Fran Gold

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Smashwords book reviews by Fran Gold

  • Tattered Innocence on March 27, 2013

    Wow. This story turned me every which way that was possible. Joy, heartache, humor, uncertainty and more, found their way into my thoughts throughout this book. It brought me back to my younger days of first love, innocent kisses and broken hearts. Days filled with adventures and Dairy Queen, and nights of "Vanilla Moons". Ann Lee Miller has a way of describing the events in such detail that you feel like your right there feeling the ocean spray and tasting salt air. This was indeed a story of mistakes, forgiveness and true love. Absolutely loved this book and look forward to reading more from this author!
  • Color of Loneliness on April 03, 2013

    Very interesting read. Two total opposites (or so it seems), Myla and Dylan embark on a "sort of" relationship that begins with contractor meets girl in need of house repairs. Dylan is angry, unresponsive, and totally rude while Myla is tormented, jilted and so not looking for another relationship. I like these two characters even with their flaws. The story draws you in to the turmoil surrounding them and doesn't let go. You want to know what Dylan's secrets are and how they have made him the hard individual he is. Her past losses and the undeniable train wreck that is her former relationship, brands her as naive and withdrawn. As the story progresses you see her come out of her shell somewhat and begin to take hold of her life and feelings. The only issue I had with this story was the character of Susie, Myla's best friend. She is annoying plain and simple. While the scenarios with her border on overkill, I still have an open mind that she too, will come into her own with changes. The book hooks you and continues with the next installment of Color of Forgiveness. Will I be reading it? ABSOLUTELY! I have to know how these two main characters find each other (if they do) to move past all that is stalling their relationship.
  • Color of Forgiveness on April 05, 2013

    4.5 stars. The story of Dylan and Myra continues with lots of angst, terror and plenty of humor! Still being stalked by an unknown person, both Dylan and Myra try to come to grips with their unique relationship. Living on the edge doesn't help but only adds to the ongoing uncertainty of what both seem to be avoiding.....love. It was nice to see Dylan come full circle in his life with the realization that he could possibly be happy again. Myra too, comes into her own while writing her first Western novel. Together they find they need each other. Her reserved nature after a bad relationship and having no family and his from a previous marriage and great loss, they find the strength they both need from each other to move forward. Chad, Dylan's older brother lends the comic relief in this story and his humor had me laughing out loud! Even Susie, Myra's best friend is funny (no longer annoying but funny as hell) and definitely added her own brand of humor. I enjoyed this story very much even though it did seem to drag in a few parts. Overall I think this book was a truly great read and I look forward to more from Madeleine Beckett, the author.
  • Chasing Happy on Aug. 27, 2015

    I was delightfully surprised, yet again, with this story from Ann Miller. She captures not only current issues. but also has a way of drawing you in with remembrances of times gone by. So many times during this book I had thoughts of my younger years and the trials and tribulations of growing up. The connection of divorced parents, uncertainty on where you belonged or what you thought, connections and disconnections with personal faith, were all parts of my life at some point. The controversial issue of being gay all playing a major role in this story shows the author isn't afraid to tackle tough issues many face today. This story is told with detail and emotion. She has a way of putting you smack in the middle of it which leaves you thinking about similar experiences of your own adolescence. Chancely was my connection in this story. The black sheep. The outspoken one. The one who chose to live her life on her own terms regardless of the consequences. Never really "bad" per say....just a free thinker. While I am not an avid reader of Christian type novels, I am always pleasantly surprised by this authors way of telling them. Never overwhelming or preachy. I also love how she sticks to her roots and New Smyrna Beach is at the root of her stories. You can see the pride the author has for her hometown. I loved this story and had a hard time putting it down. I also loved the HEA ending in this one. I think it was icing on the cake. A wonderful story that I will undoubtedly read again in the future!