Settling the Account (Promises to Keep: Book 3)

Rated 4.90/5 based on 95 reviews
Amy watches in growing fear the worsening confrontation between her husband and her son, until she realises that only one of them can survive it. How long can she keep them apart?

The final volume in "Promises to Keep". It follows directly on from Book Two, "Mud and Gold".

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Words: 218,480
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452303840
About Shayne Parkinson

I write historical fiction set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s. My fifth novel takes the series to 1918. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly that of my own country.

I live in a state of barely-controlled chaos; fortunately I share my life with an invariably calm and endlessly optimistic husband. I divide my time between an apartment in the city, in reach of good espresso, and a few acres in the country, where the rank grass in the orchard is kept under control by a small mob of sheep (and where we have our own espresso machine).

When I'm not writing, reading, or engaged in mundane activities, I play the piano rather badly.

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Review by: Patricia Conway on July 07, 2013 : (no rating)
I loved this series. Very easy read and a real attention holder. Great stories!
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Review by: Kathy Alexanderson on June 16, 2013 : (no rating)
Excellent book and series! Loved it!
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Review by: Anne Evans-Murray on April 27, 2013 :
Loved all the books in this series. Easy reading and totally engrossing. Would recommend you read the entire series.
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Review by: Meg Foster on March 15, 2013 :
This writer has the gift of making the reader so involved with the story they don't want to put the book down. All three made a splendid read. I recommend them wholeheartedly.
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Review by: Jazzy Dolly on Feb. 15, 2013 :
Loved it! Hungering for the next! No break between books, just strait from one to the other :)
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Review by: Diane Nicholson on Jan. 19, 2013 :
A great read. Keeps you wanting to see what happens next.
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Review by: rachael henry on Jan. 12, 2013 : (no rating)
an amazing follow-on from part 2. keeps u wanting to know whats next. Great writing and keeps you wanting more, well written. full recommended 5star
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Review by: rachael henry on Jan. 12, 2013 : (no rating)
an amazing follow-on from part 2. keeps u wanting to know whats next. Great writing and keeps you wanting more, well written. full recommended 5star
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Review by: Jenny Wills-Wright on Jan. 04, 2013 :
Have read the three books - Sentence of Marriage, Mud and Gold, Settling the Account - excellent reading and well written. I've now started the fourth book, Second Chance! Very easy reading and makes you feel like you're there living their lives with them!
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Review by: Christine Baker on Dec. 09, 2012 :
Another great read, am now onto the 4th book and am still enjoying the series
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Review by: Christine Baker on Dec. 09, 2012 :
Another great read, am now onto the 4th book and am still enjoying the series
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Review by: Sonja Matla on Nov. 11, 2012 : (no rating)
I loved this book, just like the last two. Great to learn a little about NZ history at the same time.
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Review by: Pamela Akerman on Nov. 01, 2012 :
Excellent story . Enjoyed them all
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Review by: Janet Hunter on Sep. 16, 2012 : (no rating)
Terrific book as all the others in the series. Hated to put it down.
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Review by: Marcia Bhola on Sep. 10, 2012 :
This was another great book in the series. It was hard to put down and the ending was great.
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Review by: Marcia Bhola on Sep. 10, 2012 :
This was a great book. All three books in the series had me captivated.
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Review by: Veek Davis on Aug. 29, 2012 :
Loved all three books!!! I couldn't put them down once I started!!! Enjoy!!!
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Review by: Veek Davis on Aug. 29, 2012 :
Loved all three books!!! I couldn't put them down once I started!!! Enjoy!!!
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Review by: hrhsophia on Aug. 28, 2012 :
A fitting end, not too surprising but still very pleasant indeed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: veronica vincent on Aug. 02, 2012 :
Now that i am this far in the series all i have to say is just read it. It is different for sure, the voice is a simple one, but enjoyable and effective. I would pay more than 2.99 for these books. Read them!
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Review by: Mary Beth Smith on May 28, 2012 :
Loved this book
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Review by: Sbk613 on May 27, 2012 :
Loved the series. I hope the author continues the story. So much Amy could do. Would love to find out what happens to her.
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Review by: Heather Winnemoe on May 16, 2012 :
Great book!
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Review by: kate hudson on May 14, 2012 :
Forgot to give stars!
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Review by: kate hudson on May 14, 2012 : (no rating)
I have enjoyed this series very much. This is a poignant story about commitment, selflessness and chosing to think of others first and more important than one's self. Heartwrenching and convicting.
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Review by: Jean Pacey on May 05, 2012 : (no rating)
Could not put the book down! Love this series. I cried and laughed and kept cheering on Amy. Look forward to reading other books by Shane Robinsons
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Review by: Chaz Young on March 30, 2012 :
I have not done much in the past week except read this series! LOVE THEM! I am never sure if Amy or Lizzie are going to pull through in certain situations. I have to read whatever else Shane writes.
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Review by: eldon nifong on March 27, 2012 :
I forgot to star rate the author,
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Review by: eldon nifong on March 27, 2012 : (no rating)
Once i got started reading shayne robinsons series i could not srop. So engrossing and like you were there. I really enjoy historial novels and shaynes are great.
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Review by: Darlene Reeves on March 23, 2012 :
I was going to wait til I finished the series to write a review, but I have enjoyed these books so much that I couldn't wait. So many things to rave about! The characters are complex and so real;sometimes I find myself holding my breath waiting to find out what is going to happen next. I love the details of daily life and culture, it is so rich that you can relate with characters. I have loved these books and highly recommend them!
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Review by: Kathryn Odet on March 11, 2012 : (no rating)
I have not finished the series yet but am well on my way. I like the details of everyday life in the late 1880's and descriptions of New Zealand. Best of all are the characters - how personal they become and you love/hate them all. Loved this series. I, too, downloaded the first book for free and just had to purchase the rest of them. Well worth reading!
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Review by: Rose Branscombe on Feb. 29, 2012 :
This is one of the most mind grabbing series that I have read in a long time. I got the first book, "Sentence of Marriage" as a free book and then went on to purchase the next three books. WONDERFUL BOOKS.
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Review by: Dana Fairchild on Feb. 18, 2012 :
So glad I came across this series
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Review by: Eve76645 on Feb. 06, 2012 :
Read all three books great reading would recommend . Thanks Evelyn Peacock
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Review by: martha levy on Feb. 05, 2012 : (no rating)
I read all three of the books in this series and really liked all of them. The characters were well defined and I felt that I knew them by the end of the first book. Some of them I loved and admired and some I hated. But there was some sympathy, even for those who weren't perfect people. I would definitely read more by this author.
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Review by: Lynelle Clark on Jan. 25, 2012 :
Excellent story, loved every charachter. Cried and laugh as you get to know them.

