Catherine Lewis is an author with a successful series of novels featuring shapeshifting ailuranthropes (werecats) under her belt. Challenges in Catherine’s personal life seem to have scared off her muse, and she decides to retire her tales. Enter the titular Karla Roman, who writes Catherine a letter of entreaty inviting her to visit the English moors in hopes of reviving her novels. Catherine is drawn to Ms. Roman and agrees to join her at Cath Manor. But is Ms. Roman closer to her characters than Catherine could ever imagine?
The story is told from Catherine’s point of view, and she proves to be a relatable narrator. We feel her undeniable attraction to Ms. Roman and the disorienting experience of visiting the old manor on the moor.
Ms. Roman is exotic and mysterious, but over the course of the story we are lured into her world right along with Catherine. Black Jaguar, Hermès scarf, dark sunglasses, eastern European accent… if these things do it for you, then Ms. Roman is your lady.
The Writing Style
As I mentioned, this is a novella, so it’s a quick read. It moves briskly and leaves you wanting more.
Honestly, this story is just good, campy fun. It made me forget about the piles of laundry to be done and transported me to the mysterious moorlands. I will admit that I’m not a cat person, and so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the lovely descriptions of big cats. It was wonderful to experience a visit to the moors through Catherine’s eyes. I felt like I was right there with her as the mist descended and a low growl rumbled nearby.
Ms. Roman’s terms of endearment for Catherine were a bit over the top for me, but this is a minor quibble.
You should buy this book if you enjoy exotic, feline beauty. And also if you like cats.
Excerpt from Meeting Ms. Roman by Karen F. Williams
I followed, enjoying the view from behind, admiring the surprising agility and athleticism of the elegant and sultry Ms. Roman. We scrambled up over one ridge and when we reached the top we stood at the base of the next hill. I wasn’t sure what was happening, but moving and curling around our bodies were wispy strings of fog, fine as spiderwebs.
“What is this?” I asked.
“It’s the moor sending out its tendrils to envelop you in a blinding fog. And that fog will come without warning if you don’t know the signs. Dartmoor is an insidious and mischievous host. It enjoys confusing guests, and the feeling of disorientation and isolation that comes with being trapped in a fog can send the calmest of people into a panic. People have killed themselves stumbling into bogs and falling into ravines in desperate attempts to find their way out of one.”
“But the fogs lift, don’t they?”
“Sure. That’s when the rains come.” She laughed and kissed me quickly on the lips. “Hopefully we’ll be soaking in a bubble bath by the time it pours.”
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