Friday, March 15, 2019

Dear Abby - Dog Songs: "Hey Bulldog" by The Beatles (1969)

Dear Friends,

Hi!  Glad you are back.  I have a great dog song to share with you today.

"Hey Bulldog" was released by The Beatles in 1969.  It was mostly written by John Lennon, although it has the Lennon - McCartney song credit.  This song was written the same time as "Lady Madonna" and it has a similar blues influenced sound with a piano riff.  This song was from the Yellow Submarine Album.

Here's some fun trivia -- the song was originally called "She Can Talk To Me."  It had a line "hey bullfrog" (not "bulldog"!) and Paul McCartney barked at that line.  That's how it became "Hey Bulldog."  The barks that you hear in the song are done by Paul!  John sings lead.

More trivia -- The Beatles completed this song from start to finished recording in 10 hours.  They all participated on the record and their recording engineer Geoff Emerick said it was one of the most collaborative Beatles songs.

The original movie version of Yellow Submarine included this song, although it was later cut out of the American released movie. (Later it was added back in.)

My Momma is a huge Beatles fan and she really likes this song.  I hear a lot of Beatles music at my house, so I think I like it too.  Plus it is a fun song!

Here is a video of The Beatles singing "Hey Bulldog."



Are you a Beatles fan?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Love,

Abby xoxoxo

Book Review - Low Country Hero by Lee Tobin McClain

Book Synopsis
Welcome to Safe Haven, where love—and a second chance—is just around the corner…

Sunny, carefree days splashing in the ocean—it’s the life Anna George has always wanted for her five-year-old twins. And now that they’ve made it to Safe Haven, South Carolina, she won’t let anyone stand in her way. Not the abusive ex she’s just escaped and not the rugged contractor who caught her setting up house in the shuttered beachfront cabins he’s refurbishing. When he offers Anna and her daughters a place to stay in exchange for her help with renovations, she’s tempted. His gentle way with her girls makes her want to trust him, but she’s been wrong before…

A family is the last thing contractor and former military man Sean O’Dwyer wants right now. But when he discovers Anna and her girls, he recognizes kindred spirits. They’re survivors who’ve seen the worst of people, just like he has, and he’ll do anything he can to help them. As he and Anna spend their days bringing the cottages back to life and their nights sharing kisses in the warm bayou breezes, Sean must choose between the life he always wanted and the family he can’t live without.



 

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Low Country Hero is the first book in Lee Tobin McClain's new Safe Haven series.  It is a southern novel set in the small coastal town of Safe Haven, South Carolina.  Anna George comes to live in Safe Haven with her young twin daughters after escaping her abusive husband.  While she is staying in an empty cottage by the beach she meets contractor Sean O'Dwyer, who has been hired to renovate the cottage and surrounding community.  A slow friendship and romance begins as Anna struggles to escape her past.

I was interested in reading Low Country Hero because of the setting.  I love southern novels, and especially love books set on the coast.  The author captured the Lowcountry coast perfectly - from the warmth of the people to the delicious southern food.  

Anna is a very sympathetic protagonist.  She is a warm, kind person, a devoted mother, and she really works hard to make a new life for herself and her daughters.   Sean is also a very likeable character.  He is working, too, to put his past behind him (his mother was an abused woman and he was raised in foster care).  I found their romance that began as a slow building friendship very realistic.

The novel explores domestic violence, including Anna's story, her new friend who runs a women's shelter in town, and the story of Sean's mother.  I felt this more serious storyline was handled very sensitively and it brought some real depth to what would otherwise have been a light romance.

This is the first of three books and I already look forward to continuing this series.  I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys women's fiction or romance with a more serious theme.  The southern setting is sure to appeal as well!


Author Bio
Lee Tobin McClain read Gone With The Wind in the third grade and has been an incurable romantic ever since. When she’s not writing emotional love stories with happy endings, she’s probably driving around a carload of snarky teen girls, playing with her rescue dog and cat, or teaching aspiring writers in Seton Hill University’s MFA program. She is probably not cleaning her house.

 

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Book Spotlight and Giveaway - Broken Bone China (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs

Book Synopsis
Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out.