Hope it continues
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Review by: GEORGE AARO on Jan. 22, 2012 :
great series. Hope to see more.
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Review by: Gina Schwartz on Jan. 05, 2012 :
Loved it. Great series
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Review by: bjbook on Nov. 26, 2011 :
Loved these books! Thanks!
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Review by: Lena on Nov. 04, 2011 :
from the first page to the last, this series kept me glued to it. looking for more. thanks
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Review by: Jan on Oct. 20, 2011 :
I am loving this series.
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Review by: Mary Blunk on Oct. 08, 2011 :
This series about Amy is wonderful! The characters are well-drawn and plot is fascinating. It is hard to believe that any woman can live that life of hardship. I was drawn into the book, and I felt like I was right there and personally knew the not only the heroine, but also the rest of the characters
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Review by: Dorothy Griffiths on Sep. 13, 2011 :
Loved all the books in this series. Easy reading and totally engrossing. Would recommend them all.
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Review by: Doris Holmes on Aug. 30, 2011 :
I am seriously addicted to this series. I can not put my eReader down. This is a must read!!!! If there were more stars I would give them.
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Review by: pj on Aug. 27, 2011 :
Could not put these books down, got nothing done for a week while reading this series. Excellent!!!!
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Review by: JS E on Aug. 12, 2011 :
Couldn't put it down.
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Review by: philippayfrancis on Aug. 11, 2011 :
Very satisfying ending to a series that I ended caring deeply for. It really changed my view on a certain character that I never thought I would end up feeling sympathy for. That alone was amazing.
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Review by: lascjs on Aug. 11, 2011 : (no rating)
I would recommend the whole series!
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Review by: queenofsheba50 on Aug. 09, 2011 :
Review by: queenofsheba50 on Aug. 09, 2011 : (Remove)
I read this entire series and love it!!! Ms Parkinson draws you in from the very 1st book. A must read series.
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Review by: idealsoul on Aug. 08, 2011 :
a++++
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Review by: MadameD on July 25, 2011 :
All four novels flow together so well you have to read them all!
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Review by: evrythingszen on July 05, 2011 :
I LOVED this series. From the very first one, I was hooked. If you are going to read one, you need to read them all.
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Review by: Kim Leland on July 03, 2011 :
excellent story! I regret that I've finished all four of these
tales, and they are all absolutely wonderful.
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Review by: Christa Watkins on April 28, 2011 :
Amazing right through to the end. I've just purchased the sequel. I'm not ready to leave Amy's world just yet! Shayne Parkinson is truly a gifted author.
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Review by: teenee60 on April 20, 2011 : (no rating)
fantastic triology,i didnt want it to end, i absourbed every word.
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Review by: bambi chambers on April 16, 2011 :
If I could give more stars I would. Shayne Parkinson really knows how to keep a story going. I have to say that every one of the books in this series lived up to my standard in reading. Many times I have experienced disapointment in books that are written in a series staring by really liking the first book than slightly disapointed in the second and by the last book feeling like I have been let down and the author really has lost interest in the writing of the book but not the case here what a wonderful job Shayne Parkinson did. I hope to read more from this wonderful writer. Thank you Shayne Parkinson for giving me the adventure of learning to love the good the bad and the sad characters in your novel.
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Review by: pushpa bijinipally on April 13, 2011 :
I finished reading the whole series in a week.I am thankful to the author to come up with such awesome series , Amy and Lizzie have become my best buddies.I request Shayne Parkinson to please continue this good work and I am waiting for her next book eagerly .I am definitely giving more then five stars**************
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Review by: Joan Peart on April 11, 2011 : (no rating)
Totally involved in this series. Really enjoyed the first 2 books and the third is equally as enjoyable. I don't want them to end!!!
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Review by: Nancy Edwards on March 23, 2011 :
This series is absolutely wonderful! I wish there were 10 more! 5 stars for sure!
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Review by: Kathy Mensik on March 16, 2011 :
I enjoyed all three books and was sad to finish the last. It was as though the characters had become old friends and I would miss them.
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Review by: Linda Wolfenberg on March 03, 2011 :
Enjoyed all the books in the series, but this one seemed to go a bit slower. Still find them well written and very enjoyable reading.
