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November 14, 2017

SERIAL K RETURNS

Serial K Returns
  • Number: B06Y3JNCSZ
  • Release: April 5, 2017
  • Author: Brian Gallagher
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Action / Thriller
  • Publisher: Mirror Publishing
This is a fabulous book! One of the best I have read in some time. The premise is brilliant and I wish I had thought of it. Mr. Gallagher has a wonderful sense of humor with which he tempers the most gruesome details of the killings. The relationship between the FBI Investigators is realistic and HOT! The pace of this book is remarkable and kept me interested until the very end. My congratulations to the author. I cannot wait until I can buy the sequel. I hope it is very soon. Mary Firmin. His hunger returned. Craig Breedlove, the serial killer who survives in Serial K, is back at it. This time he has a new target. In fact, two new targets. A victim of priest molestation at age seven, he puts his sights on abusive priests who were never brought to justice. The FBI team of Agents Lea Pucci and Ryan O’Callahan, now divorced but current lovers, are back on the trail. As they close in, the killer turns his sights on his pursuers. As the chase continues, the body count rises. Fear grips the public. Many will die, but who survives? Brian Gallagher, author of award winning Vatican Protocol, and Serial K, delves into the mind of a serial killer and the morality of the Vatican cover-up of abusive priests with the release of Serial K Returns. (from Night Owl Reviews)



MY THOUGHTS
In the first book of Serial K, you're left with a doubt as to whether Craig Breedlove is really dead.    He was a serial killer of the worst, killing innocent people in such gory and bloody ways.  In the second book, Craig Breedlove is alive and plotting.  He has taken on a new identity and now has his intent of death focused on priests.In his demented search for justice on the priests who did inexplicable things to him as a child, he is out for revenge.  A revenge of a different sort.  So he recruits a select group of men from a support group he joined.  A group of men who were also raped and molested by the men of the Catholic Church.   These men are searching to kill and reap the vengeance that they had once delivered.  Breedlove thinks his new persona has him hidden from the authorities but is he? Not only do we get the suspense and mystery of Breedlove but we get more of the relationship between Ryan and Lea.  But Ryan isn't the only one who wants Lea. Breedlove wants her too but in a different way and it isn't good.  The author gives us the human desires, not only the good ones but the demented ones of a serial killer.  But can Lea be saved from this sick killer?  Or will she be another on his long list of victims? SO much suspense, mystery, romance and some very sick people who want vigilante justice.  One other thing I enjoyed was the bits of humor the other off sided the demented side with.

I would recommend reading Serial K and Serial K Returns for lovers of going into the minds of serial killers, true, in a fictional way but oh, so real when you're reading them.

I received a copy of this book from Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

The Lady In Red

THE LADY IN RED      Season of Scandal   Book 3.5    by Kelly Bowen
The Lady in Red
  • Number: B06Y5J3B5N
  • Release: December 5, 2017
  • Author: Kelly Bowen
  • Availability: E-Book
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, Seasonal / Holiday
  • Publisher: Forever Yours

2017 RITA award-winning author! "Wonderful! A charming, clever, and engaging storyteller not to be missed." --Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author A lady with secrets, a man with a burning desire, a love that breaks all the rules Lady Charlotte Beaumont has spent her whole life being ignored. By her parents, her brother, even the servants. So she was secretly able to develop her talent for painting well beyond the usual watercolors. Too bad no one will let her actually use it-women are rarely accepted into the Royal Academy. But when a connection at the Haverhall School for Young Ladies gets Charlotte her dream commission, she'll do whatever it takes to make it work. Including disguising herself as "Charlie." Flynn Rutledge has something to prove. His lowly upbringing is not going to stop him from achieving his artistic dreams. This commission is the key to his future, and his partner, an unknown youth in oversized clothes who is barely old enough to shave, doesn't exactly inspire confidence. But Charlie does inspire Flynn's artistic passion-something he worried he might have lost forever. For all his street smarts, nothing can prepare Flynn for the shock of Charlie's true identity. He doesn't care that she's a woman, but a lady of the ton is a different matter altogether . . .(from Night Owl Reviews)

