Sunday, February 10, 2019

Friends to the End by Shelley Shepard Gray

Friends to the End by Shelley Shepard Gray
Hello!  Motorhomes, Maps and Murder by Tonya Kappes plus Friends to the End by Shelley Shepard Gray come out on February 11.  Dead Memories by Angela Marsons releases on February 22.  It is the tenth DI Kim Stone novel (a gripping series).  Hearts in Harmony by Beth Wiseman will publish on March 12.  

Friends to the End by Shelley Shepard Bray finds Tricia Warner stranded at her family’s cabin ninety minutes outside Walnut Creek, Ohio.  The electricity is out and she did not bring provisions with her.  Tricia her big brother, Andy, who is on vacation with their parents in Naples, for assistance and prepares herself for his lengthy lecture.  Andy knows that his close group of friends called the Magnificent Eight will rescue Tricia despite the storm.  Logan Clark, who is New Order Amish, is Andy’s first call since he can get to Tricia by sleigh.  Tricia has had a crush on Logan since the day she met him and worries about spending time alone with him.  It turns out that Tricia is not the only one with that concern.  When Andy hears that Tricia and Logan are alone in the cabin with a blizzard raging outside, he reaches out to Harley, Elizabeth Ann and Marie.  Logan was quick to respond to Andy’s request because he has been attracted to Tricia for a couple of years and she is frequently in his thoughts.  While the storm rages outside and the pair are alone, Logan tries to uncover why Tricia ventured to the cabin on her own.  Get to know Tricia, Logan, Andy and a few of the Magnificent Eight in Friends to the End.
Friends to the End is the prequel to The Walnut Creek Series.  Friends to the End is a well-written and thoughtful story.  It introduces readers to Tricia Warner along with brother, Andy plus a group of close friends.  Friends to the End is only 113 pages in length so it is a quick, easy to read novella.  Tricia is a junior at Bowling Green State University and is a mathematics whiz.  However, she has difficulties with other parts of her life.  Tricia feels like she is letting down her parents with her frequent mishaps.  Andy Warner is an organizer and worrier.  He cannot help fixing things for Tricia and his friends.  Logan Clark is New Order Amish, but he cannot help his feelings for Tricia.  He cannot imagine Tricia giving up her lifestyle to be with him.  We also meet Harley, Elizabeth Ann and Marie Hartman.  When Andy called, they dropped everything to come help Tricia (good friends).  I thought the story was realistic with interesting and relatable characters.  I look forward to learning more about them in The Patient One.  The author laid the groundwork in Friends to the End for the series and we get a glimpse of what will happen in the next book.  I do recommend reading Friends to the End before embarking on The Patient One.  Friends to the End is the perfect tale to settle down with in a cozy chair on a cold afternoon.

Past Due for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by [Victoria Gilbert]Friends to the End will be out tomorrow and The Patient One releases on April 9.  Thank you for joining me today.  I am featuring Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert tomorrow and there will be a giveaway.  I hope you have a gratifying day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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