Sunday, September 25, 2016

'The Cedar Chest,' my first novel

Sweet contemporary Christian romance.

Carrie is a firefighter's widow, whose husband Tim died on duty under mysterious circumstances. She struggles with her Christian faith as she goes through her grieving process and copes with her new role as a single mom and library clerk with a 13 year old daughter, a 7 year old son, and extra pounds of curvy 'baby weight.'

Months after her husband's death, she meets with her new friend Judy in a charming, small Wisconsin town 300 miles away.

While stopping in an Amish furniture shop, she meets David Hensel, a widowed dad. He's a handsome, funny-in-a-goofy-way kind of guy who doesn't think of himself as attractive- but he is! The two share a bond of friendship- and an undeniable attraction. Could they find a second chance at love? Will David reveal a moral mistake he made while he and Carrie were separated by long distance? Will teenage Nora accept her mom's new love life? A story of faith, love, and forgiveness.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Book Review- And She Was, by Alison Gaylin


Okay, summer is over, school is back in session, and looking back, I definitely can tell you what my favorite book I've read over the summer of 2016 is.

"And She Was, a Brenna Spector Mystery" by Alison Gaylin is a mystery crime suspense about how Brenna Spector uses her unique gift of recalling her most detailed life memories, to the exact date- to help solve crimes.

It is also a book that takes a look at missing persons, a grim topic in the light of the news of a 27 year old case of an abducted boy from Minnesota being confirmed as murdered- a story I'd followed since I was an 18 year old freshman in college. I wish there had been a happier ending for that. Prayers to his mom and family. :(

There is a connection between the recent disappearance of a suburban wife named Carol Wentz, and a little 6 year old girl named Iris, who went missing several years back. That is what Brenna is fighting to prove to the skeptical authorities. Her only allies are her tech assistant Trent (a fun character! He's kind of like a male, muscle shirt wearing version of Penelope Garcia, lol!) and detective Nick Morasco, who Brenna has a very subtle chemistry with. I do ship them, but I really liked the idea that there were no romances in this book to detract from the suspense and mystery plot. I also like how the author describes the setting, this pristine suburban town founded by a millionaire family, who huddle together with the local police department to protect their dark secrets.

Brenna's backstory is interesting, too. When she was a little girl in the 80's, her big sister Clea was also abducted and remains missing. When I found out there was a sequel, I was so excited. I have all of Gaylin's other books on my 'must read' list.

I was quick to give this book 5 stars on Amazon.