‘America for Beginners’ Should Be Required Reading for Everyone [REVIEW]

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A classic road trip becomes more than just a journey across the country in Leah Franqui’s America for Beginners. (Photo by Pok Rie on Pexels.com)

Soon after her husband’s death, and much to everyone’s dismay, a woman does the unthinkable: she leaves her homeland behind and travels to the United States to discover the truth regarding questions her deceased spouse would never answer. But will she like the answers she receives? Find out in Leah Franqui’s debut novel, America for Beginners.
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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]

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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

Sometimes ‘The Crooked Path’ is the Most Rewarding [REVIEW]

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In South Africa, a woman finds the road to happiness to be The Crooked Path. (Photo by Julie Laurent, Flickr)

When a South African young girl who never seems quite good enough in her own mind has her heart crushed and her dreams shattered, will she allow her personal tragedy to define her life or will she forge ahead more determined than ever to construct her own destiny? Find out in Irma Joubert’s The Crooked Path. Read more of this post