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Dianne draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, leaving that industry and opening two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified instructors. Dianne has traveled extensively throughout the world, most recently dividing her time between Huntington Beach and Sacramento, California, where her husband is a Senator. A gourmet cook, she has entertained Governors, Congressmen and numerous other political figures in her homes. An avid reader, Dianne brings the richness of her life experiences to her novel, Blue Coyote Motel.
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on Jan. 31, 2013 :
This is not my usual read or style of book. I was a little uncertain at first as I got to know the first character through what felt like an update of his life - not what I was expecting drama wise. The writing is more narrative than action/dialogue. Having said that the story moved fast and my interest picked up.
Basically, Doug is at a bad place in life, until he stops off at the Blue Coyote Motel where his life turns around. Enter Maria who also wants to improve her lot in life, but she makes her own luck without the motel. She gets a job and meets scientist, Jeffrey. Love is in the air, but a few years down the line life hits a road bump when Jeffrey loses his job for breaking FDA protocols.
Several new characters enter the story, each with their own problem followed by a timely turnaround thanks to a stay at the Blue Coyote Motel. In between each story are snippets of Maria and Jeffrey's initially inspiring tale as they pick themselves up and set up in the motel business. And it could have been so good for them. Jeffrey though has big ideas for his Freedom drug and I secretly wanted wrong to beget good, but the author proved determined to show that life's short cuts do not come cheap and that the human spirit can win through all by itself. This is where the story wins 5* from me.
I enjoyed each character's tale, I wanted them to be happy, cringed as it all began to fall apart, then cheered to see various characters (not all) struggle through to the other side. It is well written despite the over-narration, beautifully descriptive in places, and well-researched. It told the complete stories of several unique characters and kept me happily entertained for many hours. I have to admit I felt inspired: You can hit rock-bottom and make it out on your own, albeit with a little help from friends.
I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)