As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers.

Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on.

Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO’s soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO’s personal assistant, who also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques’ dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancĂ©e of one of Theodosia’s dear friends, who turns out to be an employee—and whistle-blower—at SyncSoft?

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS! 


Author Bio

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs. 

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Book Spotlight and Giveaway - The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr


Book Synopsis

A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale

All love stories are ghost stories in disguise. 

When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turned post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh’s remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained glass folly set on the moors of Shropshire, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne’s last book, The Lost History of Dreams

However, Ada’s grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle’s story of Ada and Hugh’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights. 

 As the mystery of Ada and Hugh’s relationship unfolds, so does the secret behind Robert’s own marriage—including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since the tragic accident three years ago, and the origins of his own morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn’t—things from beyond the grave. 

Kris Waldherr effortlessly spins a sweeping and atmospheric gothic mystery about love and loss that blurs the line between the past and the present, truth and fiction, and ultimately, life and death.

 

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Author Bio

Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, and her fiction has been awarded with fellowships by the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and a reading grant by Poets & Writers. 

Kris Waldherr works and lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house with her husband, the anthropologist-curator Thomas Ross Miller, and their young daughter.

 

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Kris is hosting a The Lost History of Dreams giveaway worth $220! The gift package includes a Campo Marzio pen gift box with calligraphy nibs and ink, a handcrafted Lover's Eye pendant, bookmark and bookplate, and a signed copy of The Lost History of Dreams.

 

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Dear Abby - Dog Songs: Bird Dog by The Everly Brothers (1958)

Dear Friends,

I'm glad you stopped by today!  I have another "dog" song to share with you today.  This song is called "Bird Dog" and it's by The Everly Brothers.  It was a hit on both the country and pop charts in 1958, so it is an oldies song now.   The Everly Brothers were Don and Phil.  They spent most of their growing up years in Iowa and Tennessee.  They were discovered by country music great Chet Atkins, a friend of the family.  They later had great success in the 1950's, touring with Buddy Holly, and into the 1960's.

"Bird Dog" is a song about a boy named Johnny who is a "bird dog," trying to steal the singer's girlfriend away from him.   It was remade later by the Newbeats (1966), glam rockers Mud (1975), and the Bellamy Brothers (1978).

Of course, I have to tell you that although this song isn't ACTUALLY about a dog, I wanted to listen to it because it had "Bird Dog" in the title.  Bird dogs are dogs that hunt game -- pointers, retrievers, and spaniels.

I found an old video of the song in a medley with another Everly Brothers hit called "Till I Kissed You."  I hope you enjoy it!



I would love to hear from you in the comments, below.   I look forward to visiting again next week with you!

Love,

Abby xoxoxo 

Book Review - California Girls by Susan Mallery

Book Synopsis
The California sunshine’s not quite so bright for three sisters who get dumped in the same week…

Finola, a popular LA morning show host, is famously upbeat until she’s blindsided on live TV by news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation who has set their affair to music. While avoiding the tabloids and pretending she’s just fine, she’s crumbling inside, desperate for him to come to his senses and for life to go back to normal.

Zennie’s breakup is no big loss. Although the world insists she pair up, she’d rather be surfing. So agreeing to be the surrogate for her best friend is a no-brainer—after all, she has an available womb and no other attachments to worry about. Except…when everyone else, including her big sister, thinks she’s making a huge mistake, being pregnant is a lot lonelier—and more complicated—than she imagined.

Never the tallest, thinnest or prettiest sister, Ali is used to being overlooked, but when her fiancĂ© sends his disapproving brother to call off the wedding, it’s a new low. And yet Daniel continues to turn up “for support,” making Ali wonder if maybe—for once—someone sees her in a way no one ever has.

But side by side by side, these sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with all the affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor that is classic Susan Mallery.



 

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California Girls is the story of three sisters.  Finola's husband leaves her just as she is about to go on air with her perky morning talk show ... and interview what turns out to be his much younger girlfriend.   Zennie breaks up with a man she likes but doesn't love, and then decides to be a surrogate mother for her best friend.  Ali is engaged and her fiance breaks up with her by sending his brother Daniel over with the message.

