Review: Lilac Lane, a romantic suspense by Ann Swann ~ she had my heart racing!

Lilac Lane coverTitle: Lilac Lane, Book 2 of Stutter Creek Series
Author: Ann Swann
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Story Setting: Stutter Creek, a small rural town
Published By: 5 Prince Publishing (July 22, 2014)
Pages: 255

About the Story: Ella and her son survived her ex-husband’s drunken wrath. They are starting a new life in a new town, Stutter Creek. She’s even met a real man. A gentle wild life biologist named Chet Boone. But now, her ex has been released from prison early. Is that him driving past their new house late at night? Is he the one causing the strange sounds and flickering lights? Can they survive a second round with a madman?

My Thoughts: As I write my first thoughts about this story, moments after I’ve completed the read, I’m trying to get my heart rate to normal and the adrenalin rush from this terrific suspense to abate. It was just WOW! Such a page-turner. I was scared out of my living mind!

From the first chapter we learn that Ella’s ex, Anson, has gotten out of jail for good behavior and overcrowding. He was put there when Ella called the police after roughing her up. The look and words she received from him when he was dragged off to jail, decided her to pull up stakes and move – move somewhere he couldn’t find her or Nick.

Anson, dropped in on Viola, Ella’s mom, wanting to know where Ella and Nick were. Viola would never tell. She went to the neighbors to call the police. And in those few minutes he retrieved Ella’s telephone number (the one from her new restaurant) off the refrigerator. And here my friends, the suspense begins and doesn’t let up!

The setting is one I love – out in a rural area where people are real and look after each other. Ella was a wonderful mom and Nick her son, 10 years old, was a good boy and extremely intelligent. The relationship the two had was very touching. They had left behind a hard past. She was determined to give her son back his childhood.

Nick blossomed quickly in the new environment. But Ella was wary–even of Chet Boone, who made her heart race, and feel things she’d never before felt. Chet was so nice to her, she couldn’t believe there were people that nice. She had had experiences two times over with men who had treated her badly. Consequently, she wanted to paint every male with the same brush. Chet felt good around Ella.  She made him smile. He didn’t want to scare her away, because he could see she was wary of him.

Chet hadn’t felt anything for many years, not since his wife had died. He’d fallen in love with his college sweetheart. After five years of marriage, she became pregnant and at the same time they found she had ovarian cancer. Chet’s wife chose chemo to save her life, which would take the baby’s, but they were too late. The cancer had gone too far and she died.

If you are into being scared, this book would do it. The fear factor increases throughout the story. Ms. Swann did a wonderful job scaring the livin’ daylights out of me. She cleverly dropped signs of things not adding up. But Ella was good at talking herself out of believing the worst while the reader starts panicking! If I could have reached into the page, grabbed Ella by the shoulders and scream RUN, I would have.

Ann SwannAbout the Author: Ann Swann was born in the small West Texas town of Lamesa. She grew up much like Stevie-girl in The Phantom Pilot, though she never got up the nerve to enter the haunted house. Ann has done everything from answering 911 Emergency calls to teaching elementary school. She still lives in West Texas with her husband, Dude, two rescue dogs, and one rescue cat who rules the roost.

Stevie-girl and The Phantom Pilot was her first published book (Cool Well Press). Other books by Ann Swann: Book Two in The Phantom Series, Stevie-girl and the Phantom Student Book Three in The Phantom Series, Stevie-girl and the Phantom of Crybaby Bridge All For Love – contemporary women’s fiction – 5 Prince Publishing Stutter Creek – Romantic Suspense – 5 Prince Publishing

Short stories by Ann Swann: The Soul Gardener, was published in the anthology, Timeless, by Cool Well Press. Chems, a short story about a chemical zombie (available on Amazon & Wattpad) The Warning, a horror story, available at Ann’s Afterthoughts

( Justice Unleashed, a short story, available at Ann’s Afterthoughts (


About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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4 Responses to Review: Lilac Lane, a romantic suspense by Ann Swann ~ she had my heart racing!

  1. A wonderful review–as always–of what sounds like a really great book. Thanks, Eileen.


  2. This is not my usual read, but Ann requested I look at her work. I am so glad that I did.


  3. Thanks, Eileen. I’m glad you did, too! I love the review.


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