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All Roads Lead Home (Bellingwood Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Diane Greenwood Muir
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Polly Giller returned to Iowa from Boston to start a new life, not that her old one was all that bad. With her inheritance, she purchased an old school building in Bellingwood and is in the middle of renovating it when the bones of two bodies are pulled out of a ceiling.

The whole town knows who those bones belong to, but when she also finds crates and crates of items from the sixties through the early nineties in the old root cellar, they wonder if the two things are connected.

A welcoming committee shows up at Polly's front door and these women soon become her fast friends. Fortunately, the leader of the group is married to the Sheriff and he is there to make sure mysteries are solved and everyone stays safe, but when Polly's old boyfriend from Boston shows up, that becomes a little more difficult.

The women might be a little older than Polly, but she finds out they might be even more wild than the friends she had when living back east. Lydia Merritt, the Sheriff's wife, is a woman filled with love and passion. Beryl Watson is an artist and more than a little flamboyant. Andy Saner wants to organize and label the world, but loves with a great big heart and Sylvie Donovan, with her two young sons is trying to make it as a single mother.

The men in Polly's world are just as interesting. Henry Sturtz is the carpenter and contractor in charge of construction and might have a little crush on his boss, while Doug Randall and Billy Endicott are her Jedi Knights in Shining Armor.

Polly's immediate family might be gone, but her new family offers a great deal of love, fun and entertainment.

Read along as the extraordinary, yet quite ordinary, people in Bellingwood tell their stories.


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From the Author

I grew up in small town Iowa and after moving to a much larger city, returned to our family cabin in the woods in order to finish a Master's Degree and do a little writing.  What I found was that people are different in rural America.  I knew it before, but didn't realize to what extent that was true.  They have everything going for them, plus they know what it is to live in a community where you can leave your doors unlocked during the day, let your children walk to school by themselves, have people show up to help simply because they are your neighbors and they pay attention to each other.

The Bellingwood series pours out of me with stories from my childhood and youth filling the pages as the characters come alive in my mind.  These characters are amalgamations of people I've known my entire life ... good people with great stories.

There are a lot of great people in this world and it doesn't take that much to find them if you just open your eyes and your heart.  Bellingwood reminds us of that fact.

Product Details

  • File Size: 680 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nammynools Publications (January 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2FOHNS
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick, easy cozy July 19, 2013
By Sharon
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Entertaining cozy mystery but a bit too "cozy" for me personally. I liked the plot with an old school being renovated and bones from a murder 40 years previously being discovered. The secondary plotline with the main character being stalked by a former boyfriend didn't seem to work as well for me.

Interesting characters that were quite well developed but I did have trouble with the group of local female friends that immediately attached themselves to the main character on her arrival in the small town. I had the uncomfortable feeling I was reading about a bunch of high school girls and their 'clique' rather than a group of adult women in their 30s and 40s.

I think, for me, the best part of the entire book was the running joke with the main character becoming almost instantly notable with the whole small town gossip mill for her purple panties with pink bows and the embarrassment of the young carpenter who accidentally displayed them from the laundry basket.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! January 18, 2013
By F. Neff
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Great read, you are pulled into the characters at once and feel a part of the town and the group of friends instantly. The story has laughs, unexpected turns and a true "good feeling in your soul" ending. Highly recommend!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it! January 18, 2013
By Swami
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ALL ROADS LEAD HOME is a wonderful read with characters you'll love, a compelling story line, and unexpected plot twists. From page one, you will be immediately engaged and find yourself wishing you lived in Bellingwood along with all the people you will meet on the pages. I highly recommend reading this first novel,and can hardly wait for more from this author!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was intrigued by the description but ... November 9, 2013
By Ashley
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I took a chance on this book because it was free and because the description intrigued me. I wanted to know what was found, why, and all the details.

I have met and known some of the types of characters in this book. The author is correct. These types of people DO exist. However, I have moved to many small towns all over the country throughout my life, sometimes by myself and I have NEVER had the world change for me. It would be wonderful if people actually acted like they do in this book but they just don't. People don't put their entire lives on hold for several weeks while they lavish the new person with dinners, parties, etc.

