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Young Vines by James Russell Lingerfelt

The Wounded Healer

Young Vines by James Russell Lingerfelt is the most serenely beautiful contemporary novel about life, love, loss and good friends.

Home is not necessarily a physical place. It is also an emotional connection and when that is severed, it hurts so badly. The novel explores this theme of loss where memories keep us warm but there is still a huge hole in our hearts. We need to learn how to live again and how to adapt to a new type of normal.

Sometimes in order to live again, we need to revisit our past. We may find old memories will draw us back to a former way of life.

There is a contrast in the novel between the busy academic Pepperdine and the freedom, life and warmth of a Tennessee vineyard. In one life is hectic but empty. In the other it is busy but fulfilling. There is a time for family and love and laughter.

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The Summer Villa by Melissa Hill

Lives Entwined

 The Summer Villa by Melissa Hill is a most delightful contemporary novel that will have your pulse racing as you read towards the conclusion, anticipating what is to come.

The novel has two time periods – ‘then’ (five years earlier) and ‘now.’ The action alternates between the two.

Three strangers meet at crossroads in their lives – all have needs to be met and their own destinies to fulfil. Their lives entwine down the years.

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Revenge Of The Elders Of Zion by Dan Sofer

Don’t Embarrass The Bureau

Revenge Of The Elders Of Zion by Dan Sofer is a contemporary suspense thriller that will keep you on your toes as you read.

The action is fast paced and the plotline complex with twists and turns that I did not spot coming. I did find it hard to keep up with at times but I clung on for the ride.

There are agents and double agents, disguises and inter agency battles, as secret societies plot the downfall of others.

The novel concerns the age old question of anti-Semitism, as heroes of the tale seek to right the wrongs of the past.

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The Secrets Of Sunshine by Phaedra Patrick

Love Letters

The Secrets Of Sunshine by Phaedra Patrick is the most delightful contemporary novel that will warm your heart and soul, making you feel good about life.

Phaedra Patrick always creates such wonderful storylines and characters. It’s just like sinking down into your favourite chair.

The novel is a celebration of love. There are those who have loved and lost, and life is painful at times but life is for living. “You try to function as normal, then you feel guilty when you have good times.” Survivor’s guilt weighs heavy but we should not feel guilty for living again.

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