I wanted to read this book from first mention.  I always enjoy Susan Mallery's books and liked the theme of sisters and the title California Girls.  It sounded like a good beach read.

I immediately was interested in the story of the three sisters.  The author did a great job at creating three very distinct characters.  The book follows all three storylines separately - and their lives together - and it is so well done.  Ali is my favorite of the sisters.  She is such a girl-next-door, relatable character.  She always felt overshadowed by the glamorous (but self centered) Finola and the very accomplished, athletic Zennie.  I loved Daniel too and enjoyed his relationship with Ali.

As I was reading, I kept thinking that this book would make a good movie too.  I have been casting the movie in my head and think it would be good with Reese Witherspoon as Finola, Bryce Dallas Howard as Zennie, and Emma Stone as Ali.  Now Nancy Meyers just needs to decide to direct!

I recommend California Girls for fans of women's fiction and for anyone looking for a highly enjoyable beach read or weekend book to relax with.  This is a really fun read!


Author Bio
#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives-family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at SusanMallery.com.

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Book Spotlight and Giveaway - Beach Blanket Homicide (Whispering Bay Mystery) by Maria Geraci

Book Synopsis
Everyone agrees that Lucy McGuffin bakes the best muffins in Whispering Bay, but she’s got another talent, one that she’s tried her whole life to hide. Lucy can always tell when a person is lying or telling the truth. Being a human lie detector isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Especially when you don’t really want the answer to the universal question: Does this dress make my butt look too big?

When Lucy is hired to cater the grand opening celebration of the city’s new community center, she stumbles across the dead body of Abby Delgado, a prominent member of the Sunshine Ghost Society. Lucy’s brother, Father Sebastian, a local priest, is the last person to have seen Abby alive. Convinced he’ll be breaking a confidence, Sebastian refuses to cooperate with the police, forcing Lucy to put her skills to the test to save her brother’s good name.

Enter the town’s new hotshot deputy, Travis Fontaine. Travis doesn’t want an amateur like Lucy snooping around his turf, so he offers her a deal. He’ll stay out of her kitchen if she’ll stay away from his crime scene. But Lucy isn’t about to let her brother’s fate rest in the hands of an arrogant cop. Good thing she has her best friend Will and her new little rescue dog, Paco, to back her up, because its up to Lucy to figure out what everyone in the quaint little beachside town is hiding.


Author Bio
Maria Geraci writes quirky, fun, romantic women’s fiction and cozy mysteries. She’s a two time RITA® Finalist, as well as a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards and Romantic Times’ American Title Contest. She lives in central Florida and is always on the lookout for the perfect key lime pie recipe (but not the kind they served on Dexter).

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Dear Abby - Dog Songs: "I'll Be Doggone" by Marvin Gaye (1965)

Dear Friends,

I have a great oldies song to share with you today.  It's not really about a dog but it has "doggone" in the title -- "I'll Be Doggone" by Marvin Gaye (1965). 

This was a classic Motown song, produced by Smokey Robinson and written by Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, and Marv Tarplin.  It was a hit and reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.   This song was later covered by a number of artists, including Paul Revere and the Raiders, 1960's model Twiggy, and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.

Interesting trivia -- the Funk Brothers, Motown studio musicians, played on this song.  If you have not seen the documentary about them, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, my Momma recommends it highly.

I got curious about the word "doggone" and where it came from (after all, it features the word DOG, so it is a word I need to know!).   This word was first used in 1819 and it is a more polite synonym for the word "damn" - like "dang" or "blasted."   (Oops, sorry about that, Momma -- I know this is a family friendly blog!)  The things you can learn online -- and all because of this song!

Here is a video of the song:



Do you know this one?  It's an oldie but goodie.

I hope you have a good weekend ... I look forward to catching up again next week!

