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review 2019-05-03 05:41
Slow steady plot, take it or leave it
Saving Meghan - D.J. Palmer

The pace of this plot was steady and although it did keep your reading and page turning, there just didn’t seem to be enough to get me to really like the book. Yes I was intrigued by what was going to happen next, if everything was really all in Becky’s head, if there were other things behind it, or if Meghan really was sick with some weird rare condition.


The mystery aspect of it was not too bad and getting to the bottom of it was basically what carried the novel for me. It did feel like bits here and there were dragging and by the last third of the book I pretty much wanted it over with as it was just getting too much. You really do feel for Meghan here because she’s caught between both her parents and you can feel her isolation.


I don’t feel much for the other characters mentioned in the book. They’re really not that likable - Meghan would probably be the one I like the most in this book but even then her personality is flat and not that much substance is put into anyone.


The last third of the book got me to forgive the slow dragging plot. It was like watching an avalanche go down a hill and the pace got super quick after that. It was enough to get me to forgive the book for the slow dragging plot as I pretty much wanted to know what was the final outcome and what was the ending of it all.


Slow plot, great mystery aspect with bland characters, it’s an interesting read and if you’re into the slow build up to a climactic ending, then by all means read it. It was okay for me.

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review 2019-04-16 22:50
Great Anthology
Christmas with My Cowboy - Diana Palmer,... Christmas with My Cowboy - Diana Palmer,Lindsay McKenna,Margaret Way

From the snowy, wind-whipped prairie to the remote Australian Outback, a cowboy’s loving kiss makes this Christmas merry and bright.

This was a cute anthology full of cowboys and the holidays. Each story was well written and perfect to put me in the Christmas mood. I felt I could find any of these stories on the Hallmark Channel. I highly recommend!

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2019-04-05 18:07
Becky will do anything to find out what’s ailing her teenage daughter in this page-turner of a thriller which turns the spotlight on Munchausen by proxy
Saving Meghan - D.J. Palmer

Becky would do anything to find out what is ailing her fourteen-year old daughter Meghan, who has been in and out of hospitals and doctor’s offices with unexplained symptoms. She is also frustrated that her husband Carl isn’t nearly as dedicated to finding out what is so obviously wrong. It’s also not helpful when her sister Sabrina, who is caring for their dying mother Cora, isn’t supportive; she also believes that their dysfunctional upbringing has led Becky to act obsessively towards Meghan.


When Munchausen by proxy, a rare behavioral disorder where the primary caretaker constantly seeks medical attention for assumed  symptoms, is suspected as the reason for all of Meghan’s mysterious ailments, the hospital administration steps in. And things heat up in all kinds of ways in this deftly-written page-turner of a book.


This is a fascinating exploration of a rare behavioral disorder, of family ties and relationships, of grief, and it’s also a tightly-written medical thriller. D.J. Palmer is a skilled writer; the pacing and tone kept me enthralled page after page with the different character perspectives shifting, with only Meghan’s being written in first-person, as she is the one experiencing the mental and physical anguish of the ‘disease,’ which I thought was a brilliant decision on Palmer’s part. Everything written from Becky’s perspective takes on a tone of anxiety, which fits perfectly with her character, proof of how well the characters are written and drive this novel.

It’s also ominous how dangerously symbiotic the mother-daughter relationship becomes; the relationship between Becky and Meghan then mirrors the one Becky had with her mom and that is pivotal to the story. I’m kind of in awe in how well Palmer psychologically weaves these characters together.


There are other plot threads that play a large part in the novel but I will let the reader discover them on their own. The overt exploration of Munchausen by proxy is so well done, and the underlying themes swept me away, so when the twists came out and grabbed me at the end, I was utterly surprised.

I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough; it has everything I love in a book: Complex relationships. Family dysfunction. Medical/psychological thriller. Interesting characters. Twists you don’t see coming. Expert writing.


*Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me a copy of this book for review!

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/40122065-saving-meghan
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review 2019-03-30 13:46
Marrying My Cowboy by Diana Palmer, Lindsay McKenna, Kate Pearce
Marrying My Cowboy - Lindsay McKenna,Kate Pearce,Diana Palmer



It's that time of year again. Love is in the air, beauty is starting to bloom and temperatures are on the rise. With the season of love on It's way, It's fitting that romance jumps in on the fun. Marrying My Cowboy came on the radar for me because I am a fan of all three authors. Pearce gives us something to talk about when taking a chance on naughty puts in question a matter of the heart. McKenna is the boss when it comes to wild rides, emotional moments and inspiring storytelling. Diana Palmer makes scandal front page news and our hearts are the prize at hand. Full of captivating characters, laugh out loud moments and irresistible romance, Marrying My Cowboy will put a move on hearts everywhere.

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review 2019-01-13 00:00
A History of the Modern World
A History of the Modern World - Joel Colton,R.R. Palmer [b:A History of the Modern World|914055|A History of the Modern World|Joel Colton|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1387699912s/914055.jpg|996408][a:Joel Colton|91744|Joel Colton|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/m_50x66-82093808bca726cb3249a493fbd3bd0f.png]

Although European history is the focus of this book, it gives a great summary of how the changes in Europe's timeline affected the world at large. Throughout history, travel, trade and war have spread ideas and knowledge from one land to another. This book does a wonderful job of not only giving details of the people, but the religious advances, political renderings, lives of the classes, laws and lifestyles. It provides a valuable resource for those researching the whys and hows of the early Europeans, as well as the truths of where our customs and structures have been shaped by these people and their triumphs and faults. It is not just a superb resource but also an entertaining book that will make you think and see your world in a new way. I believe everyone can benefit from the knowledge within its pages, and will enjoy the time spent reading it.
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