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Review by: sandra terrell sterrell on March 02, 2011 :
This was an excellent book. Kept my attention and I hated to put it down. Would like to read more books by this author.
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Review by: Brian S. Pratt/DiddaEinars on Feb. 26, 2011 :
I agree with other reviewers. All four books in the series of Shayne Parkinson are excellent. They are well written and exciting.
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Review by: debra johnson on Feb. 22, 2011 :
I loved this series. Excellent writing and a smooth read. Wonderful, full characters. I couldn't wait to settle down for the night with my Kobo to see what happened next. Love this author.
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Review by: Monica Davis on Jan. 29, 2011 :
Another excellent book.
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Review by: irishreader on Jan. 21, 2011 :
Read the whole series.....worth your time. Excellent
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Review by: Carol Iafano on Jan. 13, 2011 : (no rating)
OMG!!! What a book - I could not put it down!!! I feel & live Amy every day. What a wonderful story & series - why does it have to end?? Please, please everyone - read this final book. I cannot get Amy out of my head. Shayne, Thank you for these books & please, please - keep writing.
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Review by: areview on Jan. 08, 2011 :
i found this series of books really addictive could not put them down. serioucely considering buying them in hard copy. A bush stafford uk
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Review by: Jem George on Jan. 02, 2011 : (no rating)
I have enjoyed this series and was very satisfied with the latest revelation at the conclusion of this book. I am however keen to get on with the sequel! I have certainly enjoyed getting back into reading again and this was a great series to get hooked into!
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Review by: Ann Cooper on Dec. 24, 2010 : (no rating)
Enjoyed this book as much as the first - so easy to become involved in the 'Life of Amy' - had to buy the last one of the trilogy
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Review by: Carol Newman Cronin on Dec. 23, 2010 :
I finished Mud and Gold late one night and downloaded the next in the series then a there. Glad it was an ebook!
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Review by: LouAnn on Dec. 08, 2010 :
I loved this trilogy! Hope to see more of your work. You captured my attention from the first line of "Sentence of Marriage" through the last line of "Settling the Account". Thank you for your wonderful gift of creating an absorbing world.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Elsea on Nov. 30, 2010 :
Yet another very good book in the series. It kept me interested from beginning to end.
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Review by: Suzanne Howarth on Nov. 15, 2010 :
Love this series of books. Shayne you are a fantastic writing drawing the reader into a whole new world. Reading the final book now and hoping there is more to come.
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Review by: Sharon Mc Govern on Oct. 26, 2010 :
Finished reading. Continuing with next book. This one was as good as the previous one. R. Sharon Mc Govern rsmquilts@aol.com
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Review by: Pam Castleman on Sep. 23, 2010 :
Great read. Hard to put down.
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Review by: Maggie on Sep. 17, 2010 :
I just absolutely fell in love with this series and cannot wait for the next book to come out. You are great at developing your characters and expose their personalities extensively in creative ways. I have already recommended the books to friends. I hope that you gain a large enough following to become a well known author. Ms Parkinson definitely has an amazing talent for writing.
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Review by: Tammy Keith on Sep. 13, 2010 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed following Amy through all the good and bad. I would recommend the entire series. Amy is very interesting to follow. Good work Shayne! Looking forward to more good reading.
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Review by: N F on Aug. 24, 2010 :
As with the previous books, this was a great read.
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Review by: marloccc on Aug. 16, 2010 :
Excellent story. Author really draws you in to it.
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Review by: clara castillo on Aug. 07, 2010 : (no rating)
Great book... Can wait for the next book... Shayne I love your books...
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Review by: katgappa on July 30, 2010 :
Fantastic series of books, I want to read more from this author!
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Review by: Donna Brady on July 21, 2010 : (no rating)
Wonderful read...couldn't put it down!
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Review by: Lena Hadley on June 18, 2010 :
A must read....couldn't stop at just the first had to read all the set.... was well worth it.
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Review by: Laura McCreery on June 13, 2010 :
Shayne Parkinson has a knack for weaving a griping tale that is capable of bringing the reader to tears and laughter! What a wonderful talent.
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Review by: Millage Smith on May 24, 2010 :
Millage Smith

