Elaine Smith lived in the small coastal town of Sabal Palms long enough to know when to worry about a squall and when to simply close the windows and wait for it to pass. This one would be significant. It would be significant in terms of damage, but that was to be expected. What no one expected was the profound effect it would have on the lives of people from the Texas coast to New York City. Positive qualities of humanity are often displayed during times of natural disaster.
But a supernatural power had attached to this storm and subsequently worked within the hearts of the most needy, the most lonely, and the most sinister. The lives of four delightful women, a homeless teen, a rebellious son, a grieving lover who is at the bottom, a son who lost his faith, and a hired murderer, are all intertwined in the aftereffects of a Category 3 hurricane thanks to a few passages written by one determined woman.
My thoughts: I live in tornado alley, where we are pretty land locked, so I haven't experienced a hurricane first hand, just the devastation left behind on the news and in pictures. I thought that the author did a wonderful job of describing what it is like to go through one for those of us who may not totally understand.
I love that this story is told through several main characters, giving the reader a chance to get to know some very different characters. The author really shown in bringing them to life!
This is a wonderful book to pick up and enjoy.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review.
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About the Author
Terry Overton obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology and her Ed.D. in special education. She taught in public schools and was a school psychologist and a professor before retiring in 2016. Her university experiences included teaching at Longwood University in Virginia, the University of Texas-Brownsville, The University of Texas-Pan American, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Stephen F. Austin State University. She held positions as Dean and Department Chair during her tenure in higher education. Her areas of research included behavior disorders, learning disorders, autism, and research in higher education. She currently resides in Laguna Vista, Texas. She enjoys Biblical history and general Bible studies, writing, blogging, and visiting with friends and family. Her books have been recognized and received awards from Firebird Book Awards, American Writing Awards, and have earned five stars from Readers Views and Readers Favorites. Her books have been recognized Finalist for the International and National Book Awards.
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This book will take the reader to the southern coast of Texas. In fact, this book happens at the very bottom tip of Texas. The reader will feel the warm sea breezes, view the coastal sunsets and sunrises, and experience the friendships of four close women friends. Here is a sample:
The women gathered at the swimming pool and shed their cover-ups. Next, each lady
took out her favorite sunscreen lotions and creams and sprayed and squirted so much on, they all
looked almost as pasty as a bottle of glue. No one talked at all during this process of slathering
on thick coats of varying SPFs. It was a polite, unspoken agreement that no forbidden words
were ever mentioned when the ladies were in swimwear. Words like cellulite, wrinkles, fat, fatty
tissue, weight, weight loss, weight gain, age spots, and—the worst words ever—skin cancer were
completely and totally off limits.
In times of crises, these four women always bind together and help each other. They have been friends for over twenty years. Here is an excerpt of one of their conversations during a pool party:
What strangers might not understand is the banter back and forth was exactly the only way they could get along. They enjoyed it. They thrived on it.
“Oh, fiddle-faddle, Bonnie, last week you told me you thought the salon was opening up
this week,” Mary jabbed. “It didn’t.”
“I didn’t say that. I said I heard it might be opening next month.”
“You said next week as sure as I am floating on this raft.”
“Had your hearing checked lately?”
“Right after you get yours checked.”
And they both laughed. It was always entertaining.
“Well, horsefeathers! I need to get this hair trimmed again. It is all cattywampus on the
“What? You’ve got a cat in there?” Bonnie laughed.
“Feels like it,” Mary retorted.
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Sabal Palms and the Southern Squall sounds like a suspenseful read that I want to read, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Inklings and Notions, for sharing your thoughts! Have a spectacular day!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a great book! -Dreaa DrakeReplyDelete
Let me know if you read it and what you think of it. Thanks! Terry Overton. firstname.lastname@example.orgDelete
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Sebal Palms and Southern Squall, as a former Meteorology major, the premise of this story resonates with me and I am looking forward reading this bookReplyDelete
Hi Bea, Let me know if you read it and what you think. Write me at: email@example.com thanks! Terry OvertonDelete
Looks like an interesting book.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the contest.
You are welcome. If you happen to read any of my books, please let me know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org (Terry Overton)Delete
How do you handle writing slumps?ReplyDelete
Sometimes life dictates a break must happen. But if I am in the middle of a book, I can usually work straight through until the first draft is completed. I also work on more than one project at a time. Right now, I have four going. If you happen to read any of my books, please let me know what you think: email@example.com (Terry Overton)Delete