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A Few Books to Consider...

Diane's bookshelf: read

Dead Stop
The Memory of Butterflies
Magnolia Nights
The Seed Woman
When You Come Home
Southern Gentleman
Somewhere a Rainbow
Call of the Mountain
The Edge of Tidal Pools
Dead Cold
Map of the Heart
In the Midst of Winter
Deadly Intent
Beneath the Trees
The Art of Hiding
The Space Between Words
The Memory of Butterflies
Chickadee Chickadee Bang Bang
Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church
Enigma


Diane's favorite books »

Allison Brennan Abandoned Max Revere #5 A Mystery, A Clue, and MURDER!


Abandoned (Max Revere #5) by author Allison Brennan was a highly anticipated book! I have so enjoyed reading the Max Revere series and in Abandoned we finally find out what happened to Martha Revere. Max is an investigative reporter who has succeeded in solving cold cases. The one case which has eluded her has been the case of her missing mother, Martha. When Max was nine Martha left her with the grandparents she had never met. Martha was a wealthy socialite living and traveling on the money from her trust fund until she fell in love with the excitement of being with Jimmy. Max has one clue to a sixteen-year-old mystery. The car Martha purchased using the identity of her aunt was found abandoned three months later in Virginia.
I won't post spoilers, but the unraveling of this mystery of Martha's life during those silent years is intriguing!
Now the question remaining...who was Maxine's father?

Publication Date August 14, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

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Art Images or Photographs by Diane Lochala-All Rights Reserved

"Transformations"

Dean Koontz The Forbidden Door Jane Hawk #4 Non-Stop Thriller!


The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz is number four in the Jane Hawk series. There is more activity within the Arcadians and the effect it is having on the people who have been conditioned.
Jane was an FBI agent with the Critical Incident Response Group which was often assigned to work cases with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Units. She dealt mostly with the cases which required fast action due to mass murders or serial killers. Since the suicide death of her husband Nick, Jane has tried to expose and bring to justice the people who were responsible for his death. Jane is considered a rogue agent and is being hunted by the Techno Arcadians, an evil group of powerful people who want to undermine society through nanotechnology for mind control. It has begun to go awry and some who have been treated with the injections are going way off course and it is causing widespread chaos!
Jane's main fear is for the safety of her beloved son, Travis. She hid Travis with friends, Gavin and Jessica Washington but they are killed and the child goes into the care of Cornell, a huge man with a brilliant mind, but also he has a form of autism which places limitations on the care he will be able to offer the little boy.
Ancel and Clare Hawk are on the move in this book. They have gone into hiding and hope to be of some assistance to Jane.
I won't post spoilers, but it is non-stop action as Jane carefully plans her strategy to stay alive and to keep Travis safe.
Publication Date October 9, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

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"Tribute to Jane Hawk"

Tilly Tennant The Summer Getaway A Sweet Summer Romance


The Summer Getaway by author Tilly Tennant is a summer holiday romance. Ashley Moon was on holiday sixteen years ago when on one drunken night she fell deliriously in love with a stranger. She knew his first name and he gave her his phone number, but when she tried to call Haydon the number was not really his phone number. Their one night together gifted Ashley with a baby girl she named Molly.
Ashley and Molly have a chance to go on holiday to the French resort of St Raphael with her mother Sue and her step-father Morris. During the course of the week, Ashley sees her teenage love, Haydon who is on holiday at the villa next door!
I won't post spoilers, but Ashley feels the need to be honest with Haydon about Molly, but the story is one of missed opportunities and awkward meetings between the two of them. Ashley's mother Sue made me so angry at the way she nagged Ashley about Haydon :)
A sweet summer story of heartache, love, and new beginnings!
Publication date July 11, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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Art Images and Photographs by Diane Lochala-All Rights Reserved

"Summer Sisters"

Ashley Farley Saturdays at Sweeneys - Family Love, Drama, and very Bittersweet



Saturdays at Sweeney's by author Ashley Farley is a wonderful tribute to this Sweeney Sisters series! I loved this series and especially since I have three sisters. Although we are each very different personalities, we love each other and fight for each other, just like the Sweeney Sisters!
Lovie has meant so much to me as a character in these books and it was so bittersweet to read of her passing. I can relate so well to the situations in this story with regard to an aging mother I cared for seven years before placing her in a care home. I cried right along with these girls, as I relived so much. The mystery about the fire and recipe box is great! I don't want to post any more spoilers, but I'm so glad You-Know-Who got what was coming to him! I love this series!

