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Dangerous Changes (Emily Lazzaro Mystery) Paperback – November 6, 2017
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About the Author
Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it contemporary and historical mysteries set in California. Actual events and/or real people inspired all of her published novels, although they are definitely fictionalized. Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California's Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike her protagonist Jillian Hillcrest, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. Strand lives with her collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and enjoys exploring and writing about the growing wine region in the Ramona Valley near San Diego.
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The characters are engaging. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat.
I loved Emily. Sometimes I wanted to 'kick her' for letting that ex manipulate and use her. But eventually she overcomes and stands on her own two feet. She has too when she is kid napped!
A little romance begins with Jackson Brexton after his brother
scares the wits out of her. But they all become friends in the end.
I think what I like best is that the characters and their challenges were real. Emily isn't 'set up' by an inheritance or similar situation
she makes her own way.
Although this is a clean mystery; no language or romance scenes and really no crime scenes I would not call this a Cozy.
The story/plot is mysterious and kept me turning pages all the way to the end.
There weren't alot of characters to get the reader wondering what is going on. The story is straight forward and engaging.
I was left hoping for a 2nd installment.
Will Emily begin working to renovate the old mansion in town to open as a B&B? Will Jackson end up the chef?
I was left with lots of questions and hoping book 2 comes out soon.
I really enjoyed Dangerous Changes.
There was no language or bedroom scenes.
I received a complimentary copy form Beck Valley Tours.
It all starts with a scary encounter for Emily as she is driving home when a car suddenly starts following her and she fears she is going to be run off the road! This is how she meets Jackson, it turns out the driver was his brother and he begs her not to press charges due to him having an brain injury.
From that moment this becomes a story that is full of twists and turns for our main character Emily who ens up getting tangled into a web of lies deceit involving her ex-fiance Ed, yet for me the plot was obvious and it was extremely frustrating that Emily couldn't see it or ask questions until near the end when all hell broke loose! I did not take to Emily in the beginning as with all the stuff going on between her ex-fiance and the company he works for - People's Company, I just cant believe she wasn't more suspicious, I felt that dumbed down her character a great deal.
That being said Strand executed the story brilliantly and I loved how it all revealed itself in the end to Emily and the rest of the characters, I loved how the characters and their respective story lines came together and merged into the bigger picture, despite me banging my head about Emily's total obliviousness!!
With a job offer that sounded too good to be true to the possible new relationships blossoming I cant wait to read what the Ramona community has in store next for Emily.
Having recently broken off her engagement, she is still trying to be a nice person to her ex-fiance. This can be hard to do. Usually, a clean break is better but Emily manages to recommend his company's services to several people without knowing exactly what he does. This would be great if her ex-fiance would do the work necessary to get the clients to come to his business once a recommendation is made.
Then, Emily gets a job interview and eventual offer for a job in her chosen field. She would be able to give up doing people's taxes once and for all. The problem is that there are questions she wants answered about the job, about the people offering her the job. Questions that bring some doubt about her ability to stop doing taxes to her mind.
Pick up a copy of Dangerous Changes and find out what happens to Emily. I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
As the main character has moved to start her life afresh, being a newbie in a close community she struggles with her conscious on whether to follow her heart or her head. The psyche portrayed by all the characters shows that the author has a deep understanding of what makes humans tick and the means they will go to achieve their own pursuits. With this in mind, as the plot unfolds, you as a reader are left guessing as to what path and who the heroine will turn to in the end.
Having read other Joyce Strand books I always think it is courageous of an author to create new story lines and characters away from those who have been so popular. In this she does not disappoint, a well written page turning novel with twists and turns with an attachment to human emotions make for a very good read indeed. Having short chapters gives the reader plenty of time to contemplate what is happening.
The strong message of this book is that in blind faith in those you trust can leave you in a position of desperation. Follow your instincts and not your heart.
An interesting read for any lover of thrillers and being tested mentally.
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