White Nights

A Small Town Romantic Suspense

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
96 Pages
Reviewed on 04/02/2019
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Author Biography

Jenna van Berke loves Scandinavian mysteries, Nora Roberts, Margaret Atwood and everything in between.
Working in the hotel industry, Jenna has encountered innumerable honeymooners, cheating husbands and infatuated co-workers, providing her with ample inspiration for her romance and romantic suspense novels.
She moved to Finland several years ago with her husband and child.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Putting a brutal marriage behind her, Litza accepts a scholarship in Finland to study the Saimaa seals, one of the most endangered species on earth. After suffering an abusive relationship, the last thing she’s looking for is romance. The rugged and almost magical beauty of the landscape, and the rather debonair, rugged Linnansaari National Park ranger, lure Litza’s emotions, opening her heart to new adventures. But there is danger in the air, as someone wants the Saimaa seals destroyed and is making nightly visits to the lakes, leaving behind poisoned fish as bait. The man is armed and dangerous and no one knows who he is. Suspicions are high and everyone is suspect.

With a little bit of mystery and a whole lot of romance, Jenna van Berke’s White Nights: Northern Nights Series is a comfortable read. The plot thickens as Litza quickly makes friends in the tiny Finnish community. Most of the people she meets speak English, which facilitates her ability to communicate. Everyone is worried about the fate of the Saimma seals and even more so once it becomes evident that someone is feeding the seals poisoned fish in an attempt to annihilate the population. The save-the-endangered species theme is an important aspect of the plot, especially when the mysterious person interferes with their existence. The characters are reasonably well developed and the scenery and setting are well described. The heightened tension as the climax is reached adds a bit of intrigue, as no one is sure whom to trust anymore. There are more books to follow in this series, which will add greater dimension and excitement to the growing interest between Litza and Niilo, the fascinating park ranger. An interesting read.