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#The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman–Review–5 Stars!

The Night Visitors:::.jpg 850.jpgDon’t Miss This Outstanding Novel by Carol Goodman-Coming 3/26/19

 

 

The Night Visitors is a compelling thriller, chilling, and unputdownable. I was hooked, from the very first page. 

Alice and ten-year-old Oren were running from abuse. Oren’s father, Davis, had hit his son and Alice for the last time. Alice had been warned, however, that if she ever took Oren away from him, he would hunt her down and kill her. But, what choice did she have? Davis was going to kill her and possibly Oren, anyway.

Oren was extraordinarily sensitive to people around him, and wise beyond his years. Alice didn’t understand how Oren knew the things he did. But, Alice didn’t ask him. She was afraid of the answers that she might receive. That was probably a good thing, since Oren, was also sensitive, to ghosts.

When Mattie a fifty-plus-year-old social worker invited Alice and Oren into her home, Alice was not comfortable. She had a strong feeling that Mattie was hiding something important from her. And, Mattie felt the same about Alice. Unbeknownst to Mattie, however, Alice and Oren were not the only visitors spending time, in her big old house. But, only Oren was aware of that. 

 This book is twisty, perfectly paced, and brilliant. I loved it.

Thank you, William Morrow Publishing and Carol Goodman, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Carol Goodman graduated from Vassar College, where she majored in Latin. After teaching Latin for several years, she studied for an MFA in Fiction. She is the author of twenty novels, including The Lake of Dead Languages and The Seduction of Water, which won the 2003 Hammett Prize, and, under the pseudonym Juliet Dark, The Demon Lover, which Booklist named a top ten science fiction/fantasy book for 2012. Her YA novel, Blythewood, was named a best young adult novel by the American Library Association. Her 2017 suspense thriller The Widow’s House won the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family, and teaches writing and literature at The New School and SUNY New Paltz.

 

*The Drowned Phoenician Sailor* by Lesley Hayes*5-Shining Stars

The drowned Phoenician Sailor

The Drowned Phoenician Sailor is a beautifully written, character-driven novel, which quickly draws the reader into the heart and mind of the main character, Fynn. Fynn is a strong-willed, feisty, independent woman with a good sense of humor and a caring spirit. But, because she is being bothered by two ghosts on a regular basis, she fears for her sanity. One of the ghosts is her twin sister, and the other is Paul, her psychotherapist; the same psychotherapist who she was seeing because of her ghost visitations in the first place. Unfortunately for Fynn, when Paul dies, he ends up popping in and out of Fynn’s life, just like her dead sister.

Although Fynn was afraid that she might be insane, she was still the most responsible person in her family and the only one who cared for her eccentric, childlike mother whose grip on reality was quite slippery. It was on one of her visits to her mother’s house that Fynn met Jack, a mysterious man whom her mother found washed up on the beach and brought home, much like she would a stray puppy. Jack would become a special person to Fynn, though, someone who would touch her soul.

The author does an exceptional job writing about the issues that are often found in dysfunctional families; such as; abuse, abandonment, deceit, depression, and mistrust. Ms. Hayes explores many of the puzzle pieces that make up positive and negative relationships and crafts them into a beautiful story. There is a lot of humor, wisdom, and inspiration that is sprinkled throughout this book.

The characters are unique, developed and utterly fascinating; even the cat has a quirky hysterical personality. The Drowned Phoenician Sailor is written with elegance, so much so, that I often stopped to reread a sentence, just to admire the beauty of the author’s word choices. Every sentence is carefully crafted, to tug at the reader’s heart, make them laugh or move the story forward.

This is a quality book with oodles of insights and wisdom. I highly recommend giving it a read.

~5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover

*There is a Place* by Cathy M. Donnelly* 5-Shining Stars

There is a place

There is a Place is an exceptionally well-written historical fiction novel. The book captured my attention from the very start. The story takes place during the 16th century, in Scotland.

Sixteen-year-old Michael Craig watched in shock, as soldiers who had just fought and died in the battle of Flodden, walked aimlessly around the carnage. Did that mean, that he was also dead? Maurice, a monk, from the order of St Augustine, assured Michael that he was not deceased. Maurice told him that the reason he was able to see the dead, was because he had the gift to help souls move on to the next life.

