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3.20.2019

American Omens ~ Review

American Omens
By Travis Thrasher

Cheyenne Burne is into programming to her it is everything and her job working for Acatour comes with all the perks. But nearly a year ago her father, Keith Burne, disappeared after he turned all old world on her when he became a Christian. But her father's disappearance isn't the only one Cheyenne has become aware. And when she gets a mysterious message from a "familiar stranger" from her father Cheyenne is sent on a journey that lands her in the middle of a group of Christians who are battling against the powers that are trying to eradicate them.

But an apparently soulless FBI agent who is less than upstanding is tasked with stopping those who what to reintroduce the world to Christ. And no one and nothing will stand in his way - not even the woman he "loves".

Now, this is the world that we are soon to enter and it is not a pretty picture. Technology is everywhere and perhaps the scariest aspect of it is called the SYNAPSYS - a device that holds one's memories and can be used for sinister purposes that the vast majority has no idea is even possible (even most of the programmers are unaware of this). And books are almost non-existent (big major turnoff in my opinion of this future). Anything even hinting at religion is frowned on and highly discouraged. Free speech and the freedom of ideas has been severely restricted due to an extreme interpretation of the Sedition Act of 1918 in combination with the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Social media as we know it today is gone. Amazon destroyed by Acatour. Welcome to tomorrow you just might want to leave it far away into the future but it is just around the corner.

This book is an engaging mix of futuristic suspense that will keep the reader flipping pages. I will admit that there are a lot of characters and one is often wondering just how these stories will all connect which is another attention grabber. This book when ended could easily have a continuation in the story but the storyline that is presented is wrapped up within this book. I think mid-teens and up would enjoy this book if dystopian suspense is in your reading diet.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through their book launch program.
About the Book:

“This is your wake-up call, Cheyenne. You’ve been sleeping your whole life, dreaming those dreams. The alarm clock is about to go off, and there won’t be any way to press the Snooze button. So just keep walking. Keep breathing. And maybe start believing.”

The year is 2038 and Cheyenne Burne is a brilliant young programmer working for Acatour, the world’s top technology firm. Her father converts to Christianity, and he suddenly disappears without a trace. When a stranger hands Cheyenne a coded message that sends her on a collision course with a clandestine group of believers, she must put her life in the hands of those following a man known only as the Reckoner.

Operating in the shadows and living off the grid, this mysterious prophet assembles a ragtag team to help him take the battle for transparency to the top. With a ruthless FBI agent closing in, can Cheyenne and the others expose the truth and lead a return to God in America before it’s too late?

3.19.2019

Beauty in Hiding ~ Review

Beauty in Hiding
Beauty in Flight #2
By Robin Patchen

Harper Cloud finds herself running. The dead bodies that were in Red's living room and the tampering with his Gatorade have convinced her that they both need to disappear. And they need to go somewhere unexpected where Red's grandson Derrick won't find them.

Nutfield, New Hampshire seems about as unexpected and off the beaten path that Harper can find. Now she needs to be sure they stay off the grid so that whoever is looking for them will find nothing. But with access to Red's funds no longer an option Harper has to make what little money they have left last until she can find a job.

When their new landlord Jack Rossi takes an interest in them and their plight Harper fears she knows just what his interest is and that he's no different than the other men in her past. Jack seems to truly care about Red and his vacillating mental state. He's even gone so far as to help out if Harper needs someone to stay with him.

Jack knows something is off about his new tenants - after all, why would they move into Nutfield if they have no familial ties to the area and no promise of a job. Something is off he's just not sure what. And it is obvious that Harper will do anything to take care of her Gramps.

But the very thing Harper feared is seeking her and he won't be satisfied until he makes her pay for what she has done.

This is the second book in the Beauty in Flight series and the intensity that concluded the first book carries over into this one. And don't expect a quick conclusion as this is the middle book in the series and the ending will leave you wondering just what is going to happen next. I for one am wondering but at least the third book will very shortly be released. I do think Harper seems to be her own worst enemy as she seems to rebound from one relationship to another almost immediately.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.


