Sweet Mystery Stories: My Review of Gayle’s Tales by Trish Hubschman #Fantastic Friday Reads #Fiction #Inspiration

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Gayle’s Tales is a collection of Tracy Gayle mystery short stories.

Everyone’s favorite couple, Tracy and Danny, are still going strong, romantically and professionally, rocking and rolling and solving crime.

Tracy has to locate Missing Persons that vanished decades earlier.

She gets tangled in murder investigations she hadn’t anticipated.

She digs into a coal mining town that’s been uninhabited for forty years and discovers secrets and skeletons.

In the end, she brings long lost family and friends back into each others arms and lives.

And then there’s he FBI.

Through all this, she and Danny are planning their wedding extravaganza at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Tracy herself narrates her own adventures in these tales, as she does in the books.

 

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My Thoughts

 

I read many of these stories when Trish posted them on the email list for Behind Our Eyes, a writers’ organization to which we belong. It was fun rereading them. Many of them are connected. Like the other books in this series, these stories are short but packed with comprehensive plot twists.

Not all of these tales involve murder. My favorite is the first story in the collection, in which a mother is reunited with her daughter who ran away from home ten years earlier. The last story in the book will leave you wondering. Will there be a sequel?

 

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Holiday Murder: My Review of Uneasy Tides by Trish Hubschman #FantasticFridayReads #Fiction #Inspiration

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Blair wants Danny to get her an interview with his first wife’s present husband, Robert Taylor. He’s the CEO of a major computer software company. Danny reluctantly says he’ll see what he can do. He and Tracy go to the Taylor residence for a Christmas party. He hasn’t seen his first wife, Deb, in over 30 years. She sucks up to him.

At the party, Deb is drunk and disappears with her husband’s business partner. Her son from her second marriage, Darren, isn’t present. Her daughter Lily is flirting with a young man. Becca, her daughter with her third husband, a musician, is sincerely excited about Danny’s presence.

Danny and Tracy feel out of sorts and by midnight are ready to leave, but they have to find Deb to say good night. It’s then that mayhem breaks out. Becca summons them down to the pool area. Her mother is passed out on the cement, bruises on her face and arms. Two men are pulling Robert Taylor’s body out of the pool.

Deb is the most likely suspect, but she insists she didn’t do it. Danny’s older brother, Derek, a prominent attorney, takes her case. If Deb didn’t kill her husband, who did? There were so many possible suspects at the party.

 

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My Thoughts

 

Like others in this series, Uneasy Tides is short but packed with interesting characters and many plot twists that kept me turning virtual pages and made it hard to put the book down.

As with Ratings Game, I couldn’t feel sorry for the victims. I admire Trish, whom I met through Behind Our Eyes years ago, for creating such complex characters. This is a great read for anyone liking a good mystery with not too much violence.

 

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Talk Show Queen Nearly Dies: My Review of Ratings Game by Trish Hubschman #FantasticFridayReads #Fiction #Inspiration

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The Danny Tide story continues.

Somebody’s trying to kill the rock star’s second wife, talk show hostess Blair Nelson. Danny and Tracy, now a couple expecting a baby, get pulled into it because Danny finally agrees to do an interview with his ex–wife. She’s been bugging him for a while.

That evening, after a draining day at Blair’s studio, when Danny and Tracy are home in bed, Danny’s phone goes off. It’s his and Blair’s daughter, Liz, announcing that she found her mother unconscious on her bathroom floor. Blair ingested a drug overdose.

Who would want to eliminate the talk show queen, and why? Could the perpetrator be Blair’s housekeeper? Her personal assistant? The owner of the television station? The show’s producer? Even Danny and Liz are on the suspect list.

Everyone had opportunity, but no one has a motive. They’re all devoted to Blair.

They need Blair to wake up and give them some answers.

 

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My Thoughts

 

I met Trish Hubschman years ago through Behind Our Eyes, a writers’ organization to which we both belong. I’ve enjoyed reading work she has posted to our email list and following her Tracy Gayle series as it developed. I’m looking forward to assisting her with a book launch at the end of the month.

