‘Where the Forest Meets the Stars’ Makes Us Believe in Miracles [REVIEW]

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When the changeling appears mysteriously out of the woods, she changes two people’s lives forever. (Photo by Lee Render, Flickr)

Diamond Review BannerA scientist content to study birds in rural Illinois. A quiet loner who sells eggs on the roadside. A little girl who appears one night with a fantastic story to tell. Where did she come from? What will they do with her? And how will she change their lives? Find out in Glendy Vanderah’s exquisite debut novel, Where the Forest Meets the Stars.  Read more of this post

♦ Lou Berney’s ‘November Road’ Never Fails to Entertain [REVIEW]

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Two people on the run discover unexpected possibilities in Lou Berney’s November Road. (Photo by Thomas Hawk, Flickr)

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He wants sanctuary. She wants freedom. When a gangster meets a housewife in Lou Berney’s new novel, November Road, two disparate people are thrown together in a cross-country road trip in the pursuit of something more.
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♦ Hope and Redemption are ‘What Blooms from Dust’ in James Markert’s New Novel [REVIEW]

A huge dust storm moves across the land during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

A prodigal son. A child for sale. Both get a second chance in the midst of the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl in James Markert’s What Blooms from Dust. (Photo courtesy US Department of Agriculture, Flickr)

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I have always loved survivor stories: those tales where people beat the odds, transform their lives, and wind up with something better. So it brings me great pleasure to bring you our latest Diamond Review title, James Markert’s What Blooms from Dust. In this redemptive story set against the 1930s Dust Bowl, we are introduced to what may likely become two of modern literature’s most unforgettable characters.
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♦ Ruth Hogan’s ‘The Keeper Of Lost Things’ Reminds Readers of What is Truly Important [REVIEW]

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A woman finds sanctuary in the beautiful home of an aging author in Ruth Hogan’s The Keeper of Lost Things. (Photo courtesy Pexels)

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If you enjoy stories that are insightful, thought provoking, and transcendent, you are going to love our latest Diamond Review title, Ruth Hogan’s The Keeper of Lost Things. This dazzling little gem of a book will draw you in with memorable characters guaranteed to win your heart, make you examine the world around you with fresh eyes, and prompt you to live a more significant existence.  Read more of this post

♦ The Magic In ‘The Trick’ Is How It Wins Our Hearts [REVIEW]

Hope and wisdom

In the hopes of saving his parents’ marriage, a young boy who still believes in the impossible elicits the help of a cranky old stage magician in Emanuel Bergmann’s debut novel, The Trick. (Photo by Todd Baker, Flickr)

Diamond Review BannerOnce in a great while, a book comes along that so completely captures my heart and imagination I can’t wait to tell others about it. Emanuel Bergmann’s marvelous debut novel, The Trick, is one such story. In it, we meet a charming little boy who sees the world with such wide-eyed wonder we can’t help but fall in love with him. After his parents deliver an announcement that will shatter his world, he forges an unlikely alliance with a cynical old man who has lost the ability to see all of life’s dazzling possibilities. Their friendship changes both of them in powerful and unexpected ways.  Read more of this post