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20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories By Dan Salerno

 

 

20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories by Dan Salerno
20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories, Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE 20 SHORT ONES: 20 SHORT STORIES

20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories, filled with stories of hope, redemption, and in some cases forgiveness, the reader finds a relaxing and inspirational read.  Each story’s short, however, all are complete.  Exploring human relationships and the human heart, Salerno crafted a glimpse of romance and friendship.

My Christian fiction book reviews of 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories, the reader finds 20 stories which are short in length and long in content.  Filled with hope and expectations of good things to come, 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories a feel-good read.  Each story is complete unto its self.  This book does not focus on one religious group but features several from Catholic to Jewish and ones in-between.  Salerno is an equal opportunity author.

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Forgive Me by Jennifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole

Second Chance Book 1

Forgive Me
Forgive Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE FORGIVE ME BY JENNIFER YOUNGBLOOD AND SANDRA POOLE:

Delia has everything any woman could want.  She has wealth, a prominent place in society, and a loving fire-breathing lawyer husband.  However, Delia is far from happy.  Pulling herself out of the muck and mire of her deprived and impoverished white trash past, Delia finds her demons have caught up with her.  You can only run so long, and Delia is at the end of the course when her daughter Sybil and her granddaughter, Mattie, move to her old hometown.  A place Delia has tried to bury and erase.

Sybil, unknowingly, has stepped into a powder keg of rage, mystery, and secrets, along with romance in small-town Tick Ridge.  My mystery romance book reviews of Forgive Me follow.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Forgive Me is a story full of dysfunctional family dynamicsJennifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole filled this story with shame, guilt, betrayal, secrets, and mystery.  This story is a roller coaster ride of emotion from the first pages.  I felt I had been rung-out by the time I finished this awesome book.  Facing a past which she had tried to put behind her is devastating for Delia.  For Sybil facing what her life has become and standing up for herself is just as traumatic.

Delia and Sybil discover redemption is not easy to find nor are second chances.  Delia has it all;  wealth, a loving husband, and social position, yet her past haunts her daily with all its trauma and devastation.  Following Delia through this story is emotionally draining.  It’s a rocky journey loaded with insecurities and pitfalls which added tension and intrigue to the storyline.  Youngblood and Poole slowly revealed the secrets Delia held for decades.  As a result, Delia’s past had me in tears.  Sybil thought she had it all when she married the love of her life.  As the year’s pass, she found she’s just barely treading water and sinking fast.   Although not an easy journey, Sybil slowly gains insight into her life.

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THE 45TH NAIL BY MICHAEL AND IAN LAHEY

 

THE 45TH NAIL BY MICHAEL & IAN LAHEY
THE 45TH NAIL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE 45TH NAIL BY MICHAEL AND IAN LAHEY:

Authors Michael and Ian Lahey‘s  contemporary fiction novel, The 45th Nail, an intensively thought-provoking and emotion filled novel, takes the reader through the emotions and devastation of war.  The authors explore the intimacy of war, as well as, the after-effects.

Sgt. James Savorski never returned home from WW11.  Listed as missing in action on May 25, 1944 at Anzio, his nephew Bob receives a Christmas card post marked Anzio from James in 1987.  Later he receives a beautiful old medallion along with a mysterious message post marked Salerno.

Bob’s determined to find his Uncle; under the pretext of learning more of France, Bob heads off for Italy.  What he will find changes his life and his perceptions forever.  Come along with Bob in an adventure and revelations of a lifetime.  My contemporary fiction book reviews of The 45th Nail follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

First, let me say, this novel will open the reader’s eyes to war and the continuing consequences which haunt the survivors and victims. The Lahey‘s wove mystery into the story-line as they lead the readers through Italy and a journey of revelations, both good and bad.  The reader does not discover the significance of the 45th nail until the last part of the story which left me surprised

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Roadtrip to Redemption By Laurie Larsen

 

Pawleys Island Paradise Book 1

Roadtrip To Redemption
Roadtrip To Redemption

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE ROADTRIP TO REDEMPTION BY LAURIE LARSEN:

Leslie Malone just received her finalized divorce papers which divide her former life into bits and pieces. Her teaching position’s in summer recess and her daughters in Paris.  Now summer looms lonely and long ahead of her.  She decides to take a road trip to the beach in South Carolina.  A place she loved as a child.  Driving from Pennsylvania to Pawley Island, Leslie hopes to find peace;  she prays for God‘s protection and guidance.  Leslie’s faith in God, will lead her on an awesome journey through Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, to her final destination in South Carolina.  A journey of enlightenment, peace, and discovery.

