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The first review today is for The Heart Stone Chronicles by Colleen M. Chesebro reviewed by
About The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy
Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations.
Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy. The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors.
But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.
As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.
Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?
The review by Michelle Clement James of Book Chat: https://michelleclementsjames.com/
The reader is introduced to fourteen-year-old Abby Forrester at her birthday party. With her mother deceased and her father missing, Abby is under the supervision of Mrs. Burger from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and lives with her mother’s best friend, Maxine, in Chicago. But Abby is about to move to Blackberry Ridge near Pensacola, Florida to live with her Aunt Magnolia. Before she leaves, Maxine gives Abby two of Abby’s mother’s possessions – a heartstone necklace of green calcite and the deed to a tract of land in Florida. But Abby, herself, has another gift which we discover when she meets Beauregard Louviere and his dog Sam on the bus to Pensacola.
The story is filled with well-developed, believable characters and lots of action to keep the reader turning the pages.
Abby’s Aunt Magnolia who welcomes Abby into her home with open arms is a favorite. Savannah, who lives next door to Aunt Magnolia, becomes Abby’s best friend, the kind of friend every teen needs to have. Abby’s antagonist, Rafe Cobb, has evil for his middle name. Of course, there are swamp fairies, as the title suggests, but I won’t give anything away about them. Abby is a strong character, but even so, sometimes doubts crept in. I loved the way she managed to combat her fears with positive thinking. Abby is a kind and thoughtful girl who will work her way into your heart.
The plot is coherent and, though a lot was going on, I had no difficulty keeping track of the who, what when, or where of the story. With excellent pacing, I felt no lag in interest.
Don’t forget to read the beautiful haiku written by the author that precede each chapter.
I would recommend The Heart Stone Chronicles – Book 1: The Swamp Fairy to teens and young adults and anyone who enjoys a book with a bit of fantasy, fairies, and heartwarming characters. I am looking forward to the second book in The Heart Stone Chronicles series.
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The next review is for Death of a Sculptor – In Hue, Shape and Color by M.C.V. Egan
About the book
Color coded love stories and revealing female anatomies lead to the murder of world renowned sculptor, Bruce Jones.
In life, the artist loved women, almost as much as women loved him. Adored for his art and colorful personality, Bruce is mourned by the world at large. The tale is launched with the multifaceted perspectives of four ex-wives, the current wife, and his new love interest and their children.
Mary , Bruce’s wealthy first love, is always in perfect pink; the color of love. Mother of Clair the famous actress and Aaron the corporate lawyer.
Leslie The Second’s color is yellow for her sunny nature as much as for her fears and insecurities. Her only son Bobby is vulnerable and lost. Mourning his father’s death, he finds himself.
Petra The Third, is outstanding in orange, representing not only her native Holland but also her love of the fruit. Cherished her freedom and had no children of her own.
Toni The Fourth is a vibrant passionate Italian red and part of the eventual glue that creates and solidifies this dysfunctional Jones family. Her teenage daughters Tina and Isa are as different as night and day.
Brooke The Fifth a gold-digger. Green, her color, reflects the color of money and envy. Her young son’s Kyle and Caleb are too young to understand why their world has been turned upside-down.
Mara, as blue as the ocean was the last woman to steal Bruce’s heart. Mother to newborn
Baby Peter is the unexpected gift and surprise.
Bruce Jones’ eight children speak out, too. They are as distinctive as the women he loved, their mothers.
Loose ends are tied up by the insights of Sylvia, Aaron’s wife and a trusted keeper of secrets; Scott, the private investigator and family friend; Nona, the quintessential grandmother everyone loves but to whom few are truly related; and Detective Jim Miller who will not rest until he discovers Bruce Jones’ murderer.
What a bizarrely functional dysfunctional family this is now that Bruce is gone. The story starts with his death and the gathering of his many ex-wives and children, but of course, there’s more to it. There is the question of how Bruce really died; the question of how the estranged family will cope, and the question of who is the woman with the blue hair?
I gotta say, anyone who saw this story coming is a genius. The way all the drama wrapped up at the end is still whirling in my head. I know death has been known to bring families together, but if I say any more, I’ll be spoiling it… and I definitely don’t want to do that. This story is so worth the read.
Even though this is a short read, it didn’t feel short, which is always a plus. Because the whole situation plays out like a TV crime drama, I’m still having trouble accepting some things, but that’s what makes it such a good story. I think the small handful of issues I had would probably be turn-ons to someone else. I think the movie star daughter was my favorite of the family and I kinda felt bad that the cop had a crush on her, but I was glad she got her HEA… that’s the only semi-spoiler I’m giving.
I will say, that whatever I feel about the story and or characters, I enjoyed the experience of reading this book. I’d recommend it to fans of mystery and crime dramas, and to fans of family dramas. Not suitable for pre-teens and small children.
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Also by M.C.V. Egan
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The final review today is for Meno-What? by D.G. Kaye. For women of a certain age (and their partners) the menopause can be a time of reflection as well as perspiration! Tina Frisco reviewed the book yesterday. https://tinafrisco.com/2017/04/06/book-review-meno-what-by-d-g-kaye/
“I often found myself drifting from a state of normal in a sudden twist of bitchiness.” From PMS to menopause to what the hell?
D.G. adds a touch of humor to a tale about a not-so-humorous time. While bidding farewell to her dearly departing estrogen, D.G. struggles to tame her raging hormones of fire, relentless dryness, flooding and droughts, and other unflattering symptoms.Join D.G. on her meno-journey to slay the dragons of menopause as she tries to hold on to her sanity, memory, hair and so much more!
Tina Frisco’s Review
I wish I’d had this book when I was going through menopause! It would have validated all I was feeling and given me some inventive ways of coping with the inevitable changes looming on the threshold of female maturity.
In her memoir, Meno-What? D.G. Kaye speaks frankly about the hormonal changes that launch a war against our physical, emotional, and behavioral stability. She humorously refers to them as the “meno dragons,” a term that will be appreciated by any woman who has reached this stage in life.
Kaye outlines, chapter by chapter, the various changes that challenge our bodies as well as our sanity and self-image. With candor and humor, she tells us how each change affected her body, threatened her vanity, and braced her determination to face each one with an eye toward melioration.
She coins some pretty hilarious terms in describing these changes. “Circumference expansion” and “meno muffin” refer to our broadening midsections. “Fatback” and “muffin tops” describe the love handles bestowed to our bra lines. “Bottoms down” laments the loss of firmness in our posteriors. “Fred Flintstone feet” bemoans the abhorrent increase in shoe size. And “the Sahara effect” aptly portrays those dreaded, uncomfortable hot flashes.
Avowing “That isn’t going to happen to me” did not preclude menopausal changes for the author, but it did firm her resolve to deal with them naturally and creatively. When all is said and done, Kaye states, “. . . we should always just be grateful that we are still on the right side of the green.”
Being an R.N., I knew quite well what lay ahead in my life. What I didn’t know was how menopause would affect me personally. Chock-full of helpful hints, this book serves as both an eye-opener and a lifesaver. It is compact, easily read within an hour or two, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly.
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Also by D.G. Kaye
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