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Glimmers by [Brooke, Barbara]
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"People who enjoy a fun read for entertainment will love it. I also recommend this book to anyone who likes unusual stories about courageous women. This is the type of book that will gain momentum through word of mouth." -Judge, Writer's Digest 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards

About the Author

Barbara Brooke writes from the comfort of her home in sunny Florida. She's surrounded by her supportive husband, two adorable children, gorgeous greyhounds, scruffy mutt, and egg-dropping chickens, but through all of the distractions, she's always eager to create new worlds and interesting characters for her next book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1304 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147827543X
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P7D2ZQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Glimmers begins when Paige tries on a pair of vintage boots and experiences a "glimmer" into the life of the boots' former owner. As the story progresses, Paige experiences similar glimmers when she touches objects of sentimental value to others. When I first started reading, I thought the people whose stories she experienced were going to be random, helping her to live her own life better. For example, after the first glimmer, Paige uses her experiences to improve her cooking skills. But as the story progresses, I learned that the glimmers were not random--they interconnect in a way that brings richness to the text. I won't give away any more because the fun for me was discovering how all the stories related.

I enjoyed the style of this book. First of all, it's a clean read, so there isn't anything inappropriate, and I could see a young adult reader enjoying it, too. It's written in first-person point of view in a conversational way. I enjoyed this point of view, and each glimmer kept my interest.

My least favorite was the memory of England (I won't give away details because it's important to the plot). I felt like the difference in time period and location (compared to the other glimmers) should have made the narrator's voice sound drastically different, but it didn't feel that different to me. I also wanted just a bit more depth in experiencing this important memory.

Still, I greatly enjoyed how the storylines were woven together and how each of Paige's experiences helped her improve upon or understand her own life in a more meaningful way. My favorite character was Paige's mother, who brought humor to the novel and offered a bit of comic relief.
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This book was a great read. Barbara Brooke did a brilliant job developing the characters in this romantic and engaging story. I have missed the characters since finishing the book. I can't wait for Glimmers 2.
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This did not look like my kind of book, but my wife enjoyed it so much that I gave it a try. In spite of myself, I found it very captivating. The transition to other lives and times was very well done, and the characters fun and believable. I even got a little verklemmt at the end.
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GLIMMERS by Barbara Brooke

GLIMMERS is the first novel in a new series by Barbara Brooke. Written in the fantasy genre, GLIMMERS follows Paige as she struggles with her new found ability to read memories from the past.

Paige is married, the mother of 2 and living a normal life in the suburbs. Her weakness for consignment goods (ala 1980's ankle boots) will find her locked into the memory of a young woman experiencing her first love and loss, and the heartbreak of knowing she wasn't good enough. As the previous owner of the books, Delilah's memories will take Paige through the summer of 1988, working at a resort lodge, where she meets William, the son of a DC politician and socialite mother. But by the time summer vacation is drawing to a close, Delilah knows that there will be no future with William and embarks on a heartbreaking series of events to ensure that William is no longer a part of her life.

Paige has no explanation for her sudden ability to experience the memories of someone else. And the most confusing side-effect, Paige is now able to cook like a gourmet chef!!!! Didn't Delilah have hopes and dreams of one day opening a French style restaurant? Not realizing why or how this has occurred, she tries to proceed as usual but the vivid memories continue to haunt. When she finally confesses to her husband Elliot, he is concerned that perhaps his wife is ill, but her determination to prove that Delilah exists will take both she and Elliot on a surfing safari through the internet-but with no luck.

Hailey is Paige's younger sister. About to marry Derek, Paige has agreed to help Hailey, including picking up her engagement ring from the jewelers.
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While I liked Paige, I didn't love her voice all that much. In fact, my favorite parts of this story are those moments when Paige isn't the main character. When she is getting glimpses into other people's lives.

It was fun seeing where each new "glimmer" from an object Paige had touched would lead her next. Maybe I am reading way too much YA lately but I really enjoyed Delilah and William's love story, it was a sweet one but I must say, my favorite by far was Emma's story. I think the elegance of the era and speech drew me in and I felt like I was swept away to another time and place.

I love that the glimmers caused a change in Paige's (and Elliott) life.

The illustrations at the beginning of each chapter were amazing. I really enjoyed each and every single one of them. I really like it when authors go that one step further in making their stories stand out.

I really enjoyed this read. It was something different from the norm and it really was a cute read.

I give this one 3.5 Stars!
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