MY THOUGHTS
No one ever seemed to notice Lady Charlotte, not even her family.   Ladies in this time period weren't supposed to be artists but Lady Charlotte, while being ignored by everyone, was able to develop her talent for painting.   No one knew.  If only she could be accepted into the Royal Academy.   But rarely did ladies get to go there.  Just as she thought it was hopeless, someone at Haverhall School for Young Ladies helps her get in.  Now it's up to Charlotte to make this dream work.  She went to the extreme.  She became "Charlie".  Yes, she made herself look like a man.  A man had better chances of succeeding, especially in the fine arts.    Charlotte or now known as "Charlie" becomes partners with another person who has the dream of becoming an artist, Flynn Rutledge.   What a shock is in store for Flynn!  The author showed how women had it much harder back in the day than men. The book shows how women sometimes had to resort to unusual tactics in order to achieve their dreams.  It didn't seem to me that Charlotte tried very hard to make her wishes known to her family.   Perhaps her family would have paid more attention if she stood up for what she wanted.  It would have been worth a try.  I do wish there  had been a bit more background on both Charlotte and Flynn.  I just couldn't connect with either one of them. They didn't seem realistic to me.

I received a copy of this book from Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 3 STARS.

SHATTERED MEMORIES

Shattered Memories (The Mirror Sisters Series Book 3) by [Andrews, V.C.]
 
SHATTERED MEMORIES
The Mirror Sisters Series
Book Three
by
V.C. Andrews

  • Number: B071CJZZB9
  • Release: October 31, 2017
  • Author: V.C. Andrews
  • Availability: E-Book
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: New Adult & College
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
In this finale of the darkly gothic Mirror Sisters trilogy, one twin fears her reunion with sister dearest—from the legendary New York Times bestselling author of Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina (now Lifetime movies). For fans of Ruth Ware (The Woman in Cabin 10) and Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies) They share an unbreakable bond... An inescapable bond. As identical twins, Haylee and Kaylee Fitzgerald have always done things in exactly the same way. Under their mother’s guidance their every outfit, every meal, and every thought was identical. But now things are different. With Kaylee back at home after her sister's betrayal, her life has been turned inside out. Both her mother and Haylee are away and Kaylee’s alone and more lost than ever. Her father suggests going to a new school where she can have a fresh start, and where no one will know about her dark past. But if Kaylee knows her sister at all, she knows that her twin isn’t through with her yet… (from Night Owl Reviews)

MY THOUGHTS
I have been a lover of V.C. Andrews' books for a long time but I was rather disappointed in this one.  I felt that making this a trilogy may have been too much.  It was like a lot of filler to make the third book.  In my opinion it should have just been two books. Just a lot of repetition, not much new.  To me, this wasn't a good believable V.C. Andrews' book.  The books being written by a ghost writer now that V.C. Andrews is deceased are not the quality that we had when she was alive and shortly thereafter.   Perhaps it's time to lay V.C. Andrews' great writing and name to rest and let the ghost writer continue under their own name.  I felt let down.  I want to remember and re-read the good books not this unsatisfying and disappointing writing.  There is nothing there any more and it's sad since V.C. Andrews was one of a kind. Perhaps SHATTERED MEMORIES is a good title.  The memories of V.C. Andrews is being Shattered!  I had a hard time even finishing the book since it just was such a disappointment.  I wanted the excitement, the suspense, the happy and sad time of the realistic writings of Ms. Andrews.  There just wasn't that warm feeling that came from her other books.  I do believe it could have been but the books  being written by the ghost writer are to me, just filler and that is too bad.  If the ghost writer continues to write under V.C. Andrews, bring on the new and exciting!

I received a copy of this book from Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book  2.5 STARS.

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 We're thrilled to have Nadia Natali, author of the memoir, Stairway to Paradise: Growing Up Gershwin today! Leave a comment to let her know you stopped by!

Her father invented Kodachrome, and her mother—who sang and danced professionally—was the sister of George and Ira Gershwin. Growing up in Westport, Connecticut amidst great privilege and uncommon fame, Nadia Natali might have chosen a life of comfort and celebrity. But from an early age, she was driven to create one of great consequence instead, one in which she could seek her true purpose and life’s deepest meanings.

When she met photographer Enrico Natali, the two embarked on a shared quest not simply for adventure, but also a journey to discover how their lives could most profoundly unfold. Their yearnings for lives fully-lived took them to a wild and wonderful piece of property surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest in the coastal mountains of Southern California—a place where they lived in a teepee, started a family, and carved out rich satisfaction as they transformed their beautiful piece of earth into Blue Heron Ranch.

