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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482714302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482714302
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,885,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lora Lindy is an Amazon best seller in crime fiction. She enjoys writing about the places she loves. The Days Trilogy came about after a vacation in Cape Cod. One evening she took a walk along the beach when she encountered a stranger. As he got closer she imagined him a stalker. Of course he wasn't, but she thought it would make a great story. If you like a romantic thriller with hunky federal agents and a damsel-in-distress, this is the trilogy for you.
Get in contact with Lora Lindy:
loralindy.com


28 Things About Lora!

1. I drink coffee with half-n-half. I like half coffee and half cream (french vanilla).
2. I still have the first car I bought right out of high school, a 1976 Cutlass 442.
3. Snakes and rats don't bother me....
4. ... but spiders terrify me.
5. I LOVE babies of all kinds. Last year, a cat stole newborn kittens from around the neighborhood and brought eight to my house. Now I know where the term cat burglar comes from.
6. My favorite song of all time is 'I'd Rather Go Blind' by Etta James.
7. My favorite decade of music is/was the 70s.
8. I'm addicted to action movies...
9. ... but my favorite TV show is The Andy Griffith Show. Go figure!
10. My favorite word is scrumpdillyishus. I love to cook, and my guests have to say the food was scrumpdillyishus... just kidding. Cooking is my passion (next to writing), and I make a scrumpdillyishus lasagna. Email me if you want the recipe. lora.lindy@yahoo.com
11. I need reading glasses but have 20/20 for distance.
12. My heritage is Native American, and I'm proud of that fact (Mother's side).
13. My heritage is Irish, and I'm proud of that fact (Father's side).
14. I bite my nails.
15. I love to take long baths and short showers.
16. I own a red Dodge Ram truck and a Toyota Corolla.
17. In the 80's I backpacked across Europe and visited 11 countries.
18. I walk about 20 miles a week but never run. I hate running. I hate aerobics.
19. I love roller skating, long walks, bike riding, and weightlifting.
20. I've had the same cell phone for five years.
21. When I was 8, I played the violin for about one month. I was so bad my mom made me practice outside. I climbed a tree to practice, and the neighbors called the police -- they thought someone was killing a cat.
22. Fall is my favorite season.
23. If I could have any other job, it would be digging in Pompeii, Italy. I would even work for free!
24. I'm terrified of heights, and I mean terrified. You won't see me rock climbing. Four stories is usually the limit before the knees start shaking. I even turned down a job because they were on the 21st floor.
25. I'm not a natural blonde.
26. I prefer mountains over beaches.
27. I'm the worst singer in the world -- but don't care.
28. When I moved from Texas, I found out the BBQ sauce in Georgia has lots of vinegar. And brisket isn't a staple. Imagine that!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jilmaye on March 15, 2013
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I just loved this story, and I'm 73 not a teenager!
I found it a great read and educational. (I kept 'googling' things and am going to try bread & butter pickles!) Well written, easy to read and the epilogue greatly appreciated. Well done, look for more from this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gertie on June 19, 2013
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This book is for young and old. I remember 1971 and this book reminded me of my younger days. It even reminded me of things I forgot about. The book is educational and I especially loved the epilogue (it gave it closure). It was a nice change to read a book with no negativity or cursing. Plus, it made me laugh. Not only was it a great book, it was well written. I will keep this one, and I have already bought the other two from this author
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lantz L. Powell on February 26, 2013
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The author is a natural story teller. Great book for a teenager as it gives a lot of history about things you forgot about -- such as the pitfalls of phones having a party line. The story has a moral message without being preachy. A great uplifting fun read for any teenage girl. When I started reading I found that I could not stop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Poole on February 21, 2015
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I just have to say, Lora Lindy knows how to tell a story.

This is a story for the young and old. Though I was a young child in 1971 and don't really remember the party lines, I really enjoyed this book. This book brought back memories of me and my childhood. I loved the relationship between Gerty and her Grandmother. It reminded me of my relationship with my Grandmother.

I loved how Gerty goes to spend the week with her Grandmother and was told not to listen to the conversations of those sharing the party line. Her curiosity gets the better of her and she gives in to her temptation. She begins to gossip and tells what she hears. She thinks she's got away without anyone knowing , but ends up learning a hard lesson.

The ending surprises me, because I felt like Gerty ends up being a guardian angel and never knows it. Without her meddling, things may have turned out totally different in the lives of these characters. The end of the story in the epilogue gives closure to all the characters in the story. Loved the ending!

Read this book to find out how things end in the lives of these characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By For What It's Worth... on July 2, 2013
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A delightful story for any age.

Gerty remembers that four short rings on the party line is for her great uncle and aunt, Bill and Bessie and all the other ring sequences belong to other families. She was forewarned not to listen in on other people's conversations but she merely wants to see how this party line thing works. She overhears juicy information which has her wanting to get back to Aunt Bessie's to find out what happens next. Becoming quickly hooked she finds excuses to get to her aunt's regularly. What she does with the information she overhears will have you shaking your head especially when she gets some of it wrong in its telling.

This story will take you back to an earlier time when shag hairstyles were popular along with eight-track players, juke boxes, The Jackson Five, and The Osmonds among other things.

I was a bit disappointed when the author took this story in a different direction than what I had anticipated but oh well, it was still good.

*According to Wikipedia, pedal pushers are calf-length trousers popular in the 50's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 6, 2014
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This story took me back immediately to my own summer visits to grandma's house who also just happened to live in a small Oklahoma town! I remember her party line, but unlike Gerty, I didn't listen in on the neighbor's conversations! The author did an excellent job in her characterizations and especially describing each setting. When Gerty walked in the garden, I could feel the warm dirt under my feet, smell the tilled earth, and taste the fresh tomato as it dripped down Gerty's chin! I remember playing with my cousins and swimming in the nearby lake. Such a great reminder of simpler times... Most of all, I loved how the epilogue explained how each person affected by Gerty's gossipping considered what she'd told them a "blessing" and had such a major effect on each of their lives. Gerty was taught a lesson on the importance of respecting the privacy of others, I do wish that she could have in some way found out later in life how she'd helped each person. An excellent read that instantly takes you back to when life was a simpler time...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FrancesG on July 30, 2013
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Reading this book is rather like listening in on a party line, which is what 10 year old Gertie does one summer while visiting her grandmother. There are ample little "stories" about various and sundry people, small scenarios like dining in a diner, and not a whole lot of angst or conflict. It's a quiet, funny read. I was reminded of Mayberry most of the time. The finest part of the book is the epilogue which closes out the various things that Gertie inadvertently put into motion by her eavesdropping and subsequent lying. Nice wrap up that leaves the reader feeling satisfied. There were a few errors of grammar, spelling and syntax, but nothing too distracting. About the only thing that bothered me was that the 1971 Gertie lived through was a far cry from the 1971 that I experienced. Perhaps the difference between urban and rural? The book might have rung more true had it been set back in the early 60's. Still worth the read if you'd like to relax a bit.
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