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Long Man by Amy Greene
Long Man

McGuffy Ann, March 19, 2014

Author Amy Greene is back with her much anticipated second novel. She does not disappoint. Long Man is sure to be a classic.

In this lyrical novel Amy tells the story of a community lost to progress and the ways of the world. Her characters are depicted with the heart and soul of someone who is familiar with the people. These are Amy’s people, as she is born and bred in eastern Tennessee.

The town of Yuneetah is almost a place out of time, as it has been taken over by the Tennessee Valley Authority. It will soon be under the river water known as “Long Man”, as a dam floods the town. Annie Clyde Dodson holds onto her land, as she does her roots. She clings to the past for the future of her young daughter, Grace.

Amos is a transient who comes back to the valley, in search of his past and perhaps answers to his own unspoken questions. Suddenly, little Grace goes missing the same day that he is seen in Annie’s field.

The town is divided in their belief as to Grace’s whereabouts. Did she drown in the rising waters of the dam, or did Amos take her? Time is running out. The TVA is not very cooperative or sympathetic in offering more time, as they are absorbed in their own plans for the town and valley.

The lyrical novel is beautifully written. The story is gripping and emotional. The book tells of a time, place and people that are an important and an integral part of history. Author Amy Greene does them all a great justice.
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Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
Lost Lake

McGuffy Ann, January 27, 2014

This wonderful novel is set in Georgia. Kate, a young widow, has been merely sleepwalking for the past year. Her mother-in-law has taken over her life, as well as that of her young daughter, Devin’s life. Kate had only gone through the motions of living.

Upon coming across an old postcard of Lost Lake, Kate realizes that she needs to take control of her life and Devin’s. Lost Lake is just the place to start. She remembered it as the perfect place of her childhood, as she and Devin set out for Lost Lake Resort.

The resort is owned by Kate’s Aunt Eby who, now growing older, wonders if she should continue on or sell the old place. It needs work and she is tired. Both she and the resort are not what they once were, she fears.

However, the resort has colourful people who have gathered there for many years. They come together, each with their own woes and stories. Misfits of various kinds, they have a place at Lost Lake, finding acceptance, friendship, and ultimately themselves.

Kate finds the support that she needs at Lost Lake. She finds a special childhood friend, as well as Aunt Eby. Kate is reawakened and energized by Lost Lake. It has a magic of its own. Devin knows this immediately, following clues to uncover mysteries and secrets there.

This may be one of Sarah Addison Allen’s best works. I believe it is indeed a magical novel. I was drawn in from the start, and did not want to leave Lost Lake.
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Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
Lost Lake

McGuffy Ann, January 27, 2014

This wonderful novel is set in Georgia. Kate, a young widow, has been merely sleepwalking for the past year. Her mother-in-law has taken over her life, as well as that of her young daughter, Devin’s life. Kate had only gone through the motions of living.

Upon coming across an old postcard of Lost Lake, Kate realizes that she needs to take control of her life and Devin’s. Lost Lake is just the place to start. She remembered it as the perfect place of her childhood, as she and Devin set out for Lost Lake Resort.

The resort is owned by Kate’s Aunt Eby who, now growing older, wonders if she should continue on or sell the old place. It needs work and she is tired. Both she and the resort are not what they once were, she fears.

However, the resort has colourful people who have gathered there for many years. They come together, each with their own woes and stories. Misfits of various kinds, they have a place at Lost Lake, finding acceptance, friendship, and ultimately themselves.

Kate finds the support that she needs at Lost Lake. She finds a special childhood friend, as well as Aunt Eby. Kate is reawakened and energized by Lost Lake. It has a magic of its own. Devin knows this immediately, following clues to uncover mysteries and secrets there.

This may be one of Sarah Addison Allen’s best works. I believe it is indeed a magical novel. I was drawn in from the start, and did not want to leave Lost Lake.
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Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes by Joanne Demaio

McGuffy Ann, January 27, 2014

Vera returns to her New England hometown for her sister’s winter wedding. However, since her career as a big city reporter has ended she is considering staying in the quaint town. It is decided when she comes across an old country house and barn. There are many things to be repaired in the badly neglected property. Undeterred, Vera uses her severance pay to buy the old run down place.

Vera obviously has a lot of repairs to deal with. She meets Derek at the hardware store, who quickly becomes her helper and friend. Their friendship grows as she relies on his knowledge and expertise.

During the renovation of the barn Vera discovers a secret. As the story unfolds, so does a secret and its importance to many in the town. Not only will it affect the town and its people, but also Derek.

This is Joanne DeMaio’s third book. Her novels are as warm and sweet as the titles imply. She does not disappoint. They are a treat.
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Intermission: A Place in Time by Glenda Lee Vollmecke
Intermission: A Place in Time

McGuffy Ann, January 12, 2014

This is a very entertaining and riveting memoir. The author writes with British humour that brings her memories to life. From beginning to end, she keeps your full attention with her vivid memories.

Glenda Lee Vollmecke takes you back to her childhood in postwar WWII England. She shares her life from age six through sixteen. It was a difficult time in history, and also for young Glenda. Her relationship with her self-centered stepfather was not a good one. She also grew up with boarders living with her family, to add to the household income. Unfortunately that was one the realities of Postwar times.

Glenda goes on to share stories of the dawning of the 1960s, and the early days of The Beatles. These were formative years, and Glenda was there to see and experience this amazing time in history. She recalls fond memories of her favourite Beatle, Ringo Starr, calling him a “clown”.

The stories that Glenda shares are especially interesting because they are real. Her special memoir was a pleasure to read. This is a book not to be missed.

Glenda Lee Vollmecke and her husband own and operate a successful alpaca farm in Colorado. Her husband creates items from the alpaca wool that he spins. Glenda paints and sculpts, and also offers psychic counseling.
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