The Next Chapter By Florida Author Melanie Young Reviewed by Author Fran Lewis

April 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm (love) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )


The Next Chapter

The Next Chapter

Author: Melanie Young

In a flash of a second or even a nanosecond, your life can take on a different direction. Each day brings with it many unexpected events that can alter the way we think, act or live the rest of our lives. As we turn the pages of a book and begin each new chapter, the author introduces more information about the characters, develops the plot and excites the reader to continue reading using vivid descriptions of the scenery, the actions of the characters and enveloping the reader and wrapping them so tightly within the pages of the book until the very last word on the last page. This brings me to my review of The Next Chapter by author Melanie Young.

Carol Davidson, wife, mother and wedding photographer’s life is shattered in one brief moment. After speaking with her husband, Jim, not one hour before about their upcoming cruise for their 26th anniversary, the excitement, the happiness and the anticipation of spending this momentous occasion together will forever fade in her mind as the doorbell rings and an officer tells her of her husband’s fate in a deadly car accident. Like many people who lose their spouse, Carol created her own envelope or bubble that completely surrounded her and withdrew into her own world leaving many outside to fend for themselves. With a thriving business, a great next door neighbor and wonderful assistant, she devoted her time to Enchantments, her business and left her daughter and son-in-law outside the parameters of this bubble keeping others just within the walls but not too close.

After four years of mourning Jim, her daughter Andrea and husband Jason visit her with exciting news and want her to come and live with them in Florida. Debating her choices and whether she wanted to give up her home, her tangible memories of Jim and her business, Carol faces some really hard choices and must decide whether a house and material things matter more than her daughter who wants to know her mother and lost the chance with her father due to the accident. What choice does she make? What does her daughter say to her when confronted that finally pushes her to decide?

Visiting Andrea and Jason she meets Andrew a divorced father who Andrea and Jason buy their home and auto insurance from. Immediately taken with Carol he becomes an ardent fan of her moving to Florida. But, that decision is hers and although they seem to bond, Carol is still not ready for a real relationship and Andrew hopes to change that.

As Carol is sorting through and cleaning Jim’s office she comes across a letter that he wrote to her that will forever change her life, her mindset and cement her decision. A sincere, heartfelt, and beautiful letter from Jim to Carol, allows the reader to enter their lives, even for a moment to help understand the strength of their relationship and how strong that bubble that envelopes her formed as a shield to prevent anyone from getting too close and breaking the barriers for fear of being disloyal to Jim. But, after reading his words in his own hand, things will change for Carol, Andrea and her soon to be business partner in Enchantments, Sarah

Andrew the auto and home insurance salesman soon encounters his competition in Eddie the car salesman who definitely resembles Jim. The author takes us on a journey along with Carol with a woman who makes many life changing decisions, including where she will live, whether to have Sarah her assistant buy into her business as a partner, and learning to live life to its fullest. What does happen between Carol and Andrew remains to be seen. Will she prefer the man who looks like Jim? Andrea, Jason, Carol, Andrew, and her new granddaughter Jamie Grace will spend their lives on this exciting journey called life. With her best friend Joan’s sage and wise dating advice, which sounds like what my mother told me, and the support of her family, only time will tell when and if the next chapter in Carol’s life will be written. Dating does mean getting to know someone better to see if you really want to know them, as Joan states so brilliantly. My mother would add, the only thing a man is entitled to is the pleasure of your company and no fringe benefits. A date means going out and having conversation and that’s all. Relationships form over time and require trust, respect and understanding as you learn through Carol and Andrew. Good old fashion values definitely come through in this novel.

Author Melanie Young brings to light the many issues that women deal with when they lose a spouse. Understanding how Carol reacted and feels reminds me of my mom after losing my Dad. She enveloped herself and isolated herself too and did not want to break the walls of that bubble and let the world and the sun back in. But, she did in her own way and now will Carol pop some holes in that bubble and allow it to burst, or will she forever not write the Next Chapter. Well written, with characters whose personalities are clearly defined and the many journeys that Carol takes, the reader hopes that her future will have many Next Chapters with happy endings. Let’s hope she lets the sun shine and back into her life.

