Mandy arrives in a small town to take over as superintendent of the school district, only to find that there are more battles to fight than she firstMandy arrives in a small town to take over as superintendent of the school district, only to find that there are more battles to fight than she first thought....more
A clever plot. Wanted some more details on how the "science" of the time traveling took place, and also less gushing dialog between the main characterA clever plot. Wanted some more details on how the "science" of the time traveling took place, and also less gushing dialog between the main characters. But overall, a fun read....more
A fast-paced multi-dimensional plot where Kennedy Campbell and Ethan Barak each have their own battles to fight. When their paths cross, there is unmiA fast-paced multi-dimensional plot where Kennedy Campbell and Ethan Barak each have their own battles to fight. When their paths cross, there is unmistakable chemistry, but Ethan doesn't know if he can open his heart, and Kennedy doesn't know if she can trust Ethan.
They each have their own personal vendettas, but through meeting each other, and learning more about the power of the human heart, Ethan decides that the goals he was once determined to achieve no longer seem as important. And Kennedy, used to hiding from her past, now finds that there's someone she doesn't want to hide from.
Ribbon of Darkness is charged with emotion, intense action, and classic "Julie Bellon" intrigue, readers will enjoy becoming immersed in this international suspense....more
Author G.G. Vandagriff returns to women’s fiction with a flourish by the release of her new series, The Crazy Ladies of Oakwood (2011). With several Author G.G. Vandagriff returns to women’s fiction with a flourish by the release of her new series, The Crazy Ladies of Oakwood (2011). With several notable and award-winning works credited to Vandagriff’s name, readers will relish this first volume, as they escape alongside the characters and indulge in all things Italian. Every writer would love to travel to the destination of their novel, and G.G. has done just that, enabling her to integrate the hum of Italian life as few others have. Spending months in Florence over a period of a couple of years, she crafted The Only Way to Paradise, a thought-provoking novel that follows four women as they try to make sense of their failing group therapy.
Each of the four women has their own dark valley to cross, but they have one thing in common—their therapy group has become toxic in more ways than one. Dissatisfied with the non-results, they band together in an unprecedented move, and decide to travel to Florence together. Using Enchanted April as inspiration, Roxie asks her friends, “If Italy is so healing and therapeutic what are we doing in Ohio?”
Mother-figure, Georgia, embraces the idea and encourages the women to seek solace in Florence—to lose themselves in all things Florence—in order to discover what path to take in each of their twisting lives.
Florence might seem the ideal location for any woman to rejuvenate her soul, but some of the women have haunting ties connected to the vibrant city. Reservations have to be overcome as the four women form endearing friendships, serendipitously calling themselves, “The Crazy Ladies of Oakwood.”
Georgia fights her own battles as she reminisces about the recent passing of her husband until she reunites with a man from the past who wants to fill the corners of her future.
MacKenzie might be viewed as running from her two rebellious teenagers and failed marriage, but in truth, she is faced head on with all that she has neglected as both wife and mother.
Sara, a woman who gave up her most precious talents to follow the path her parents set, discovers that love might be a possibility for her after all.
And Roxie, emboldened by the vivacious culture surrounding her, finally lets down her guard, only to be funneled back in to the nightmares of her childhood.
As each of these women immerse themselves in their own Italian Renaissance, their lives become intertwined with the local people, new loves, and fresh possibilities. True to her nature, Vandagriff has a way of weaving a story rich with details, emotion, and quotable prose that makes for an enriching read beyond the average novel.
The Only Way to Paradise is a deeply layered book with characters that will touch your life and stay with you long after you turn the final page. ...more
An intriguing mystery that I couldn't figure out "who-dun-it" until almost the very end. Author Kathi Oram Peterson does a great job at characterizatiAn intriguing mystery that I couldn't figure out "who-dun-it" until almost the very end. Author Kathi Oram Peterson does a great job at characterization and crafting a compelling read. I loved how she incorporated the setting into being an important part of developing the storyline: thus, the title, River Whispers....more