The forty years between then and now have been filled with unimaginable adventures, the kind of tragedy that can utterly destroy the lives of those who must endure them and go on, deep introspection and personal growth, as well as joy and gratitude as bounteous as the natural world surrounding them.

Stairway to Paradise is a memoir of uncommon honesty and clarity, the story of one woman’s determination to make the most of the gifts her family heritage has offered her, and to live wisely and honorably in every way one can. This is a book to savor, one that will make you cry and marvel at how essential it is for all of us to bring a commitment to truth and openhearted honesty to all our challenges as well as our many blessings.


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STAIRWAY TO PARADISE: GROWING UP GERSHWIN

Author: Nadia Natali

Publisher: RareBird Books

Pages: 304

Genre: Memoir
Growing up as Frankie Gershwin's daughter, the sister of George and Ira Gershwin, was quite a challenge. I didn't have the  perspective to realize that so much unhappiness in a family was out of the ordinary. But I knew something was off. My mother was often depressed and my father was tyrannical and scary, one never knew when he
would blow up. I learned early on that I had to be the cheery one, the one to fix the problems. Both sides of my family were famous; the Gershwin side and my father who invented color film. But even though there was more than enough recognition, money and parties I understood that wasn't what made people happy.

As a young adult adrift and depressed I broke from that unsatisfactory life by marrying Enrico Natali, a
photographer, deeply immersed in his own questions about life. We moved into the wilderness away from what we considered as the dysfunction of society.  That’s when we discovered that life had other kinds of challenges: flood, fire, rattlesnakes, mountain lions and bears. We lived in a teepee for more than four
years while building a house. Curiously my mother never commented on my life choice. She must have realized on some level that her own life was less than satisfactory.

Enrico had developed a serious meditation practice that had become a kind of ground for him. As for me I
danced. Understanding the somatic, the inner body experience, became my way to shift the inner story.

We raised and homeschooled our three children. I taught them to read, Enrico taught them math. The kids ran free, happy, always engaged, making things, and discovering. We were so sure we were doing the right thing. However, we didn't have a clue how they would make the transition to the so-called ‘real world’. The children thrived until they became teenagers. They then wanted out. Everything fell apart for them and for
Enrico and me. Our lives were turned upside down, our paradise lost. There was tragedy: our son lost his life while attempting to cross our river during a fierce storm. Later I was further challenged by advanced breast cancer.

It was during these times that I delved deeply into the somatic recesses of myself. I began to find my own
voice, a long learning process. I emerged with a profound trust in my own authority. It became clear that everyone has to find his or her way through layers of inauthenticity, where a deep knowing can develop. And I came to see that is the best anyone can offer to the world.

Enrico and I still live in the wilds of the Lost Padres National Forest, a paradise with many steps going up
and down, a life I would not change.
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Nadia Natali, author of the memoir, Stairway to Paradise: Growing Up Gershwin, published by Rare Bird, Los Angeles, 2015, and The Blue Heron Ranch Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Zen Retreat Center published by North Atlantic Books, Berkeley CA, 2008, is currently working on a second cookbook titled Zafu Kitchen Cookbook. 
           
Natali, a clinical psychotherapist and dance therapist, specializes in trauma release through somatic work. She earned a master’s degree from Hunter College in New York City in Dance/Movement Therapy and completed another masters degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in somatic psychology at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Nadia is a registered practitioner of Biodynamic Craniosacral
Therapy (RCST) and is also a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) who trained with Peter Levine.

DanceMedicine Workshops is Natali’s creation where participants move through their trauma with dialogue
and dance. She also offers the Ojai community, DanceMedicine Journeys. In addition to her private practice, Nadia and her husband offer Zen Retreats at their center.

Born into a famous family that was riddled with dysfunction, Nadia Natali made the choice to turn her life
inside out and step away from fame and fortune. Against her parents’ consent she married an artist and moved to the remote wilderness in California. It was there that she found grounding as she and her husband raised and homeschooled their three children and opened a retreat center. As she gathered her own
momentum, she enrolled in a doctorate program finally becoming a clinical psychotherapist specializing in psychosomatic work. She and her husband live in Ojai California.