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

Author of the Bertha Series of Books and Memories are Precious

I give this book a beautifully photographed picture of

Five People: Carol, Andrea, Jason, Jamie Grace and you decide who gets the final spot.

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The Next Chapter by Author Melanie Young

March 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm (romance, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Up and coming Author Melanie Young Releases Her New Novel The Next Chapter

Up and coming Port St Lucie author Melanie Young has just released her newest book, The Next Chapter, a novel about lost love and new beginnings.

The Next Chapter is the story of a solid marriage of love, happiness and fulfillment; until that fateful day when it is ripped apart by a terrible automobile accident. Carol Davison is left torn apart, grieving that for that which will never be again. How will she survive? How does she move forward? How does she turn the page in “The Next Chapter” of her life?

Read The Next Chapter and see how Carol Davison learns life’s lessons, heals, and finds love again.

Port St Lucie author Melanie Young moved from Spokane, Washington a year ago and promptly settled into her passion for writing. She and her husband, Dean, enjoy the small town atmosphere of the bedroom community of Port St Lucie, along with their two dogs, Ginger and Tommy.

Melanie also leads a local writers group, which meets at Barnes and Noble on US1 in Jensen Beach on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm. Feel free to join her there along with other local writers for meet and greet, or just to hang out.

The Next Chapter is her first release, but certainly not her last. It can be purchased at lulu.com, amazonkindle.com, amazon.com and her online bookstore at http://auntmel.ecrater.com. If ordered from her online bookstore, you will receive your copy signed. Melanie is also doing a drawing for a tote bag filled with goodies from the book, The Next Chapter, as well as a copy of her next book, Read My Shorts. Contact Melanie at mybooks64@gmail.com for details. Good luck to all who enter.

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Sister Team KM Daughters explodes on the writing scene

August 15, 2009 at 7:50 pm (mystery, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


JewelOfTheAdriatic_2X3JEWEL OF THE ADRIATICA nightgown model and a soap opera star meet in Valselo, a Croatian village where millions believe the Mother of God appears to three visionaries. Yugoslavian born Maya Lidovic owns Intimate Whispers, a New York based sleepwear company. Determined not to lose her faith in a secular world, she spends her vacations leading tours in Valselo where her parents run an inn. Colin O’Reilly plays heartthrob, Dr. Brock Stone, on the soap opera Tides Of Tomorrow. Through various setbacks in life he’s managed to keep God first. But now he’s furious at God for taking his mother. Colin doesn’t believe that God has sent the Virgin Mary to earth w

ith messages of hope. He doesn’t believe that God cares about the world. A series of apparitions, prophetic dreams and earthy attraction draw these different people together. Human frailties obscure the intention of the call that brought them to their destinies.human frailties,

Review: 4 books http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2008/09/jewel-of-adriatic.html
Buy: http://tinyurl.com/qu4pl6

 

RoseOfTheAdriaticROSE OF THE ADRIATIC-

Wounded and faithless, Dr. Matthew Robbins arrives in a small Croatian village determined to discredit the visionary who claims to see the Mother of God. Matt believes only proven facts, and he’s sure Anna Babic is either lying or delusional. But, despite all his unpopular testing, he can’t disprove Anna’s visions–and what’s worse, he finds himself falling for the beautiful visionary who speaks with the blessed Virgin Mary.  

Anna has experienced skeptics in the past, and they’ve never left a lasting effect. But Matt is different. Despite his open disbelief and vehemence to discredit her, she finds herself hoping he’ll change his mind.


Drawn together as if by a heavenly hand, can Anna choose a life as the wife to her unlikely match?  Can Matt believe on faith alone that God loves him enough to heal him and free him to love Anna?

