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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 »

Kerry Wilkinson Something Wicked Scary Occult Murders...




Something Wicked by Kerry Wilkinson is the first book in the new Andrew Hunter series. I loved this book and it will be out in time for Halloween! Yes, if you want a new book to read which has so many twists and plot surprises with these characters, then grab this new book. Scary things happen in this story!
Private investigator Andrew Hunter and his assistant Jenny think they are investigating a missing person case which has gone cold. Nicholas Carr disappeared on the night of his eighteenth birthday. There are layers to this story and you won't stop reading! Hunter is also involved in a nasty case of a wife who is having her husband followed, which does not end well for all involved.
Publication Date: October 8, 2018.

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Sharon Prentice, Ph.D Becoming Starlight A Shared Death Experience Journey of Faith


Becoming Starlight by author Sharon Prentice, Ph.D., is the story and a wonderful explanation of the spiritual experience of a Shared Death Experience. I can hardly believe this is the authors first published book. It is very well written with a feeling of honesty and a depth of knowledge regarding her faith. Sharon's world and faith were shattered by an event which crushed her spirit. Later, her husband became ill and suffered through misdiagnosis for his condition. Once I started reading this book, I could not stop. There are so many rich nuggets of shared truths about accepting God and his love. No, it is not a "preachy' book, but if you have ever asked questions such as "Is God really out there?" or Does God really care about me?" then I think you will find the authors gentle guidance a breath of fresh air.
As I read about the SDE as her spirit joined her husband as he was dying, I could not help by shed tears.  I could only imagine the wonder of such a magnificent feeling and the wondrous glimpse of beauty beyond the scope of our earthly lives. The author explains she did not understand what was happening but knew immediately she had been allowed to experience a spiritual awakening which would turn her life around.
Just his week my mom who is in Hospice care and has limited time left, told me she had seen the face of her brother that morning. She told me he looked into her eyes and then was gone. I nearly broke down because I could not tell her that at that same time her only brother had been taken off life support. She did not know he had a heart attack and never recovered. They live 300 miles apart. Was that an SDE? I don't know, but I do believe the spirit of a soul has an energy of its own. God allows unusual experiences at times in order to encourage people, I think. I will be purchasing this book for my sisters this year.
Publication Date: May 8, 2018

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"My Beautiful Dreamer"

Lee Child PAST TENSE Jack Reacher Adventure Thriller!



Past Tense by Lee Child is the latest in the Jack Reacher adventure-thriller series. In Past Tense, Jack and the readers learn more about Reacher's family. He decides to start a walking journey across the US and he finds adventure and trouble in his path. Reacher's father Stan had died many years earlier, or did he?
A Canadian couple, Patty and Shorty have car trouble during their trip to New York. They barely make it into the parking lot of a motel in the middle of a densely wooded area of New England. They have a mysterious suitcase in the back of their car, they must protect the contents of this case!
There are intertwining stories which will lead Reacher to the aid of this couple who have become trapped in a scheme of heartless madmen. I love how Patty and Shorty out-think their captors!
Fans of Jack Reacher will not be able to put Past Tense down until they learn the secrets!
Publication Date: November 5, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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"In The Past"

LM Ardor The Practice baby A Murder Mystery




The Practice Baby by author LM Ardor is a murder mystery which had so much potential!  Dr. Dee loves her practice as a GP and feels a connection with the patients she has treated since their birth. She has an endearing patient, Tom who has suffered from acute asthma since childhood. Tom is also extremely intelligent although he is diagnosed with borderline Aspbergers Syndrome. She becomes obsessed with the reason for his sudden death. Dr. Dee seems one dimensional and I could not believe how easily she would leave her children on their own alone at home or in a strange hotel while she goes off trying to find Tom's girlfriend Leah. Dr. Dee is a pro at drinking and driving, it seems. I tired very quickly reading the same thing over and over, Tom knew how to treat his asthma, Tom would have taken his asthma meds, Tom would have used a full inhaler...etc.  He had Rohypnol in his system...Tom cannot get to his meds, HELLO?? Right? So, get on to the plot: Who and Why and How?
I really would love for the author to maybe delay the publishing date and be more in-depth with the plot.
Publication Date: October 11, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.