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MY THOUGHTS

This is a lovely memoir that begins on December 8, 1980.  This is Nadia's memoir, her life.  When you are born into a famous family, a noted family, you are never really allowed to be you, just you.  But Nadia wanted just that.  She took on that journey with courage. That journey was nothing less than spectacular and rememberable.   Nadia had a desire, a yearning and she went after that with her entire heart.    She loved life itself. This is an unforgettable adventure of one women having it all in a well known family and yet, more than that, she had it all through herself and her husband and children.  She was reknown in her own right. It wasn't easy, It was a struggle but a struggle she met with courage and love.  She took what life threw at her and dealt, then went on to the next struggle.    This is her journey, her life like no other.   This isn't a sugar coated story.  It tells it all from from the privileged childhood to living in a teepee with her husband and children. She is an inspiration to  us all.   She shows that no matter how hard life is, no matter what it throws at you, you can face it, and go on, better from it.

I received a copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.
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November 9, 2017

CHRISTY - Giveaway by Catherine Marshall



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CHRISTY
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Catherine Marshall

 Some stories are evergreen, their themes and lessons standing the test of time and connecting with readers generation after generation. Reconnect with Catherine Marshall's beloved Christy as it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new edition!

The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.

But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her — and her one-room school — as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.

Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough?

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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Catherine Marshall (1914-1983), “The New York Times” best-selling author of 30 books, is best known for her novel “Christy.” Based on the life of her mother, “Christy” captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Around the kitchen table at Evergreen Farm, as her mother reminisced, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. Catherine shared the story of her husband, Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate, in “A Man Called Peter.” A decade after Dr. Marshall’s untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of “Guideposts,” forging a dynamic writer-editor partnership. A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine’s enduring career spanned four decades and reached over 30 million readers.
Find out more about Catherine at http://gileadpublishing.com/christy. 

MY THOUGHTS
 This book is based on the author's mother and was a popular television series.  The author's mother was a teacher in the poverty stricken backwoods of Tennessee.

Christy Huddleston, age 19, having lived in Asheville, N.C. is now on a train to a place that is so different form the world she is used to. She is headed for Cutter Gap in the Smoky Mountains. A place where time has stopped. A place where people live day to day with next to nothing, not even the slightest hint of modern day life.  This is all they know, from generation to generation.  Their lives are  surrounded by mere survival, relying on their home remedies, the  hunt to keep food on the table and the superstitions that are  passed down.   This is their way of life.

Now a stranger is coming to a one room school house. They feel this person is a threat to the life that is all they know.

But Christy is bound and determined to make a difference. Then she is torn between two different views from two strong men.  

The author gives a work of fiction. Even though this is fiction, there are still, even in this modern day, people who live in the remote mountain wilderness who are  stuck in time. The characters are strong and yet, each have their own human weaknesses. Christy was a character who you could visualize. A person who cared and wanted to bring change for the good of these poor mountain people. Christy's Christian upbringing helped to keep her standing firm even though there were many times she could have easily given up. The story brings about a mix of emotions, sadness, empathy, anger, caring, admiration and more. 

Cutter Gap is a place in the past and yet so very much in the present. Unfortunately, it may be a place in the future.  

Will Christy succeed in some way? Will she find love in these backward mountains?

I would definitely suggest this book. It will take you into a different time and place.  Strong characters that you will fall in love with.  Circumstances you may not like, you may disagree with but all the same you will feel in your heart.  You will go away from this book with a warmness in your heart and a desire for more people like Christy to enter that remote wilderness, to bring about a little change.

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book a SOLID 5 STARS.

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November 7, 2017

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Title: BREAD FOR THE TABLE
Author: Tara Botel Doherty
Publisher: Pinehurst Literary Press
Pages: 232
Genre: Literary/Women’s Fiction
Bread for the Table relates a single day in the life of Sage a 30-year-old aspiring jewelry designer working as a waitress in a pseudo New York deli in Los Angeles.  A postcard from her mother triggers a series of flashbacks, which bring Sage’s life into focus.
She remembers her protector – dear older sister, Rose of Sharon and her untimely death; her remote father, whose only communication was reading passages from novels written by John Steinbeck; her grandmother, the only consistent figure in Sage’s life; and her mother.
The last time Sage and her mother shared an intimate moment was stirring a pot of soup shortly after Rose of Sharon’s death.  Her mother’s last instructions before she went to buy bread to complement the soup were to keep stirring the soup so it wouldn’t burn.  Dutifully Sage stirred, but her mother never returned.  She was five years old.  Now she has received a postcard from a woman she hasn’t seen in twenty-five years.