About the Book:
Harper’s second chance at life will become a second stint in
prison if anyone connects her to those two dead men. 
Nutfield, New Hampshire, is as good a place as any to hide from the murderer Harper left behind in Maryland. All she has to do is lie low and make enough money to keep herself and Red alive until she can figure out who her enemies are. 
Jack Rossi isn’t sure what to make of his beautiful new tenant and her confused grandfather. Something's not right, but the love he sees between them and the care she takes of the old man convinces Jack they're trustworthy. As drawn as he is to Harper, she’s his tenant, so she’s off limits.
Derrick, Harper's ex-boyfriend and Red’s grandson, needs to find his grandfather and get his hands on the old man’s money before Derrick ends up with a bullet in the skull. And when he gets his hands on Harper, she’ll be sorry for what she’s put him through.  
Harper and Jack grow closer, but so do her enemies. If Harper can’t trust Jack with the truth, she may lose more than just this glimpse of true love. She may lose her freedom—or her life. 

3.17.2019

Between Two Shores ~ Review

Between Two Shores
By Jocelyn Green

Catherine Marie Duval was named Stands-Apart by her mother Strong Wind and as she is both French and Mohawk she feels this name has set her path as one between two worlds. Following the death of her mother, Catherine went to live with her father Gabriel to help him. But Catherine's Mohawk heritage is seen as a hindrance by her father - her savagery was something that kept her from being the French lady she was meant to be (his opinion). But Catherine's heritage allows her to more easily trade with those who come to her family's trading post.

War has come and the area is suffering from the destruction wrought by war and losses brought by several poor growing seasons. When offered a chance to help bring about the end of the war by aiding the British Catherine is torn. But the prospect of ending the starvation and needless deaths a prolonged war would produce has her reluctantly placing her trust in Samuel Crane - the man who 5 years earlier broke her heart.

Catherine and Samuel had a shared history one that found them both at the mercy of her father - she as the half-breed disappointment and he as a ransomed prisoner. A friendship grew into a hope of a future together until Samuel left and never returned until once again a prisoner. But Samuel has information that would allow the British to take Quebec and force a surrender of all French forces.

Between Two Shores takes place in 1759 Montreal and the world is at war as England and France look to expand their respective empires. Unfortunately, those caught between these two warring nations find themselves forced to choose sides. And this book presents just such a choice. Does one go against one's heritage to save one's people or does one stand against the enemy even if it comes with a terrible price that ultimately costs more in the end? Catherine Duval is caught in just such a dilemma only she is caught not between two worlds but three.

This book is well written but has some very disturbing scenes that one would naturally expect with a war going on. I will admit there were some facts that floored me - I didn't know that the French government paid for the scalps of Britsh settlers. This is a fact that is a key point in the book as the reader will discover but still a little unnerving. Fans of colonial North American history will most likely be the first to pick up this book but this would an excellent choice for a book club selection.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.


About the Book:

She Has Always Moved Between Worlds,

But Now She Must Choose a Side

The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval would rather remain neutral in a world tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the Seven Years' War against her wishes when her British ex-fiancé, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel claims he has information that could help end the war, and he asks Catherine to help him escape.

Peace appeals to Catherine, even if helping the man who broke her heart does not. But New France is starving, and she and her loved ones may not survive another winter of conflict-induced famine. When the dangers of war arrive on her doorstep, Catherine and Samuel flee by river toward the epicenter of the battle between England and France. She and Samuel may impact history, but she fears the ultimate cost will be higher than she can bear.

3.16.2019

Courting Mr. Emerson ~ Review

Courting Mr. Emerson
By Melody Carlson

George Emerson has finally bowed to the pressure to retire as a High School English teacher. He didn't have to but the budget cuts had him being encouraged to do so. And then the attitude of most of his students was less than encouraging. But now retirement is stretching out before him. George has always been a very set in his ways conservatively dressed person. He has few friends and no family, all in all, a very lonely person, at least that is Willow West's impression of him when she comes seeking a recommendation letter for her soon to graduate grandson.

Collin is a very serious and conscientious student and George is more than happy to provide him with the letter his grandmother requested. And when His grandmother asks that he attend a graduation party for Collin, George reluctantly agrees though social gatherings are not his thing.

