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Length: 282 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Award winning contemporary women's fiction cozy romance  - Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media
     When pre-historic pottery artifacts are unearthed on Laurinda Elliot and Dan Riser's home construction site, Laurinda struggles between building her relationship and family while honoring the past. The details of unearthing the artifacts develop into a lovely, nuanced tale revealing harsh truths and personal epiphanies for a fascinating read ....
     Nardi Point
received the 2012 First Place Blue Ribbon for Contemporary Women's Fiction, Published Novels contest.

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

     Laurinda Elliot had everything figured out to have her new house built, wedding plans, and a family until her best friend finds pre-historic pottery shards. 
     Nancy LaPonzina explores the edges of a deeper spiritual connection in the land between the ancient inhabitants and its present inhabitants, and draws some interesting conclusions concerning our responsibility to preserve the past. Spiritual, and thought provoking, Nardi Point
will leave you pondering this connection long after you have read the last words of this penetrating novel.

About the Author

Award winning author Nancy LaPonzina writes in the North Carolina piedmont, under Carolina blue skies. Writing has been her passion always. Her professional career includes technical writing, website content provider, and Registered Nurse clinical experience.  
LaPonzina's women's fiction explores thoughtful characters involved in challenging situations, and braids in touches of archaeology, the metaphysical, and alternative healing modalities. She is a member of Heart of Carolina Romance Writers; Triangle Area Freelancers; General Federation of Women's Clubs of North Carolina; American Holistic Nurses Association; and the Coe Foundation for Archaeologic Research.
Her debut novel, Nardi Point, regionally set in Raleigh, North Carolina was awarded the Chanticleer Book Review & Media 2012 Blue Ribbon First Place Published Novel award in the Contemporary Women's Fiction genre. Its sequel, A Path Through the Garden has been named a 2013 Chatelaine Writing Contest Finalist.

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  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Rebel Ink Press, LLC; one edition (April 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007US8S0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nancy LaPonzina is an award-winning author, writer, poet, and editor from the Southeast. Her novels, A Path through the Garden (Rebel Ink Press, 2013) and Nardi Point (Rebel Ink Press, 2012) received the Chanticleer Books & Media First Place Finalist recognition for Women's Contemporary Fiction. Yellow Pansies in a Blue Cobalt Jar (Rebel Ink Press) released October, 2014. Nancy enjoys the small southern town she calls home where she volunteers, gardens, and writes. She loves archaeology, alternative health modalities, nature, the metaphysical, and Copy, the rescued Maine Coon cat.
Learn more about her at her website: www.nancylaponzina.com. She can be found on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/nancy.laponzina, and on Twitter, here: @NancyLaPonzina.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chanticleer Book Reviews on December 28, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Love among the ruins: in this case, an archaeological dig at a new subdivision in North Raleigh, where rolling pastures and woodsy farms are giving way to housing developments such as Nardi Point. Here Laurinda Elliot and her live-in fiancé, Dan Riser, plan to buy a home and start a family--or at least, that is Laurinda's intention, even as she watches Dan once again run "away from her gentle attempts to grow their lives." Still, she presses on, seeing a family as the missing piece to her otherwise successful life: a high-level IT position, a silver Porsche and designer wardrobe, beauty to spare.

Those pieces begin to break apart when Laurinda visits the construction site at Nardi Point with her closest friend. A highly sensitive Reiki practitioner, Leyla Jo Piper pokes around in the red-clay mud where Laurinda's house will soon be built and finds pottery shards A vision of a Native American woman carrying an earthen pot, plus a flashback to her own orphaned childhood, drives her to contact the State Archaeology Office.

Colson Mitchell, the construction company's handsome supervisor, reacts differently. He's aware of the scorched-earth mentality of his employer, but he's also concerned that standing up to him could mean losing his job, causing hardship for the love of his life: three-year-old daughter Annabel. Initially, he fights the two women's increasing concern about building on what may have been a camp or burial site for the area's ancient peoples, but as his feelings for Laurinda intensify, he finds his own ethics in conflict.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on December 29, 2012
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I had Nardi Point by Nancy LaPonzina on my coffee table for a few weeks. I liked the cover art, soothing and mysterious so kept it there because I got a good feeling whenever I walked by. Over the weekend I decided to read it, since it'd been good coffee table art maybe it'd be a good story too. I don't read much fiction.

Nancy introduces me to Laurinda, an IT project manager and her ball-game watching boyfriend Dan and immediately I'm not crazy about this Dan guy. Laurinda is a hard worker, a multi-tasker and smart. Dan seems not so nice. And because it is romance fiction, Laurinda is also gorgeous. All the other characters are introduced into the story perfectly.

Nancy weaves together characters and concepts that I'm interested in-like Reiki, intuition, and past lives. She is a good story teller and most of all, for a non-fiction reader like myself it was a great learning experience. I learned about Paleo-Indians artifacts from a North Carolina State Archeologist and how the Indians moved from Virginia on through North Carolina and into Georgia. They've found evidence of thee same groups. I even learned the oldest aboriginal ceramic containers are over 10,000 years old and were made by Japanese fishermen.

I love books where all the characters play their parts so perfectly and after trials and tribulations end up happy. I love being entertained and also learning something new.
Now if only life were like Nardi Point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 4, 2013
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On a cold and dreary winter afternoon, it was a delight to escape the winter blahs and feel the Carolina sunshine in "Nardi Point." At first sight, smart and successful Laurinda appears to have everything a young woman wants - a great job, a fast car, a beautiful home, financial security, an amazing best friend, and her fiance-soon-to-be-husband. As the story unfolds we slowly dig below the surface and find the unexpected, both in Laurinda's ideal life and in the land on which she has pinned her hopes for her future. We see how Laurinda evolves as everything around her slowly unravels, and we cheer her as she finally emerges - stronger than ever, after she redefines her goals and ideals.

If you enjoy a modern-day romantic novel interspersed with a little history and mystery, "Nardi Point" will not let you down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love to learn on April 17, 2012
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A delightful read for a rainy Sunday afternoon. A little romance, a little archeological history and a mystery all in one!
Ms. LaPonzina takes the reader on a journey through local history here in the Raleigh, NC area. It is great to read about the history of our fascinating nearby localities. She makes you fall in love with and root for the heroine Laurinda and her sidekick Leyla-Jo. It is a wonderful cozy romance. Loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Beck on January 9, 2014
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Nancy LaPonzina has captured North Raleigh with its current development challenges, natural beauty, and local characters. Loved her connection in her novel to the indigenous Native Peoples and archeological efforts by the State and amateur volunteers to preserve what is still being discovered as lots are cleared and houses built. Enjoyed meeting her main characters enough to hope to see them return in her future books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary P. Harris on September 24, 2013
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I love the way the author describes the characters in this book. Since I live near Raleigh, where the story takes place, I could relate to much of the locale described. The characters evolve so that you actually feel you know them and are wrapped up in their lives. The story weaves into some interesting turns and I had a hard time putting the book down.
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