In most cases, you’d feel sorry for the victim of attempted murder, right? Well, this was definitely not the case here. I had absolutely no sympathy for talk show queen Blair Nelson.

After begging her ex-husband, rock singer Danny Tide, for an interview, when he and his fiancé, private eye Tracy Gayle, arrive at the studio, she’s rude to them both, and it appears that she’s often abusive toward her staff.

In the end, she never really changes. I like how the author crated this character in contrast to others in the book.

As I said in previous reviews of Trish’s other books in this series, these remind me of the Nancy Drew mysteries I read as a kid. They’re not long, but you get a comprehensive plot with a lot of information, and they’re easy to follow. I enthusiastically recommend them to anyone who likes a good mystery with not too much violence.

 

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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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A Remarkable Story About Man’s Best Friend: My Review of Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard #FantasticFridayReads #Memoir #Inspiration

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The New York Times bestselling true story of an Australian ultramarathon runner and a little dog who formed an unbreakable bond in the middle of the Gobi desert.

Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains and across massive sand dunes, keeping pace with him for 77 miles.

As Dion witnessed the incredible determination and heart of this small animal, he found his own heart undergoing a change as well. Whereas in the past these races were all about winning and being the best, his goal now was to make sure he and Gobi’s friendship continued well after the finish line, and he undertook another difficult journey to bring Gobi home to Scotland.

However, before he could take her home, Gobi went missing in the sprawling Chinese city where she was being kept. Dion, with the help of strangers and a viral outpouring of assistance on the internet, set out to track her down, and reunite with the dog that changed his life. Finding Gobi:

  • Proves that miracles are possible—anywhere and at any time
  • Gives vivid details of an ultra-marathon and what it’s like to run one of the toughest races on the planet
  • Connects to that special bond that humankind has with dogs and what it can open up in our hearts

Read this inspiring story and discover how miracles truly are possible—and find your own heart changing as well.

 

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My Thoughts

 

I enjoy stories about dogs and cats, and I love a book with a happy ending. Finding Gobi didn’t disappoint me.

I was on the edge of my seat most of the time, wondering what would happen next. Because the prologue offered a glimpse of the ending, I wasn’t compelled to stay up late reading this book, as I’ve done with others.

The photos and some back story add a nice touch. Even if you don’t like dogs and aren’t into running, I hope this book will warm your heart.

 

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.Photo Resize and Description by

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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

***

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Bring on the Holiday spirit: My Review of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Christmas #FantasticFridayReads #Nonfiction #Inspiration

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Let the magic of Christmas brighten your winter days! These inspiring stories of family and friends, giving and sharing, joy and blessings, are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

Prepare to be inspired! From holiday hijinks to heartwarming family traditions, from the spirit of giving to the wonders of gratitude, from creative gifting to tales of the tree, there’s something for everyone in these joy-filled pages.

You’ll likely recognize your own family in these stories. Some will make you laugh out loud, others will make you tear up a little. These comforting, cozy stories cover the whole holiday season, from Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Christmas and New Year’s.

We didn’t forget the kids either. The stories in this collection are “Santa safe,” meaning that they keep the magic alive for even the most precocious readers. And your purchase will support Toys for Tots, creating miracles for the children who need them most.

Chicken Soup for the Soul books are 100% made in the USA and each book includes stories from as diverse a group of writers as possible. Chicken Soup for the Soul solicits and publishes stories from the LGBTQ community and from people of all ethnicities, nationalities, and religions.

 

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My Thoughts

 

Many of the stories in this collection reminded me of my own family Christmases when I was growing up. The accounts of people buying trees made me want one, and maybe I’ll get a small one that’s already decorated next year. The quotations at the beginning of each story add a nice touch.

Although Christmas has come and gone, it might not be too late to read some of these stories. But you can always put this book on your list for next year. No matter when you read it, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Christmas is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

 

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

***

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