March Book Reviews Part 4! @gmplano @A_Varga_Author @stacitroilo@JoanHallWrites @Chelepie @PCZick #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter

Redemption: A Father’s Fatal Decision

By Gwendolyn M. Plano

“Redemption” is a fast-paced thriller that hooked me from the first page. Lisa came home to visit her parents. She had a bad feeling when the doorbell rang, but she couldn’t stop what happened next. With her father dead, her mother fighting for her life, and her brother, Trace, in another country, she struggles to figure out what happened. Lisa quickly realizes she needs to be careful whom she trusts because her world is turned upside down as the truth slowly unravels. Luckily, her brother and his friend, Ryan, come to her aid. I love how they are there for each other, while Lisa’s strength, love of family, and intelligence are inspiring. She bravely stands by her mother while trying to understand her father. I found this book hard to put down with all the twists weaved into a family’s story. The research put into this mystery made it even more chilling because of the possibility that it could happen. The themes of redemption and forgiveness tugged at my heart, and I highly recommend this suspenseful family drama.

Jump In Time #2

The Celtic Deception

By Andrew Varga

“The Celtic Deception” is a fun YA read that blends history and fantasy. I haven’t read the first book, but I found this story easy to follow. Seventeen-year-old time jumper, Dan, comes home to an unwelcomed visitor who was responsible for his father being in a coma. I was immediately drawn into the story. Although the visitor had taken something that seemed so important, Dan was carefully trained by his father and was prepared for that. Soon, Dan and his jumping partner, Samantha, need to make a jump to fix history. I loved the time they went into 60 CE when Romans dominated, and Celts were on the run or fighting back. The relationships they developed in the Celt tribe had me rooting for them, even against all odds and history. A read meant for teens, but adults can appreciate it too. I thoroughly enjoyed this mix of the reality of a historical moment and time-traveling teens trying to survive while not changing the past that would affect the future.

Bright Lights and Candle Glow

By Staci TroiloMichele JonesPamela FosterJan MorrillDave KwiecinskiJoan HallP.C. Zick, and Grace L. Reilly

“Bright Lights and Candle Glow” is a beautiful holiday collection of eight short stories. The tales transport the reader into many places, including the Civil War or a ranch in Montana. Each story was a satisfying read for the holidays or any time of the year, and I won’t be picking any favorites. There were not only some fantastic twists I didn’t expect but vivid settings that pulled me right in.  I can easily recommend this group of well-told holiday stories for Christmas and Yule reading.

I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews here! If I don’t like the book, I won’t finish it. It wouldn’t be fair to leave a review for an unfinished story, and life is too short not to enjoy my reading journey!


I will be quiet on social media and blog visits this week. I’m going to take a bit of me-time before I get busy with my upcoming release and blog tour.  Have a great week xo

Embrace your inner child by reading a good book! D. L. Finn

46 thoughts on “March Book Reviews Part 4! @gmplano @A_Varga_Author @stacitroilo@JoanHallWrites @Chelepie @PCZick #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter”

  1. I already have Redemption: A Father’s Fatal Decision by Gwen M Plano in my shopping cart. I cannot wait to bulk buy for later reading. I know Gwen’s work (some) and I’m excited to read this novel. Thanks for the reminder. You rock, lady. XoXo

    1. Thanks, Selma 🙂 I think you will enjoy Redemption. I do the same with Amazon and my cart. Fun to get new books. Xo

  2. Thanks for your review of Bright Lights and Candle Glow. I enjoyed writing a Christmas-themed story. I’ve read and enjoyed Gwen’s book as well.

    1. I enjoyed the Christmas-themed stories, Joan and your story 🙂 Gwen’s was a good reas too.

  3. I’ve read both Redemption and Bright Lights and Candle Glow and enjoyed both books. Celtic Deception sounds really good, too. Congratulations to all the authors.
    Enjoy your down time, Denise. Releases and tours take a lot of effort!

    1. Yes, all good ones, Mae 🙂 It is needed getting all those little details ready. I look forward to it though. Xo

    1. Thanks, Priscilla 🙂 Yes in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to getting it out there

  4. Wow, thank you for sharing your review of Redemption, Denise. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to your new release. Congraulations!

  5. Excellent reviews, Denise. I’m glad you enjoyed our anthology, and I (like you) enjoyed Gwen’s book. The Celtic Deception also sounds good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Thanks, Staci 🙂 It was a fun read, I never tire of Christmas story and enjoyed yours. Yes, had a good one for sure

    1. Thank you, Balroop 🙂 It was a good read. I am looking forward to sharing my collection. I really found I enjoyed short stories.

  6. Part 4! I guess that’s what happens when it doesn’t stop snowing. 😀 Great reviews, Denise. I also enjoyed Gwen’s book and the others sound like excellent reads. Thanks for the recommendations and congrats to all the authors.

    1. Yes, reading is a good outlet with all this winter weather! Still, I’m looking foward to some good weather reading… lol. Gwen’s latest is a good one

  7. As always, fantastic reviews, Denise. I have not yet read “Bright Lights and Candle Glow,” but it’s waiting for me. Loved all the reviews.

    1. Thanks, Jan 🙂 It sat too long on my TBR list and I’m glad I finally got to ut. Never enough time for them all.

  8. I’m intrigued by all three. I’m hearing glowing reviews of Gwen’s novel. Anything that includes Staci’s writing has to be exceptional and Andrew has a fascinating premise.

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