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About the Author

Award-winning author, Linda Rondeau, writes for the reader who enjoys a little bit of everything. Her stories of redemption and God's mercies include romance, suspense, the ethereal, and a little bit of history into the mix, always served with a slice of humor. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, mother of three and wife of one very patient man, Linda now resides in Florida where she is active in her church and community. Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Book Group (November 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161116138X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611161380
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,354,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Selah Award winner, Linda Wood Rondeau writes stories to demonstrate that our worst past, surrendered to God, becomes our best future. Her books, primarily blended contemporary, are inspired by her many years as a social worker, her fiction hitting home with strong issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, child abuse, depression and widowhood.

Humor, another guarantee in a Rondeau book, is as prevalent in her non-fiction, as well as her contemporary fiction.

Rondeau's personal blog, Salt and Light, inspires Christians to be the salt and light God intends for them to be in a hurting world. A regular feature of her blog is The Writer's Journey where guest authors reveal their spiritual journey as well as their writing journey. She also manages a multi-author devotional blog, Life to the Fullest.

The author is a breast cancer survivor and is a recovering food addict. A Toastmaster graduate, she enjoys speaking to groups on her experiences as well as the writing life. The author loves to hear from readers. You may contact her through her website, www.lindarondeau.com, on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest or via any of her publishers.


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What a marvelous job Ms. Rondeau does of keeping the reader on the edge of the seat all the way through the story.

With a touch of humor, a jolt of suspense, and confusing attraction all jumbled together, she leads you through quite a winding tale. I honestly wasn't sure how it would all end--and I really love it when that happens!

From her untimely meeting with a moose, Assistant District Atty. Samantha Knowles weaves her way down an unmarked path leading her to a life she never expected, and certainly never planned. And although choices are taken out of her hands, it's quite obvious that God's hand is guiding her all the way.

The rest of the cast of characters is a wonderful mix of people, too. I certainly hope you get to meet them.

Great story!
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The first review stated all the plot reasons this book was wonderful, so I won't reiterate those. Rondeau created an engaging story. Two things intrigued me most about this premiere novel. The first is the theme. We all carry "backpacks of guilt." If you are a Christian and read this novel, the lessons the characters carry will teach you. If you are not a Christian, the message grows organically from the story and the characters, and you come away, not browbeaten with a message, but uplifted by a wonderful journey of flawed characters finding their way.
The second point is Rondeau's magical gift of words. I read this in the Kindle version and spent as much time highlighting great turns of phrases, writing comments or just plain laughing at Rondeau's wry sense of humor.
This book delivers: suspense, humor and good writing.
This is a book that sticks with you!
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This is a well-written book which grabs and keeps your attention right from the beginning. It weaves in a variety of themes from love to mystery to darkness to faith with an interesting group of quirky characters! Even though it's fiction it was neat to see reference to familiar places in the North Eastern New York area. Very entertaining and not too heavy!
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Linda Woods Rondeau creates quirky characters with finesse, from little old Leon, to Sadie and Aaron. You'll love the folks of Haven. Linda weaves an inspirational story of suspense that you will love.
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I don't normally read suspense novels, but the title caught my attention. At first glance, I expected something dark and menacing, but then the answer came to me, before even opening the book. The other side of darkness is hope. There is suspense in Rondeau's story; after meeting our protagonist Samantha, a hard-working D.A., we meet the man who swears he'll kill her, but the plot doesn't stop there. In fact, Samantha's worst enemy is herself. She's working herself into an early grave trying to keep the man who wants her dead behind bars. It's a dark circle that only a major life-change can break, and that's just what is in store for Sam when she is forced to take a three-week holiday in the country.

Hope is introduced in the first chapter, but that doesn't mean Sam's journey in The Other Side of Darkness is an easy one. Her only hope to finding happiness, actually, is facing her resistance to feeling happy...and falling in love. As Sam fights to save her life, in more ways than one, an uplifting story unfolds in a quaint all-American town. The Other Side of Darkness is a focused, confidently-written read and a real pleasure.
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Sam, Jonathan and Zack are a trio of tortured souls. The Other Side of Darkness is the tale of how God works in their lives, together and separately, to heal each of them.
The legal thriller element was exciting and well done. Although the scenes from the antagonist's point of view were few, he provided major tension right up to the end.
The romance part definitely didn't follow formula. Sam is quite a confused woman, and the ending was not what I expected, but was still very satisfying.
The secondary characters were an amusing and quirky lot without becoming cliché or detracting from the main plot. The message of forgiveness is clear without hitting anyone over the head and without sermons. The town of Haven was beautifully described.
The Other Side of Darkness is an enjoyable read. Anyone who enjoys romantic legal thrillers or romantic suspense would enjoy this book.
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"The Other Side of Darkness" sounds sinister and evil, but in reality it is a very inspirational suspense story because on "the other side of darkness" is "a place where hope" dwells and that hope can only be found in Jesus.

Sometimes, you know you like a book, but can't quite put your finger on the exact reason, or reasons. That's where I am. I enjoyed every moment of reading the story. I didn't find it frightening, but definitely eye-opening. Haven sounded like a wonderful place to hide and recover and I, too, love the smell of hyacinths. It reminded me of my childhood home.

If you like suspense, with just a touch of romance, you will like "The Other Side of Darkness."
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Ms. Rondeau is wonderful at setting a scene. She uses metaphor and description that makes me look like an amateur. Humor is filtered throughout the book, some of which made me laugh out loud. The only problem I had with this book was I didn't buy into the whole killer subplot. In fact, I wish she'd taken that portion out. It only distracted from her real story, that of Samantha, Zack, and Jonathan.
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