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The Secret Dreams of Sarah-Jane Quinn: A Harper & Lyttle novel Paperback – August 18, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Running Ink Press, LLC (August 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983291268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983291268
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,385,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sharon Gerlach was in training to be a ninja, but a dismaying lack of physical grace and balance -not to mention the inability to keep her big mouth shut -ended her ninja career before it had really begun. Now she writes. She doesn't write about ninjas because that's obviously a sore subject. But she writes about other really cool things and figures someone else will cover the ninjas. Life's really not all about ninjas, anyway.

Sharon lives on the dry side of the Pacific Northwest with her husband (who must really be fond of her as he hasn't left her yet despite her ninja failings); her three kids and two grandchildren (none of whom possess ninja qualities either); and four cats. Yes, you guessed it -ninja cats!

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I couldn't put this down! Anyone who has worked in a "cube farm" will relate to this book. From the office politics to the mundane life of living in a windowless cube for 8+ hours/day(and the things you do to keep yourself sane!), this book is spot on. The author describes the characters in such a way that you instantly feel as if you know them personally. The constant stream of humor had me laughing outloud and the tension/stress had me holding my breath. I was definately hooked from the first chapter to the last.
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I loved, loved, loved this book. I love books that I can't stop thinking about after I've read them and this is one of them.

One of my bad habits is to read the end of the book after I've read the first few chapters. I don't like surprises and I wanted to find out who she ended up with. I also like to see how the main character ends up with who she does. Well, even though I knew who she ended up with, the end of the book still surprised me. I was literally in tears at the twist at the end, one I did not see coming.

This is not your ordinary run of the mill romance, it's so much better.
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I didn't have high hopes for this one. Gladly, I was wrong. I was quickly and deeply engrossed in the book. The character development and storyline were both on point and a joy to read.
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The Secret Dreams of Sarah Jane Quinn is a beautiful love story. It reaches far beyond romantic stirrings. It shouts to those who will listen: "our story begins at home." This book was a catharsis for me. With my usual fare of romance novels, I did not expect to hear Wisdom shouting that personalities, behaviors and idiosyncrasies are developed as a by product of childhood relationships and traumas. Sarah presented the perfect case scenario. She was so use to choking back anger and pain experienced at the hands of her parents and only sister that she endured additional pain and sufferings as an adult for not speaking up for herself. Avoidance became her coping mechanism. Yet, she held to Her hopes and dreams that she would one day become someone's number one priority. Here enters Gus Haldemann. Unfortunately it took a life threatening incident to awaken Sarah to the notion that her heart's desire was within her grasp. This tragic incident was not just Sarah's experience but ours as well. Here, our hearts beat as one with Sarah. After all understanding dwells with Wisdom.
The telling of Sarah and Gus' story manifests love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness and the humor that comes with the security of knowing one is as worthy as another of acceptance and love. These are the ingredients that gives us strength and courage to accept and stand up for who we are. This is an endearing story that test all the emotions and I highly recommend it. After all, the greater pleasures are rooted in the heart.
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What a pleasant surprise. It's not your run-of-the-mill romance. Yes, there is romance here, but it's more layered than your average romance. I immediately liked the main character and even the gang of side-kicks she works with. It was funny at times, at times touching and there's an attack scene in there that gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. The ending even made me weepy. I NEVER get weepy with romances. This was really a gem - loved it!
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An okay book set in present day in a traditional office setting. Big office building with offices on the perimeter of each floor and the "worker bees" in the cubicles (called the cube farm) in the center of the floor. There are no secrets between those in the cube farm. Everyone is in everyone else's business and the rumor mill is alive and well. The main character has a huge crush on the guy in the next cube. He's a single guy raising a young daughter on his own. They are good friends and she desperately wants to move from the friend zone into the lover's lane. She keeps her eye on the prize and eventually gets what she wants.....or so she thought.

The book is riddled with sophmoric pranks (I'm not judging here, I think they're hilarious and am known to have partaken in a prank or two!) and the after hours outings between the workers are fun, realistic and it's easy to relate. What's not easy to relate to is how the underlings in the cube farm are asked to participate in the selection process of a new boss. I've never experienced or heard of such a thing. There are quite a few things like this in the book that take away from an otherwise good read. Oh and one more thing, the main character is a blogger and the book is punctuated with her blog posts which are boring at best and totally disrupt the momentum of the story line. I just flipped past them.

Overall it's an okay book but not one that should be at the top of your summer reading list.
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By John Zunski on October 6, 2012
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When I first stumbled upon The Secret Dreams of Sarah-Jane Quinn on my kindle I wondered how did that title get there? Then I thought, hmmmm, this sounds like it may be a little saucy. Once I started reading, I discovered it was, please extract your minds from the gutter, it wasn't saucy like that. It was like BBQ sauce with a little bite, one that lingers after the meal is complete. Only instead of hours, the taste has hung on for days, teasing me to occasionally lick my chops to recapture any lingering tastes of the characters and the twisting storyline.

In the midst of the book the thought occurred that Ms. Gerlach is the love child of Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich. Her prose was so free-flowing that the characters and plot seemed to be swinging on monkey bars. It takes talent to create a captivating piece set in a cube farm of Any Office USA. At least the others used exotic locales like Florida and Trenton.

Bravo Sharon Gerlach!

Dear Readers, I'll bet ya a dime that you won't be disappointed if you discover The Secret Dreams of Sarah-Jean Quinn.
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