Michael saw a deceased well-dressed man, walking towards him. When Lord Robert Erskine realized that Michael could see him, he asked Michael to get a message to his son, John. Michael kept his word, risking ridicule, by visiting Lord John Erskine, and telling him the truth. The two men formed an unbreakable bond of friendship that day.

After suffering a terrible heartbreak, Michael left Lord John Erskine to find peace on an Island called Inchmahome. It was the place where his mentor, Maurice, the monk, had once lived. It was there, where Michael started his life-long quest to seek peace and forgiveness from God. He would also find a kindred spirit, Alice, who he would mentor, much like his friend, Maurice mentored him.

I found this book uplifting, thought provoking and utterly fascinating. There are many spiritual lessons and nuggets of wisdom, woven into the fabric of this book. I found writing an adequate review for this quality novel, difficult. There is a Place is so much more than just a story. Kudos to Cathy Donnelly for crafting such an inspirational and riveting read.

I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover

**Lost Girl** by Anne Francis Scott*5-Stars

Lost Girl

Lost Girl is a compelling and meticulously crafted paranormal mystery.

Allison Weathers was tired of being afraid. She thought that moving to a small town would give her the new start that she’d been looking for. Allison was desperate for a quiet and tranquil place to work on her sculpting, and to heal. She found herself attracted to a big old Victorian farmhouse in Dawson, Tennessee. Allison just knew that it was the ideal place for her, to live and have an art studio. Much to Allison’s dismay, though, odd and unsettling events started to happen in her peaceful slice of heaven. No one had warned her that her old Victorian home was haunted. But she would soon find out that there was much more to worry about than just ghosts. Evil was lurking in Dawson, and watching her.

What I loved the most about Ms. Scott’s book was that it had a genuine real-life feel to it. The characters were well-developed, and their dialogue authentic and natural. I felt as if I was living Allison’s hellish existence, instead of just reading about it. And that’s what made it so scary. Anne Francis Scott has proven herself a master storyteller. Once I started reading Lost Girl, I found it impossible to put down. Ms. Scott has gained a new fan. I know I will be reading more of her work.

Lost Girl is a solid five-star novel. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a suspenseful quality read, with a dash of paranormal.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

*Treasure, Darkly* by Jordan Elizabeth*5-star*Steampunk Novel

Treasure, Darkly

Treasure, Darkly is a compelling and well-written western steampunk novel.

Clark Treasure grew up in a Brothel with his prostitute mother. He helped her earn money by stealing from her clients when she would sing out a signal. That all changed, though, when he stole and drank what he thought was alcohol, from one of his mother’s clients. After drinking the stolen liquid, Clark finds that he can see and speak with spirits, and raise the dead. Clark becomes a wanted man. And since he doesn’t relish the thought of becoming a lab experiment, he hides. Clark seeks out the only man he thinks is rich and powerful enough to protect him, Garth Treasure, his father.

Garth Treasure welcomes Clark into his home after the initial shock of the young man turning up on his doorstep, claiming to be his son, wears off.

Clark thought that he could lay low and stay hidden on his father’s ranch. But that all went by the wayside when Clark develops a particular liking for his half-sister, Amethyst, and she for him. Amethyst’s parents are taken back when their strong-willed daughter decides to stay on the ranch instead of going back to her independent life that she loved in the city.

Amethyst is a spoiled rich girl who is not a lovable character at first. She does develop compassion for those who are less fortunate than herself and becomes a more likable person. Clark is her greatest teacher. The two siblings become close. Clark ends up sharing with Amethyst his secret after he has to raise her from the dead.

I thoroughly enjoyed Treasure, Darkly. This was the first steampunk novel that I’ve ever read, but it will not be my last. I am looking forward to book two in this series. I highly recommend reading Treasure, Darkly. It’s a steampunk novel with fantasy, mystery, and romance.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts* by Janet DeLee -An Uplifting Story with a Twist

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts, is a compelling fictional story about a group of individuals who encounter some paranormal mischief while working together.

Bestselling author, and founder of the Ideal Life Club, Ginny Lawther, heads a group where people help one another reach their dreams. Each member of the group listens to the other members and lends their support.

I especially enjoyed the paranormal piece of this book. Someone or something was moving objects around in Ginny’s home and messing with Lee’s construction jobs. There is also a twist to this story that took me by surprise.

This inspirational book touches on the positive ways to manifest dreams, such as utilizing affirmations and visualizations.

This novel is a well-written and delightful read. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an uplifting story with a twist.

~5 out of 5 stars~