By Sandra Cox
Luke Geller is a professor and part-time archeologist. While out hunting potshards, he comes across an old gun and a strange crystal. This find takes him to the same place, but not at the same time. The gun owner, Lily, helps him out and takes him back to her ranch. I love the immediate connection between these two, even though Luke realizes he must leave and return to his life. There are so many great characters in this story that I even rooted for a character I didn’t even trust. The three women running the ranch were terrific, especially Saffron. Her humor always made me smile, including when she suggested a horse for Luke to ride. The setting brought Nevada to life during the gold rush, including a budding town. The ranch named No Gold has other treasures, including fruit and cattle. Ms. Cox has created another place I’d love to live in, but maybe with a few more present-day amenities. I was so drawn into the story that I felt the peaceful pleasure of riding a horse out on the ranch and enjoying nature’s beauty. A fantastic blend of time-traveling, a brewing romance, and the old west. A story that I can highly recommend!
The Haunting of Chatham Hollow
By Mae Clair and Staci Troilo
I was excited to see two authors I admire co-author a book. They blended their talents together seamlessly to create a must-read for those who love paranormal mysteries. “The Haunting of Chatham Hollow” has two timelines and moves with ease between them. In 1888, Victor is a likable authentic medium that cuts corners. He is persuaded to attend a séance run by another medium. Benedict and his very tall sidekick put on a good show but are just cons looking for gold. Then something unexpected happens. That event affects what is going on in 2022. In the present time journalist, Aiden is against the town having a popular ghost show come and film the reenactment of the séance. It isn’t because he’s worried about the curse but doesn’t believe in ghosts and all that goes with that. Aiden is plunged into his own mystery that concerns his boss, while his grandmother pushes him to embrace his natural talents. Each timeline has its own compelling stories within the main one that concerns the town and what happened during that first séance. The settings were vivid in both timelines, with characters to root for and dislike with a couple of surprise twists. This is a story I can highly recommend.
The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival
“The Winding Road” is a heartfelt memoir that takes the reader through a cancer diagnosis to the outcome. I felt like I was experiencing this journey with Ms. Hurdle, as she not only talks about how she is feeling, but how she had to deal with insurance, appointments, and the physical toll of the treatments. Once Ms. Hurdle learned how rare and deadly the cancer was, a decision was made to try experimental treatments for six months. I’m not sure I could have handled what she endured. Being so ill during the treatments with no guarantees would be hard, but a strong will to live shined through and balanced that out. This was a painful insight into the reality of cancer, mixed with her belief that life is precious, that left me inspired and full of hope. A read that not only shows us the darker side of life when illness strikes, but how the love and support of family and friends can help carry some of that heavy burden. A highly recommended story that can inspire anyone going through not only illness but other challenges.
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Embrace your inner child by reading a good book! D. L. Finn
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Wonderful reviews! I loved Chatham Hollow and have Geller’s Find and the Winding Road on my ereader waiting for me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Denise. Have a wonderful week. Hugs 💕🙂
Thanks, Harmony 🙂 It was a seamless collaboration. You can’t go wrong with any of these reads when you get to them .You have a wonderful week too. Hugs right back xo
These three sound really good. Thanks for sharing them.
They really are good ones, Craig!
Great choices, Denise! I loved “The Haunting of Chatham Hollow” and dubbed it as the book to read for 2022. Such a good story and well-written. I have Sandra’s and Miriam’s books on my radar. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks, Jan. “the Haunting of Chatham Hollow”is definitely in my top reads too. I hope they do more together. You can’t go wrong with either Sandra or Miriam for different reasons. Happy reading xo
Thanks for the inclusion with these awesome authors. Much appreciated. I’m pages away from finishing Chatham Hollow. Staci and Mae have done an amazing job. Their writing flows together seamlessly. And Miriam’s story sounds extremely moving. Kudos to her for being a warrior.
Thanks again. You’re the best.
Of course, Sandra, I love your time traveling Westerns! Stsci and Mae did a fantastic job blending their writing skills, didn’t they? Yes, Miriam was definitely a warrior for sure! Hugs xo
This may be a repeat. Not sure whether my comments went through or not:)
Thank you so much for the inclusion with these awesome authors.
I’m pages away from finishing Chatham Hollow. Staci and Mae are both amazing authors and have seamlessly woven their voices together.
I haven’t read Mariam’s yet. What a warrior. Kudos to her.
Thanks again:) xoxo
I loved Chatham Hollow and have been hearing good things about the other books. Great reviews, Denise.
Thanks, Joan 🙂 You can’t go wrong with any of these books.
I’ve heard wonderful things about Miriam’s book, and I really loved Sandra’s. Thanks for including Mae and me with such talented authors.
Miriam’s story will be one that will stay with me and inspire me in hard times. I love how Sandra captures the West, and your book was a dream collaboration, Staci xo
Great reviews, Denise. These are some of the best authors in the market today.
Thank you, Beem. I agree!
Great reviews, Denise!! Thank you for sharing!!
Thank you, Mar 🙂 Can’t go wrong with any of them!
Fabulous reviews Denise! Woo hoo! I have read all three! Wonderful books.
Thanks, Balroop 🙂 All sich great reads xo
What a marvelous collection of books, Denise. It’s empowering to see such a talented group of women in one place — you included. Congrats and hugs all around.
Thank you, Teagan! I love the group of talented women I am surrounded by, including you! Hugs xo
Great reviews, Denise. Congratulations to all these fine authors.
Thanks, John:) All goid ones!
How wonderful to find Chatham Hollow included with your reviews today, Denise. Thank you so much for sharing with your readers.
I’ve read both Miriam’s and Sandra’s fantastic books and am honored to have Chatham showcased with them. Congrats to Sandra and Miriam, and thank you again!
I am thrilled to get the word out on your amazing new read, Mae 🙂 Yes, I agree that Miriam and Sandra had fantastic books. All these are must reads xo
Excellent reviews for these new releases, Denise. I enjoyed them all too. Congrats to Sandra, Mae and Staci, and Miriam on the beautiful work. 🙂
Thank you, Diana 🙂 Yes, all great reads for sure!
Three fabulous reviews, Denise. I’m reading one of these right now (quite enjoyable!). I have another on my TBR, and it sounds like I should have the 3rd book on my TBR too!
Thanks, Priscilla 🙂 I’m sure you are enjoying whichever one you are reading.
Wonderful reviews, Denise. Thank you for sharing them with us and spotlighting these incredible writers. ❤️
Thanks, Gwen 🙂 All great reads! Xo
Congratuations to these writers on the excellent reviews! Sharing to help spread the word.
Thank you, Liz 🙂 Much appreciated!
You’re welcome, Denise!
Great reading list and reviews Denise. I’m looking forward to getting to Miriam’s book. Hugs xx
Thanks, Debby 🙂 It is such an inspiring read. Hugs back xo
Wonderful reviews! I’m reading Geller’s Find now and love Ornery, lol
Thanks, Jacquie 🙂 Yes, love Ornery!
HI Denise, all wonderful reviews. I also appreciated Miriam’s book and the details about her cancer journey.
Thank you, Robbie 🙂 I did too.
A great start to the month Denise.. inspired by Miriam’s memoir and looking forward to both the other books from Mae, Staci and Sandra. xx
Thanks, Sally 🙂 You have some fantastic reading ahead!
I just finished Miriam’s book and agree with everything you said about it. She is one very brave person!