I downloaded this book for free because I want to go to Sedona someday. I didn’t remember the plot from the time I downloaded it to the time I actually started to read it, so I had no expectations. What I ended up with was a pleasant surprise. This was a great book and I had a good time reading it.
What I didn’t know about the author was she likes to write stories about strong women over the age of forty. Now that I can certainly relate to. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the stories with heroines aged teenager to thirty-something. It’s just nice for a change of pace to have her be my age.
Georgia recently buried her philandering husband. She didn’t know he was philandering till he died. Double shot of shock. She goes to the grocery store for milk in said husband’s Cadillac Fleetwood and she ends up on a road trip to Sedona. Arizona. Once in Sedona, she meets Trish, Zoe and Doc, all of whom play important roles in her transformation from lost soul to fulfilled, self-aware woman.
The story is about acceptance, forgiveness, the importance of friendships and relationships, personal growth, humor, dreams, life’s curve balls and family. Georgia’s journey, and that of her friends is ultimately triumphant and it’s highly entertaining. Time slipped away, and I was immersed in the setting and the characters. I was upset when the book ended because I wanted it to continue, I was having such a good time.
I got the book for free, but the Kindle price is very reasonable, and the book is so good I would say it’s ok to pay the publishers price for the paperback. It’s just a great read worth the time and money. The author is working on her new novel, and has another out that I won’t be reading because it doesn’t interest me.
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When I first got my Kindle and was discovering all the new authors I could access so easily, I came across John Locke’s Donovan Creed series. The books are inexpensive, and he’s sold a million books in a four or five month period in 2010 or 2011, the dates escape me right now. That was quite an accomplishment in my estimation, and all those people belies a trend worth joining. I jumped in and bought the books. They are not Pulitzer contenders. They are entertaining, creative, amusing, and thoroughly enjoyable. I was hooked.
The lead character Donovan Creed is an assassin working for the United States government and the mob. Right there I found this character intriguing. His exploits, relationships and conquests are quirky and as imaginative as he is. I love Locke’s imagination. I love the dialogue; it’s quick and sharp and fun. This whole series is fun. Isn’t that why we read mysteries and thrillers, for fun? Locke insures you will have a good time with his plots, twists and turns and fabulous cast of characters.
I purchased my books from Amazon which is where he sold the million books. He is also on Nook, so accessibility is no problem. My links are to Amazon because that’s just how I roll. You do have to read the books in order, as they build on each other. The books are:
Now and Then
A Girl Like You
The Love You Crave
Callie’s Last Dance
Invest your money and your time in this series…you won’t be sorry.
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When Low Country Bribe first came out a few months ago, I was skeptical about its subject; an agriculture agent getting a bribe and what ensues as a result. I mean, how compelling is the federal agriculture agency? I love it when I’m wrong! It was not only compelling, but riveting.
The book is set in the low country of South Carolina, and features Carolina Slade who works as a loan processor for the agriculture department. She is bribed by a simple hog farmer who turns out to be something more than he appears. She meets Wade, a federal agent and the complications really start mounting up. There are murders, pay offs, politics, twists and turns. A well-crafted mystery.
This book is a real page turner and I think the author is a very good story teller. The first book in a series, I find myself looking forward to the next installment which at the time of this review is at the publisher. I want to spend more time with the characters and see what happens next. I love books set in the South, I live there now (I consider Florida part of the South; some people disagree with that view. They are wrong!) and the country and culture fascinate me.
I downloaded the book to my Kindle for free when the author offered it for a day or two. It is a book worth buying and paying a publishers price. The old adage is true; things are not always what they appear to be. I have learned a lesson with this book, not to make assumptions. Definitely a book worth your time and money.