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Original Essays | September 17, 2014

Merritt Tierce: IMG Has My Husband Read It?



My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »

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Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley
Season of Storms

Dieveney, October 22, 2014

1920s actress Celia Sands mysteriously disappears on opening night of a production written especially for her. Fast forward 80 years and another actress named Celia Sands has been invited to play the role of a lifetime or at least the role of her namesake in the same production set in a gorgeous Italian Villa and previous home of the original Celia. The play has never successfully been produced due to its “Scottish Play” like curse but an aspiring actress can’t pass up the chance to play the lead even if she’s not sure she’ll make it to opening night herself. Enter a eccentric cast of characters including a handsome but brooding producer and grandson of the original playwright as well as some rather entertaining theatrical folks ready to put on a show. Susanna Kearsley has been one of my favorite authors for so long due to her loveable characters, gorgeous landscapes, and clever mysteries. While this novel is one of her first, it definitely captures the magic of her later books.
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The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford
The Sea House

Dieveney, October 22, 2014

A gorgeous character study wrapped around a historic mystery where the most compelling character is the incredible Hebrides islands. Ruth moves to historic Sea House, on the remote and mysterious Scottish islands and almost immediately uncovers an ancient skeleton of what appears to be a mermaid child. Fighting demons from her past, she throws herself into uncovering the identity of this child. Flash back 130 years and Stephen, local vicar and owner of the Sea House is diving into his own obsessive research of the identity of mermaids. Told in alternating chapters, these characters demonstrate the challenges we face unless we turn and embrace the past. When the third voice Moira begins to tell her story, prepare to be immersed until the book is finished. There’s nothing supernatural about this beautifully researched novel, just very very good storytelling.
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A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
A Death-Struck Year

Dieveney, June 8, 2014

A Death-Struck Year is a fast paced and captivating story of contagion and epidemic in 1918 Portland Oregon. The story takes place mostly over a period of days, when the Portland joins in on the Spanish Flu epidemic that struck thousands a blink of an eye. Historically accurate and highly detailed, this story was heart wrenching and suspenseful but with lovely moments of heroism and humanity. I read the book straight through in 2 hours and would recommend the book to anyone. Portland is represented with love in this book but every city in America shared a similar experience in these dark times.
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The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

Dieveney, February 26, 2014

In the midst of devastation, Greta Wells decides if she can't change her circumstances, she'll reset her brain with shock therapy. The result is not at all what she expects as she wakes up the next morning as herself but a hundred years in the past. This fascinating story asks, who would we be if we'd been born into another time. Greta gets the impossible opportunity to view her life choices from an outsiders perspective and the chance to perhaps choose her future. Sometimes heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting, with a great cast of characters and fantastic atmosphere, I highly recommend this quick but exciting read.
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This House Is Haunted by John Boyne
This House Is Haunted

Dieveney, October 21, 2013

Just in time for Halloween, John Boyne’s spooky Dickensian thriller is perfect reading for spooky autumn evenings. Eliza Caine has no idea what’s in store for her when she accepts a position as governess at mysterious Gaudlin Hall after the tragic death of her father. The horrors begin immediately upon her arrival and continue at a persistent pace while Eliza desperately searches for answers. Full of suspense, chilling encounters, tight lipped villagers, creepy children, and old fashioned horrors, This House in Haunted will keep you thrilled and entertained.
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