Keepers of the Gate: Twilight Ends | BOOK REVIEW

In 1779 Kanadasaga, Sullivan’s Expedition torches a Seneca village and many others, destroying the Iroquois Confederacy. Awakened from sleep, Pilan and Teka flee their blazing longhouse into the woodlands. After a soldier’s bullet thwarts their escape, Pilan vows to meet his beloved Teka again in another life.

Two hundred years later in present-day Geneva, New York, historical relics rise. Twilight Ends, a grand Victorian bed-and-breakfast run by the Newhouse family, sits on the property the Iroquois village used to thrive on.

After Twilight Ends’ long-standing matriarch Tessa Newhouse dies, her daughter and granddaughter, Skylar and Twyla, discover two artifacts under the maple tree in the backyard, and an ancient mystery as old as time begins to unravel.

But will they have the courage to follow the path their ancestors did?

(From the Publisher)
The copy of the e-book was provided by Blackthorn Book Tours. This review is a part of the Book Tour which has started today (June 18)

Keeper’s of the Gate: Twilight Ends has brought me to a new world. E. Denise Billups is a skilled storyteller and is good at sustaining the mystery until the concluding part. The book has a good balance of history, mystery, mysticism, and paranormal that’ll make you turn the pages ’til the end.

Creating a fictional story out of real events is a clever method of introducing a subject that we don’t usually read. Being an Asian, I only had a glimpse of Indian American history from the school book. And reading Billups’ novel made me see through the veil of time. The author used the Sullivan Expedition (a conquest that destroyed the major villages of the Indian Nations in the late 1700s) to create this remarkable plot. And that part of the past is the key to answer the mystery embracing Twilight Ends.

Twilight Ends is a Victorian Bed & Breakfast located at the heart of Iroquois land, where Tessa’s Indian ancestors lived. The inn became haunted as the spirits are believed to remain on the land. However, Skylar’s parents (Tessa and Ian Newhouse) had never explained to them the essential pieces of information until their death — Who are these people and what is that place that they see in their dreams and visions? The desire to understand more of this enigma has kept me awake and the slow reveal of the mysteries have added much excitement. Furthermore, there are several hair-raising moments in the first few chapters with the telling of Twyla’s sleepwalking experiences, eerie noises and horrifying visions.

The book also contains an engrossing tale of a love which continued in this current lifetime. It is unknown to the characters that their lives are linked together. If their past and present lives are connected, if people, stars, and time align, will history repeats itself? Or could they rewrite the story of their past?

Do read this book if you are interested in the combined mystery, history, paranormal, romance, and mysticism. Profanity is present making this not suitable for younger readers.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.


About the Author:

E. Denise Billups is an author with a rare mixture of Southern and Northern charm. She was born in Monroeville, Alabama, and raised in New York City, where she currently lives, acquired an MBA, and works in finance and as a
freelance columnist. A multi-genre author of fiction, she’s published four novels—Keepers of The
Gate: Twilight Ends (Book1), Kalorama Road, Chasing Victoria, and By Chance. She’s also written several supernatural short stories, Off the Grid, Ravine Lereux: Unearthing A Family Curse, The Playground, and Rebound. As an avid reader of mystery, psychological thrillers, historical fiction, and supernatural thrillers, she was greatly influenced by authors of these genres. Currently, she is writing a paranormal historical fiction novella to be released in late 2021.


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