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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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In this frothy follow up in what has become a very tantilizing trio of books based on the iconic "Days of Our Lives" Sheri Anderson once again delivers--perhaps even a bit more than the first book. We are once again taken on a ride with such beloved characters such as Patch and Kayla and many others. The dialogue is engaging and the story-telling what one might expect from the author who was responsible for making "Days of Our Lives" so popular in the hey-day of soaps.

In a time when the soap opera genre seems to be dwindling, one has to wonder: If Sheri Anderson can churn out excellent books one after another based on DOOL--Then why on earth do the powers that be allow someone not a tenth as talented as Sheri write the actual show? Sort of a head scratching question.

Very entertaining for fans and non-fans.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2011
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For those who are familiar with Sheri Anderson and her time as head writer on "Days of Our Lives," this is a must read! Some new readers who may be unfamiliar with the show and it's characters will also find themselves wrapped up in Anderson's quick paced and exciting storytelling. Those who have a better grasp on the history of the show may get a lot more out of the story itself, but it can easily be picked up by new and old fans alike.

In "A Stirring From Salem," the second novel in the "Salem's Secrets, Scandals and Lies" series, Anderson takes us to South Africa where we encounter many old and familiar characters from Days, as well as some new characters, some of which were introduced in her first novel, "A Secret in Salem." Much of the story revolves around Steve "Patch" Johnson and Dr. Kayla Brady, with appearances from John Black, Marlena Evans, Bill Horton, Abby Deveraux, and newly introduced characters Charlotte (aka Charley), Chase, and Jackson Gaines. Readers can also expect to see a handful of new names on the canvas.

With Anderson's incredible attention to detail and great use of imagery, you can't help but feel like you are seeing every aspect of the South African landscape through the character's eyes. On a more personal note, I could not help but see scenes from the film "Out Of Africa" in my mind the entire time I was reading. Having the character's faces as well as the mental image from the film in my mind contributed a great deal to the story itself and as a result, I could not put the book down.

The story picks up where "A Secret in Salem" left off; we continue on the journey with Charley Gaines who, after the tragic death of her parents and learning another life altering secret, is coming to terms with her new life and exploring the world of photography. Her newfound career takes her to South Africa, where she encounters some new, as well as familiar faces. Charley finds herself immersed in the world of modeling and all the high fashion, glitz, glamour, and drama that comes with it. Also in South Africa are Patch and Kayla, both of whom are working at the Tom-Ali Clinic, with the beloved Dr. Bill Horton, and raising their young son, Joe. John and Marlena are on hand to help their dear friends from Salem when a deadly secret is revealed and the clinic's future is then threatened.

In true soap opera fashion, we see our fair share of love, romance, suspense, mystery and, of course, the necessary cliff hangers. In the skillful and caring hands of Sheri Anderson, "A Stirring From Salem" does not disappoint. I look forward to reading the third installment, "A Scandal From Salem," due out this fall. Thank you, Sheri!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2011
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It was great revisiting old favorites like John, Marlena and Bill Horton in this beautifully written love story with Africa as it's backdrop. I continued to fall in love with the character of Charley and her developing relationship with her newly discovered parents. And don't forget her drop dead gorgeous brothers and the kooky Scarlett. Very colorful characters and an easy, enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2011
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Love love love this book....this writer. The only thing I wish is that the books were longer!! It seems once I start reading I can't put them down. Loved the first one too!! Waiting patiently for the third. Thank you Sheri, I'm a huge "Days" fan and enjoy your writing.
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on September 5, 2011
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I LOVE this book! As many other reviewers have stated, this is a continuation of the first book by Shari Anderson. I didn't realize though it was going to start right where the previous book Secret in Salem stopped, as that book was a complete story - extremely well-written. So imagine my surprise to see that Ms. Anderson had not finished telling the story - just as we were accustomed to in Days of Our Lives' storylines, that just as the story was ending (or so we thought) that there was much more to it and it really didn't end for another year or longer.

One of the things I love about her books is the quick read, the chapters are not 50 pages long, so that if you have to put the book down, you can do it at a good stopping point - as each chapter is usually 4 pages or so long. Another fantastic quality to the books is that there aren't countless paragraphs of description, but yet you get a beautiful picture of the scenery and other pertinent information in just a few short paragraphs. I didn't yawn one time!

