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Dianne Venetta is the award-winning author of contemporary romance and cozy mystery novels, including Jennifer's Garden, winner of Best in Romance for 2012 Indie Discovery Awards. When not knee-deep in romance, she contributes gardening advice to various websites and publications and has been featured on GalTime, Huffington Post, Earth Eats (Indiana Public Radio), eHow and Ideal Home Garden among others.
She lives in Central Florida with her husband and two children. When not whacking away at her keyboard you'll find her in their organic garden chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms all while drawing wild analogies between kids and plants and men. Definitely men. A girl's gotta have fun, right?
Dianne also enjoys volunteering in school gardens and has begun a children's series chronicling her adventures called Wild Tales & Garden Thrills. It's a crazy existence to be sure, but at the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses--or rosemary!--kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she's done all right.
on Jan. 03, 2014 :
This is a well written story about mountain people, the Ladd's in particular, and the family turmoil over who will inherit the beautiful land once Uncle Ernie kicks the bucket. It is intertwined with romance, a bit of mystery, suspense and old fashioned shooting it out when you don't like something in them there hills. It's a very good read, and I recommend it.
(review of free book)
on May 19, 2013 :
** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
The Hatfield’s and McCoy’s had fought over a pig but they have nothing over the feud that has begun over the land rights of Ladd springs.
Ladd Springs is a gorgeous mountainous sanctuary that Delaney and her daughter Felicity Wilkins live on. The current owner is Delaney’s uncle Ernie who on his sister’s death bed promised to leave his land to Felicity but later recants. Enter in a handsome hotelier Nick, the illegitimate daughter (Casey) of Delaney’s brother Jeremiah and the swindling neighbor Clem and you have yourself the fixin’s for a good old fashioned fight.
At first glance this story seems simplistic and dull. However Venetta pulls you in with plot twists that could have deadly consequences, the beginning of a romance and good old fashioned family drama. The narrative is over flowing with flawed characters and shows depth with complicated relationships. As each new person put in their claim for the land it becomes increasing clear that all was not as it seems.
The ending is somewhat predictable or so you are lead to believe, however the sequel “Ladd Fortune” promises to have new revelations to disclose.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)