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Two Great Reviews

grandma and coraA great new review of The Dry:

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome read, September 10, 2014
This review is from: The Dry (Paperback)
This is a book that you really don’t want to pass by. I expected a good read and ended up being more than pleased with this purchase.

We travel back to the late 1800s and we head to West Virginia. As it is now, West Virginia is the coal mining mecca in our story.

The challenge is, in our story, our main character, Elliot, is in search of his father. His father, a human rights activist went to WV to investigate stories of children being used to work the mines.

Sounds intriguing enough but the author really goes the extra mile so fasten your seatbelt.

We meet an assortment of interest characters. Nogard is one who will definitely catch your attention.

I liked Beulah, she was a great sidekick (no pun intended) and added a nice layer to the story.

Then we have a man and the pocket watch that he gives to Elliot right before he begins his quest.

There are more, shall we say unforgettable?, characters. I don’t want to give you a single spoiler but keep a close eye on Nogard.

If you are wondering about the significance of the insect on the book cover- you’ll understand soon enough as you begin reading.

I will say this – I think you will be as captivated as I was with this unique plot. There is a unique vibe to this read – the author is a true wordsmith.

I definitely want to read more by this author and hope to see additional books with similar plots from her as she has a real talent as a writer.

Worth every single one of the five stars.

And Here’s a new review for Deadly Thyme:

5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book to everyone, September 8, 2014
This review is from: Deadly Thyme (Paperback)
This Book Was Given To Me For An Honest Review

When I began reading this book I thought it was just another book. Was I ever wrong. This book is such a page turner it’s unbelievable. Once you begin to read it you will not be able to put it done until you finish it. It is about a woman and her daughter who are being watched by a person unknown to them. He sees Ruth (the mother) and believes it is his mother. He decides he must kill her. He takes her daughter without actually planning to. His “mother” continuously speaks to him and he continues to argue with her. During the search for Annie (the daughter) several other girls’ bodies are found. Other murders are committed also. There are so many twists and turns in this story that to tell you more I would ruin your reading of this book. It is truly a HAVE TO read. I gave it 5 stars but it really needs more than 10. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I look forward to seeing more works by R.L. Nolen.

If people have already reviewed your book why do I need to write a Review?

Reviews come in all shapes and sizes. It matters not how big it is. You only need 20 words for a review. I need reviews. It seems like such a small favor…but it is a huge favor. People buy things because of reviews. And people don’t buy things because of reviews. Reviews mean everything to each and every writer, even if they have 500 reviews. And believe me when I say that I would be happy with 70. Please go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.com and tell me what you think. I sure do appreciate it. Really.

Review of The Guardian’s Angel

Picture of the book pulled from Amazon.com
Picture of the book pulled from Amazon.com

I have nine years experience working with autistic children, most of whom were brilliant as is the little, blond Tommy in this story. The author did an exceptional job of writing an autistic child dealing with serious trauma – losing both parents when they were violently murdered.

The boy does not speak at the beginning of the story. Libby, a doctor who works with autistic children and who is the main character, knows Tommy can speak because she overhears him mimicking cartoon characters. This is very realistic and shows the author did her research. When Tommy repeats the words “tree-terty” he is telling the exact time that his parents died. I don’t know enough about this so I had questions here. 1. Did Tommy witness his parents’ deaths so that is the reason he knows the time? 2. How did his parents die. We know they were murdered but I don’t remember how, which makes talking about it awkward. The device of Tommy repeating the time whenever he missed his parents is well-written. This leads me to the end of the book where Tommy wakes JD with those words. Immediately JD announces that Tommy says it because the bad guys are here. That was a jolt. I would have assumed Tommy was having a bad dream and needed comfort.

I love the romance that was evident before even chapter two. It was well-written, subtle, not too on-the-nose. The sex scenes were well-done, not over done or too graphic. The psychic connection of the two characters was delicious. The author leaves the reader feeling very good about the future of these two. She actually didn’t need the last chapter. But it was sweet – so keep it!

I had a few pauses though, for instance in the scene where Libby and JD are up in the bunk above the cab. They left Tommy asleep on the pull-out bed/table. I was thinking the entire scene that they would look down and Tommy had opened the door and taken off across the campground. It would have added an entire scene of angst and fear for the reader. This seemed like a missed opportunity.

Because after all, there is suspense here as well. The suspense of escaping, being on the road, getting caught, escaping again, long road flight, who knows who the bad guys have “fixed” to help. The tiny scene where we discover who the bad guys have forced into helping them was well-done. However, I would have liked to have seen more of the bad guys making their evil plans throughout the novel. This would up the race against time more.

It was jarring to have JD’s family show up at the secluded cabin. I liked that it made for a touch of humor. But it seemed out of place. The solution is to take it more slowly perhaps have the reader witness the car driving up the mountain and having us believe it was the bad guys and – surprise! it is the hilarious Canadian brother-in-law and family. I loved him. He made an excellent foil to JD’s serious demeanor.

Action scenes: The two major fight scenes flash by too quickly. I barely had time to register that there was a fight scene. I never did figure out how JD got shot. The end fight scene is a blur. Being a visual learner, I couldn’t see it. I would suggest practicing the moves and rewriting it that way. We need to see each step every character takes and each shell casing land on the turf.

The author did an excellent job of creating characters that we really cared about from the beginning. I would recommend this to friends.