Love,
Abby xoxoxo



Book Review and Giveaway - Temptation Rag by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

Book Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old May Convery, unhappy with her privileged life in turn-of-the-century New York City, dreams of becoming a poet. When she meets the talented young Mike Bernard, an aspiring concert pianist, she immediately falls in love. But after their secret liaison is discovered, neither is prepared for the far-reaching consequences that will haunt them for decades. As Mike abandons serious music to ruthlessly defend his hard-won title, Ragtime King of the World, May struggles to find her voice as an artist and a woman. It is not until years after their youthful romance, when they cross paths again, that they must finally confront the truth about themselves and each other. But is it too late?

The world of ragtime is the backdrop for a remarkable story about the price of freedom, the longing for immortality, and the human need to find forgiveness. From vaudeville’s greatest stars to the geniuses of early African American musical theater, an unforgettable cast of real-life characters populates this richly-fictionalized historical saga.

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Temptation Rag is a historical novel that tells the story of May Convery and Mike Bernard over a number of years.  May is a 17 year old society girl in New York City.  Mike is a ragtime musician.  The book also is about ragtime and early African American performers in vaudeville and musical theater.

I was very intrigued by Temptation Rag because of the element of ragtime music.  I grew up playing the piano and loved playing Scott Joplin's ragtime songs.   Those songs were my main exposure to ragtime;  I was not familiar with Ben Harney or Mike Bernard or the other names mentioned in this book.  I love music, so I was very curious to learn more!   The music history aspect of this story is absolutely fascinating.   Although much of the story focuses on May and Mike, there is also the story of Mike Bernard, a classically trained pianist, and Ben Harney, a white musician who has learned ragtime from African American performers.

This novel features many characters, switching back and back from chapter to chapter, and it also sweeps through many years, from 1895 to 1943.  I found this interesting and thought the multiple points of view brought something unique to the storytelling.  At the same time, I found it a bit harder to build continuity and engagement as a reader because the point of view changed so often.

As a fan of historical fiction, I am very impressed with the wealth of historical details in this novel.  The author includes a chapter (Author's Note) at the end of the book with details about which characters were inspired by real people.  I was interested to learn more and looked online to read more about the real lives behind these characters.  That is a wonderful gift that historical fiction can give a reader ... a glimpse at another time and place that makes readers curious to know more.

Readers who are fans of historical fiction, music history, African American history, and women's history will enjoy Temptation Rag.   


Author Bio
Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard is an award-winning author of historical fiction. Her novel The Beauty Doctor is a suspenseful tale that takes place in the early days of cosmetic surgery—when the world of medicine was a bit like the Wild West and beauty doctors were the newest breed of outlaw. Temptation Rag: A Novel immerses readers in the bawdy atmosphere of vaudeville and early twentieth-century African American musical theater in a story about the price of freedom, the longing for immortality, and the human need to find forgiveness.

Elizabeth currently lives in Arizona with her husband and their much-loved and very spoiled black Lab.

 

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During the Blog Tour we will be giving away copies of Bernard's other novel, The Beauty Doctor. One paperback and two eBooks are up for grabs. To enter, please use the Gleam form below.  

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Book Spotlight and Giveaway - Cherokee America by Margaret Verble

Book Synopsis
From the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Maud’s Line, an epic novel that follows a web of complex family alliances and culture clashes in the Cherokee Nation during the aftermath of the Civil War, and the unforgettable woman at its center.

It’s the early spring of 1875 in the Cherokee Nation West. A baby, a black hired hand, a bay horse, a gun, a gold stash, and a preacher have all gone missing. Cherokee America Singer, known as “Check,” a wealthy farmer, mother of five boys, and soon-to-be widow, is not amused.

In this epic of the American frontier, several plots intertwine around the heroic and resolute Check: her son is caught in a compromising position that results in murder; a neighbor disappears; another man is killed. The tension mounts and the violence escalates as Check’s mixed race family, friends, and neighbors come together to protect their community—and painfully expel one of their own.

Cherokee America vividly, and often with humor, explores the bonds—of blood and place, of buried histories and half-told tales, of past grief and present injury—that connect a colorful, eclectic cast of characters, anchored by the clever, determined, and unforgettable Check.

