As the Crow Flies
Samantha Weller, a forensic scientist turned paranormal novelist, owes her life and writing career to a crow that saved her from certain death. When she buys an old bookend that looks like her avian muse, her world begins to resemble the plots of her novels. Determined to find the mate to her bookend, Samantha and her antiquarian sidekick, Liz, go on a search leading them to the beautiful and wealthy Gwen Laraway. Samantha is instantly smitten, but the age difference has Gwen second-guessing Samantha’s interest. Meanwhile, Liz is crushing on Gwen’s niece, Isabel. As clueless as she is sensuous, Isabel hasn’t had a date since her high school prom ten years ago, and she’s petrified to act on her sudden attraction to Liz.Romance seems to be blooming all around, but problems arise when a restless ghost emerges from the ether to roam the dark corners of this haunting tale that explores the quantum mechanics of immortality.Words: 121,000Cover Artist: Melody PondGenres: Paranormal & Urban Fantasy / Romance Tags: Children / Families, Age Gap, Animals , Coming Out , Friends & Community, Ghosts, Small Town Romances, Virgins/First Love

As the Crow Flies Details

TitleAs the Crow Flies
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 1st, 2018
PublisherBold Strokes Books
ISBN-139781635552850
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Glbt, Lesbian, Romance, Lesbian Romance

As the Crow Flies Review

  • Lex Kent
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars. This book was wonderfully written. I have never read Williams before. I realized I have an old paperback copy of her book Nightshade. After reading this book and realizing the quality writer she is, I’m really intrigued to finally read Nightshade. This a wlw romance with a light paranormal flare. An interesting twist, this book actually includes two romances; a younger potential couple and an older potential couple. This book is a nice long length so there is plenty of time for all fo 4.5 Stars. This book was wonderfully written. I have never read Williams before. I realized I have an old paperback copy of her book Nightshade. After reading this book and realizing the quality writer she is, I’m really intrigued to finally read Nightshade. This a wlw romance with a light paranormal flare. An interesting twist, this book actually includes two romances; a younger potential couple and an older potential couple. This book is a nice long length so there is plenty of time for all four characters and their potential romances to shine. While all four characters are completely different, they are all likeable and you end up rooting for both pairs. I also have to mention, one of the characters is a writer. This felt like one of the truer author characters I have ever read before. The characters are really crafted and very realistic.I do want to mention this book is a little more cerebral. It’s the kind of book you might learn a few things. There is some talk about philosophy, art, life after death, and even car racing. The really nice thing is the book never felt preachy. The topics were also explained on a level that didn’t talk down to us as readers, but it doesn’t go over your head either. It was a really nice balance. This is the kind of book that won’t get a lot of attention, but it really should because the quality or writing is that good. I mentioned this does have some light paranormal aspects. There is a ghost in this story. It is not the kind of ghost you might normally expect and it’s only one part of the book. There are some of us who believe in ghosts, some who don’t, this was a take on a ghost that one could actually believe might be true. Besides the paranormal aspects there is even a little excitement so the story kept me turning the pages. This was an excellent quality story that was really well written. I see paranormal anything, and I grab it. However, I honestly didn’t expect this to be so good. I’m very happy that I read it. An ARC was given to me by BSB, for a honest review.