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Art Photography by Diane Lochala

"The Beach Tree Angels"



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Erica Wright, The Blue Kingfisher Kat Stone Mystery #3


The Blue Kingfisher by author Erica Wright is book three in the Kat Stone PI mysteries. Kat Stone is more of a broody and low-key type of PI who uses many disguises not only for the investigations but for her own safety from the notorious Salvatore or the Costas. I really like her sarcasm or cynicism in the observances of the people she comes in contact with during the course of her days. One morning as Kat is walking in the Fort Washington Park heading to the lighthouse, she discovers a body, which she realizes is Tambo the superintendent of her building! The police rule it as a suicide, but Kat sees clues to indicate it could be a murder.
I won't post spoilers, but, but the plot is interesting and the characters she meets while investigating Tambo's death seem to be on the fringe with hidden motives. What was Tambo's real reason for being in the mostly Dominican community, was he a martin Pescador? Her descriptive imagery of the art masks in Timbo's apartment had me sketching!
Publication Date October 19, 2018

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A Crested Kingfisher

Double Blind by authors Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen Kendra Michaels # 6 WOW


Double Blind by authors Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen was non-stop Kendra Michaels action! I really enjoy this series and even if you have not read the previous books do not hesitate to jump in and read Double Blind. Once you get into the plot and twists of the story you will understand the title. Kendra is a very gifted source used by the FBI in helping to profile and investigate some of their most puzzling cases. Kendra had been blind, but since she has recovered her eyesight her abilities to use all senses are very acute. She has a special friendship with Adam Lynch, another tactical professional used by the FBI for special ops. Their relationship rises to 'HOT' in this book. The story plot is interesting and the characters are well developed. The danger seems to never stop as the case progresses. I won't post spoilers, but I enjoy when other characters return in the books such as Olive and Jess. And as always, I can hardly wait for the next book!!
Publication date July 17, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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Art Images and Photographs by Diane Lochala-All Rights Reserved

"Soaring High"

Julianne MacLean A Curve in the Road Excellent! Love, family, loss, betrayal and new beginnings...


A Curve in the Road by author Julianne MacLean is a wonderful story of Love, family, loss, betrayal and new beginnings. Once I started reading there was no stopping! The story grabbed me from the very beginning and kept me hooked until the ending.
Abbie MacIntyre is on her way home from a visit with her mother and is hit by an oncoming vehicle. Her dog Winston was with her but has been thrown from the car. Abbie is rushed to the hospital as volunteers search for Winston in the icy dark. The calls to her husband go to voicemail. Once at the hospital and after her injuries are cared for Abbie is given a box of items which were picked up from her wrecked car and the accident scene. Abbie calls her husband again and hears the ringing of a phone in the box. She reaches for the phone and discovers it is her husband's phone...can this mean the other driver in the trauma room is her husband?
I won't post spoilers, but the story is full of family emotions and the discovering of shocking secrets which could be devastating for Abbie, but through it all, she finds strength and a new hope for going forward! Excellent story!
Publication date August 14, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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"Beach Tree Angel"

No Traveller Returns (Lost Treasures) by Louis L'Amour and Beau L'Amour


No Traveller Returns (Lost Treasures) by Louis L'Amour and Beau L'Amour is a previously unpublished first work of Louis L'Amour. The book had been written in segments over a period of time and set aside. The book is about a fateful voyage of the S.S. Lichenfield in 1939. The story gives some background information on the jobs and personal characters of the major crew members. Before the ship leaves dock some critical repairs are left incomplete. The ship seems to be incorrectly loaded with 80 thousand barrels of the explosive naphtha.
The story is an interesting study of the time and characters.
Publication Date October 23, 2018

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Sheryl Browne The Affair WOW, A Flipping Twist at the end!


The affair by author Sheryl Browne is a suspenseful thriller with a flipping twist at the ending. Sometimes things which seem to be so obvious are actually clouded in lies. Can a lie ever be used for good to protect a family? That is the question you may be asking as you read The Affair. The characters are carefully written, and the extreme emotional grief at the loss of a sweet baby is heartwrenching. Alicia has a secret, and later the secret became a lie. Justin is a doctor who feels his family is everything to him. He had experienced a devastating loss when his parents and younger sister were attacked and killed. He went through a time of despair and depression. Alicia made a questionable choice while out with her colleagues one night sixteen years ago. The trauma and fallout from that night have haunted her for years. Should she try to explain it all to Justin or hope there will never be a reason to be concerned?
I did feel the angry response of Sophie toward her father was a bit over the top for a fifteen-year-old.
Alicia's sister is a real piece of work, too! Jealousy never looks good on any woman.
Publication Date August 13, 2018
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"In the Garden"

Susanne O'Leary A Holiday to Remember Leanne, Maddy, and Bridget have more FUN!




A Holiday to Remember by Susanne O'Leary is the second part of The Road Trip with Leanne, Maddy, and little Bridget. I would recommend you read the first book, The Road Trip before reading this book.
The girls are off to sail the seas with new friends through the Dalmatian Islands. As ALWAYS, their plans seem to go a bit awry along the way but these ladies are flexible and ready for adventure. Again others have invited themselves as part of the trip and this usually causes a few problems. The travel blog is still a huge success, so much that Leanne gets an offer to model some new fashions by people wanting to cash in on the blog's following. There are nights or romance, days of sailing, and lots of sunshine, great food, and fun times on this holiday. Before the trip ends, Leanne and Maddy will have significant others in their lives and will be headed to new adventures!
Publication date August 15, 2018
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"Days of Blue"