Willow sees it as her mission to help George Emerson loosen up as he enters retirement. And when he goes from Mr. Emerson to George she sees that as a huge step in the right direction. Now if she can get him to dress casually when attending social events it will be a great victory.

George is in a quandary where Willow is concerned sometimes he feels drawn to her and at other times she annoys him to no end especially when she pushes her way into his life and day with suggestions on improving what he doesn't feel needs change.

George has no interest in adding people into his life. He's had others in his life - friends, family, and pets - and lost them all. To his way of thinking, God either doesn't exist or God hates him. After all, everyone else must have been good enough for God if he is to believe what his Grandmother told him but he wasn't good enough for God to want him. But Willow sees it differently - if only she can get George to see it too.

Courting Mr. Emerson is an interesting book. Some moments I really enjoyed it and others I was a bit Georgish in my feelings towards the story. But overall it was an enjoyable read though at times I may have felt like slamming the door in Willow's face if I'd been George (not that I would have, but she probably would not have made it past the front door). Willow seems like a caring person just a  bit too caring if you don't like feeling closed in. As I said I'm more of a George than a Willow personality type so I can sympathize with his feelings at times.

And a word of warning: don't plan a hot air balloon trip as a surprise.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.


About the Book:

It's never too late to fall in love

When fun-loving artist Willow West meets buttoned-up George Emerson, it's not exactly love at first sight. More like an intriguing project at first sight. Willow makes it her mission to get the obsessive-compulsive, newly retired English teacher to loosen up and embrace life, but even she has to admit it seems like a lost cause.

A confirmed bachelor, George vacillates between irritation and attraction whenever Willow is around--which to him seems like all too often. He's not interested in expanding his horizons or making new friends; it just hurts too much when you lose them.

But as the summer progresses, George feels his defenses crumbling. The question is, will his change of heart be too late for Willow?

3.13.2019

The Warrior Maiden ~ Review

The Warrior Maiden
Hagenheim #9
By Melanie Dickerson

Mulan has never fit into the Village of Mindius, her features have marked her as different and her childhood was filled with more mockery and scorn than friendship. Her father Mikolai is more disgusted with her than proud. But her mother Feodosia is a loving and caring person who is as true a mother to Mulan as if she were hers by blood. And when her mother's security and future are in doubt due to her father's unexpected illness and death Mulan does the only thing she can to save her mother's home - she takes her father's place as a soldier.

Mulan has considerable skill with a bow, a sword not so much but she with her friend Andrei are joining with the army headed towards the castle of Duke Konrad of Zachev in Poland. The Teutonic Knights under the authority given them by Rome to bring the heathen masses into the Church or destroy them. And if given a choice, destruction seems to be the preferred method under Rudorf's leadership.

Wolfgang and Steffan are being sent by their father from Hagenheim to aid in the defense of Duke Konrad's people. Where Wolfgang is eager to aid in the defense of the innocent Steffan just sees it as their father again trying to impose his will and beliefs on them. Both young men see this opportunity as a chance to put their skills to the test, but Steffan isn't about to take a stand against the sanctioned defenders of the Church. With the choice before them what path will each take and will it be one that honors their family? Or will it be a wound from which they will never recover?

The Warrior Maiden is the latest addition to the Hagenheim series and is just as delightful as the rest. It is interesting to see how Wolfgang and Steffan react to the situation they find themselves in and how a shared event in their past has affected them in their present. Their reactions, their beliefs, and even their strained relationship with each other. Wolfgang, Steffan, and Mulan are all similar in that they are very stubborn and can't see another's viewpoint due to this singleness of vision.

Fans of Melanie Dickerson will love her retelling of Mulan and if you've never read her before you can easily start with this book.  The characters are well developed and the setting adds a twist that is fresh and unique. Perfect for tweens and up who want clean reading that leaves you feeling good and not depressed when the final page is turned. And if nothing else pick it just because of the cover - it is gorgeous!

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.

About the Book:

She knew a woman was expected to marry, cook, and 
have children, not go to war. Can she manage to stay 
alive, save her mother, and keep the handsome son of a
duke from discovering her secret?