The basic plot was a good one but interjecting the character of Joey, an unrelated character that really had nothing to do with the original plot was a bit unsettling. And then to receive the same reaction from the town after the Joey issue was resolved just didn't ring true. I can believe a couple of people -- maybe a new girlfriend and a guy with a twinge of interest in dating you -- would feel normal but not a whole town.

I gave the book 2 stars because of the original plot but beyond that, I can't give it more. I will pass on more books by this author.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars wordy August 6, 2013
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I liked the book to a small degree. I liked the story line about restoring the school, but the human bones & the kidnapping stories left me cold. The resolutions to both were just to pat - no suspense, no end results. Plus I found the author to be very wordy. She wrote descriptions & dialogues that had nothing to do with the story. I felt like I was reading a high school student's essay that she was trying to pad to meet the page requirements. Some of the characters were interesting and not developed - Henry for example. The group of woman who descended upon her in a group would have made me move back to Boston!! A smothering group to say the least. Not my cup of tea & I won't read the next in the series.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good read June 17, 2013
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It's a nice story, I enjoyed reading it. I can't say it is the best book I ever read, but I think it is worth reading.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars slow read... May 3, 2013
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This book did not grab my interest. Story line is slow and unbelievable. Characters are hard to get to know... I couldn't make it to the end of this book.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh! July 21, 2013
By Katie
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I tried to like the book but it was written in a juvenile fashion. I should have found it interesting as I lived in the area the story took place in for several years and grew up in Iowa but it was not a captivating story. I gave up about 20% into the book and deleted it from my Kindle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
The story grabbed me and didn't let go until it was finished. And left me wanting more. I'm looking forward to more.
Published 8 hours ago by Harriet Lipp
5.0 out of 5 stars More Please!!!!
Thank you! I'm having so much fun reading this series! My first thought was Nancy Drew for adults but their so much more! Please keep writing about Polly and her friends!!!!!
Published 10 hours ago by Ren
4.0 out of 5 stars Held my interest
Enjoyed this book and will look for others by this author
Published 14 hours ago by Charlene F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This book have you the true feeling you were reading a story as it unfolded. A really good relaxing read.
Published 20 hours ago by Puppylove4
5.0 out of 5 stars fast, heartfelt read.
fast,heartfelt read.
Published 4 days ago by Rose Marie Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Great read. It was hard to put this book down. It was a real page turner. I stayed up all night reading and that seldom happens. Highly recommend this book.
Published 6 days ago by Carol
3.0 out of 5 stars All roads lead home
Great story. Excellently written. Have never read any of Diane Greenwood Muir' s books before. Looking forward to reading more of the Bellingwood series.
Published 10 days ago by leeda38
5.0 out of 5 stars Polly
Polly had moved from Boston to Iowa where she bought an old schoolhouse to renovate and live in. People in the town took to Polly and made her feel at home. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Sis
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
pulls you in, engages you with the characters to the point you feel like you know them personally
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good story line
Published 20 days ago by wozjl
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More About the Author

Visit Diane's website at nammynools.com for more information on Bellingwood, recipes from the books, stories about Diane's cat - TB, and other things she loves.

Join the Bellingwood community on Facebook: facebook.com/pollygiller
Follow Diane on Twitter: twitter.com/nammynools.
Diane is on Goodreads, too: https://www.goodreads.com/nammynools

Diane Greenwood Muir knows a lot about a lot of things, but the one thing she knows best is great people. Growing up in small towns in the Midwest, she and her family experienced the best and worst of those people and her memories come from the best of them. Her books are filled with bits and pieces of stories and people from all of those memories. If you think they are too good to be true, you haven't met the real people who fill the rural communities throughout the Midwest.

Diane's family operated a small printing shop in Omaha for over twenty years and when it closed she began to hide out in a family cabin in Iowa in order to get her Master's Degree and focus on writing. While there, she encountered people who were honest and caring again, reminding her of a life she'd forgotten in the city. Neighbors who watch out for each other, business people who believe in honesty before money and people who truly put others before themselves.

The newest member of her family is a cat named TB (The Beast) who showed up as a kitten at her back door. He runs the household and keeps her company while she writes and travels.

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