Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Intrigue, Romance, Mystery... all caused by missing memories! leave a comment and be entered to win a copy of this great book!

"Shattered Memories"
By Debbie Lynne Costello

Synopsis: The Charleston earthquake has left destruction like nothing Doctor Andrew Warwick has ever seen. On a desperate mission to find the lady who owns his heart, he frantically searches through the rubble, where he finds her injured and lifeless. After she regains consciousness, the doctor’s hopes are quickly dashed as he realizes she doesn’t remember him. Things only get worse when he discovers she believes she’s still engaged to the abusive scoundrel, Lloyd Pratt. Now Drew is on a race with the wedding clock to either help her remember or win her heart again before she marries the wrong man. 

Waking in a makeshift hospital, Olivia Macqueen finds herself recovering from a head injury. With amnesia stealing a year of her memories, she has trouble discerning between lies and truth. When her memories start returning in bits and pieces, she must keep up the charade of amnesia until she can find out the truth behind the embezzlement of her family’s business while evading the danger lurking around her. 


My Thoughts:

As this author was new to me, I had no idea what kind of book to expect. After reading the first chapter, I knew that I was in for some fantastic reading!! It took only that to convince me that Debbie is an author to watch for future creations! This book is the first in a series, entitled, "Charleston Earthquake Series". I can hardly wait for Book Two!!

"Shattered Memories" is a descriptive, extraordinary tale filled with mystery, intrigue and romance. You are quickly immersed in the vivid scene of an earthquake, one which is easily pictured in your mind. The devastation becomes very real as you walk along side the characters.

The characters are so realistically described that they become part of the reader's world. Olivia worked her way into my heart and soul as I traveled with her on her journey. How would it feel to have lost everything??? Family, friends, home AND memories... ALL gone!!! A whole year of memories, gone in an instant!! The confusion and emotions were felt deep within me. It has been a long time since I have read a story that made such an impact on me. Deep feelings of empathy surrounded me for this very dear young lady. Andrew Warwick won me over from the first moment. He was such a kind, considerate, charming man, who had only good thoughts for Olivia. On the other hand, Lloyd Pratt rattled me!! The feelings of disgust and dislike overcame me as I wanted to jump into the story to save Olivia. He was a horrible villain who did a good job of pretending to be a gentleman, but what he failed in doing, was presenting himself that same way to the other characters. I have to admit, I experienced some pretty deep feelings of hatred toward him!! Not a Christian attitude, however, he just riled me to no end!

The plot was fast moving and captivating from start to finish. There were so many shocking twists and turns that I was kept on the edge of my seat, wondering what complication or tragedy would hit next. I must say, I have never been a fan of historical fiction but this book changed my thoughts! I absolutely loved it. The world passed me by as I became part of the story. 

The theme of trusting God in all times, good and bad, clearly shines through. The truth will win if we let Him carry out His plans in His time. 

Now, I find myself extremely impatiently waiting for Debbie's next book!!

Don't miss this book!! A five star!!

About the Author:
Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.

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http://amzn.com/B01AO9DRME

This book was provided by the author and Celebrat Lit, in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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Blog Tour Stops

Feb 16: Quiet Quilter
Feb 19: Buwurmzzz
Feb 20: A Greater Yes
Feb 25: Bigreadersite
Feb 27: cherylbbookblog
Feb 28: Mary Hake

34 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your thoughts! I too loved this book :)

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    1. Hey Deanna! I'm so tickled you enjoyed Shattered Memories! Thanks for stopping in and sharing!

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  2. Wow! The book sounds wonderful
    God bless all of you

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    1. Hey Chris! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you get a chance to read SM.

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  3. Looks like a really good book I hope to read it soon Thanks for the chance I am one of your feedburner followers

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  4. This looks like a really good book Debbie Thanks for the chance to win all the great prizes I hope to be able to read it soon
    I am one of your feedburner followers

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    1. Thank you, Linda! And thank you for following me through feedburner! Good luck in the giveaways!

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    2. Haha So Nice I Had to Comment TWICE!!! Thanks

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  5. Thanks for hosting Debbie Lynne! She's a sweetheart, Karla! Blessings!

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  6. I can't imagine how difficult it much have been to experience the earthquake much less everything else. Sounds like a really exciting story.

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    1. I know Jan. They were cut off from the rest of the country for a short period of time. I know that was hard days. And rebuilding back then was not quite as simple as it is today.

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  7. Very nice review! This book truly does sound so good!
    Brittany McEuen

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    1. I love Charleston, researching history, and the characters of this story, so I hope it is as much fun to read as it was to write!

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  8. Looking forward to reading this book!

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    1. Yay! I'm glad it sounds interesting. It sure was interesting to research!

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  9. I'm excited to hear that this book is the first of a series. Thank you for your review.

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  10. A beautiful review, Karla - thank you!! I shared your FB post about the review - on my FB timeline. Blessings!!

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    1. Thank you again, Bonnie. You are awesome at helping get the word out.

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  11. This story looks great. We have family in Charleston SC. :-)

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    1. Hey Melissa. How nice to have family in Charleston. A great place to vacation.

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  12. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Karla! Debbie Lynne Costello is a new author to me, but your review has intrigued me to read this book. God Bless.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read Shattered Memories, Marilyn. Thanks for coming by.

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  13. Everything about this book pulls me in. When will there be a paperback copy available for purchase?

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    1. Terrill, the paperback should be available in the next few days. :o)

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  14. Awesome giveaway, and this book sounds amazing!

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  15. Thank you for your great review, Karla. God Bless

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Marilyn. Good luck in the giveaways.

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  16. Glad I discovered the blog hop!! I am loving each review for this book and really would love to win a copy for myself. Thank you for the chance :-)

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