When Mulan decides to take her father’s place in battle against the besieging Teutonic Knights, she realizes she has been preparing for this moment her whole life—and that her life, and her mother’s, depends on her success. As the adopted daughter of poor parents, she has little power in the world. If she can’t prove herself on the battlefield, she could face death—or, perhaps worse, marriage to the village butcher.

In her disguise as a young man, Mulan meets Wolfgang, the German duke’s son who is determined to save his people even if it means fighting against his own brother. Wolfgang is exasperated by the young soldier who seems to be one step away from disaster at all times—or showing Wolfgang up in embarrassing ways.

From rivals to reluctant friends, Mulan and Wolfgang begin to share secrets with one another. But war is an uncertain time and dreams can die as quickly as they are born. When Mulan receives word of danger back home, she must make the ultimate choice. Could she be the son her bitter father never had? Or would she become the strong young woman she has been created to be?

This fresh reimagining of the classic tale takes us to fifteenth-century Lithuania where both love and war challenge the strongest of hearts.

3.12.2019

Enduring Promises of the Heart ~ Review with Interview, Snippet and Giveaway

Enduring Promises of the Heart
By Valerie Loveless

The entire community of Pleasant View is completely caught up in the serial that the Gazette is running and Mary Clarence is no exception. Mary pretends that the adventures that Lavender and John have no impact on her though she's been known to hide the Gazette when others walk into the room. But when she hears from a friend that the author Penelope Pottifer may be a pen name to hide the author's true identity she is determined to discover for herself just who this author is. Along the way she drags her good friend Liz Black into her search for the truth.

Liz loves all the attention that the Gazette featurette is garnering and all the varying opinions everyone has about Lavender and her less than lady-like exploits. But Mary's constant criticism of the story makes her a little concerned about telling Mary all she knows about Enduring Promises of the Heart.

Join the residents of Pleasant View as Enduring Promises of the Heart enchants, delights and utterly captivates its readers. As Lavy and John experience their own woes and troubles Mary and Liz likewise suffer from their own matters of the heart.

I love the utter unbelievability of the serial portions of this book. I can totally understand why Pleasant View was under its spell as the very impossibility of pirates, runaway hot air balloons, forbidden romances and more allow them to escape the known for adventures they would never otherwise experience. And I love Liz with her insecurities where Peter is concerned and how her tongue seems to fail her whenever he is near.

Get ready for some sword fighting romantic consternation with Enduring Promises of the Heart a story within a story that just might capture your fancy too!

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.


Author Interview:
1) What author past or present would you love to sit down with and spend the afternoon getting to know?

Mark Twain, I find him very fascinating and would love to ask him about his process and about who he is as an individual.  There are a lot of quotes by him floating around that make him seem like he was very enlightened and thoughtful individual and I would like to know if that is true.    


2) What is your favorite book that you wish others would read too?

I wish people would read more history books outside of school.  Textbooks are watered down versions of history and I don’t think the average person gets the nitty gritty of history and therefore, finds it boring. It’s not boring.  One book I’ve found so fascinating is called He Walked the Americas by L. Taylor Hansen. In terms of fiction, I think everyone should read 2001 Space Odyssey and Pride and Prejudice.  Be well rounded.


3) Which character in this book is your favorite and what trait of theirs do you most admire?  

Mary Clarence is my favorite.  She’s really saucy, but also really loving.  She spends a lot of the book feeling heartbroken and I think we’ve all been there, and in the end she uses her experiences to pull through and make better choices.  I’ve watched some people make the same bad choices over and over again and I think it’s an admirable trait for one to learn from their mistakes and move on quickly.
 
4) What one question do you wish you were asked and how would you answer?

What do I plan on next?


For now, I am focusing on the second installment of Enduring Promises of the Heart.  I feel like there is still a bit more story to tell. I am also working on a short story series that is a prequel to the novel.  I am focused on giving the reader the story that they want -- Even if they don’t know it. You may not realize when you pick up my book that you are in for an adventure and will have lots of laughs, but I think it’s the kind of soul food we all need from time to time; A breakaway from the usual; A stop off the bus of the mundane.

