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A Boy From Down East
A Boy From Down East
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It reminded me of my own childhood … although I grew up at the other end of the world!, April 10, 2014
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A Boy from Down East by Larry B. Gray is a moving, vividly told, and fun memoir of a young boy growing up in a small town in North Carolina, surrounded by farms and tobacco fields. It could not have been more removed from my own childhood in a small town in Switzerland. There were no tobacco fields there and my family did not own a farm. My father had a business in town and I am sure the landscape around our home was very different from the one “down east.”

And yet, on almost every page, I found similarities to the way I grew up. Sometimes, the memories were nostalgic, sometimes I laughed out loud when I remembered a similar incident from my past. I, too, could run around the woods without worrying about safety. We had small family-owned grocery stores, where you could buy a piece of candy for 5 cents, a small town library, and a bus with groceries, which came by once a week. Perhaps it was the fact that we grew up during the same time, in the fifties and sixties, in a small rural environment that accounted for the surprising similarities in our childhood. In a small town, at that time, life wasn’t always easy but seemed, somehow, simpler. And compared to the anonymity of big towns and cities, everyone knew each other, and people did care for one another.

The stories, however, didn’t just remind me of my own childhood but gave me a very vivid picture of a time and place in a country I only got to know later when I moved her in the seventies. All in all, a very interesting and enjoyable book I can only recommend.


The Narrow Gate: A Supernatural Thriller (Solom)
The Narrow Gate: A Supernatural Thriller (Solom)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Appalachia at its best!, March 27, 2014
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The perfect mix of Appalachian ghost lore, tension between parents and youngsters, creepy scenes, and colorful characters. Always enjoyable. I recommend reading the first part of the series first.


Warning: Something Else Is Happening
Warning: Something Else Is Happening
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, exciting, and thought-provoking, December 16, 2013
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I have been looking forward to the sequel to CEL & ANNA, one of my favorite sci-fi tales (and I’m not even a fan of sci-fi!). What I liked about CEL & ANNA and what is also true of Lindsay Edmund’s new novel, WARNING: SOMETHING ELSE IS HAPPENING (I really like this title) is that the author has the unique ability to merge the fantastic with the real. The creatures of Earthworld and Networld are fairytale-like beings who nevertheless remind us in many ways of ourselves. They may appear odd, strange, fantastic, outlandish, but they are believable. In WARNING, we meet old friends, such as Anna Ringer and her husband Taz, and Cel, Anna’s computer, who is a conscious being and has “ascended” to Networld, where he tries to prevent the dark forces of Networld from destroying Earthworld. Because Cel, having lived in Earthworld, knows that despite the stupidity and cruelty of many of the humans, there are good people as well. A story of adventure, social satire, or, as the author calls it, a dystopian fairytale, WARNING is fun, exciting, and thought-provoking!


The Dragon Sisters (The Dragon Sisters Trilogy)
The Dragon Sisters (The Dragon Sisters Trilogy)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and mysterious story, December 11, 2013
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Kaja's comfortable world in the city of Zurich, Switzerland, gets turned upside down and she doesn't like it one bit. The fact that she begins to be followed by a blue dragon who keeps getting on her nerves, doesn't make her life any easier. The Dragon Sisters is an entertaining, light-hearted, and suspenseful tale--a mix of fantasy and corporate crime--that takes place in Switzerland and France. A story for a cozy evening in front of the fireplace.


The Last Train Home (Christmas Book no 1)
The Last Train Home (Christmas Book no 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Journey, December 1, 2013
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Martin grieves the loss of his wife, and Stanley, a successful businessman, lives an empty and loveless existence. The three are joined by an old and mysterious man who becomes their mentor on this unusual journey back into their past. They are given a second chance to understand their destiny, to deal with their fears and pain, and to grow as human beings. But the path is painful, troubled by both internal and external storms but also enriched by love, compassion, and the true magic of Christmas.

This is a wonderful tale that can be enjoyed during the holiday season or at any time of the year. It needs to be read carefully, preferably more than once, because there are a number of surprising twists and turns. The language and the imagery are beautiful, the characters moving and real. Have some tissue handy, you’ll need it. But don’t worry; you will also smile a lot!


McFall
McFall
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and spooky, September 6, 2013
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THE RED CHURCH and DRUMMER BOY are two of my favorite books by Scott Nicholson. I was pleased to meet the characters (Ronnie, Tim, David Day, Sheriff Littlefield, etc.) again. Good start of the series and I look forward to the next installments.


Shelly's Second Chance (The Wish Granters, Book One)
Shelly's Second Chance (The Wish Granters, Book One)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for!, September 1, 2013
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Shelly has problems. She is broke and unable to beat her addiction to gambling, and on top of it her relationship with her fiancé is in serious trouble. Just when all seems lost, she gets help from Alanna and Joe, Wish Granters in training. As a result of fateful accidents, Alanna and Joe land in Transition, a state of being between life and death. In order to get back into life and take care of unfinished business or move forward to wherever one goes after death, they need to fulfill some tasks under the supervision of their boss and mentor Morgan (who looks like Morgan Freeman, hence the name).

