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review 2016-08-26 02:19
Shadow Days (Cedar Hollow #4) - Melinda Clayton
Shadow Days (Cedar Hollow Series Book 4) - Melinda Clayton

Shadow Days was a tough, but ultimately cathartic, read for me.

The main character is Emily Holt, a widow living in Florida whose sons are away at college. On the anniversary of her husband's death, Emily gives into an impulse to flee. She gets in her car and drives away, wandering aimlessly, until her car breaks down on a winding mountain road. The sheriff's deputy who picks her up takes her to the nearest town -- which happens to be Cedar Hollow. There, Emily begins to find her way out of her complicated emotions, and she also finds a way to tell her sons the truth about their father's illness.

Clayton has created a realistic portrait of a woman with a loved one who's suffering from mental illness. Emily's husband, Greg, was manic-depressive, and she spent the vast majority of her marriage covering for him in one way or another: finding him work, dealing with his behavior and his medical needs, and raising their children pretty much by herself. To compound matters, she strove to shield the boys from all knowledge of Greg's illness.

Without going into detail, I'll just say that I identified with Emily in a lot of ways. I was in tears more than once. And I was heartened that Emily's story might eventually have a happy ending.

Shadow Days is available both on its own, and as part of Clayton's Cedar Hollow omnibus. All four novels are highly recommended, but I think this one might be my favorite.

Source: www.rursdayreads.com/2016/08/shadow-days-cedar-hollow-4-melinda.html
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review 2016-01-06 22:50
Strange Days but Awesome Read!
Strange Days (Shadow Promised Book 1) - Rebecca Royce

Dodie Chase is a solitary self-proclaimed geek that has had a crush on her neighbor, Christian Casillo, for a while. The problem is every time they have a chance meeting, she panics and rudely leaves. When she gets called to pick her best friend up at the ER, Christian happens to be coming home from his stripper job and insists on helping her.

I’m not really sure what I expected, but this turned out to be a really great story that I read in one sitting. I loved Dodie’s personality. She felt like a kindred spirit to my own. Christian reminded me of Magic Mike meets Buffy. I liked getting to know him, especially his determination to win Dodie over while saving her and the city. I highly recommend and can’t wait to read more.

**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review

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review 2016-01-04 09:25
Can Dodie handle Christian's secret life???
Strange Days (Shadow Promised Book 1) - Rebecca Royce

I received an ARC of 'Strange Days' from Rebecca Royce, in exchange for an honest review.

I didn't even read the description for this book when offered an ARC, I just jumped right in & although at times I was a little freaked out, I thouroughly enjoyed every second of this book. Let me elaborate just a bit, I'm not really a horror fan & there were a couple of scenes that reminded me of a certain clown... but I read on. 'Strange Days' is book 1 in Rebecca Royce's "Shadow Promised" series, it's such an amazing introduction to the series. So there were only moments of the scary clown, compared to the story that weaved itself around those moments, I could handle the clown.

Curvacious, geeky, computer game tech Dodie, has a massive crush on the man next door Christian, a karatee black belt, dancer, cover model... who has a secret life that no women has ever been able to handle. Then the madness hits Austin, murders, heinous crimes... Dodie's best friend is in the hospital after the brutal stabbing of her boyfriend, turning her hair white.

I loved everything in this, well except for the clown, from the characters which I quickly feel in love with, to the storyline, which was fast paced.... throw in the paranormal happenings jumping up every so often & I was HOOKED. I can't wait to read what Rebecca has in store for the next books in the series.

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text 2015-06-28 18:09
Reading progress update: I've read 379 out of 463 pages.
Forty Days Without Shadow: An Arctic Thriller - Olivier Truc

I'll have to find some more good "Arctic Thrillers".

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text 2015-06-28 03:18
Reading progress update: I've read 262 out of 463 pages.
Forty Days Without Shadow: An Arctic Thriller - Olivier Truc

inappropriate drunken Arctic kissing.

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