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About the Book

Enduring Promises of the Heart
Genre: Adult, New Adult, Historical, Romance Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication date: February 8, 2019

“What if I told you there is a way that we could all be happy? That if I were to propose to you, your father couldn’t deny us?” “What is it, John? Tell me!” Just then the basket hit the water and the sea began to stream in through the spaces between the reeds. This was the end.

The year is 1887, and the small community of Pleasant View is abuzz over Penelope Pottifer’s serialized romances in the local paper. Since the release of the first volume, the thrilling story has captured the hearts and minds of the entire town— and several towns over! Each successive edition of the Pleasant View Gazette spins a breathtaking tale of kidnappers, pirates, and forbidden love.

Between volumes, however, Pleasant View resident Mary Clarence, the story’s toughest critic, hears a rumor that Penelope Pottifer is not, in fact, the author’s real name. Determined to uncover the mystery, Mary drags her friend Elizabeth Black into a hunt for the elusive author’s true identity. But fiction and reality seem to entwine when along the way, Mary and Liz discover unexpected truths, exciting adventures, and dramatic romances of their own.

About the Author

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Valerie has a love for stories with happy endings and bright comedy. A native to the California high desert, she now considers Utah her home where she lives with her husband, three children, and two chihuahuas. Growing up in a family of seven kids, Valerie learned to embrace her unique creativity and way of looking at the world and hopes it will enrich other's lives. In 2015 she published two children's books, Singing Not so Sweetly and Anabelle Loves Babies. She believes writing is the ultimate end-all for creative pursuits because there are no limits to what you can create. A picture may say a thousand words but a novel is usually around seventy-thousand.

The first two Chapters are available on www.mybookcave.com and Amazon.com, there is also a prequel at www.valerieloveless.info/prequel that is updated often with new volumes. 


Snippet


“Good afternoon,” Liz said, startling Mrs. Vohn, who was deeply entrenched in her gazette.

“Oh, Eliza, you startled me! How are you? What can I do for you today? Are you needing to withdraw for your Pa again?” 

“Liz,” Mary corrected Mrs. Vohn.

“Where?” Mrs. Vohn searched the room with her eyes.

“Please call me Liz, Mrs. Vohn. I’ve never taken to Eliza,” Liz stated.

“I’m sorry, dear. I had no idea. I swear I heard your father call you Eliza.”

“My pa has about a hundred nicknames for me, and he uses them all, all over town. Just about everyone calls me something different. One time he called me Bathsheba, and I had no idea he was talking to me!” Liz sighed. “No matter. I’m not here for my pa. We are here investigating a mystery.” Liz smiled.

“Ooh. What mystery?” Gladys whispered.

“Well,” Mary interjected, “we want to find out who wrote that story you got your nose buried so deep in that we scared the sin out of you just before.”

“Oh, well, how could I help with that?” Mrs. Vohn looked perplexed.

Mary obliged. “Perhaps if you drank less coffee, you would be less prone to fright.”

“No, Mary, with the Gazette,” Liz said, pointing to the copy Mrs. Vohn was still clutching.

Mary nodded and continued. 

“Mitzy, from the Gazette, said that Mr. Dixon deposits money into an account here for Penelope Pottifer. We were wondering if you could look up her account and tell us where she lives.”

“Well, why don’t you just get the address from Mitzy?” Mrs. Vohn said as though she had solved the whole problem.

“Well, that’s the thing, the stories come to the Gazette in unmarked envelopes. They don’t have a return address!” Mary explained.

Mrs. Vohn was disappointed. “I see. I’m sorry, ladies. I’m not supposed to give out that kind of information, you know. It’s against bank policy. We’ve got to respect our customers’ privacy. Mr. Vohn would be very upset if I told you an address. But I’m dying to know! Oh! What to do . . .” Mrs. Vohn was clearly torn between knowing who Miss Pottifer was and obeying the bank rules. She walked away from the counter toward the back desk, flustered, and then returned back to the counter in a more composed manner.  Mary gave Liz a look. Liz interpreted it as meaning that Mary found Mrs. Vohn behaving strange.