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Vivika Hansen DeNegre Modern Patchwork Home Beautiful Quilted Projects



Modern Patchwork Home by author Vivika Hansen Denegre is a beautifully illustrated book of quilted projects for your home. The photographs are stunningly beautiful with the primary colors as the focal point of the piece. I was very excited to learn how easily the braid patchwork can be achieved with three simple steps!  The projects have complete instructions and there are a variety of quilted delights for home or gift-giving.
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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"A Sacred Place"
Art Quilt Tribute to Noxubee Wildlife Refuge

Patricia Gibney, TELL NOBODY Detective Lottie Parker Serial Killer Suspense Child Abuse


Tell Nobody (Detective Lottie Parker, 5) by author Patricia Gibney is a suspenseful thriller with a lot of twists.  Detective Lottie Parker has a lot going on, a dead new-born baby is found by her son, and later the body of young Mikey Driscoll is found posed with flowers around his body. Before the team can begin to search for the murderer, another body is discovered.  A serial killer is at work and the bodies of the young boys had more secrets to reveal. Very Sad! There is a lot of running about before any clear answers are forthcoming, especially about Hope and the baby.  I have read other books in the Lottie Parker series, and in this one, she seems more abrasive and rude to her co-workers than normal.
Also, a little personal rant... Lottie, of course living with ones' mum Rose along with your three kids can be stressful, but really Lottie, your Mum is a person too, and she is HELPING you during your wait for your house. How Could you let yourself have an intimate moment with Ben??  Ok, rant over. Are you curious yet?
Publication Date: October 3, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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"In the Arms of the Angels"

Kerry Wilkinson The Wife's Secret Suspense, Mystery, and Family Secrets


The Wife's Secret by author Kerry Wilkinson is a suspenseful thriller with a lot of emotional trauma for Charlotte, Charley, Willis. When she is thirteen her parents are killed while she hides inside a wardrobe in her room. The murderer is never found. Charley has a much older brother, Liam and a nine year older sister, Martha. The pivot point is on Charley's wedding day when she mysteriously goes missing! This story is segmented between Charley's past and Seth's present. There are secrets and twists which bring out hidden family dramas and deceptions.
Very well written and interesting!
Publication Date: October 10, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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"Tangled Webs"

Suzie Tullett The French Escape Mystery, Romance, Family Drama Delightful!


The French Escape by author Suzie Tullett is a delightful book! The author mixes enough mystery to keep you hooked and wanting more information, enough family drama to be realistic, and enough humor and romance to make you smile and then feel so good for the characters!  Felicity or Flick as her family and friends call her has had a depressing year. Her beloved father dies and then on her wedding day, her new groom does a runner...POOF! He leaves with one of the bridesmaids and is not heard from again. How humiliating can that be for Flick? Her mom Brenda decides it is time to take Flick on a trip and leave those troubles behind for a little while. As the packing for the adventure begins Flick sees her mom add down sleeping bags to the car. No, they aren't going camping, but to an old chateau in the countryside of France. A wonderful surprise awaits Flick but it does come with some problems. Flick wants her life back and now she has to make some hard choices!
I love the pretty book cover design!
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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"Bay St Louis Beach Tree Angels"

Catherine Ryan Hyde Just After Midnight A Murder A Girl and Her Horse





Heart-Touching and Not Easily Forgotten


Just After Midnight by author Catherine Ryan Hyde is another wonderful book by this author. The story is filled with family drama, a broken-hearted teenaged girl, and new acquaintances and experiences. Faith, Sarah, and Constance each meet in an unexpected place and a bond of trust is formed. They share disappointment and fear but learn they are stronger than they ever knew! How much would you personally give to ensure the peace and healing of another person?
A beautifully written book by a wonderful story-teller!
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.






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"Gathering Clouds"

Alison James Perfect Girls A Twisted Suspense Thriller!


Perfect Girls by Alison James, (Detective Rachel Prince, 3) is a suspenseful thriller with young adult women being murdered in their homes but the bodies are dumped somewhere else. The link to the murders is a home sharing app! The person committing these crimes has an emotional problem which takes the reader by surprise in some scenes. I really enjoyed this book and I like the Rachel Prince series. A very well written twist!
As I read the book my mind would drift back to all the times I have booked vacation homes through VBRO!
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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"Window through Other Worlds"