 THE AUTHOR

Tara Botel Doherty was born in Los Angeles. She was raised by her grandmother and mother blocks away from famed Hollywood Boulevard. It was a Bohemian upbringing filled with art, dance, and guitar lessons and movie sets where her father worked as a lighting technician. This environment helped generate her love of the arts, especially books and writing. She wrote her first book in the first grade. Educated in both public and parochial schools where the fundamentals of perseverance and patience were drilled into her, Tara understood the work ethic. She spends her days and nights teaching English in the San Fernando Valley. Now residing up in the Santa Clarita Valley, aka the 'Rita with her husband and daughter, she writes regularly about her adventures in Hollywood.


MY THOUGHTS
One day in the life of a 30 year old, who wants to design jewelry but is waitressing in a deli in L.A.
We all have wondered from time to time, if this is all there is?   Will it never get any better?   Even if you have everything you think you want or if you have nothing and are working hard, we all have felt at one time or another, Is this the best there is?  This is everyday reality for Sage, only thirty years old, with her whole life ahead of her.   But she wonders if this is as good as it gets. She feels stuck in her waitress job and it seems that her co-workers only remind her of her hopelessness.
She had dreams, dreams of becoming a jewelry designer but that ended by her boyfriend who abused her. Now, maybe everyone is right.  This is as good as it gets.
 But something happens to make Sage think. She hasn't seen her mother for twenty five years.  She had walked out to go to the store and never returned.
The author tells the story with pop up thoughts, flashbacks as such.  With those flashbacks, the story of Sage is pieced together like a jig saw puzzle. We get a piece here and a piece there and as we turn the pages, the pieces begin to fit together.   Sage is a hurt, fractured woman.  Perhaps you can relate to her.  That makes her real. She has real problems and real doubts about herself and her life.   Especially where she is headed.   As you read, you will stop for a moment and reflect. Perhaps on yourself, someone you know or on Sage.  Your heart cries for Sage from the time her mother left to get a loaf of bread and never returned.  Sage goes through such bottom of the gut emotions and you as the reader, will too.  She doubts if she is loved, wanted by anyone, has anything to offer or if she even has hope for her dreams.
The author shows how one, just one out of many, can be changed for their entire life by events that start when they are young and carry through adulthood.   The problem is, sometimes they don't get better, they grow and we have to find some way to overcome, not forget, but overcome and go forward. 
Will Sage find hope when she leaves her abusive boyfriend and her mother returns?  Is there a chance to repair the relationship with her mother after all the pain and time?
All it takes is one person in the family to make a lapse in judgement and it snowballs.  It begins to affect everyone in the family in different ways. 
The author has given the reader a real gift in this book.  True, it's fiction, but possibly you can relate.  A broken, hurt, saddened woman and how she got there.  Is there a place for Sage?  Will she find love?   Will she find that it can get better? What affect will the postcard from her estranged mother have on Sage's life?   Read this heart touching book and see what happens to Sage and the ones around her.

I received a copy of this book from the author and PUYB and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book  5  STARS.

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HIGH DESERT HIGH by Steven Schindler

Undercover cop Paul Santo chased drug dealers and junkies through the worst parts of New York City during the worst of times. He did his job well and was decorated for it. But times have changed and so has Santo. After decades on the job he was fed up with the pressures from bosses and the street. He snapped one boozy night, retired the next day, and after a family tragedy, drove cross-country with his estranged daughter to begin a new life in the mysterious California high desert. Just as the Joshua trees reach up to the heavens, Paul’s journey transcends earthly ambitions when strange sightings could mean a path to enlightenment… or madness.



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Steven Schindler  Born and raised in the Bronx, Schindler has worked as an award winning writer and producer in televsion for over twenty years, in news, sports, reality, entertainment and news magazines. Credits include "The Who's Farewell Tour", "Israel and the Palestinians: Will Reason Prevail?" "A Day in the Lives of Melrose Place" "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and 4 Chicago Emmy Awards.

