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. . . Author of Magic and Dreams . . . Indie Publisher
Charlotte Holley has an inborn love of all mysteries and the supernatural, and has been reading and writing about the paranormal for more than forty years. A mass communications major, she has written and published newsletters, magazine and newspaper articles, as well as poems and short stories since receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1980. As a beaded jewelry designer, she has also self-published thirty pattern collections on CD and in ebook form and has produced over 400 individual original patterns.
Having spent several years as a professional psychic, she has had extensive experience with the spirit world and has observed supernatural dramas that defy all rational explanation. Charlotte uses her expertise and story-telling ability to weave powerful tales of mystery and horror, of love and deceit and of the overpowering desire of the human nature to make things right.
on Jan. 15, 2014 :
Christmas is meant to bring good dreams, but Janie’s husband is missing in action in Afghanistan, and her daughter’s sweet certainly that Daddy will be home for Christmas only makes things worse. While Janie wonders how to explain death to her child, daughter Katie has real-seeming dreams where Daddy promises to return. Is the world right, telling mother and child to move on, or does Katie understand something no one else knows?
Janie argues her case with the slightly stilted dialog of grief, denying her own courage while upholding her child’s, until shocks and surprises accompany the Christmas season, and the final truths are told. In the end, true courage wears many different masks, and hope might be the greatest Christmas gift, making this an enjoyably uplifting seasonal mystery.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to download this book when it was free.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Dec. 25, 2013 :
Little Kaitlin Carmichael misses her daddy, who is away at war in Afghanistan. What she does not know is that he is MIA. Her mother, Jane, struggles with telling Kaitlin her daddy may not come home again, especially during Christmas, when it would mean so much to Kaitlin for her daddy to be home again. Kaitlin dreams that her daddy tells her he will be home for Christmas, but will this dream come true?
I really enjoyed reading this story. The characters were written so well and they are very true-to-life. This story can be the story of any military family who has a loved one away at war, especially during the holidays. This story really captures the struggles such a family goes through and it was a very touching story to read at Christmastime. You don't need to be a military family to enjoy this sweet story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)