“I’ll tell you what,” Mrs. Vohn began. “I know those deposits come on the first of the month or the following day, if it’s a Sunday or bank holiday. Why don’t you come back on the first? Loiter in the lobby a little. Have some of our complimentary tea. I’ll wink at you if and when I’m helping the person that comes and withdraws from the account that Mr. Dixon deposits in. I never paid attention before, but now that I know that is Miss Pottifer’s account, I’m going to pay attention next time!”

“Thank you, Mrs. Vohn,” Mary chimed. The girls walked out of the bank together, and Liz caught the eye of Peter Latter, the dashingly handsome bank teller with sea green eyes and floppy dark brown hair. She smiled nervously as she passed. He smiled nervously back. Mrs. Vohn put her nose back in page three of the Gazette.
--- 
The balloon sank closer and closer to the choppy surface of the inky black ocean. John gently pulled the cord over and over to keep the balloon flying above the water until the flame would no longer light above them. It was inevitable that the balloon would sink and be consumed by the dark, cold hands of the sea. Lavender had no more tears to shed. She held on to John tightly and shivered. John had already offered her his coat, which she took, but it could not keep out the chill of knowing she was about to drown in the depths of the sea. 

“John, I’m sorry. I’m sorry we couldn’t be together. I want that exciting life you spoke of, but I also can’t leave my poor father. He would die a thousand deaths if I left him to operate the store alone. You know my mother died, and it broke his heart into a million pieces. I am the glue that holds those pieces together.”

John put a rough hand on Lavender’s petal-soft cheek, “I understand, Lavy. I don’t want you to hurt your father. I want you and him to be happy.” 

“It wouldn’t make him happy if I married a mountain man and left town.” Lavender paused, knowing the statement would cut him like a knife. Lavender didn’t much care that John was a mountain man, but she had been through this with her father. He hated the idea. He wanted someone like himself for his precious daughter. Someone who could take care of her, specifically by taking over the store. 

“What if I told you there is a way that we could all be happy? That if I were to propose to you, your father couldn’t deny us.” 

“What is it, John? Tell me!” 

Just then the basket hit the water and the sea began to stream in through the spaces between the reeds. This was the end. 
--- 
“I cannot read anymore! I can’t!” Sarah Clarence threw the Gazette on the tea table next to the settee, where Mary was arranging flowers on a hat. “Read it! Tell me everything turns out all right!” Sarah shouted at Mary with tears streaming down her face. She shoved the Gazette at her and ran from the room sobbing. 

“Oh, good heavens, Sarah!” Mary called after her little sister. “It’s just a bit of fiction!” Mary eyed the paper for a few moments. I wonder what could make Sarah so desperately distraught? 

“Fine. I will finish it, for Sarah.” Mary convinced herself knowing full well she was dying to know what could make Sarah so agitated. 

She read up to the point Sarah had stopped and could go on no further. A little tear had welled in her eye. How ridiculous she must look, crying over the Gazette featurette. It wasn’t even by a real author! 

“Dagum story!” Mary clutched the paper, crumpling it slightly in her tightened fists, wrenching it the same way the literature wrenched her heart. 

“Mary! Language!” her mother chastised from in the kitchen. 

“Sorry, Ma!” Mary apologized and took a deep breath. Then she wiped the errant tears from her cheeks. 
--- 
John held on to Lavender in the icy cold water of the ocean. He helped her stay afloat and rest when she could swim no longer. His powerful arms took them miles and miles while she rested on his back as he tried to get her back to shore. But the shore was not even visible anymore. 


“How do you know where the shore is? We could be swimming away from it by now or end up in the north country . . . or the south! We could end up on some savage island!” 

“I’m following the stars.” 

“You surprise me, John! A mountain man that knows how to navigate by the stars also?” 

“That is how I got to this country, Lavy. I sailed.” 

“John! You’re not from America? I never knew. What else do I not know about you?” 

“Much . . .” He was struggling to speak with the exertion of swimming. 

“Don’t talk, John. Save your strength.” But Lavender knew he had little strength left, and soon, they would sink together into the cold sea. 

A watery grave. 

Before all hope was lost, Lavender saw a light bobbing in the distance. John stopped stroking the waves and was doing his best to float and rest. 

“John! Look! It’s a ship! A ship, John!” 

