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Trial Run by Thomas Locke

Fast Paced Drama Thomas Locke’s use of language to paint a picture and emotional scene without wasting words engages readers in this speculative read. The strong development of character interaction lends a human dimension to the right-at-the-edge technological nature of … Continue reading


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The Pilgrim by Davis Bunn

Intriguing topic handled well   Even before I opened the book, I was curious about Davis Bunn’s The Pilgrim. When I previewed the back cover, I was surprised to learn I would be reading about a historical figure. This gripping … Continue reading


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Amish Promises by Leslie Gould

Leslie Gould’s ability to weave a good story and keep reader interest is evident in Amish Promises, the first book in her new series Neighbors of Lancaster County. I enjoyed the development of the neighbor relationship as the author showed … Continue reading


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making the leap

As in, how to cross the bridge between real people and fictional characters. Transferring what I’m thinking about the character’s situation to words on the page in the novel. I find “making the leap” one of the most difficult things … Continue reading


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Dandelion Moon

Good book to curl up with on vacation Hannah Alexander tackles the tough theme of forgiveness with honesty and encouragement in this latest novel. The story also touches on the theme of grieving as the characters come to terms with … Continue reading


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Emissary

5 stars – excellent Thomas Locke gives readers the ingredients for great fiction in his new epic fantasy, Emissary: characters we care about, an inward and outward quest for the hero, and meaningful relationships between characters. The author’s signature writing … Continue reading


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Minding Molly

Minding Molly, set in Amish Lancaster County, is based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Leslie Gould handles a large cast of characters expertly, keeping identities clear enough for readers to easily follow along. The main character is well developed, … Continue reading


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Light and dark

Part of fall is getting used to the shorter days. It gets light later and gets dark earlier. Eventually I adjust and don’t lose all my energy for the day the moment the sun drops in the sky. Over the … Continue reading


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New start

One of the things I’m most thankful for with God is the opportunity for new starts. When I taught at a Christian school we called them “do-overs.” Every day is a new day with God. Life got crazy the past … Continue reading


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Living with Purpose

Recent readings in Davis Bunn’s devotional book, The Turning, have talked about the idea of purpose. “We seek to do that for which we were made.” (Lesson 27) “We develop a discipline of listening in order to be receptive to … Continue reading


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