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Author Bio
Margaret Verble is an enrolled and voting citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a member of a large Cherokee family that has, through generations, made many contributions to the tribe’s history and survival. Although many of her family have remained in Oklahoma to this day, and some still own and farm the land on which the book is set, Margaret was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Many of the characters of Maud’s Line are based on people Margaret knew as a child and the setting is land she roamed for many years of her life. In part, Margaret wrote this book to keep those people and that land alive in her heart.

Margaret’s new novel, Cherokee America, will be released by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt on Feb. 19, 2019. A prequel to Maud’s Line, it is set in 1875 in the Arkansas River bottoms of the old Cherokee Nation West.
Margaret is a member of the Authors Guild and Western Writers of America.

 

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During the Blog Tour we will be giving away five copies of Cherokee America by Margaret Verble! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.  

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Dear Abby - Dog Songs: Who Let the Dogs Out by Baha Men (2000)

Dear Friends,

I'm back with another dog song for you.   "Who Let the Dogs Out" was a hit for the Baha Men in 2000.  This Bahamian group made it to the top 40 with this song.  It became a hit after being featured in the movie Rugrats in Paris.  It is now a popular song at sporting events.

My Momma is not a fan of this song.  She says it is one that gets in your head and refuses to leave!

For me it just raises questions, most especially:  who DID let the dogs out?   The song never answers that.

I found a video of the song that has the music with photos of cute puppies.  Enjoy!  (And sorry if the song gets stuck in your head too!)



I'd love to hear form you in the comments, below.  Do you remember this one?  And do you know who let the dogs out?

Have a great day!

Love,

Abby xoxoxo

Book Review - Secrets at Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble

Book Synopsis
From USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble comes the third book in her beloved Lavender Tides series.

Her mother lied about her identity and her husband wasn’t who she thought he was—can Bailey even trust herself anymore?

Running for her life in the wake of her mother’s murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of—a remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. In an unlikely partnership with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, Bailey races to understand the mystery surrounding her life and circumstances before the murderer tracks her down.

Meanwhile, Lance is determined to rescue his sister, Ava, who was abducted after running away from home as a teenager. An unexpected lead brings him to the remote cabin, and he wonders if Bailey—with her suspicious past and strange connections to his sister’s case—is really who she claims to be and if she can somehow lead him to Ava.
Filled with Colleen Coble’s custom blend of suspense and romance, Secrets at Cedar Cabin takes us back to the evocative landscape of Washington’s coast where nothing is quite as it seems.


 

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Secrets at Cedar Cabin is the story of Bailey Fleming.  After her mother is murdered, she fears for her own life and goes on the run.  She ends up in a remote cabin in Lavender Tides.  There she meets Lance Phoenix, an FBI agent who is searching for his sister who is a victim of human trafficking.  There are twists and more twists as this story unfolds.

 

This is the third book in the Lavender Tides series by Colleen Coble.  I recommend reading this series in order, as there are key plot points that build between the books.

 

Colleen Coble is always a fun read.  I know when I pick up one of her books that I will be up late at night reading.  They are so fast paced and have so many twists and turns.  This book was no exception!

 

I really liked Bailey as a protagonist.  She is a kind person, a nurse who works with geriatric patients, and she has had some big disappointments in life with lies by her late mother and her ex-husband.   I really was pulling for her to find happiness.   Lance is also a strong and sympathetic character, although we don't get to know him quite as well in this story.

 

The mystery in this novel deals with human trafficking.  It was very intense and the stakes were very high.  This made me even more compelled to stay up reading.

 

The faith aspect of the story is well done;  faith is presented as a source of strength and courage, as seen in practice by several characters in this novel.  

 

On a light note I will add that I enjoyed reading about Bailey's cat, Sheba.  Sheba is a Savannah cat, a breed I knew nothing about before this novel.  They are a cross between serval and domestic cats, and I found the descriptions in this book fascinating!

 

I recommend Secrets at Cedar Cabin to fans of romantic suspense, women's fiction, and Christian fiction.   I will add that I recommend Colleen Coble's fiction in general;  she is an author who never disappoints!

 

Author Bio

Best-selling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 4 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

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