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The Good Daughter
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Helpful Score: 2


A typically dark Slaughter novel, peopled with her typically well-drawn characters. I liked Gamma, Ben, and even Rusty, but it was the sisters who really stood out for me. Sam and Charlie were interesting on their own, but had especially believable chemistry when interacting with one another. Lenore was probably a necessary character, but I thought her backstory strained credibility, and was included just to add the requisite dash of PC. Slaughter again manages to write southern characters without resorting (mostly) to redneck stereotypes and cheesy dialect.

The graphic violence and the nature of the crimes will be off-putting for many, and the plot was perhaps too complex, even confusing in a few places. Only occasionally did I wish Slaughter would move the story along; mostly I was simply caught up in the narrative.

I enjoyed this one, and while I don't know if the book signals the start of a new series, I would definitely read more.


Sulfur Springs: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series)
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Helpful Score: 1


Waited a long time for another Cork O'Connor book to hit the shelves

Alas, it is not a good one

This takes place in Arizona and just too much description about the desert and the heat over and over, so the story moves very very slow

I always liked the Indian folklore in the series but this one takes a turn and again we have another story about cartels, drugs and illegal immigrants etc, over and over

I won't give up on this series but hopefully Krueger will take us back to Minnesota and the Indian folklore in his stories


The Blue Orchard
The Blue Orchard
Author: Jackson Taylor
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 1


The cover of the book and the name evoked a particular time period and maybe a type of story line. The time period was right but the story was so far from what I could have guessed.
It is so interesting. So unique. The places this woman's life went from childhood into mature adulthood make you want to keep rooting for her. It's not frilly or cute, but very serious but not to where you cry.
This might be confusing, but I don't want to give any of the story away. I hate when people tell you the whole story line in a review. It is worth reading. Thought provoking.


These Healing Hills
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Helpful Score: 1


As I have mentioned in past reviews, I love historical fiction, medicine, midwifery, and the Appalachian people. This book checks all those boxes! To say the least I was excited to start reading it, but I had no idea incredible writing skills of Ms. Gabhart!
I had never heard of the Frontier Nursing Services before reading this book. The character Breckinridge was a real person and founder. The author read these midwife's real first-person accounts of their services. This gave the book the realism and authenticity that allows the reader to experience the unique lifestyles of the Appalachian families and the experiences of the nurses.
I thoroughly enjoyed the unusual Appalachian words and sayings! I found them very clever and entertaining. Ms. Gabhart's research not only made the people in the story come to life, but also gives a deep glimpse into the mind, personality, beliefs, and strength of these amazing people. After reading the book, the term âhillbilliesâ is such a derogatory term to assign to these incredible Appalachians.
After Fran hears the man she thought was to be her husband is coming home engaged to an English girl, all her plans go up in smoke. Her dreams of being a wife and mother are shattered. Her overbearing, critical mother isn't very sympathetic.
When she hears of the midwife training in the hills of Kentucky she feels this is where she needs to be. She falls in love with the hills, the mountain people, and the many challenges of âcatching babiesâ and tending to varied medical emergencies.
Ben belonged to the hills but had been away at war serving as medic. Much had changed in the years he had gone, most of all, his father's death. Part of him wants to stay and the other wants to use the GI Bill to further his education. He meets Fran and his feelings for her only add to his confusion.
I liked the way I could see the mountains through Ben's eyes, his appreciation and depth of having grown up there, but it was also a delight to see them through Fran's. She observed everything with freshness, newness and innocence. It was her observations of both mind and heart that made me feel a part of the hardships, difficult weather and learning to live a totally new way of life.
I cannot pick a favorite character, they were all delightful. The book has romance, suspense, adventure, and humor. I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read more writings by Ms. Gabhart!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.


Slay Bells Ring (A Caprice De Luca Mystery)
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Helpful Score: 1


Slay Bells Ring is the seventh installment in the Caprice De Luca Home Staging mystery series set in Kismet, PA. Caprice is delighted that her home staging business is doing so well thanks in large part to the catering assistance of sister Nikki, and is counting the days until Grant's annulment goes through and she can start planning their wedding.

Caprice is asked by family friends Sara and Chris Merriweather to stage their home. Although surprised that the Merriweather's would want to sell their home and move to a small condo, she decides upon a Christmas Delight theme. Chris, a military Vet has been playing the town Santa for as long as Caprice can remember and he's well known throughout the community for his amazing handmade toys.

When Chris is found murdered outside of his Santa's workshop with his faithful Malamute Blitz trapped inside, Caprice and her family take the news hard. Her Dad was very close to Chris and Caprice wants to find his killer, for her Dad's sake and for Chris' wife. Unfortunately, her investigation reveals that not every family dynamic is idyllic, even Santa's.

A fast paced storyline filled with recurring series characters that will make you smile, laugh and cry. This series only gets better with each new addition and I can't wait to see what will happen next in the De Luca family.


A Haunting: The Horror on Rue Street
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Helpful Score: 1


This book was fantastic! Independently published, an unknown author to me, this book packed a punch. This was one spooky, rather scary book.
Chock full of history, fiction or no. Takes place down in the south, in an old historic neighborhood. A recently, "to be divorced" middle aged lady buys and moves into an old Victorian home. Obviously we know its haunted by the title of the book, but by whom and why, surprised the heck outta me.
I deff recommend this to ghost story lovers and as a bonus "to be read" on Halloween!


My Sister's Grave (Tracy Crosswhite, Bk 1)
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After watching a video of one of Dugoni's author events, I knew I had to read one of his books, so I downloaded My Sister's Grave. I'm glad I did because Dugoni's fast-moving story kept me riveted from first page to last. One of the things I liked most was the author's decision to let readers know very early on that there is some sort of conspiracy surrounding Sarah's death. This really ups the suspense and keeps readers wondering how many people are involved, their identities, how much they can be trusted (if at all)-- and just what exactly that they're covering up.

There were a couple of things that I didn't particularly care for: a romance for Tracy that wasn't really necessary, and all the drama coming to a head in the middle of a snowpocalypse, but these were minor annoyances that really didn't prevent me from turning the pages as fast as I could go.

Dugoni's characters come very, very close to stealing the show from his story. These people are not cardboard cutouts, even the murder victim whose light is just a brief shooting star in the night sky. Tracy can be admired for her dogged determination to find the truth and to demand justice, but how is she going to handle herself if any of her theories are wrong? Almost every single character is shown to have multiple facets, and that gives so much depth and power to a story.

Now that Tracy has finally solved her sister's murder, I'm looking forward to continuing this series. I have to know what's next for such an intelligent, stubborn woman.


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