I won't divulge any of the story, and since it was recapped so nicely by other reviewers, I just wanted to let you know that this is a must read. Even new readers can pick this one up and read just this book, because although it's a continuation of a story, it is still a complete story in and of itself, and Sheri does a marvelous job of describing the characters so you know who they are if you are a new fan, but didn't bore us veteran fans one bit. It helped us picture the characters just as we saw them on our TV screens every day years ago.

I had one disappointment with this book - that it actually ENDED and knowing that there is only ONE more book left :( Maybe we can convince her to continue writing even after this trilogy is over.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2011
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"A Stirring from Salem" is the second in the series of "Days of Our Lives" novels by the show's former headwriter Sheri Anderson, and just as with the first novel ("A Secret in Salem"), fans and non-fans of the show alike will be able to be immediately drawn into the story. Ms. Anderson again manages to build on past TV storylines while simultaneously introducing the characters (and indeed, the plot of the first novel) to the unfamiliar reader. But make no mistake, this is done succinctly and efficiently, which allows the reader to quickly move into the plot of this new story. Perhaps even more of a thriller than the first book, "A Stirring in Salem" takes place in South Africa, where John and Marlena Black, Charley Gaines and additional "Days of Our Lives" favorites Steve and Kayla Johnson must race to uncover a nefarious plot by some unexpected villains... and what good soap doesn't have those? Ms. Anderson has written another page-turner which again draws on her considerable descriptive and narrative talents. The reader of this series is fortunate that a third book is already in the works, and, hopefully, more will come after that. For is it fair that a story based on one of the longest-running shows on TV should only have three installments? Fans have stayed with "Days of Our Lives" for decades, and Ms. Anderson's novels are sure to be classics as well.
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on July 1, 2011
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I really connected with this book because it was easy for me to relate to the descriptions of Africa and have a realistic visualization of the environment where the story takes place. I've never been there, but as simplistic as this may seem, I have seen lots of TV shows (mostly nature shows) on Africa and I think the reference to Denver was super in terms of another realistic visualization for me. I loved the detail of the colors in the photo shoots as well as the physical environment. Ms. Anderson's descriptions of animals, plants, flowers and even floral arrangements are always beautiful and picturesque. I also connected to the story lines which were not overly complicated so they drew me in at every turn. This is a wonderfully written mystery novel as well as a loving story of family and friends. It's the best of the reasons we loved DOOL back in its golden era.
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on July 5, 2011
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I absolutely loved this book!! I had already read the 1st one so I was anxious to see what was going to happen in the second one. Since John and Marlena are no longer on our screens (NOT FOR LONG!!) I was glad to be able to read about them. Having Patch and Kayla, Bill Horton and several new characters also in the book, made it feel like a soap opera, which is exactly what is intended to be. I would recommend this book to you if you are Days fans, miss the core of Days of our Lives, or if you are just wanting a good read full of passion and suspense. I loved it! :)
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on October 22, 2011
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Now this book I have read 3 times...I have missed Sheri's writing terribly and it just feels like coming home when you pick up these novels! Even if you never watched Days you will get right into them, this book had me wanting to get through to the next chapter so quickly I read it in a day! I am eagerly anticipating book 3 as a Shane and Kim fan and as a Sheri Anderson Fan! Superb writing..LOVED IT!!!
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on April 26, 2014
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As a Days of Our Lives fan I had to check out this book especially after reading the first book. So I was happy to get the book when I found it on sale. The story that was started in Secret in Salem continues on in this book as well as plenty of new drama. I love that one of my favorite soap opera pairings Patch and Kayla are featured in the book and she even remembered to include their song Lady in red in the story. Not wanting to give away to too much in case the first book hasn't been read but the story takes place in Africa. What is happening with Bill Horton? Is he drinking again or is there something wrong. There is also a big problem with animal poaching in the area. I felt this book did an even better job at incorporating the Days and non Days characters in the story. The price of the book might be a little high but if you were a Days or Patch and Kayla fan it is probably worth the price. You can always buy it in book form as it's also offered on Amazon.
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