Shayne Parkinson weaves a tale of the struggle against abuse and social labels that continues to this day. It is a tale of the triumph of the human spirit against all odds. Can't wait for the next book.
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Review by: Millage Smith on May 24, 2010 :
Millage Smith

Shayne Parkinson weaves a tale of the struggle against abuse and social labels that continues to this day. It is a tale of the triumph of the human spirit against all odds. Can't wait for the next book.
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Review by: Richard Adin on May 23, 2010 :
The Promises to Keep quartet (the 3 primary books and the sequel) are outstanding books. For an indepth review, see the review by An American Editor at http://tinyurl.com/2afznkg.
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Review by: Janel Biondo on May 13, 2010 : (no rating)
I love Shyane's writing style. She can capture all of my emotions and pull me into the lives of her charactors! I have read ALL of this series so far and can't wait until her next book comes out!
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Review by: Channing Nelson on May 10, 2010 : (no rating)
I absolutely loved this series. I laughed,cried and couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next book.
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Review by: Kim Bullock on May 04, 2010 : (no rating)
Great series of books!
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Review by: R Johnson on May 03, 2010 : (no rating)
Excellent Service. Good Book. Great series. First to books were better though.
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Review by: Debra Torrison on April 30, 2010 : (no rating)
Worth every penny and more!
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Review by: Execumom on March 07, 2010 : (no rating)
Did I say believable in my review of "Mud and Gold"? "Settling the Account" is almost too much so -- I'm ready to jerk a knot in Lizzie.

Hope to see more from the very creative pen of Ms. Parkinson!
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Review by: Joelene Gonzales on Aug. 05, 2009 :
Very well done, I feel the need to read it over and over.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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