JBee4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing read

Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2021

An interesting archeological adventure with a touch of supernatural plus a sweet romance. I was quite captivated regarding the intriguing mystery of why Linda’s father was so concerned to send her off to boarding school – alone. No matter the reason it was so sad to loose out on a father daughter relationship. The story line about Linda learning of her heritage on her mother’s side of the family was my favorite part of the book. While I loved the romance it seemed a bit unrealistic to me – sort of like a fairy tale, and fortunately I would surmise they lived happily ever after.



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Review of eBook Archaeology professor Adam Grainger is disturbed when he learns that his five-year-old daughter, Linda, has an imaginary friend. Even more unsettling for the father is the fact that this pretend friend calls Linda “mi amiga.” Concerned, he does what he believes is best for the young girl: he sends her away to boarding school and never lets her return to the house where she’d lived for the first five years of her life. Now she’s twenty, about to graduate from college. And, finally, she returns home . . . because her father tragically died in an automobile accident. Since her mother had died when she was born, Linda was now well and truly alone in the world. Her father’s graduate assistant, Brett McAllister, tries to help her deal with the overwhelming sadness, but Linda frets over her father’s many years of what she felt was pushing her away. Why didn’t he love her enough to have her live with him, she wonders. Surprising news of an unexpected inheritance from her mother takes the young woman westward to the desert in search of answers. And then she vanishes. What happened to Linda? Will Brett, who has declared the professor’s daughter to be his one and only true love, find her? Or will the dark secrets from Linda’s unknown past destroy any possibility of a life together for the two of them? A strong sense of place anchors this tale of long-held secrets that lead to a confrontation between good and evil. The unique, captivating plot brings unexpected twists as the unfolding story pulls readers into the telling of the tale. Well-defined characters populate the intriguing narrative; unforeseen revelations take the story in surprising directions while the underlying sense of tension and suspense keeps the pages turning. The Christian references, woven into the telling of the tale, are neither preachy nor intrusive; rather, they augment the nuanced characterizations and explain behaviors and attitudes without being overly recrementitious. Highly recommended. I received a free copy of this eBook from ReadersMagnet and NetGalley #StandingInMyShadow #NetGalley



Cat (right) Escorting Dog (left)

Do you find things slightly off-kilter? Not much, but just enough to cause a little internal unrest, perhaps causing a little emotional dizziness?

A black cat attached himself to the side of a little black dog and proceeded to escort him through the yard. Dogs are supposed to chase cats, right?

Another cat lay placidly in the yard while a bird swooped and threatened. She just turned her nose up at it. Has she lost her appetite for fowl?

Seems like everywhere you turn there are these pesky little anomalies.

Plans Slipping?

Have the scenes of your upcoming vacation become tilted? The promise of relaxation rolling down the beach, tumbling into the ocean?

Have your friends lost the bounce in their steps?

Fear of contracting a dread virus making you reluctant to try new adventures?

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Now What Do I Do?

Bit off more than you could chew? In over your head? Up the creek without a paddle? Any of these old clichés fit? Now you’re in a pickle. Me, too.

Okay. I started out right. The correct character has been murdered; the vulnerable ones kidnapped; the two main characters have been identified. What a great beginning. Questions, questions with no answers.

Now in chapter 5, I’m bogged down, experiencing writers’ block. The scene is right, the police are set in motion, the main characters are experiencing emotional upheaval, but is now the right time to introduce additional antagonists that will cause more mystery and intrigue? Is it too soon to introduce a future love interest?

I can’t leave the newly-created characters wallowing in despair in their great room. There’s only so much coffee to offer, only so many details to consider. The plot has to move. I brought these fictional characters into existence, and it’s my responsibility to get them off center. I have to make a pathway out for these grieving, hand-wringing people. Gotta move!

The only way I know is to scotch the indecision and pretend I know what I’m doing. I do know how it’s going to end. I just don’t know exactly how I’m going to get out of the jam I’m in. I think I’ve tasted this jam before.