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Praise for Jourdan's Other Books
  • #5 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and #1 Amazon Best seller, Medicine Men(October, 2014)
  • #9 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and #1 Amazon Best Seller, Bear in the Back Seat (December 2013)
  • #7 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and #1 Amazon Best Seller, Heart in the Right Place (September 2012)
  • Heart in the Right Place chosen as first ever Book of the Month by Family Circle magazine
  • Awarded Readers Prize by Elle magazine
  • Featured selection of most major national book clubs
  • Best Book of the Year Literary Guild
  • Best Book Club Book of the Year American Booksellers Association
  • Great Books About Extraordinary People Great Books, Great Libraries
  • Great Read Great Readers Advisory 
  • Top 5 Most Fun Book Ever Shelf Awareness
  • Top Summer Read New York Public Library 
  • Starred Review in Publishers Weekly -- "Jourdan's dispatches from the reception desk make for a stirring, beautiful memoir that is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, and ultimately a triumph." "
  • This is a soul-touching memoir filled with memorable Southern characters, plus plenty of country humor, but mostly a memoir about character -- the transformative power of selfless acts in forgotten places far from the spotlight."   John Marshall -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer 
  • "Heartwarming, funny and utterly appealing."  Fannie Flagg -- Author of Fried Green Tomatoes 
  • "This is a wonderful book. I would have enjoyed it even if Carolyn wasn't a neighbor of mine in East Tennessee. She is a great writer."  Dolly Parton -- Singer, Songwriter, and Actress

About the Author

Carolyn is a former U.S. Senate Counsel to the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Governmental Affairs. She has degrees from the University of Tennessee in Biomedical Engineering and Law. Carolyn lives on the family farm in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, with many stray animals.

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  • File Size: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Athenaeus Media (April 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K0VPMTI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,848 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3-time Wall Street Journal best selling author and #1 Amazon best selling author.

Carolyn's first book: "Heart in the Right Place" was a #7 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and #1 Amazon in Biography, Memoir, Science, Medicine, and Doctor-Patient Relations.

The follow-up, "Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring," was a #5 Wall Street Journal best seller and #1 Amazon in Biography, Memoir, Science, Medicine, and Doctor-Patient Relations.

"Bear in the Back Seat: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park" was a #9 Wall Street Journal best seller and #1 Amazon in Science, Biology, Animals, Bears, and Travel Biography.

"Out on a Limb: A Smoky Mountain Mystery," reached #1 on Amazon in Mystery, Cozy Mystery, and Medical Fiction.

Carolyn's newest books, "The School for Mysteries" and "The School for Psychics" are the first in a new series of light, witty, romantic comedy and suspense novels with Christian paranormal elements.

Jourdan is a former U.S. Senate Counsel to the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Governmental Affairs (now Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs).

Visit her at www.CarolynJourdan.com and hear her read stories from the book.

Carolyn has degrees from the University of Tennessee in Biomedical Engineering and Law.

She lives on the family farm in East Knox County, Tennessee, with many stray animals.

She is a popular speaker on television, radio, and in person.

More info at http://www.CarolynJourdan.com
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn G on July 12, 2014
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Interesting story line, fun main characters, wonderful little ditties on aging and Tennessee, especially the residents of the Smoky Mountains.

So why only two stars? The beating over your head of Christianity. Sermonizing, Bible quoting, trashing another writer because he wrote a book of FICTION this author didn't like, etc.

I won't read another by her. Comparing the main character to Mrs. Pollifax would only be accurate if Mrs. Pollifax were a soapbox preacher (which she certainly is not).

I finished it, don't know why. I'm glad it was a freebie, and will be deleting off my Kindle.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Lyons Moore on April 30, 2014
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Phoebe is literally and figuratively out on a limb high in a tree in the Smokey Mountains when a naked man falls into the safety net. She's acrophobic; he's agoraphobic. A match made in heaven?? What ensues is a witty and exciting romp thru a hospital, stone mansion, castle, and even Chartres, France, with some "hillbilly magic" help as they cope with their phobias eluding pursuit. Phoebe is wonderfully human and feminine; a heroine in which to relate. Adeptly written, it's the best I've read in a long time, and I read a lot! Cannot recommend it highly enough!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JonMontanavega on May 25, 2014
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While this mystery shares several characters with her previous mystery, this one takes a bounce through a supernatural door I wasn't prepared for. Wishing to avoid spoilers I'll simply say that if you are willing to "suspend disbelief" as one does in a movie, the journey is worthwhile.

I give the book five stars but ... I would not have wished more of the conspiracy theory. Elvis was not on the grassy knoll with Lee H. O. and no amount of prattle will make it so. I hope Ms. Jourdan you do not go down that drain further. By contrast, Christophe and his kind, however, are fun and the reason this book rises to the top.

A caveat: The book ends abruptly, as if there is a sequel coming. If not, then Ms. Jourdan should have wrapped up the novel more thoroughly.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Katharine DiGiulian on May 22, 2014
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I have enjoyed other Carolyn Jourdan books set in the Smokie Mountains. Since I enjoy mysteries, and based on positive reviews, I purchased this book. Maybe it was over my head but, for me, the story line was unrealistic and complicated. Adding to my disappointment were the typos and grammatical errors. I just don't get why this is the case with so many Kindle books! It's distracting and annoying.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Loveday on May 28, 2014
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What a fun romp! I love a spunky heroine, and the settings are beautiful--the Smokies, a place that looks a lot like Biltmore House, the Frick Gallery, and France. Phoebe and Nick are a LOT of fun. My family eyeballed me warily more than once as I laughed out loud while reading. And I LOVED the esoteric elements--a new direction for the author that I hope she will continue. This hilarious, fast-paced story is sure to Jourdan's next bestseller.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elrond on May 6, 2014
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Miss Marple meets Da Vinci Code in this dashing suspenseful comedy peppered with suspense and salted with adventure.
I loved the historic references and the snappy dialogue. I loved the characters and a plot that moves effortlessly.
I couldn't put it down. Believe me you will read this book in one sitting!
Phoebe is the new heroine to watch out for!

Highly Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Chaudoir VINE VOICE on May 3, 2014
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Great fun! A witty romantic adventure and an hilarious successor to Mrs. Polifax; makes you realize if Jessica Fletcher had been a nurse, there would've been a lot fewer dead bodies littering Cabot Cove. Highly recommended, great detail, and fast pace. You'll love it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Ellen Reilly on May 2, 2014
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...and new heroine: Phoebe MacFarland!
Enjoyed this book immensely. Intelligent and sensitive female characters,
A romp through esoteric history with some high fashion and culture as well, and recognizable sights of great beauty and significance. Fun, smart, well written- who could ask for more?
Me! so let's have some more of Phoebe and soon!
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