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Ever wonder if you’re normal? Laine McClelland sure does. When the mysterious disappearance of a bunco friend, Paula, shakes her Lake Norman neighborhood, her seemingly perfect world is suddenly filled with dark thoughts, dangerous temptations and surprising confessions. What is normal once you realize life’s short, anyway? Was her marriage ever enough? She finds herself r ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published October 20th 2014 by Timeless Love, division of Oak Tree Press
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Ann Howley
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is a shortcut through the woods from Laine’s house to the stable where she boards her horse. The tree-lined path by the lake is beautiful when sunlight dapples through the forest and the woods are bursting with birdsong. The path is also overgrown, with jutting roots and stones hiding dangers not easily recognized.

Laine realizes that this wooded path is like her marriage - valued, but worn by time, familiarity and maybe even neglect. When bunco friend, Paula, mysteriously disappears amid s
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Yvonne Erwin
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story-telling. This book is a journey of questioning and self-discovery.

A group of middle-aged women, in Lake Norman, North Carolina, meet regularly to play bunco. One sparkly September night, one of the women, Paula, disappears while the ladies go on a boat ride. Strangely, no one can remember much about Paula from that night, and once she's gone, bewilderment turns to guilt, to fear, to sorrow. From that moment on, every facet of their lives is colored by "that September night."

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Jackie Zortman
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thank goodness I started reading this book on a Friday because I simply could not put it down. I finished it in two days and was grateful for the extra relaxation time of the weekend in order to keep reading. Nancy LiPetri has created a group of women friends in a magnetic North Carolina lake community surrounded by woods and populated with successful and close-knit neighbors. The opening scene conjures up immediate intrigue at a bunco gathering of a regular group of ladies that includes copious ...more
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Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The Wooded Path
Nancy LiPetri
Contemporary Fiction
Oaktree Press

It all looks pretty normal at first. The author takes us around a pleasant community in North Carolina. She directs our attention to lovely homes, pretty lakes, and thick forests. The appearance of things. But were we too busy looking around to notice anything else? How a smile does not quite reach the eyes? Things that are not said?

Our protagonist and her friends are out on a rowdy boat ride. The night ends with one of them missing.
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Monique
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brought me right back to the Lake!

Having visited Lake Norman, I can say that Nancy LiPetri paints a vivid portrait of North Carolina's beautiful landscape in her novel, The Wooded Path. The lake and the woods act as additional characters along with each member of the Bunco group and all the other characters in the community who will surely remind you of someone you know!
The mystery of Paula's disappearance and the manner in which each Bunco friend reacts to the experience, kept me turning the pa
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This was a great, quick read. The only reason I give this 4 stars is that even though there was a definite conclusion, I still kind of question what happened to Paula. Otherwise I thought it was fantastic.
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Nancy LiPetri lived on Lake Norman, North Carolina, fourteen years and shares her passion for the region through realism in her novels, The Wooded Path and Across the Lake. The character-driven contemporary stories entertain with the dynamics of a neighborhood group of women affected by the disappearance of a friend after a party boat ride. The second story extends to the Outer Banks of the Caroli ...more

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