Saturday, July 19, 2014


By Jeanette Vaughan
The various vicissitudes of adoption

This is the last book in this trilogy, which begins with Jana Charbonnet who knows she is an adopted child and even after being twenty years old, she still questions why her birth mother gave her up?  Didn’t she love her enough to keep her?  This eats at her even though she was adopted by a lovely couple, Odile and Steve, along with another adopted girl.  However, Jana does not look like her adopted mother, and Odile nags at her constantly about her looks, her weight, and devotion to Catholicism.  Jana falls in love with a young man, David Sears, and while living together, David’s eight-year old son is deserted by his real mother and comes to live with Jana and David.  Jana takes him to her heart immediately and takes care of his needs through the years, even if she has to work overtime. Both Jana and David are nurses.  A few years later, she becomes pregnant with Aaron and later with Samantha.
When Jana is thirty years old, she goes through channels to find her birth mother, which she does and this is where her story now fits into the first two books of this trilogy.  As with the first books, there are pages of introspection by Jana with little dialogue or action, which slows the story down.  But once this story fits into the first two books and merges, then the story becomes fascinating.  Jana, her adopted mother and her birth mother are all characters who dwell more in their own self-interests than those of their children.  As a result, the reader has a tendency to judge these women and perhaps even dislike them at times, but the author throws the various weaknesses and strengths of human nature at us and I found myself wondering what I would do under the same circumstances.
The characters are well developed and for those readers who enjoy digging into the depths of human nature relative to love, jealousy, self-centeredness, religion, you will enjoy this book, especially since it ties up their lives as portrayed in the first two books.  

I was given this e-book as a complimentary copy for an honest review. 

Monday, July 14, 2014


The Haunting of Wolfe Haven
by Debbie A. Heat
Not so haunting but an intriguing mystery

The first quarter of the book consists mostly of descriptions, no action, and although rather poetic, drags the story if it is to be a mystery.  Then different characters are introduced with little explanation as to how they fit with the protagonist who is writing in first person.  Then her characters begin to appear and there is enough dialogue so that the reader gets the gist of the story.  As far as the gothic part, it is a weak referral to a woman who lived several generations prior, committed suicide and Riley wonders if she is the voice she sometimes hears giving her directions whenever she is in trouble, but there is no explanation as to who is the owner of this mental voice.  But as the story proceeds, the mystery develops and actually becomes quite interesting.  Then I began to enjoy the story.  Throughout the story, there is very little romance or exchanges of kissing, etc. and then in the last chapter explicit sex is thrown in, which adds nothing to the story and neither does the epilogue.
I gave it four stars based on the mystery as it intriguingly develops.

I was given a complimentary copy of the e-book for an honest review.