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Spatzle Speaks: Evidence Not Seen (Book Review)

This fabulous tell of mystery and family secrets by Carlene Havel is a great addition to the “Love is . . .” series by Prism Book Group. Evidence Not Seen beautifully illustrates “love keeps no record of wrongs.”

Jeff Galloway grew up with his father in prison and his mom single-handedly raising him. A grown man and a successful attorney he comes to a crossroads when his girlfriend dumps him for greater fortunes in another town. A chance encounter brings Melanie Clark into his path and the soft-hearted social worker stretches his faith in fresh ways while helping come to grips with the past as his father is released from prison.

Did his father commit the crime? if he is as innocent his mother claims, why would he go to prison for it? Where was the proof? As he investigates he is forced to learn to let go of the past as he realizes the truth of all that happened 27 years ago and start afresh to learn the integrity of the father he’d long disdained.

This story looks at our own perceptions and beliefs and the associated emotions that can knock us off stride and away from truth–and love. Melanie becomes a force to help him realize the truth and let go of the past, and forgive. This beautifully told story deserves five bones. I’m a dog. I don’t do stars.

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Spatzle Baganz, book reviewer for the silygoos blog because that's how we roll.

Spatzle Baganz, book reviewer for the silygoos blog because that’s how we roll.

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A Prism Round Robin Romance Trilogy (Book Review)

Prism Book Group authors did a series of round-robin novellas that tell the tale of a sweet romance between Rachel and Luke.

when lightning strikesIn the first novella, Lightning Strikes, Rachel faces a power outage that brings her face to face with her annoying upstairs neighbor, Luke. An adventure in the storm draws them closer together and in the process of it all she discovers that he is her new boss!

after the stormIn the second novella, After the Storm, a dead body shows up as Luke and Rachel try to navigate their romance even as they work together.  Can it survive when Luke is a suspect in a murder?

In the third novella, A Blizzard Wedding the classic “if anything can go wrong it will” happens in the midst of a snowstorm and just when it seems like their dream wedding isn’t going to happen their friends manage to pull it off. a blizzard wedding

These are light reads and enjoyable and for free what more could you ask for? Kudos to authors: Carlene Havel, Bonnie McCune, Josie Riviera, Trinity Hart, Kim McMahill, Gay Lewis, Penelope Marzec, Kimberly B. Jackson, Karen Cogen, Jayna Morrow and Linda Carroll-Bradd obviously had some fun writing this.  Not all authors are represented in all three books. The beauty of Prism Book Group (www.prismbookgroup.com) is that there is a community of authors who work to support each other, in writing, promoting and in life. These novellas exemplify the beauty of that.