Friday, May 30, 2014

Clear Spring by Di Voran Lites A REVIEW

Mel Nicolaides, one of five children, has lived a happy, sheltered life at Living Spring in Florida. Her goal now, is to become as independent as possible. While her family heads for a vacation in Europe, Mel elects to stay at a remote North Florida spring to work. Her job is to illustrate a book about Seminole Indian medical and culinary herbs for an author whose Seminole name is Walking Woman. The revelation of a skeleton in Mel’s family closet, during her time there, however, forces her to find sources of strength she never knew existed.

Series: The Florida Trilogy
Paperback: 140 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494213443
ISBN-13: 978-1494213442
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces

My name is DiVoran Lites. I am the author of the Florida Springs Trilogy. All three books: Sacred Spring, Living Spring, and Clear Spring are now available at Kindle and on Amazon in print. Each book has its own complete cast of characters and story, but as you read them, you will find the people are a community of family and friends who have known and loved each other for many years. You will watch conflicts,common to man, played out in the characters' lives. You'll read such vivid descriptions of the fabulous Florida Springs that, according to reviewers, you will feel as if you've visited them yourself.

I'm told that even as a toddler I loved books and carried them around. Reading has been a passion ever since. It didn't take long to discover that the best enhancement for reading was writing. I started writing the story of my life in a back booth in my parents'restaurant in a mountain valley in Colorado. Dad said that since I was only seven years old, it would be a short story. I didn't understand the humor at the time. Since then writing has been my calling, and life and love have been my learning labs.

I am married to Bill, an areonautical engineer. We have two children and two granchildren. The way God works with people, and the creations he has given us to enjoy are my favorite subjects.

This is book three in the The Florida Springs Trilogy series. I enjoyed Elaine Donovan’s story and that of her family. This one is about Mel, Jean’s daughter from book two.
  Mel wants to be independent and stays to take a job when her family goes on vacation. She is helping to illustrate a book about botanical herbs, etc..  She is reunited with her childhood friend Scott and makes a new friend Corky. Also during her job her real father comes and wants her to help him with his new money making scheme.
 All of this together makes for another wonderful story that ends the series in a fantastic way. You will be amazed at the description of the land and wildlife around this area. The author knows how to tell a story and put you on the edge of your seat. Very good book.

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Thank you to the  Author/Publicist  for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Heaven Sent Rain, Lauraine Snelling A REVIEW

Dinah Taylor has an orderly life that is just how she likes it. A perfectly furnished luxury apartment, a satisfying career as a scientist and CEO of her own company, and an uncomplicated personal life. But all of that changes when she meets seven-year-old Jonah.

The boy shows up one day, a scruffy dog by his side, in front of her office building. Dinah knows nothing about kids and even less about animals, but after she buys him breakfast, he shows up the next day...and the next. She tries to learn more about him, to help him, but he's remarkably skilled at evading her questions. And then, late one night, he calls her in a panic-his dog has been badly injured. Dinah rushes them to a local animal clinic, where she meets Garret, a veterinarian with a thriving practice and a passion for drawing. Though Jonah takes to Garret right away, for some reason neither understands, Dinah and Garret just don't mesh. But for Jonah's sake, their lives continue to collide, and slowly the relationship between these three strangers begins to change.

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: FaithWords (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 089296913X
ISBN-13: 978-0892969135
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces

Lauraine Snelling, an award-winning author of fifty-plus books with sales of over 2 million copies, also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California

Lauraine Snelling is one of my favorite authors. She knows how to write a story that will keep your interest until the very last page.
  In Heaven Sent Rain Dinah Taylor is a very successful, important person who lives alone. She has an ordered life, has white furniture, white clothes. Everything she wants and doesn’t have to worry about anyone except for her company.
  Jonah a very little boy and his dog need someone to care for them. She doesn’t realize it at first, but she will be that care giver. Dinah doesn’t like little boys and especially dogs.
  Then she meets the vet  Garret and things get really interesting. Dinah and Garret really clash and can’t seem to get along except for Jonah’s sake.
  This book is full of love, struggles, heartaches, but also peace and knowledge of His love. Sometimes God sends us rain and we don’t think it’s good, but without rain where would we be. All things work together for good. I recommend this beautiful book.

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I received my free copy from Faith Words/HachetteBookGroup, for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

The Wedding Wish by Loree Lough A REVIEW

Stage IV cancer patient Leah Jordan has only a short time to see her last wish fulfilled—she wants her two best friends from childhood to marry and become the adoptive parents of her beloved two–year–old daughter, Fiona. The threesome was inseparable throughout high school, but they’ve since gone their separate ways: Jade Nelson is a dedicated nurse who recently broke up with a longtime boyfriend, and Riley Steele is a veterinarian who has sworn off women and marriage alike. With time running out, will there be a wedding and will little Fiona have a loving home?

A firm believer in the "what goes around, comes around" theory, Loree developed & taught numerous fiction & nonfiction writing courses for area colleges, writers' organizations, & the prestigious Writer's Digest Writing School. Through these efforts, she has mentored hundreds of students, & the list of those now published has passed 100. She also believes in dedicating a generous portion of her annual income to favorite charities & organizations. See the "Giving Back" page at her web site for a complete list.

Loree & her husband split their time between a humble home in the Baltimore suburbs & a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, where she takes great pride in her "identify the critter tracks" skills.

Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House; Reissue edition (July 9, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603745793
ISBN-13: 978-1603745796
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

The Wedding Wish by Loree Lough was written several years ago, but one of my favorites this year. I have always enjoyed books written by Loree Lough, but this one is just fantastic. I love the idea of this book and think Loree did a tremendous job writing it.
  Leah is dying and has a precious daughter. She has two friends from childhood whom love each other, but they don’t think they can be loved by each other. So Leah takes things into her own hands. She wants her best friends to raise her daughter in a home full of love.  I like the way the author wrote this book and how compassionate it is and how full of feelings, love and tenderness. A book sure to lift your spirits and give you hope. I will be keeping this book as a favorite. Highly recommended.

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Thank you to Whitaker House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255