Review – 5 stars Readers Choice Book Reviews – link: http://ezinearticles.com/?Rose-of-the-Adriatic-by-KM-Daughters&id=2616959 <http://ezinearticles.com/?Rose-of-the-Adriatic-by-KM-Daughters&amp;id=2616959>
Buy – http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/cartage.html?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=595

AgainstDocOrders_w1792_300qAGAINST DOCTORS ORDERS–  The Henna Housewife Killer continues to evade the police for the murders of red headed housewives. ER doctor Molly Jordon treats Detective Danny Sullivan when he’s brought to her ER with a bullet wound. Molly has never had a carnal reaction to a patient before but Danny sparks so much heat in her, he appears in steamy dreams. A cop’s widow and single parent, Molly is fiercely averse to the life of worry loving a cop entails. And Danny isn’t any cop. He’s the son of a retired Police Commissioner and one of six siblings who are all law enforcers. Danny thought that a cop’s job and marriage didn’t mix after his bitter divorce – until he meets the bossy, irresistible Molly Jordan who throws medical orders at him that he has no inclination to follow.

AWARD:  

Review: 5 stars Readers Choice Book Reviews – pdf attached

Buy:  http://tinyurl.com/ot4kdm <http://tinyurl.com/ot4kdm>


BeyondtheCodeof_w3208_300BEYOND THE CODE OF CONDUCT

FBI Agency brass and Sullivan family connections force Special Agent Bobbie Leighton into an undercover operation with inactive Homicide Detective Joe Sullivan.  Posing as a cattleman and his arm-candy wife the couple is assigned to infiltrate Bradley Sterling’s illegal operation.  Suspected of baby trafficking, Sterling may be connected with Jimmy Sullivan’s murder.  How do Bobbie and Joe adhere to their professional code of conduct living under the same roof?  Can they forget their personal history, ignore their volatile feelings for each other and ensnare their target when they might be next on Sterling’s victims list?

REVIEWS – 4 stars RT Book Reviews http://tinyurl.com/r2wkm9
The Book Connection – Must Read  http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2009/07/beyond-code-of-conduct-by-km-daughters.html
You Gotta Read Book Reviews – Rating You Gotta Read http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com/2009/06/review-beyond-code-of-conduct.html

BOOK TRAILER LINK:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho2kVI3_nrw

Past_Final300PAST, PRESENT AND FOREVER

Unaware they share the same goal, Lizzie and Jack motivate Jack’s brother Charlie out of his despondency after the death of his wife. Lizzie and Jack both understand loss. Liz was jilted by her fiancé the same day her parents died ten years ago and Jack’s mother abandoned her small sons to life with a father who never recovered from the separation.

Now Liz faces the man who destroyed her at a college reunion, with Jack as her companion instead of Charlie who engineers the covert substitution. As Liz and Jack collide in the present can they overcome their pasts and find forever?

REVIEW: Coffee Time Romance and More Reviewers Award: www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Pastpresentandforever.html

Pat Casiello
Writing with Kathie Clare as K.M. Daughters

BEYOND THE CODE OF CONDUCT, Book 2 Sullivan Boys Romantic Suspense Series
Rated 4-Stars RT Book Review, “Compelling”…Page Turner
To purchase: http://tinyurl.com/qwgpsp
Coming 7/31/09 – ROSE OF THE ADRIATIC
Rated 5-Stars Readers Choice Literary Reviews, “…a wonderful story”
To purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/na2vbs
Visit our website: http://www.kmdaughters.com
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About the Author

K. M. Daughters is the writing team of sisters, Pat Casiello and Kathie Clare. Their penname is dedicated to their parents: Kay and Mickey Lynch. Pat is married to Nick Casiello and has three children, Jen, Emilie and Brian. Kathie is married to Tom Clare and has two sons, Tom and Michael. She has one granddaughter, Natalie, a grandson, Michael John new grandbaby is expected in September.

Visit K. M. Daughters www.kmdaughters.com <http://www.kmdaughters.com/>

 

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