Helping Shelly fulfill her wish to win enough money in Las Vegas to pay off her debt is Alanna and Joe's first task. The rooky wish granters muddle their way through and actually succeed, but when they do, things take an unexpected turn for Shelly. She begins to realize that winning that money might not be exactly what she needed and wanted. And Shelly, as well as her wish granters, need to learn some important lessons.

This is the first book in the Wish Granters series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are genuine and psychologically interesting. The story is full of humorous as well as tender and moving moments. A very entertaining book with a serious undertone!


A Jane Austen Daydream
A Jane Austen Daydream
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful daydream!, May 25, 2013
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It must not have been easy for a vivacious, imaginative young woman with talent and an independent spirit to fit the mold of how women in the class of the gentry in nineteenth century England were supposed to behave. Writing plays and novels, having a sharp mind and quick tongue, walking the countryside alone or playing pranks did not exactly endear the fictional (and perhaps the real) Jane Austen to her family and her neighbors. Loved by a gentle but conservative father and her nearly perfect sister, largely ignored by her gossipy mother, scolded by her stern older brother, and, most importantly, deprived of a man she loved, Jane nevertheless made her way. Obstacles such as these broke her heart occasionally but never her spirit.

A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM is an entertaining and insightful book. I particularly liked the way the author created the atmosphere, the cultural background, and the voices of Jane Austen's society so perfectly. I sometimes forgot I was reading about a fictional Jane Austen rather than a book the real Jane Austen could have written. The characters are vivid and believable. There were times I felt like slapping them, and other times I could have hugged them. A delightful read, and not just for Jane Austen fans!


A Cape May Diamond
A Cape May Diamond
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for A CAPE MAY DIAMOND, April 13, 2013
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I read Larry Enright's FOUR YEARS FROM HOME, which is the story of the Ryan family, in particular of Tom. His selfish, arrogant, and often mean-spirited behavior does not exactly endear the main character to the reader. The fact that you don't completely hate him has a lot to do with the author's story-telling skills and the humor he infuses into the action. While laughing at Tom's antics and hating his meanness, you always wait for something to happen that throws the over-confident ego-maniac off kilter. And it does happen and in a very tragic way. At the end, you feel sorry for Tom rather than angry at him.

Fortunately, the author didn't stop there and gave us A CAPE MAY DIAMOND. Here we meet Tom again. Released from a two-year stint in jail, he works for his aunt and uncle at an eatery in a run-down place at the New Jersey shore. Haunted by feelings of guilt about his brother's death, he lives an almost pathetic existence. He hides his sadness and remorse behind a mask of sarcasm. However, it is here that, probably for the first time in his life, Tom begins to care about the lives of other people rather than just about his own fate. And that is the seed for a possible journey of redemption. Enough said; you just have to read the book. Suffice to say, that you actually start to like the guy. Larry Enright demonstrates once again his literary expertise with vivid descriptions, page-turning action, and tongue-in-cheek humor. There is also a touch of mystery in the form of the young girl Annie Mae Meeham. Is she real or not? Find out for yourself!


An Illusion of Trust (Sequel to The Brevity of Roses)
An Illusion of Trust (Sequel to The Brevity of Roses)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ILLUSION OF TRUST - poignant, sensitive, and heartwarming, March 22, 2013
After a rocky and passionate relationship which began in THE BREVITY OF ROSES, the prequel to the current book, Renee and Jalal have tied the knot. Renee still can't believe her luck. Here she is married to this handsome, sexy, charming, intelligent man who also happened to be rich. Coming from a background of having to struggle for every penny, a miserable childhood and young adulthood, Renee is finally able to enjoy love and security. But the trauma of her past, which she stubbornly tries to push away, doesn't just dissolve in this seemingly idyllic environment. And that past keeps erupting, making her feel insecure and inadequate, making her doubt the love of her family, the love of her husband, and her capacity as mother to her two children. And Jalal, though a loving husband and doting father, seems to have a whole bunch of secrets he doesn't want to share with his wife, increasing her insecurities and fears. All of this leads to an emotional explosion, and we begin to wonder if the two will ever be happy together again.

I loved the author's first book, THE BREVITY OF ROSES, and was eagerly awaiting the sequel. I was not disappointed. Linda Cassidy Lewis once again presents us with a sensitive and psychologically profound work, full of vivid details. Her main character, Renee, is a troubled woman and her behavior seems often unreasonable. I sometimes felt like smacking her. But the author does an excellent job of showing her vulnerability and her basic good heart and we keep hoping and rooting for her. Wonderful story!


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