Hank Harrison’s a quite man who has carried a heavy burden;  for years he has withheld forgiveness.  Unable to forgive his son for deeds which cost Hank everything, he’s ask God‘s help.  Meeting Leslie, Hanks knows God has answered his prayers with her appearance in his life.

Neither of these two are looking for a relationship.  However, God has set in motion a divine plan of redemption.  All they need do is listen and follow God’s message.  My inspirational romance book review of Roadtrip To Redemption follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In book 1 of the Pawleys Island Paradise series, Roadtrip To Redemption, Laurie Larsen created a story of two hurting people who need to heal.  Creating characters who suffered deep emotional trauma, Larsen fully developed each to their full potential. Through this powerful story of middle age love, forgiveness for past crimes, and renewal of spirit, Larson shows how the mighty hand of God will enrich our lives if we allow him to complete his work without interference.

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Some Other Time By Charlotte Symonds

 

 

Some Other Time By Charlotte Symonds
Some Other Time, Cover, author Charlotte Symonds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE SOME OTHER TIME BY CHARLOTTE SYMONDS:

In Some Other Time by Charlotte Symonds, the reader meets 3 ordinary people. People, who through a common event, find their lives changed forever.  Madison single mother, left as an empty nester when her daughter goes to college, receives a letter when opened will tear her world apart.  Asher, newly divorced, has decided to change his life and find fulfillment and love which have been missing from life for years.  Will his plan come to fruition?  Bryant has life by the tail; a beautiful lover he loves, he’s loved in return, a best friend who’s also his partner, and a successful career.  Then fate turns the tables on him and changes his wonderful life.

What do all 3 have in common and how does it relate?  As each tell their story, secrets and events are revealed.  Grab a seat and a beverage, my contemporary fiction novel review of Some Other Time follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

First, let me say, if you have not read Charlotte Symonds books, you are missing a tremendous treat.  Each one’s filled with drama and deep human emotion.  Some Other Time’s no different!  Grab the tissue box as you begin this wonderfully crafted contemporary fiction. Few authors grab me and almost wrench my heart from my chest, as Ms. Symonds does; with a box of tissues and a pot of tea, I always read her books straight through.

That said, I must say, what a heart breaking emotional story-lines revealed as each character tells their story;  this is an

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Dylan’s Faith by T. K. Chapin

Dylan's Faith

 

Do you Like Strong Men?

Do Like Men Overcoming Up bringing?

A Novel of Faith And Love

 

This is the first book by Mr. Chapin I have read; I can assure you it is not my last. What a wonderful story.

 

Dylan is reviewing his life as he sits on his porch, thinking of the love of his life, and his family;  what a story it is. No, he is not famous, he is not in society, he is not a leader of the country, he’s not important at all; he is just a God-fearing, God-loving country boy, a Christian man who was far from perfect as all of us are.

 

I found the analogy of the flaws in his woodcraft so like our lives as Christian’s; imperfect like his wood yet still beautiful, living in the love of God and his forgiveness. I thought Mr. Chapin’s portrayal of Dylan’s life so realistic, Christian but still doing things God would not love, still sinning, still flawed, but assured of God’s love and even though God does not love the sin, he still loves the sinner.

 

Mr. Chapin shows so aptly that we are still sinners; the difference, we as Christians are forgiven. Dylan walks the walk as well as talks the talk, yet he is far from perfect. You could feel Dylan’s faith

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Justified (Book 2 Mended Hearts Series) by Varina Denman

Justified

 

Contemporary Christian Novel

Fantastic Novel

 

Although this is Book 2 of the series, Mended Hearts,  it is a stand alone novel. However, I would suggest you read Jaded first, as it will give you an in-depth look at Trapp, its citizens and the Church in Trapp.

 

This story will take us back to Trapp, Texas, small town America and it’s still the same gossip laden town it was in Jaded.  To give you some background, Fawn Blaylock is trying to put her life back together.  Alone, pregnant, and almost penniless, she is befriended by Ruthie Turner and Ruthie’s family which includes JohnScott.  JohnScott will become a major part of this book.

 

Fawn’s daddy, Neil, is the richest man in Trapp and an hypocritical Christian. Fawn had lived the life of 

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