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Book Review: Three Silver Doves by Deborah Garner

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When New York reporter Paige MacKenzie heads to Tres Palomas, New Mexico, the resort of Agua Encantada seems a perfect destination to combine work with pleasure. A quick article on the healing mineral springs and a few leisurely soaking sessions in the resort’s soothing waters promises well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Paige is immediately intrigued with a local artist’s one-of-a-kind jewelry designs, as well as weekly gatherings to hear legends from an elderly storyteller. But when identical jewelry shows up on another guest and the storyteller goes missing, Paige’s R&R is soon redefined as restlessness and risk. Curious and persistent by nature, Paige is convinced there’s a connection. Enlisting the help of a flirtatious resort worker seems like a good idea until it begins to test her loyalty to her favorite cowboy, Jake Norris. Will an unexpected overnight trip to Tierra Roja Casino lead her to the answers she seeks, or are darker secrets lurking along the way?

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My Thoughts

Three Silver Doves is my first Deborah Garner book and also my first Paige MacKenzie Mystery.Thankfully, it was easy to jump in without having read any others. I wasn’t lost or wondering what I was missing like sometimes happens when jumping into an existing series. This was also a fast read. For avid readers, you will finish up in a jiffy, but despite the brevity, all of your questions are answered, with no loose ends hanging around.

I will definitely be looking into reading the others and hope for more in the future.

Paperback also available from…Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk   Barnes and Noble

About the author
Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.
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The Latest in the World of Duct Tape

Here are a few things going on out there in Duct Tape Land. Check it out!

DUCT TAPE IN SPACE

I don’t have any pictures to post for this because I don’t want to face the wrath of NASA, but I came across this article on how astronauts make use of duct tape. Here are a few of those uses:

  • reattaching cleats to boots
  • keeping trash and food scraps from floating away(no gravity, ya know?)
  • holding items to tables/workstations
  • lunar rover fender repair

Check out the article for all the details: Astronauts/Duct Tape

 

DUCT TAPE PROM

Every yea, Duck Brand hosts their Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest, where students create their own duct tape prom outfits. Check out a couple of the finalists:dtprom2

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And read more about them: HERE and HERE.

DUCT TAPE HEART SONG

This may have to be my new theme song! Check out Duct Tape Heart by Barenaked Ladies!

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Duct Tape Bottle Holder

Hey folks!

Here is a little duct tape project I made the other day- a duct tape bottle holder!

It’s not perfect. I made it while sitting outside and didn’t measure anything, but I got the basic idea.

Duct Tape Bottle Holder

Book Review: Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey

I recently read a great book! I had intended on posting this review quite awhile ago but life took over. But I committed to review it so here it is! And by the way, I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this review.

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Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey was published on May 5th. Here is a description:

 

A moving debut novel about two mothers—one biological and one adoptive—from a compelling new voice in Southern women’s fiction.

One baby girl.

Two strong Southern women.

And the most difficult decision they’ll ever make.

Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone. Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby. But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves, she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…

Written to baby Carolina, by both her birth mother and her adoptive one, this is a story that proves that life circumstances shape us but don’t define us—and that families aren’t born, they’re made…

What I Think:

 

The most interesting feature of this book is the fact that it is in written in two different voices, alternating between both of the mother figures in the form of letters to Carolina, that we can assume she will be reading later on in life. Every chapter by young birth mother Jodi starts with some sort of anecdote about planting or canning, her passions in life. Her tone of voice is a little backwards, not quite proper. Khaki’s style is slightly more sophisticated, as she spent a great deal of time working as an interior designer. (And her character seems to be somewhat loosely based on the author’s own life, if I’m not mistaken.)

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This is a story of love and family, and proves that family can be whatever you make it, not necessarily just the traditional definition. This is definitely a book that will tug at your heart strings. I don’t want to give too much away but I will say that I loved it and feel that women from all walks of life will be able to relate to one, or both of these women, whether they are a mother or not!

 

 

 

 

 

Bio: Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina. She blogs at Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at kristywoodsonharvey.com. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism and holds a Master’s in English from East Carolina University. She is a regular contributor for The Salisbury Post, Domino magazine and Houzz. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three-year-old son.

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Duct Tape Box

At this very moment, I am working up a bunch of blog posts, as I have been neglecting my poor little blog.

But real quick, I wanted to share a duct tape project I did recently. It’s a duct tape box, used as a card box at a graduation party.

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Avengers Duct Tape

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