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SECRETS OF WORRY DOLLS: A novel ~Amy Impellizzeri

Monday, December 26th, 2016

I have to start with the author when I think about this story. “On November 12,2001, American Airlines Flight 587 crashed on my residential corner in Belle Harbor, New York. All of the passengers and crew and five of my neighbors on the ground died that morning. All reports of that day say there were no survivors.”

The author was home at the time and saw the plane crash into her neighborhood.

Belle Harbor had also lost 70 residents to the 9/11 attacks two months earlier and these two incidents are the beginning of the tale of SECRETS OF WORRY DOLLS.

About Amy Impellizzeri:

“Amy is a reformed corporate litigator, founder of SHORTCUTS Magazine, and award-winning author. Her first novel, Lemongrass Hope (Wyatt-MacKenzie 2014) , was a 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Bronze Winner and a National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist. A favorite with bloggers and book clubs, Lemongrass Hope was named the #1 reviewed book in 2014 by blogger, The Literary Connoisseur, and topped several bloggers’ “Best of” Lists in 2015. Amy’s second novel, Secrets of Worry Dolls is releasing December 1, 2016 by Wyatt-MacKenzie.

“Amy is also the author of the non-fiction book, Lawyer Interrupted (ABA Publishing 2015). She is a proud member of the Tall Poppy Writers and President of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Amy currently lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband, three kids, and one energetic Weimaraner, where she keeps up on all of the latest research confirming that caffeine is, in fact, good for you.” (From TLC Book Tours)

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SECRETS OF WORRY DOLLS begins with Lu unable to get on a plane to Guatemala to discover her Mother’s secrets – She is sitting in the bar unable to board the plane and contemplate leaving Rock Harbor and her Mother. She lost her twin sister and her fire fighter father both on 9/11 and she is unable to move on with her life even 10 years later. The plane she was supposed to board crashes right near the front door of her Mother’s house in Rock Harbor. Lu works her way home to discover her mother has been injured in the crash and is in a coma at the hospital. The first two parts of the story Lu is every other chapter as she begins the process of moving forward.

Mari, her mother is every other chapter as she tells you her story of growing up in Guatemala and receiving the Worry Dolls. Mari’s mother has been “disappeared” during the revolution and thus the sadness of her life begins. She works at holding her life together as she raises her twin daughters and garners some special friends along the way. She is hoping having Lu go to Guatemala will assist Lu in moving forward and having her own life and future. After 9/11 her life is a series of sleeping pills and often alcohol until the plane crash.

There is a great deal of tragedy and sorrow in this story. I found myself cheering Lu on to discover the right information to free her to move forward and find some happiness. I had a terrible time putting the book down after each reading session, because I just wanted the hope to emerge. I pushed myself to get to Part 3, and then there was progress as Lu was able to release herself from her indecision and begin to talk about what needed to happen next. The hope and the orchids emerged.

I did not try to resolve this story in my own mind, I just kept pushing forward to understand what the author was hoping to convey. I did not ask myself what I would do with so much tragedy in a lifetime and I found some reasonable answers. Knowing that the end of the Mayan Calendar was an important theme and that after that day we began a new calendar and moved on. It proved to be an indispensible tether to the story.

I am sure that I want to read the author’s award winning story LEMONGRASS HOPE and I can highly recommend SECRETS OF WORRY DOLLS to my readers.

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WATER ON THE MOON: A Novel ~Jean P. Moore

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Imagine you are enjoying a morning of relaxing in bed for a bit longer, the twins even have the day off from high school and you all can just remain cozy between the covers.  You begin to hear the sound of an approaching airplane and then realize the plane is in trouble and heading toward your house.  Racing to gather everyone together you bundle all including the dog into a room protected by the stairs and then the plane crashes right into the house.  Now in shock you and the girls wait for the neighbors to find you and dig you out of the wreckage.  So begins a story of major life changes and path finding for 3 women and their family friend, who provides them shelter and encourages the future.

The author and TLC Book Tours sent me a paperback copy of this book for review.  WATER ON THE MOON is already receiving awards and it is a wonderful read.  The story line is believable and the trip through the past is revealing and connecting.  The secrets are all the way back to Lord Byron and his words and life.

Lidia has a great many things going on in her life right now.  She is three years divorced and her ex has married another man.  The twins have not forgiven their father and Lidia is still angry about the whole experience.  Then she lost her job at a time where there were no openings and she was living off her savings and now this!  An airplane has crashed into the home built by her Grandfather and destroyed all of their things.  They are down to the bare bones and living with an elderly friend and a newspaper reporter suggests that Lidia is related to the pilot who died in the crash.  It is taking all her energy to get off the couch and progress into her future and keep the girls on target for school and college.

The story has an interesting premise that creates a mystery to be figured out and explained.  The story unfolds gently and it is almost like Lidia, we have to get off the couch of confusion and suffering and one-step at a time find the answers and the future.  Lidia must first overcome her fear of diving deeply into this experience, feel the feelings and discover the relief of answers.

I enjoyed reading WATER ON THE MOON very much and although I would not want a plane to crash on me, I am aware that we all need to feel the feelings, figure out our mystery in life and step by step move forward with our lives.  It is a good curl up and enjoy a good afternoon read, maybe while still under the covers being cozy!

From the book cover about Jean Moore:

Jean P. Moore began her professional life as an English teacher, later becoming a telecommunications executive.  She and her husband, Steve, and Sly, their black Lab, divide their time between Greenwich, Connecticut and the Berkshires in Massachusetts, where Jean teaches yoga in the summers.  Jean’s work has appeared in literary journals newspapers, and magazines.  WATER ON THE MOON is her first novel.”

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