Return to Redlin

Rated 4.43/5 based on 7 reviews
Return to Redlin is a romantic adventure novella.

Ginger lived a quiet, peaceful life in the little town of Redlin . . . until the night Derrick, the high school bad boy from ten years ago, walked into the Gas and More where she worked. More
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About Lazette Gifford

Lazette is an avid writer as well as the owner of Forward Motion for Writers and the owner/editor of Vision: A Resource for Writers.

It's possible she spends too much time with writers.

And cats.

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Review by: Mary Conway on Dec. 14, 2017 :
I read this book for research for a school project about self-publishing a romance novella but I enjoyed it just for the story anyway. It felt a lot more like an action story than a romance but I like both so that’s good. I liked Ginger and I think she helped inspire my own main character. Overall it’s exciting and cute and I would recommend.
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Review by: hrhsophia on Sep. 9, 2012 :
A very good read, well written with lots of suspense. Great characters and a very realistic progression.
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Review by: J. Timothy King on July 16, 2011 :
From the first pages, I was rooting for bad-boy hero Derrick Weston— Or is that used-to-be-bad-boy hero Derrick Weston? He definitely has secrets, and he's got stuff happening in his life and in his heart and in his mind, and they're bound to cause him trouble. I was rooting for him, and rooting through his psyche. A wonderful, three-dimensional character, who did not let me down.

The heroine and narrator of the story? She started off feeling to me like a "Bella Swan," just along for the ride... Which I guess would have been a fine choice à la Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes (though not usually one that lends itself to a "romance" story). She did grow stronger as the story went on, although this novella turned out to be more suspenseful than romantic.

My biggest gripe was that the prose (at least of the edition that I read) really needed to be edited. (Prose that Twilight fans would be comfortable with. I am not a Twilight fan.) I found myself constantly falling into line-edit mode: Delete that sentence; it adds nothing to the story. Or Get rid of the copulative, strengthen verbs, and elide redundant adjectives: ‘The night felt chilly and uninviting as I pulled the jacket collar up around my neck, trying to block out the invasive cold.’ Change to: ‘I huddled within my jacket collar, as the night chill invaded my body.’

But overall, it was a not-half-bad story—which means it was more than half good. Good, pretty solid characters (which seem so hard to come by nowadays). A compelling plot. A charming, small-town milieu (although in my experience, people from rural areas are more friendly than that—out in the country, y'all have to watch out for each other, and they do). Based on this short novella, I would try another of Lazette Gifford's works, one of her novels, and I intend to.

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Review by: Necia Phoenix on July 13, 2011 :
This is a good read. What really struck me was how naturally the characters felt. Bravo! I could totally identify with the main character.

Get it. Read it. I think you'll enjoy it.
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Review by: Cheryl Peugh on May 15, 2011 :
This story was written by someone with a sure hand--someone who has written a lot of stories in the past and knows what keeps the reader turning the page. The strength of this story is the dialogue. These characters sound like people you hear every day--people you can care about. I wanted Derrick and Ginger to win and get together at the end, and that's what the author gave me. Great story!
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Review by: Denise on March 4, 2011 :
I really enjoyed reading this book. The author gave just the right amount of information to keep you on the edge of your seat. It seemed as if the story ended to soon. The end kind of left you hanging. The author could have ended the story several different ways.I like how the author left it up to the reader to think up how they would have ended the story.
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Review by: Huntsman on Feb. 22, 2011 :
This story has a very interesting you are not really sure about until you get well into the story. It moves well and leaves you sitting with a question on your lips, but you can't quite get the answer. It all comes out in the wash, though and the story has a definite twist at the end. It's suspenseful and attention holding.
Enjoy the read!
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