His first novel, SEWER BALLS, was called "probably the best novel produced by the small presses in 1999" by Small Press Review. His second novel, FROM THE BLOCK, won the best fiction award at the DIY National Book Festival. His third novel, FROM HERE TO REALITY, (Pocket Books) was called "required reading" by the New York Post and received praise from Jay Leno, Roger L. Simon (The Big Fix), and Publishers Weekly. His fourth novel ON THE BLUFFS was released in 2009.

Schindler's new novel, THE LAST SEWER BALL will be released on June 11, 2013 and is available for reviewers now.

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MY THOUGHTS 
   (from book)  Looking to the open desert sky is the first step to opening one's mind. 
  Have you ever felt you just couldn't take what you were doing any more? Have you ever felt like you were going to snap?   Well that's what Paul Santo did! He snapped! enough was enough.  He had spent years as an undercover cop.  He did the worst of the worst.  Dealt with drug dealers, junkies, New York City's dark alley's, the most awful places you could imagine.   After years, Santa realizes he's changed, time's changed. So on a night of too much drinking, he woke up the next day and QUIT! Quit it all and left with  his estranged daughter.   There had been too many dark dangerous nights on the streets, too much pressure and then a family tragedy.  So off to a new life in the desert of California.  The savvy Santo has gotten from years on the streets and his inward soul may bring Santo to a new place in his life.  BUT - will that place be good or bad.  This book will make you think long and hard about decisions you make and where they may lead you.  You can take parts of Santo's life and compare them to you.  Turning the pages, you try to figure out what will happen and it puts you on the edge. You might find that what happens will totally surprise you.  You have no clue as to the direction this book will take.  This is Santo's chance to free himself.  But can he take that first step?
Don't let this one pass you by.  You may learn something about yourself after reading it.



I received an ARC from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS. 

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THE GIFT
The Amish of Hart County 
Book Three
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by Shelley Shepard Gray

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that cause her buggy to overturn and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous accidents that someone wants them gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault but he can't help being resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kindhearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

Neil thinks the accidents are just that, while Susanna's father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to h arm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt...or worse.
 
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Shelley Shepard Gray I live in southern Ohio with my husband, two teenagers, and two dogs. My days are filled with busy activities like most any other mom and housewife. But I also love to write books.

Each morning, after my kids go off to school, I sit at my desk, look out my window, and dream of other places. The hours fly by as I make up people and places and drink way too much coffee.

Writing for Avon Inspire has truly been a dream come true. Being able to spend my days in my make-believe world of the Brenneman Bed and Breakfast is a true blessing. I have enjoyed getting to know more about the Amish culture and tapping into my faith as I show each character’s progression toward a personal relationship with our Lord.

Before becoming a full time writer, I taught elementary school in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. A job transfer to Ohio led my husband to encourage me to finally give writing a try. After all, I had notebooks full of made up stories.

I’ll never forget that first book I typed in our unfinished basement. It was exciting to make up a story, but also very scary. I was also so embarrassed, sure someone would come out of the woodwork and point out that I wasn’t a ‘real’ writer. But I persevered, and sold my third manuscript.

Things have changed a bit. Now I have a real office of my own. (think old guest bedroom!) My walls are painted pink, and more than a couple of book covers decorate my walls. But my days are still the same. I wake up, dream about other people, and do my best to type out stories.


MY THOUGHTS
We're back in Hart County with the Schwartz family. One problem is the new Amish community isn't accepting the Schwartz family.    It's Christmas time and this is a time to be joyous.  But things turn dangerous when Susanna hears gunshots. The buggy that Susanna and her little sister are in  goes into the icy creek.   Too many accidents have been happening. What is going on?   I thought I had it figured out but I soon found out, I was wrong. Emotions will hit you with this book.  Your heart may pause. SO much is happening, shots and falling into a cave.  Will this be survival or will danger win?    I love Amish books.  They are clean and wholesome.  In this book you get the faith, family, adventure, danger, romance and accidents, well maybe, they aren't accidents.  The family are relying on their faith to see them through this.  Is this a case of mere accidents or is it deliberate, someone trying to get them to leave?  Will the true reason for the "accidents" come to the surface?  Will love prevail?   And most of all, will the faith be kept?


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

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