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  • Pin
    January 1, 1970
    I picked As the Crow Flies by Karen F. Williams because of crows. Corvids are the most intelligent birds in the world and I really like to observe them. These birds deserve an intelligent book like this one. With two parallel love stories, four captivating and likable main characters, very interesting and well-constructed plot -- even the ghost was special. I am quite impressed with this author and her writhing style. Kudos to her!Sincerely recommended.5 starsNovember 11, 2018
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  • Joc
    January 1, 1970
    I loved reading this. It was a wonderful meandering journey of four women getting to know each other. Samantha Crowley is a paranormal mystery writer with a pet crow, Bertha, that she met by accident. Having found a beautiful bookend with a crow on it at a yard sale she takes it to her new in-law, Liz Bowes, for appraisal. Liz’s sister and Samantha’s brother were recently married and Liz and Sam find that they really enjoy each other’s company, more so than their own siblings. In a quest to find I loved reading this. It was a wonderful meandering journey of four women getting to know each other. Samantha Crowley is a paranormal mystery writer with a pet crow, Bertha, that she met by accident. Having found a beautiful bookend with a crow on it at a yard sale she takes it to her new in-law, Liz Bowes, for appraisal. Liz’s sister and Samantha’s brother were recently married and Liz and Sam find that they really enjoy each other’s company, more so than their own siblings. In a quest to find a matching bookend they’re referred to Dr Gwen Laraway, a collector, philosopher and heiress. She lives on her estate with her niece Isabel. Samantha is drawn to Gwen from their first ph0ne call and when they meet it feels like déjà vu. Liz, confirmed player, has never met anyone quite like Isabel. They connect immediately through their shared love of antiquities. Gwen is reluctant to even consider anything beyond friendship with Sam because of their age difference. Isabel confuses Liz because she shuts down at the mention of anything related to relationships or intimacy. There are other things at play too, like the housekeeper who makes the sign of the cross when she sees Sam and the stray dog at the pond.This was a really gentle read (for much of the novel) and I enjoyed its genteelness and elegance. I loved learning about a myriad of new things ranging from crows, to race cars, to Art Deco, to pottery and to aspects of philosophy. And mostly through the dialogue which is my favourite way to gain knowledge. I liked all four main characters; Sam with her odd relationship with a crow, Gwen with her obvious intellect and charm, Liz with her vibrancy and exuberance and Isabel with her love of speed but desperate fear of intimacy.The paranormal aspect is subtle but strong enough that there’s always a subliminal tension and you just know that something is going to happen. The way it’s written thoroughly appealed to me but I’m not sure that it will have a wide appeal.Book received from Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.
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  • Corrie
    January 1, 1970
    What a fantastic read! As the Crow Flies was everything I hoped for. Author Karen F. Williams delights with a fantastic urban fantasy novel and takes plenty of time to flesh out not one but two yummy romances. And it all starts with a crow bookend.As soon as novelist Samantha Weller meets beautiful professor Gwen Laraway she’s instantly smitten with this woman. The attraction seems mutual but Gwen (who is about 15 years her senior) thinks she is too old for Sam and is extremely reluctant to let What a fantastic read! As the Crow Flies was everything I hoped for. Author Karen F. Williams delights with a fantastic urban fantasy novel and takes plenty of time to flesh out not one but two yummy romances. And it all starts with a crow bookend.As soon as novelist Samantha Weller meets beautiful professor Gwen Laraway she’s instantly smitten with this woman. The attraction seems mutual but Gwen (who is about 15 years her senior) thinks she is too old for Sam and is extremely reluctant to let it go beyond friend level. That will prove to be very hard as Sam is persistently wooing her.The other blossoming romance is between Sam’s young sister in law Liz who’s a bit of a player and Gwen’s niece Isabel, the eternal virgin. I think there was a nice contrast between both romances because there were different things at stake. All four main characters were very likeable.So while this romance times two is nicely developing we are in the midst of some very interesting goings on with a ghost, a pet crow and a couple of loveable dogs. The author gives us something to put out teeth in and there was never a dull moment as the plot moves along. Intelligent writing is such a turn on so I can only highly recommend you read this.f/f explicit but tastefully doneThemes: to marry a bookend, impressive collections, pet crow Bertha, age difference, ghost activity galore, wealthy heiress, fast cars, a suspicious house keeper, twin flames, lots of interesting tidbits to absorb, sweet romance.5 stars* A free copy was provided by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books Inc. for an honest review.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Now this one really snuck up on me and surprised me with awesomeness! I'm not sure exactly what I expected, and wasn't quite sure how Williams was going to make an entire novel out of a character searching for a bookend, but this one came out great!I've never read a Williams novel before, but I definitely will be picking up her other stuff soon. She's a high, high quality writer. Keep in mind before you pick this one up that it's not a light and fluffy read. The characters think and discuss very Now this one really snuck up on me and surprised me with awesomeness! I'm not sure exactly what I expected, and wasn't quite sure how Williams was going to make an entire novel out of a character searching for a bookend, but this one came out great!I've never read a Williams novel before, but I definitely will be picking up her other stuff soon. She's a high, high quality writer. Keep in mind before you pick this one up that it's not a light and fluffy read. The characters think and discuss very high level topics, and this is a bit cerebral. Don't let that throw you off though, Williams doesn't talk down to the reader in any way and you won't come out of the read feeling stupid, but know going in that you will hear philosophic conversations about life, art, life after death, etc. You will actually feel like you are learning things when the characters talk, as opposed to the usual drivel, small talk, and angsty drama that is so common. Personally, I LOVED that.I also didn't expect it, but there are two romances laced throughout this one, not just one. One story is an age gap story between two older women (one is 48, the other is 60) and the second story is between a younger couple in their 20's / 30's. It worked out very well to have both stories driving the novel, and the back and forth really helped to keep either story from becoming stale. There was no point where I wanted to skip on and I loved the way that Williams laced all of the characters together. As other reviewers have mentioned, there are some light paranormal themes in this book, but it didn't put me off in any way. Actually, the way Williams wrote it makes me feel like it could actually happen in real life...Just do yourself a favor and pick this one up. I know it may seem a bit odd in the synopsis and not like your normal light and fluffy read, but it's very, very much worth your time!4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 because I feel like I will re-read if I have the time.**Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review.**
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  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this book! I was a little hesitant as made my way through the first chapter, but a few hours later it was all forgotten and the book was done and I was devastated I couldn't keep reading this beautiful world with lovely characters. Samantha is a mystery writer on the hunt for a mate for her crow bookend. With her antiquarian friend and "out-law" Liz, they meet the beautiful Gwen Laraway and her niece Liz who might be the answer to all their prayers, bookends included. Gwen and Samantha, I LOVED this book! I was a little hesitant as made my way through the first chapter, but a few hours later it was all forgotten and the book was done and I was devastated I couldn't keep reading this beautiful world with lovely characters. Samantha is a mystery writer on the hunt for a mate for her crow bookend. With her antiquarian friend and "out-law" Liz, they meet the beautiful Gwen Laraway and her niece Liz who might be the answer to all their prayers, bookends included. Gwen and Samantha, and Isabel and Liz, pair off and form fast friendships with undeniable sizzle's of attraction. Gwen is afraid of the age difference between herself and Samantha. Liz was never one to settle down with just one woman, but Isobel changes everything. Isobel has never been interested in a romantic relationship, let alone with a woman, but meeting Liz has been eye opening and life changing. Gwen and Samantha together was such a beautiful meeting of minds, I loved the discussions they had. They fit together so perfectly those two, it was a beautiful love story. Isabel and Liz in another sense had that extra level of connection over art. It really deepened their friendship and eventual relationship. Isabel's journey and growth over the book was gorgeous to experience.This was a gorgeously written book, the style, the characters, the beautiful setting, the beautiful women, add in some fascinating animal friends, as well as art and antiques. The culmination of all these elements created such a vibrant and warm book to read. I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    5 starsA great paranormal romance with even four interesting leads and some well done characters of animals. A real page turner that kept me interested from start to finish. The story totally worked for me and I enjoyed it without any real complain. Recommended to all fans of paranormal romantic stories with ghosts especially for those who love animals, pottery, books, art, antiques, philosophy ... and interesting trivia and facts about it.eARC via NetGalley
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  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    Although there are paranormal elements (a curious and unexpected ghost), this is primarily a romance that entertains with both a middle age and young couple. It takes place between New York City and Massachusetts. The courtships are wonderful (certainly the way I’d like to be wined, dined, and seduced!) and the thought provoking themes that run through this easy-flow yet complex story are balanced with humor, an engaging plot/subplots, and endearing characters, including a crow named Bertha. The Although there are paranormal elements (a curious and unexpected ghost), this is primarily a romance that entertains with both a middle age and young couple. It takes place between New York City and Massachusetts. The courtships are wonderful (certainly the way I’d like to be wined, dined, and seduced!) and the thought provoking themes that run through this easy-flow yet complex story are balanced with humor, an engaging plot/subplots, and endearing characters, including a crow named Bertha. There is nothing formulaic about this refreshing love story.The author describes life as a game of connect-the-dots, and the main connection here is between a mystery writer, Sam Weller, who is in her 40s, and Gwen Laraway, a wealthy philosophy professor (the family owns a paper company) in her 50s. The secondary romance, which takes up almost as much time as the first, is between Sam’s 30 year-old side kick, Liz Bowes (Liz’s sister is married to Sam’s brother) and Gwen’s 28 year old virginal niece, Isabel. Isabel, who is half-Brazilian, dark and beautiful, and who possesses a natural sensuality, is totally unassuming and completely clueless when it comes to her sex appeal. Between running the family business with her father, collecting books and saving animals, Isabel has zero interest in men and no thoughts of romance—until she meets Liz. Liz, the charismatic and proverbial player, is an interior designer who owns an antique shop in Manhattan. She hasn’t met a woman she can stand being in the same room with for more than 48 hours, let alone one she wants to have a relationship with—until she meets Isabel. The story begins with Sam asking Liz to appraise an old bookend she has just purchased. She thinks it might be worth more than what she paid, and she’s right. With Liz’s help she sets out to find a mate for it. Sam and Liz play off each other really well, and their search for a matching bookend is what leads them to the Laraway estate and to the women with whom they fall head over heels. The "chase" begins, and from there the story unfolds. I love a good romance, but I’m also a trivia buff and do enjoy walking away from a book having learned things; in this case about crows, antiques, art pottery, philosophy, ballroom dancing, rally racing, auras, ghosts—even quantum physics! And for you readers who believe humans and animals have souls, or if you’ve ever wondered how life after death is possible (don’t worry, the ending is happy) the author offers some very interesting theories. Lots to ponder. And lots to love about this memorable romance.
