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Praise for Jourdan's Other Books
#5 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and #1 Amazon Best seller, Medicine Men(October, 2014)
#9 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and #1 Amazon Best Seller, Bear in the Back Seat (December 2013)
#7 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and #1 Amazon Best Seller, Heart in the Right Place (September 2012)
Heart in the Right Place chosen as first ever Book of the Month by Family Circle magazine
Awarded Readers Prize by Elle magazine
Featured selection of most major national book clubs
Best Book of the YearLiterary Guild
Best Book Club Book of the YearAmerican Booksellers Association
Great Books About Extraordinary PeopleGreat Books, Great Libraries
Great Read Great Readers Advisory
Top 5 Most Fun Book EverShelf Awareness
Top Summer ReadNew York Public Library
Starred Review in Publishers Weekly -- "Jourdan's dispatches from the reception desk make for a stirring, beautiful memoir that is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, and ultimately a triumph." "
This is a soul-touching memoir filled with memorable Southern characters, plus plenty of country humor, but mostly a memoir about character -- the transformative power of selfless acts in forgotten places far from the spotlight." John Marshall -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Heartwarming, funny and utterly appealing." Fannie Flagg -- Author of Fried Green Tomatoes
"This is a wonderful book. I would have enjoyed it even if Carolyn wasn't a neighbor of mine in East Tennessee. She is a great writer." Dolly Parton -- Singer, Songwriter, and Actress
About the Author
Carolyn is a former U.S. Senate Counsel to the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Governmental Affairs. She has degrees from the University of Tennessee in Biomedical Engineering and Law. Carolyn lives on the family farm in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, with many stray animals.
While this mystery shares several characters with her previous mystery, this one takes a bounce through a supernatural door I wasn't prepared for. Wishing to avoid spoilers I'll simply say that if you are willing to "suspend disbelief" as one does in a movie, the journey is worthwhile.
I give the book five stars but ... I would not have wished more of the conspiracy theory. Elvis was not on the grassy knoll with Lee H. O. and no amount of prattle will make it so. I hope Ms. Jourdan you do not go down that drain further. By contrast, Christophe and his kind, however, are fun and the reason this book rises to the top.
A caveat: The book ends abruptly, as if there is a sequel coming. If not, then Ms. Jourdan should have wrapped up the novel more thoroughly.
There are two books in this series, School for Mysteries and School for Psychics. They are both marvelous reads, and I advise buying both at the same time as they flow together so naturally. . Both feature a very likeable heroine, Phoebe, a Nurse from the Great Smokey Mountains, who is hired by a mysterious client. Phoebe has game and is sent on a actioned packed adventure/ quest in each of the two books. The plots move along quickly, and the narration is wonderfully visual, and packed with fascinating information that combines mythology and great art. . You will find yourself wishing for a third book in this series..
Phoebe is literally and figuratively out on a limb high in a tree in the Smokey Mountains when a naked man falls into the safety net. She's acrophobic; he's agoraphobic. A match made in heaven?? What ensues is a witty and exciting romp thru a hospital, stone mansion, castle, and even Chartres, France, with some "hillbilly magic" help as they cope with their phobias eluding pursuit. Phoebe is wonderfully human and feminine; a heroine in which to relate. Adeptly written, it's the best I've read in a long time, and I read a lot! Cannot recommend it highly enough!!
Home care nurse Phoebe MacFarland is a force to be reckoned with at mid-life. She sets out one morning to cure her fear of heights and winds up on a frantic mission to save a man’s life when the mysterious Nick literally drops of the sky from a helicopter. The chase is on, and the description of Phoebe and Nick’s flight from the bad guys will have you on the edge of your seat.
Phoebe and Nick find safe haven with Phoebe’s new and rather mysterious employer, Le Seigneur, whom Phoebe promptly renames “The Boss” to accommodate her upper East Tennessee vowels.” Soon Phoebe realizes “The Boss” has much more for her to do than simply provide home nursing care. Her work for “The Boss” leads her to a deeper understanding of herself, history, and sacred mysteries. But to lighten things up, there is also Phoebe’s glamorous make-over in Paris complete with couture wardrobe
This is a fun and highly entertaining read. I love the blend of Smokey Mountain culture with the paranormal, ancient history, and the sophistication of Europe. As other reviewers have noted, the end strongly suggests a sequel is on the way. Yeah!
I read Carolyn Jourdan's previous novel "Out on a Limb" and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am just as happy with the latest, The School for Mysteries. I don't usually read paranormal stories, but I really liked this one. Phoebe McFarland is a home health nurse without a job. She is offered the lucrative job of private duty nurse to a mysterious professor. Before she can move to her new job, professional killers are after her and a stranger named Nick. This is a real page turner and very exciting to see how they manager to escape the killers and determine why they are being chased. I highly recommend this book to mystery lovers.
Being a retired nurse, I really enjoyed the first book which included nursing. This book and the next one took a major turn into the esoteric world of psychic phenomenon. If there is a fourth, I will not buy it. The author does write well. I just don't agree with her view of "esoteric Christianity".
Carolyn Jourdan is one of those authors whose latest book I will read without bothering to first read the reviews, because I know it's going to be a good one and a huge treat to read. This was no exception. This author is obviously intelligent and well-read. She also has a terrific sense of humor. The characters in her books are the types I'd like to meet in person - the types you know you're going to like. I have never spent time in the Great Smoky Mountains, but she makes me want to go see that beautiful place. This book took me places I had never heard of and it was a fascinating trip. I also learned some new things - that's always good. I hope Ms. Jourdan will keep cranking them out - she is on my 'authors always to read' list.