Book Review–CALL OF THE LOONS by Sue Badeau

CallOfLoons_1Book Review–CALL OF THE LOONS by Sue Badeau

Sue Badeau is showing a wonderful propensity for writing a sweet mystery in this delightful beginning volume to Roots and Wings at “Loonstone Lake.”

Louanne and her cousin, Chris, have inherited their grandparent’s property in northern New England, a somewhat dilapidated campground inexplicably closed in the middle of the season in 1974. Chris wants to sell the place to pay for their children’s college educations. Louanne has nostalgic mixed feelings about selling.

Louanne and her husband Frank travel there for her to say her last goodbyes to the place where she spent so many happy summers, but instead, they begin to talk about buying Chris out and reopening the campground.

The loan company has qualms about lending money on the admittedly valuable property with the reasons for its closing unresolved. The mystery’s investigation begins….

This wonderful little story can be purchased at Amazon for only 99 cents.

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Book Review–SONG OF THE PRAIRIE by Vickie McDonough

songOfPrairieBook Review–SONG OF THE PRAIRIE by Vickie McDonough

Vickie McDonough’s novels never fail to impress me. She is a writer of very real talent and a flair for making the characters and settings come alive–as well as making the story come alive. You finish her books wishing the story would go on and on. Song of the Prairie is a prime example of that talent.

Jane Dunn has plans and dreams of becoming a famous opera singer, but all she hopes for is suddenly gone with the birth of her cousin’s baby. Carolyn, her cousin, dies of injuries sustained when her husband shoved her down the stairs, the injuries which brought on the early birth of her baby boy.

Carolyn’s maid carries the babe to Janie with the message that she must take the child and run before Carolyn’s husband has a chance to find them. One time of holding the baby seals Janie’s fate–she knows she would give her life and give up her dreams for this child. Janie runs to her brother Phil in Kansas. There, at Phil’s insistence, she pretends to be the mother of the baby boy–who she names Benjamin–and Phil’s wife.

When she begins to develop feelings for their widowed neighbor, Aaron Harper, she knows she must hide the attraction or be branded a wanton woman. She has no one she can talk to about her burgeoning secrets. Will she be forced to continue lying? Must she also sacrifice loving a man of her own? What will she do if her cousin’s husband shows up and demands his son?

You should hurry over to your bookstore and buy Song of the Prairie. Maybe you can help Janie out of her dilemmas. Or purchase the book online from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Christian Book Distributors. Available now at Amazon; Release Date: August 1 at Barnes and Noble.

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