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  • Cheryl Shrock
    January 1, 1970
    What a great story. It was a fun, romantic, clever, eerie and scary mystery. The characters are very colorful and likeable. You really care about their future. And the dialog is very clever, funny and natural. The romances are slow burns with a very comfortable pace. The first half was fun and very interesting and then the story starts to turn, bouncing between the 2 main romances and some strange happenings. And then the story really takes a turn and I couldn't read fast enough. I was not putti What a great story. It was a fun, romantic, clever, eerie and scary mystery. The characters are very colorful and likeable. You really care about their future. And the dialog is very clever, funny and natural. The romances are slow burns with a very comfortable pace. The first half was fun and very interesting and then the story starts to turn, bouncing between the 2 main romances and some strange happenings. And then the story really takes a turn and I couldn't read fast enough. I was not putting this book down until I found out what happens. Count on a very exciting ending AND it all comes together and makes sense....(If you suspend your disbelief...a bit) and isn't that what story telling is all about.I recommend this book and I will be looking forward to Karen F. Williams next book.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Long and satisfyingA writer with a pet crow meets a former professor and her niece when trying to find a match to a bookend she purchased at a garage sale. Strange things occur on the property that will change everything. This was satisfyingly long. I enjoyed all of the characters and happenings so much that I just enjoyed the ride. There were two blossoming relationships in this story and I was equally invested in both. I also felt the mystery was carefully unraveled over time. And I was truly Long and satisfyingA writer with a pet crow meets a former professor and her niece when trying to find a match to a bookend she purchased at a garage sale. Strange things occur on the property that will change everything. This was satisfyingly long. I enjoyed all of the characters and happenings so much that I just enjoyed the ride. There were two blossoming relationships in this story and I was equally invested in both. I also felt the mystery was carefully unraveled over time. And I was truly stunned at a point toward the end. Completely loved this.
