lived there back at some point in their lives. The townspeople who stayed there call it the yearning. Darian Tennen had the yearning, and left her job as a detective in L.A. to come back with her grandmother…even though Darian has never lived there herself. She tells everyone she came to help renovate the old family home so her grandmother can live there comfortably. She meets Samantha Pike, the town’s head librarian when she goes looking for the blueprints to the house. The two find way more than blueprints though, when they began searching the library archives.
This really is a thrilling start to an exciting science fiction series. Ms. Brooke has created the perfect setting for these tales. We have an isolated town that was founded a few years before the Revolutionary War. The families who founded it seem to either stay in the town their whole lives or get this overwhelming urge to return at some point. The characters are what kept me reading the story. I connected with Darian and Samantha as soon as they appeared in the story, but the secondary characters are almost as important as the two mains in this tale. All of them are well-developed and fit their roles. The sci-fi elements start out as only hints in the story, but become more evident as you read. The romance between Darian and Samantha is lovely, but seems to be just starting in this book.
This story doesn’t have a complete ending, but I kind of expected that so it didn’t really bother me. I know there are a least two more books coming in this series. I totally enjoyed this first book, and I can’t wait for the next one.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.