Blog Tour: Keepers of the Gate by Denise Billups (@DeniseBillups @shalini_g26 @digitalreadsbt )

Hi Blisses,

TITLE: Keepers of the Gate
BY: Denise Billups
SERIES: Twilight Ends #1
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Magic Realism
PUBLICATION: February 6th 2021 by Next Chapter
NOTES: I received an e-copy from the author and blog tour host in exchange for review and promotion. This did not affect my opinion regarding the book in any way.

It’s another blog tour and this time for author, Denise Billups. A big thanks to Shalini from Digital Reads Blog Tours for inviting me to join this tour. I enjoyed this one more than I expected, to be honest, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts.


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? 


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I love books that make me think, like a puzzle that I need to solve, and Keepers of the Gate is definitely one. I’m no fan of history so my knowledge about the subject is so little and think I always say that every time I review a book with historical background. But despite my lack of knowledge and even enthusiasm about history, I always enjoy fiction books that are based on real events. Keepers of the Gate gave me a glimpse of a part of history of the Native Americans, highlighting the Sullivan’s expedition and the destruction of the Iroquois Confederacy and the death of two characters, Pilan and Teka. Pilan vowed to find his beloved Teka again in another life, thus the mystery of reincarnation and time travel.

Two centuries later, in Geneva, New York, Twilight Ends B&B stands in sacred grounds where the Iroquois village used to be. And its owners, the Newhouse family, guards a secret that involves two artifacts filled with mystery.

I love how layered the plot is, with lots of characters to follow. Each one has an interesting story that is part of the mystery surrounding the Newhouse clan. It is hard to say anything about any of them and I think it’s part of the fun, if you meet them yourself. One thing I can say is that the author had written them well, well enough to make me care, especially for the Newhouse family, as they try to protect their own not only for the future but as well as the past, and of course present.

That was what surprised me in this book, Keepers of the Gate is more than just a story of reincarnation and time travel but also of family and love. It is heartwarming as it is suspenseful – I love it.

I love the setting. It’s very atmospheric and enthralling. It opens in a scene from the past, and I was hooked. I know I said I’m not familiar with history, even so it is apparent that the historical aspect of the story was very well-researched. Aside from that, I’m familiar with the author’s writing style now because I also read her other book recently. At times, yes, due to the historical aspect, the narrative becomes a bit informative rather than narrative, but that’s ok.

RATING: 4 blissful pages with lilies

I enjoyed this novel and I think, all lovers of Historical Fiction and magical realism would enjoy this book as well. And with that ending, I’m so ready for book 2.


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 has worked in finance and as a freelance columnist and currently resides. A multi-genre author of fiction, she has published four novels—Keepers of the Gate: Twilight Ends (Book 1), Kalorama Road, Chasing Victoria, and By Chance. She has also written several supernatural short stories, including Off the Grid, Ravine Lereux: Unearthing A Family Curse, The Playground, and Rebound. As an avid reader of magical realism, mystery, suspense, and supernatural novels, she was greatly influenced by authors in these genres.

Currently, she is working on book two of her trilogy, Twilight Ends, a paranormal historical fiction, and book two of Simone Doucet Series to be released in 2022.


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Have you read this book? Or planning to? What do you think of it? Let’s chat.

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