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  • Calleigh
    January 1, 1970
    This book has a little bit of everything and I mean that in a very good way. Williams has crafted a splendid romance that spins a story around two couples (one older and one younger) and their animal companions. The book brings a lot to the table beyond romance: intrigue, supernatural happenings, dramatic situations, deep philosophical conversations, and laugh-out-loud humor. What more could a reader want? Well, how about good writing, well-defined characters, and plot development? You've got th This book has a little bit of everything and I mean that in a very good way. Williams has crafted a splendid romance that spins a story around two couples (one older and one younger) and their animal companions. The book brings a lot to the table beyond romance: intrigue, supernatural happenings, dramatic situations, deep philosophical conversations, and laugh-out-loud humor. What more could a reader want? Well, how about good writing, well-defined characters, and plot development? You've got that here, too. In the hands of a less skilled writer it would be a lot to juggle, but Williams makes it seem effortless. Her writing is smooth and elegant and it's very easy to get swept up in the story and forget about all those other things you're supposed to be doing. I've long been a fan of her work and I am delighted that she's published a new novel. If this description sounds at all good to you, give this book a chance. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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  • Bugs
    January 1, 1970
    After seeing a highly recommended post from a member on The Lesbian Review Book Club, and a resounding shout-out from a mate from Twitter about Karen F. Williams' latest ghostly/paranormal book, "As The Crow Flies," obviously I couldn't pass up the opportunity to experience it meself. So glad I did because being a huge fan of ghost stories (albeit well-written ones are few and far between, at least in me reading experience), I really wanted to sink me teeth into one that would give me the shiver After seeing a highly recommended post from a member on The Lesbian Review Book Club, and a resounding shout-out from a mate from Twitter about Karen F. Williams' latest ghostly/paranormal book, "As The Crow Flies," obviously I couldn't pass up the opportunity to experience it meself. So glad I did because being a huge fan of ghost stories (albeit well-written ones are few and far between, at least in me reading experience), I really wanted to sink me teeth into one that would give me the shivers or ghostly chills (like, me all-time favourites, Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" or Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" and Yvonne Heidt's "The Sisters of Spirits" trilogy). After reading this, I can attest to the fact that "As The Crow Flies" was a proper ghost story, a fantastically written one that not only succeeded in giving me the ghostly-feel chilling factor (AND, strangely, I must add, a feeling of peace and tranquillity which me all-time favourites didn't!), but also presenting me with something to ponder. And that is saying something because in the horror/paranormal/ghostly genre, I'm not easily satisfied, see.Firstly, having not had any experience with Williams' writing or storytelling, I went in without any preconceived ideas or expectations about her style. I must say, from the start, I was taken by how she expressed herself in words! So utterly literary, I was drawn to the rhythm and flow of her expressions in richly formulated form! It was pure literary artistry. Now, being a fan of literary composition style that incorporates figurative language in storytelling, me intrigue with Williams' story increased tenfold. Yes, I have a weakness in lyrical, poetic language styles in fictional writing. PLUS, I have an instant soft spot for characters who're in academia or any field related to science and maths, tbh. So, it's safe to assume that I already made up me mind to check out Williams' other works whilst feasting on this book! Her anecdotes that paid homage to various poems, literary works by renowned authors, only endowed her story about Samantha and her life-saving crow, Bertha, with much more reverberating effect than ever, especially when it came to the incredibly serendipitous event that changed Samantha's life forever - fate in the name of Gwen.Full commentary here... In Bugs' Own Words
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  • Kitty Kat
    January 1, 1970
    This book is one of those that you have to sit back and take in just what you have read. I had to take a breath and absorb the story and how it made me feel. Karen F Williams is an extremely talented writer and her exquisite prose captured me from the start. I found myself slowing down as I neared the end as I wanted it to last just a little bit longer. I couldn’t tear myself away from mystery writer Sam, her crow Bertha and Gwen, the alluring professor that Sam has become enamoured with. Sam’s This book is one of those that you have to sit back and take in just what you have read. I had to take a breath and absorb the story and how it made me feel. Karen F Williams is an extremely talented writer and her exquisite prose captured me from the start. I found myself slowing down as I neared the end as I wanted it to last just a little bit longer. I couldn’t tear myself away from mystery writer Sam, her crow Bertha and Gwen, the alluring professor that Sam has become enamoured with. Sam’s sister-in-law Liz and gorgeous but repressed Isabel had an equally fascinating storyline and the interweaving of their lives had me glued to the page. When Sam’s quest to find a matching bookend for the one in her possession brings her into contact with philosophy professor Gwen I was entranced. Their reactions to each other are profound and when their lives become entwined neither could have predicted where it would lead. The story has a perfect mix of enchanting romance, mystery and a ghostly element. It was sweet and imaginative at times and powerfully sexy and quite beautiful. One of the best books I have read this year. Highly recommended.
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  • terry decker
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. The characters are great and fun to read about. It was fun to see what happens with every one. Bertha the crow was such a cool character and I thought it was great how Sam and Bertha connected and basically saved each other. I live in Western Massachusetts, so it was cool to see the places that the characters went. This was so hard to put down for things such as sleep and I would even get up early to finish the book. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Stevie Carroll
    January 1, 1970
    To be reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread.
  • Heather Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Karen F. Williams has written a adorable paranormal romantic story. There is a crow that saves a life, a ghost, and 4 women and their relationships. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. I would recommend this and I hope to read more from this author.
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