Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox

 The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery

Book Summary

Present Day. After tragedy plunges her into grief and unresolved anger, Sarah Ashby returns to her childhood home determined to finally follow her long-denied dream of running Old Depot Grocery alongside her mother and grandmother. But when she arrives, her mother, Rosemary, announces to her that the store is closing. Sarah and her grandmother, Glory Ann, make a pact to save the store, but Rosemary has worked her entire life to make sure her daughter never follows in her footsteps. She has her reasons--but she'll certainly never reveal the real one.

1965. Glory Ann confesses to her family that she's pregnant with her deceased fiancé's baby. Pressured into a marriage of convenience with a shopkeeper to preserve the family reputation, Glory Ann vows never to love again. But some promises are not as easily kept as she imagined.

This dual-timeline story from Amanda Cox deftly explores the complexity of a mother-daughter dynamic, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of telling the truth.
My Thoughts

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox involves three generations of Clearwater women.  I thought the story was well-written with realistic, developed characters.  It is a dual-timeline novel that is told from Glory Ann, Sarah, and Rosemary’s point-of-view.  The story revolves the family grocery store began by Clarence Clearwater, Glory Ann’s husband.  Each woman is at the Old Depot for a different reason.  They have secrets that come to light over the course of the book. There is misunderstandings and miscommunications that do not help these ladies’ relationships. There are good life lessons presented in this generational saga.  Forgiveness of others and oneself is the first one and the second one is that God is in control.  We can worry, manipulate, scheme, and plan.  In the end, it is best to leave it in God’s hands because His plans are the ones that will happen in the end. I liked that there was hope in the story.  A person may be going through a tough time or grieving, but there was still hope to help get them through.  I enjoyed the epilogue that nicely wrapped up this emotional, thought-provoking tale. There is something for each reader in this Southern story.    The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery is a story that will linger with you long after you finish it.  

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery is available from Amazon* as well as other major retailers.  Amanda Cox also wrote The Edge of Belonging.  Thank you for visiting today.  Next time I am featuring Reading Between the Crimes by Kate Young.  It is the 2nd A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery.  I hope you have an inspiring day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!

Kris 

The Avid Reader

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Burden of Poof by Julie Anne Lindsey: Review & Giveaway!

 

Burden of Poof by Julie Anne Lindsey

About Burden of Poof

Burden of Poof (Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries) 

An amateur sleuth named Bonnie and her kitty companion Clyde, with names like those, what could possibly go wrong?

Life hasn't sparkled too brightly for Bonnie Balfour over the past few years, but a heart-breaking divorce has brought her back to her small rural hometown of Bliss, Georgia, and things are starting to shape up.

The proud new owner of Bless Her Heart—a second chance dress shop and boutique on the town square—Bonnie thinks thirty-eight might not be too late for a fresh start in life after all.

Until a grouchy old widow turns up dead in a pile of donations meant for Bonnie’s shop, and the town’s new detective pins her to the top of his suspect list!

To save her shop, dream and reputation, Bonnie must coordinate clues and stitch together the truth about her innocence, but the unreasonably handsome detective and prying eyes of the local gossip mill are fast fraying her nerves.

When a series of anonymous attacks begin to hem her in, Bonnie fears the real killer is fixing to make her his next victim. Can this amateur sleuth measure up?

About Julie Anne Lindsey

Julie Anne Lindsey is an award-winning and bestselling author of mystery and romantic suspense. She’s published more than forty novels since her debut in 2013 and currently writes series as herself, as well as under multiple pen names, for Harlequin, Kensington, Sourcebooks and Crooked Lane Books.

When Julie's not creating new worlds or fostering the epic love of fictional characters, she can be found in Kent, Ohio, enjoying her blessed Midwestern life. And probably plotting murder with her shamelessly enabling friends. Today she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Learn more about Julie at julieannelindsey.com.

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My Thoughts

We are taken to Bliss, Georgia where Bonnie Balfour has opened Bless Her Heart, a second chance boutique.  Bonnie is looking for a second chance herself after the disintegration of her marriage.  Bonnie was surprised when Viola showed up at the boutique with a donation of dresses.  Viola had been less than pleasant when Bonnie approached her at Christmas regarding donations.  Viola asks Bonnie to stop by that evening to pick up the rest of the dresses.  Bonnie arrives to find Viola dead at the bottom of the stairs surrounded by dresses.  Detective Mason Wright is assigned the case and he has Bonnie at the top of his suspect list.  Bonnie has never been one to sit on the sidelines.  She sets out to get answers regarding Viola’s death.  The killer, though, is less than pleased and begins leaving a series of threatening messages.  Can Bonnie identify the guilty party before she ends up the next victim?  

Burden of Poof by Julie Anne Lindsey is first book in the Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries. I like Julie Anne Lindsey’s conversational writing style.  It makes the story a breeze to read. We meet Bonnie Buttercup Balfour who needs a fresh start after her the end of her marriage.  She returns home to Bliss, Georgia where she opens a second chance boutique called Bless Her Heart.  The author takes the time to establish the main character and the town.  There are some quirky characters in the town (a lady who talks and listens to plants) and a unique bookshop called What the Dickens (some unusual happenings at the bookstore). Clyde is more than Bonnie’s cat. He is her companion and comforter.  Clyde also loves to wear bow ties that match Bonnie’s outfits (he likes to be stylish).  Bliss is a charming small Southern town where gossip flows faster than melting butter on hot pancakes.  There is humor sprinkled throughout the story that will have you chuckling out loud.  Bliss is a special town.  It is a community where people are there for each other.  The mystery has several suspects, misdirection, and a dashing detective.  Bonnie cannot sit by and wait for her name to be cleared.  She begins asking questions which soon lands her in the killer’s crosshairs.  I enjoyed the reveal scene.  The ending will leave you smiling and ready to read Seven Deadly SequinsBurden of Poof is a charming Southern cozy mystery with a comforting cat, refashioned frocks, a determined detective, a rapid rumor mill, a caring community, and busybody Bonnie.

Burden of Poof is available from Amazon  and B&N.  You can find the list of the upcoming Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries here.  The next Bonnie & Clyde Mystery is Seven Deadly Sequins which publishes October 15.  Beating the Wrap releases November 15 and Eyelet Witness on December 15.  Do you want to know how Bonnie met Clyde?  You can obtain the prequel here.  You can find Julie Anne Lindsey's other novels here. You can follow Julie Anne Lindsey on Amazon to receive updates on her latest releases.   Are you ready for the giveaway?  Julie Anne Lindsey is giving away a Kitty Prize Package (U.S. Only) to one lucky person.  You can click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below.  Do not forget to leave a comment for an extra entry.  Good Luck!  Thank you for joining me today.  The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox is planned for tomorrow.  Stop by to learn more about this Christian novel.  I hope that you have a blissful day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris

The Avid Reader 

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