Review: Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer { @susanmboyer }

"I'd bet my mamma's pearls these folks are eccentric." ~Liz

Susan Boyer's Liz Talbot Mystery series is a cozy paranormal delight. Set in South Carolina's lowcountry with a few fictional places thrown in for good measure, the setting is a delight, and recognizable to anyone who has spent time in the lowcountry.

A paranormal element adds quite a bit of fun to the storyline. Colleen, the guardian spirit, is quite the character popping in when she is most needed and sometimes when she isn't. The mortal characters each seems to have a nice depth to them, with a bit of down home southern humor.

A quick read, Lowcountry Boneyard twists and turn with multiple villains and hidden family secrets that keep you guessing along the way.

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Review of Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews { @mkayandrews }

I haven't read anything by Mary Kay in quite some times, so it was nice to pick up this book that had been sitting on my TBR pile for so long.

An enjoyable story with a bit of intrigue, a bit of romance and a bit of comedy, but it was also a bit slow in places and didn't have much depth. The tense relationship between jealous Kullen Kane and florist Cara Kryzik could have been an exciting element of intrigue had it been developed more, but overall it was a nice story.

I like Mary Kay's stories and will continue to follow her work. Her next book will be The Weekenders, which will be available May 17, 2016, and can be pre-ordered now. It sounds like it will be a good story!

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Review of The Sound of Glass by Karen White { @KarenWhiteWrite }

The New York Times bestselling author of A Long Time Gone 
now explores a Southern family’s buried history, 
which will change the life of the woman who unearths it, 
secret by shattering secret. 

Ever since first being introduced to her writing, I have found Karen White's work to be enjoyable, a story well told. I enjoy seeing flawed characters find themselves. We are all flawed in a way, we each carry baggage sometimes much to heavy to bear.

The Sound of Glass hit those pressure points for me. Characters who are vulnerable and who have life events that create a nick in their personality. A rich interplay of people who have not much in common but everything in common. A story that is not quick but cleverly moderate in pace so that one has time to feel the characters, the setting and the intrigue that haunts the background of this story.

Beautifully written, heartfelt and slowly simmering, I loved this story about how generations carry scars, a family is sometimes created through tears and secrets always rise to the surface.

“We travel with the same packed bags we’ve always had, 
until we take the time to unpack them.” 
― Karen WhiteThe Sound of Glass

Synopsis: "It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt. 
Charting the course of an uncertain life—and feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death—Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life—a new life complicated by the arrival of her too young stepmother and ten-year-old half-brother. 
Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country."
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