D.F. Jones is absolutely brilliant! I have said it before and I will say it again! The Ditch Lane Diaries series is really something special! Sandy's Story is the third book in the series and just might be the best one yet!
Jones really has a way with words. Her story is deeply etched into my mind and as I read, I could not stop. This is definitely a series that I need more of. In Sandy's story, we get a lot more information about Sandy and her past. We are finally able to get the inside scoop on her relationship with her guardian, Baldric! Oh, how could I forget! We also get to see how the three girls (Anna, Ruby, and Sandy) first meet! I really, really enjoyed that part of the book. It was nice to get that little piece of background information!
Book three really focuses on the Cambell Ridge Wards and Lucifer, as well as Sandy and her love interest! Can Sandy really be in love with her guardian? Is that legal?
The problem really starts when Luc's book gets into the wrong hands, which puts Sandy in danger. This is a very valuable book and somehow Sandy knows where it is. The war betwen the angels and the demons officially begins when Sandy is taken! Can Baldric help Sandy? Where was Baldric when Sandy was taken? Can anyone find her before Luc gets what he wants? What does Luc even want to begin with? You will have to read this book to find out! There is a lot of juicy drama in this third book and you definitely do not want to miss any of it!
"I paired them, Lord. Their love is not ordinary; it is extraordinary."
This book was my favorite so far! But the second book is a close second. I really, really, really loved the second book! I absolutely adore Sandy and Baldric's relationship! Those two have a very special sense of humor and I really enjoyed reading about them. I also fell for a new character in this book, Caiojezeal. We meet Caiojezeal when Sandy gets taken. He is not who he acts to be though and he really surprised me. Talking about him brings up the fact that Jones's characters are so detailed and lifelike. Jones does an amazing job at making her characters and story come to life around her readers. Each character has a story and a background, which allows them to become real in the eyes of the reader. There is nothing better than being able to put yourself into the book with all your favorite characters.
The Ditch Lane Diaries is a super unique series about love and friendship with a little bit of angel and demon drama sprinkled on top. I have never read anything like this series and it will forever be one of my favorites! Each of these books are filled with excitement, drama, lies, jealousy, love, and just about everything you can think of! There was never a dull moment when reading this series. I completely devoured each book and I am almost positive that you all will too! Add this series to your TBR list!!
5 Star Rating Blogger V. Bansal I loved it!!
D. F. Jones has done everything right in the book. She answers all the questions, ties every loose end and does it with a style, keeping the integrity of the series. You will not be disappointed with the end.
The Ditch Lane Diaries is about three friends and how their life unfolds by the powerful gifts given by the creator.
The first book Ruby's Choice defined Ruby and her character. It is about her choice between two completely opposite yet intriguingly gorgeous men and how her gift from 'The Creator' changes her life.
The second book Anna's Way is about how Anna has to choose between the love of her life and her gift of healing given by 'The Creator'.
The author had always kept Sandy, the third friend, as a mysterious character. She always had this do-not-care attitude and lived it up. Finally, we get an insight into Sandy's life and her character. The relationship which she has with her guardian angel is also very intriguing. The best thing about this book is that nobody is left out. Everyone has a role to play in the final book.
The story line flows smoothly and flawlessly. The way the author has taken a single crime and created a war between the angels and demons is amazing. There is always something happening in the book at all times. I was always on edge of my seat with all the twists and turns. The constant mystery and suspense are nail-biting. The writing is fresh and natural. The dialogue and the characters are intimately intertwined. The character building for all the angels, demons and humans has been done beautifully.
D. F. Jones has somehow managed to capture the essence of 'The Creator' in her writing. She has shown His love and warmth, yet keeping His mysterious, all-knowing illusion intact.
I am looking forward to the next work from the author. I would recommend this series to each and everyone who loves a little romance and fantasy. This book deserves 5 out of 5 Stars.
By Vipasha Bansal
While I do not normally write about romance novels, which are not my thing, I decided to do so in this case since the author is from my area. The series is a gripping read, and I say that as a guy.
Each of the books in the series follows the adventures of a different friend in Middle Tennessee, with Rutherford County, Tennessee, playing a large role. The other books are "Ruby's Choice" and "Anna's Way."
Jones said the series is for ages 18 and up with what she describes as a "medium heat level" in the romance department.
Without giving too much away, reading the opening scene of "Sandy's Story" is not for the faint of heart. The story shows a traumatic experience that happens in Sandy's childhood. I would not recommend this novel for children due to the graphic nature of the scene or the romance factor.
"Sandy's Story" follows Sandy from her 9-year-old self in 1966, when she has the abusive experience, to her young adulthood in the 1980s. Jones told me she included the traumatic scene in part because children in that era "were seen and not heard," and she wanted to address the topic of childhood sexual abuse.
Each book in the trilogy reveals more and more of a part of a spiritual battle in which the three friends become involved, with each of them receiving special spiritual powers. The title character of "Sandy's Story" has a guardian angel, Baldric, who falls in love with her. The chief villain is the devil, or Luc.
"Sandy's Story" has been her fans' favorite so far in the series, Jones said.
Jones said Baldric is one of her favorite characters in the series. She said she would like to write a spin-off series from the "Ditch Lane Diaries," perhaps in 2018 after she finishes some other book projects. The future series may focus on the current characters' children.
Each book in the "Ditch Lane Diaries" features chapter titles that are named for pop songs from a particular decade; chapters in "Sandy's Story" are taken from the 1980s.
Jones' website is dfjonesauthor.com. She is also on Facebook. Jones runs book specials on a regular basis. The novels are available in paperback and on the Kindle, and is part of the Kindle Unlimited plan, she said.
5 Star Rating Reader