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Love Under the Bubble Wrap - a Novelette (Hen Lit) by [Shepherd, Donna J.]
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  • Love Under the Bubble Wrap - a novelette is a sweet escape for anyone wanting to discover love in everyday life. A charming, witty, engaging short story. - Mary DeMuth, author of The Muir House (Zondervan).
  • With a story aimed to encourage marrieds (not just singles), Donna Shepherd's characters are as familiar as a best friend and yet this tale is as fresh as an unopened present. Realistic and humorous--can't wait to see more from Ms. Shepherd! - Linore Rose Burkard, author of Before the Season Ends (Harvest House Publishers).
  • If you're looking for a cute, clean love story to snuggle up with, this is it! - Jill Hart, Founder, Christian Work at Home Moms, author of So You Want to Be a Work-At-Home Mom (Beacon Hill Press).
  • Donna J. Shepherd gives us a "real life" love story! Though short, this novelette provides a fleshed out story with curious characters and a satisfying ending. - Books...Looks and Takes by Eleanor Anders

About the Author

Donna Shepherd's children's books, Topsy Turvy Land, No More Gunk! & OUCH! Sunburn!, Chizzy's Topsy Tale, Dotty's Topsy Tale, Poodle and Doodle, Sully's Topsy Tale, Bradybug, and Where is Salami? feature short, playful rhymes and humorous illustrations. Be sure to look for the items hidden in each picture by the imaginative artists. Her newest book for children, "Ava's Secret Tea Party," is her first 'girly' book with an old-fashioned fairy tale, hidden teacups and cookies, and recipes and crafts. Available in both paperback and hardcover.

A columnist for The Dabbling Mum, NABBW, and CWAHM, Donna Shepherd has hundreds of articles and devotions to her credit. Her devotions and stories appear in Daily Grace for Women, Anytime Prayers for Everyday Moms, and The Best Grandma in the World to name a few. Donna's newest fiction release is a 'hen-lit' called "Love Under the Bubble Wrap - a novelette."

For writing tips, useful links, and updates about Donna's books, visit her Fan Page: facebook.com/donnajshepherd

Product Details

  • File Size: 1941 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Lilliput Press (December 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007402K34
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By J Hart VINE VOICE on February 9, 2012
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I love Donna Shepherd's kids books, so when I found out she had written a novella I couldn't wait to check it out! I sat down to read this last night and read it straight through in one evening. I laughed, I sniffled, I got mad at the husband in the story and wanted to thump him upside the head. But, Donna brought it all to a satisfying conclusion that had me sighing in satisfaction. If you're looking for a cute, clean love story to snuggle up with, this is it!
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Quick read with a lot of fun and some real emotions. It did not surprise me to see a story with fun and humor sewn into it, but I was surprised by some of the raw emotions revealed in how the main character deals with her husband's recent disabilities. Those parts made me cry, and I loved watching the character learn about herself and her husband as the story progressed.

In brief, the story follows the main character from the moment she receives a mystery gift to the moment she discovers who sent it. With the help of her best friend, main character Debi seeks answers in current strangers and past acquaintances as she tries to solve the mystery of her secret admirer. Not that she's miserable with her not-so-secret love in the form of her husband, but the teenager within certainly likes the idea that someone's love for her flickers beyond the bounds of common, everyday marital love. Even with no intention to act on it, the desire to know who loves her this way spurs her to continue looking into a variety of possible suitors.

In addition to the mystery gift, Debi is busy solving the mystery at home as to why her husband has changed so much since his back surgery. She also spends time examining her own motives and feelings to discover some she's not too comfortable with. At the same time, she even spends a little time playing matchmaker for her best friend.

I will say, the ending gave me a happy surprise, and I hope Donna can put together some more short length "hen lit" stories like this. I like something I can enjoy and read within a few days, even if it takes me a few months to open the cover initially.
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With a pressure filled life, a recently disabled husband, and the shine dulled on her fifteen-year marriage, a mysterious package arrives to provide a pleasing distraction from Debi's problems.

However, the item laying under the bubble wrap is something she couldn't imagine and she doesn't know who would send it. Debi believes it a fake stone, but she brings it to someone she trusts for evaluation. Her friend, Jenny, works at a local jeweler and she determines the diamond is real!

Jenny's taking the ring for an appraisal and Debi is dying to know its worth.

These two start hatching a plan to uncover the sender. Could it be Debi's husband? No. Jeff knew about the ring and even doubted it was real. Nope. Besides, he's a tightwad with money, but she knew they can not even afford a gem like this. Their list is short even minus Jeff. Joe is a neighbor who is always staring at her, an old boyfriend who was more a friend than beau, and a coworker who always seems to be around.

Jenny takes the lead and starts contacting their suspects, while Debi starts wondering if she should be doing this at all. Soon, Debi finds she needs to do this and cannot even explain to herself why.

My Take:

LOVE UNDER THE BUBBLE WRAP-A NOVELETTE by Donna J. Shepherd isn't a chick lit read. However, this hen lit title shines a spotlight on the middle of a marriage through a woman in the middle of a life where things haven't gone as planned.

Anyone in a relationship who has ever hit upon one of life's snags will relate to Debi and will laugh at the lengths she goes to solve her personal mystery.
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This fun short story kept me guessing until the very end as Debi, the main character, tried to figure out who had given her a special gift. I thought I had it figured out, but the ending pleasantly surprised me. This is a short novelette that can easily be read in one sitting or an evening. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading cute, clean, love stories. This is the first book I have read by this author, but enjoyed it so much that I will check out other books she has written.
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This is a really great short story about how we can lose sight love after many years in a marriage and discover that it's worth finding again. If you're looking for a quick read definitely give this one a try.
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Love Under the Bubble Wrap is a delightful mystery. The arrival of a mysterious gift and the reaction of her disabled husband make for a suspenseful story. This troubled marriage gets a spark and a reader can relate to the life issues they are going through. The emotions, words, and actions of the characters make you feel like you are part of the mystery. I loved it. There was so much in this delightful package. You won't be disappointed.
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I really enjoyed this book. I got so involved in the book that I didn't put it down til the end. I must say that the ending was a surprise and refreshing. Keep up the great work Donna.
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