It was coming straight for them. They would be saved. Lavender held John up, renewed with energy at the prospect of being saved and longing to know what it was that John could do so that she and her father could both be happy with her marrying him. 

“No. No, Lavy.” John was weak and could barely speak. 

“I don’t understand, John. They can save us. HELP! HELP OVER HERE!” 
The ship had surely spotted them as she heard men calling, “Man overboard!” But there was something strange about their speech. Then a colder shiver shot through her. Colder than the ocean waves in winter. Pirates. 
--- 

“Oh. Oh, heavens. Sarah! You won’t believe it. I promise they don’t die!” Mary was beside herself. “We are silly to get so worked up over a story. It’s not proper! Good heavens.” She threw the Gazette on the settee and went upstairs to her room for bed.

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3.11.2019

Glory Road ~ Review

Glory Road
By Lauren K. Denton

Glory Road is a story that involves 3 generations living on Glory Road - Augusta (aka Gus), Jessie, and Evan. Three generations of women ranging from 14 years to 69 years and the bond that ties them together. Jessie is caught in the middle a life that didn't turn out the way she had hoped and dreamed it would. She married the wrong man though she got her precious daughter Evan out of the marriage. The plain and simple truth was that Jessie married the wrong man though it was partially her fault as she was playing the role she thought was expected of her and role that presented a faux Jessie. The only time she ever was herself was on Glory Road and when her marriage failed she and Evan returned to there. But change is coming and Jessie wants to ignore it as long as possible.

Evan is on the cusp of change about to enter high school and then there is the cute new neighbor down the road. But Evan likes stability where everything stays the same and nobody leaves. But a part of her wants to see what lies beyond the safe confines of Glory Road and what she knows. Life and growing up can be spectacularly confusing at times and with her BFF Ruth away for the summer she just needs someone to understand what she is feeling.

Gus has always been strong but she's done it with Southern gentility and class. She feels her mind is starting to wander and she doesn't want to be a burden on her daughter - Jessie has enough on her shoulders with running her garden shop and Evan. And Gus can tell that Jessie longs for what she feels she will never find - true love that won't abandon you when something better comes along. Her life is full helping Jessie with her shop and spending time in the kitchen baking and cooking love for her two favorite people.

But this summer is a time of change and whether we want it or not, time has a way of ushering it in. Some change though difficult and hard is worth the effort it took to achieve. While other changes are bittersweet bringing awareness of just how much we could lose as time continues on its forward march.

I really enjoyed getting to meet the McBride ladies they are real with their problems, fears, hopes, and dreams. This is a story of choices and deciding what is most important in one's life - is it what the world values or is it what is true to whom you are at your heart. This book, like Lauren's previous works, provides much to contemplate and would make it a perfect choice for a book club.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.



About the Book:
The only thing certain is change—even in a place as steady as Perry, Alabama, 
on a street as old as Glory Road.

Nearly a decade after her husband’s affair drove her back home to South Alabama, Jessie McBride has the stable life she wants—operating her garden shop, Twig, next door to her house on Glory Road, and keeping up with her teenage daughter and spunky mother. But the unexpected arrival of two men makes Jessie question whether she’s really happy with the status quo. When handsome, wealthy businessman Sumner Tate asks her to arrange flowers for his daughter’s lavish wedding, Jessie finds herself drawn to his continued attention. Then Ben Bradley, her lingering what-could-have-been from high school, moves back to the red dirt road, and she feels her heart pulled in directions she never expected.
Meanwhile, Jessie’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Evan, is approaching the start of high school and navigating a new world of emotions—particularly as they relate to the cute new guy who’s moved in just down the road. At the same time, Jessie’s mother, Gus, is suffering increasingly frequent memory lapses and faces a frightening, uncertain future. Once again, Jessie feels her protected and predictable life shifting.
In one summer, everything will change. But for these three strong Southern women, the roots they’ve planted on Glory Road will give life to the adventures waiting just around the curve.

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About Lauren K. Denton

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren now lives with her husband and two daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. Her debut novel, THE HIDEAWAY, was a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Charts bestseller. Her second novel, HURRICANE SEASON, released in spring of 2018, is a USA Today bestseller. GLORY ROAD will release in March 2019.
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