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Book Review: What She Inherits by Diane V. Mulligan

I have a question for you, Dear Bloggites: what would you do if everything you grew up knowing, and believe made you the way you were, turned out to be a lie?  Today’s book review is a wonderful read that answers this question in one way.

What She Inherits by Diane V. MulliganThis book review is on What She Inherits by Diane V. Mulligan.  I received a request, via email, from the author offering her book as a gift if I was willing to review her book.  As you all know, I never say no to reading and helping authors out by providing a review.  Thank you, Diane, for the honor of reading your book and reviewing it.

This story follows two people, in two totally different worlds being pulled and pushed by forces outside their control.  Angela Ellis is a young college student whose mother died unexpectedly and forced her to fly home to put the family house in order.  Casey Seaver is a thirtysomething lady who runs a café on a small island which provides the necessary landscape for her to hide from her past and make her own way.  As the story unfolds, Angela is faced with some rather unusual circumstances which makes her believe she is being haunted by her mother’s ghost.  Casey is faced with the potential need to sell her café and leave her island she loves so much.

Throughout the novel, the reader follows these ladies on their strange journey of trying to find themselves while their worlds are falling down around them.  The characters are well developed and any reader will be able to relate to one or more of them in this book.  You have the popular girl that is a lot deeper than surface level, the self-sufficient woman who does not want anyone to dictate her life, the nerdy guy who finally gets the chance with the girl, the friends who always think they know what is best for your life and do not hesitate to tell you how to live it, as well as, the parental figures who were the rock for the various people, and young love gone wrong.

I truly enjoyed this novel.  This is technically my first Paranormal Fiction I have read that features ghosts and I loved it.  The story offered a wide variety throughout: love, friendship, lost-love, family, new-love, and the list goes on and on, PLUS ghosts, but not the spooky, freaky kind (which are not bad) but enough that they figure to strongly in the storyline.  The novel had a few typos and missed words here and there and it was easy to figure out the end result as the story builds out, but that is not always a bad thing.

I give What She Inherits by Diane V. Mulligan 4 out of 5 Bookmarks.  I recommend this book if you want a fun story that will keep your focus.  You won’t be disappointed. 🙂

~4-Ever, P

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Book Review: Gatekeepers Of The Grapevine by Jane Paterson

I am honored once again, Dear Bloggites, to have been asked by an up and coming author to review their debut novel.  Jane Paterson sent me a sweet email offering her debut Women’s Fiction novel as a gift if I would be kind enough to read and review her book.  Of course I said yes, I am always willing to help out a fellow writer, especially those that have gone through the grueling process of being published. 🙂

gatekeepers-of-the-grapevine-by-jane-patersonGatekeepers of the Grapevine by Jane Paterson is about a group of women in various stages of life who are friends that live in the same community and a sister of the Queen of the Pack who lives in the same town.  This novel follows three main women: Elizabeth, the self-appointed Queen of Vintner’s Estate; Carolyn, the newest member of Vintner’s Estate and protégé of Elizabeth’s; and Sarah, Elizabeth’s sister who is a painter by trade.

I have not read many women’s fiction novels, but I was intrigued by the description of the novel and, as I began to read the novel, I became more intrigued.  Although slow paced, this novel focuses on the socio-economic status of the well-to-do versus the ordinary wage earner.

Elizabeth always had issues with her sister, Sarah, and she takes pride on being in control of everything she comes into contact with, from her family, household, and friends, Elizabeth feels she is above all others and they would do well by following her lead or risk being ostracized from the social circles.  Sarah, although she loved her sister, never had an easy relationship with Elizabeth and would always feel out of place whenever her sister threw a grand party and invited her to attend.  Carolyn wants to be accepted into the social world of Elizabeth and never feels quite there due to a secret she kept from all about where she came from.

The novel is set in South Africa and Jane Paterson help her readers imagine life there with her pleasant descriptions of the locations.  The novel is broken down into chapters that would focus on one of the ladies’ point of view and she titled each chapter to help the reader know who they were reading about.  While I do not like novels broken down this way, I truly appreciated the titles for each chapter because as I read, I was able to put myself with the character who was providing the point of view.

The only thing I wished was that the novel would have been a little faster paced than what it was.  I enjoy the background and storyline, but I felt at times it seemed to drag on to reach the climax of the storyline and when the climax was reached, it seemed to falter and leave me wanting more of the dramatic reveal of each of the lives that were affected.

Overall, I did enjoy this novel and it did keep my interest.  Thank You, Jane, for asking me to review this novel and I look forward to more books by you.  You have a new fan in me! 🙂

I give Gatekeepers of the Grapevine by Jane Paterson 3 out of 5 Bookmarks.  Give her a whirl, you won’t be disappointed.

~4-Ever, P