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Where The Wildflowers Grow

WHERE THE WILDFLOWERS GROW
 
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4 Star ForeWord Clarion Review

Sexual confusion and dysfunction cause the unraveling of the perfect American family in small town Georgia in 1960.

Rose Cassidy's fantasy life is a haunting reminder that she's living a lie. So when she has the opportunity to act on those fantasies, she dives in without any thought to consequences.

Rose's husband, Ryan, has fantasies of his own, and his actions cause unimaginable hurt [pain] to the very children he tries so hard to protect.

When the happiness each member of the Cassidy family seeks so desperately to find is shattered by shame, guilt, and ultimately murder, they must each face the truth that lies deep within their souls.

   
DANCING BACKWARD IN PARADISE
DANCING BACKWARD IN PARADISE
 
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5 STAR CLARION REVIEW

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Hysterical. Poignant. Outrageously eccentric.

Finalist Award Winner in the General Fiction Category for the Indie Excellence Award for Books 2007

Eric Hoffer Award Winner for Excellence in Independent Publishing 2007

"...discover unforgettable surprises in this Eric Hoffer Award winning novel. Highly recommended." Midwest Book Review

'charming rags-to-riches story with a heartwarming ending, memorable characters, and a riveting plot that will make the reader forget the outside world.' - Read the full ForeWord review

   
The Story of Sassy Sweetwater
The Story of Sassy Sweetwater
 
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Finalist for ForeWord Clarion's Book of the Year Award, 2012

Honorable Mention 2013 Eric Hoffer Award for Ebook Fiction 

5 STAR CLARION REVIEW .... Drama lovers will be pleased to note that Sassy faces lies, cover-ups, violence, murder attempts, and the rediscovery of loved ones once thought dead. None of this descends into soap opera, however, because Cook skillfully grounds these events in her protagonist’s emotions....


Reviewed by Alle Wells for "Readers' Favorite 

In "The Story of Sassy Sweetwater”, Vera Jane Cook presents a powerful family saga that follows the passion, pain and quest for happiness of a brilliant young woman over a 50-year lifespan. The daughter of an unwed, teenage mother, Sassy’s life began in secrecy near a stream called Sweetwater in rural South Carolina. We catch up with thirteen-year-old Sassy when Vi, her beautiful yet sad and haunted mother, moves back to her South Carolina home at Carter’s Crossing. Grandma Edna, the matriarch of the McLaughlin family, admires her granddaughter’s high-spirited ways. Grandma Edna takes Sassy under her wing while Vi sorts out the trouble she left behind at the time of Sassy’s birth. Wise beyond her years, young Sassy is what Southerners call an old soul. She reacts with hard-nosed frankness when confronted with the crime, lies and deception that goes on in the wealthy, ruthless and eclectic McLaughlin family. Confronted by violence, lies and indifference from the people she trusts most, Sassy learns at a young age that “happiness is fickle as a whim”.  Young Sassy’s heartbreak and sorrow leads to a series of events that paint the picture of an unforgettable life filled with tragedy.

Narrated in first person, “The Story of Sassy Sweetwater” by Vera Jane Cook is a magnificent depiction of life in the rural South during the mid-20th century. The on point Southern characterization played out in this powerful family drama had me hooked from the very first page. As in all great family sagas, this story has its victims, villains and heroes.  “The Story of Sassy Sweetwater” is clearly the best book I’ve read this year, engaging and well written. 




MARYBETH, HOLLISTER & JANE
MARYBETH, HOLLISTER & JANE
 


Some secrets draw people closer.....after they tear them apart.

Marybeth and Hollister moved to rural New York to escape, both the city life and a checkered path. Their lives were
unassuming until they bought a grandfather clock. They just wanted something to fill the space under their stairs, but
they got much more than they bargained for. What secrets could the clock possibly hold?

Jane was sent to Callicoon to find the Eagle diamond, which was stolen from the Museum of Natural History in the
1960s and never recovered. Convinced she won't find what she's looking for, she grudgingly takes the assignment.
When she arrives things aren't what they seem and Jane finds more than she ever expected.

Some secrets draw people closer.........after they tear them apart.

Marybeth and Hollister moved to rural New York to escape—both the city life and a checkered past. Their lives were unassuming, until they bought a grandfather clock. They just wanted something to fill the space under their stairs, but they got much more than they bargained for. What secrets could the clock possibly hold?

Jane was sent to Callicoon to find the Eagle diamond, which was stolen from the Museum of Natural History in the ‘60s and never recovered. Convinced she won’t find what she’s looking for, she grudgingly takes the assignment. When she arrives, things aren’t what they seem and Jane finds more than she ever expected.

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Some secrets draw people closer.........after they tear them apart.

Marybeth and Hollister moved to rural New York to escape—both the city life and a checkered past. Their lives were unassuming, until they bought a grandfather clock. They just wanted something to fill the space under their stairs, but they got much more than they bargained for. What secrets could the clock possibly hold?

Jane was sent to Callicoon to find the Eagle diamond, which was stolen from the Museum of Natural History in the ‘60s and never recovered. Convinced she won’t find what she’s looking for, she grudgingly takes the assignment. When she arrives, things aren’t what they seem and Jane finds more than she ever expected.

- See more at: http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=753#sthash.o7DtnXco.dpuf

Some secrets draw people closer.........after they tear them apart.

Marybeth and Hollister moved to rural New York to escape—both the city life and a checkered past. Their lives were unassuming, until they bought a grandfather clock. They just wanted something to fill the space under their stairs, but they got much more than they bargained for. What secrets could the clock possibly hold?

Jane was sent to Callicoon to find the Eagle diamond, which was stolen from the Museum of Natural History in the ‘60s and never recovered. Convinced she won’t find what she’s looking for, she grudgingly takes the assignment. When she arrives, things aren’t what they seem and Jane finds more than she ever expected.

- See more at: http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=753#sthash.o7DtnXco.dpuf

Some secrets draw people closer.........after they tear them apart.

Marybeth and Hollister moved to rural New York to escape—both the city life and a checkered past. Their lives were unassuming, until they bought a grandfather clock. They just wanted something to fill the space under their stairs, but they got much more than they bargained for. What secrets could the clock possibly hold?

Jane was sent to Callicoon to find the Eagle diamond, which was stolen from the Museum of Natural History in the ‘60s and never recovered. Convinced she won’t find what she’s looking for, she grudgingly takes the assignment. When she arrives, things aren’t what they seem and Jane finds more than she ever expected.

- See more at: http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=753#sthash.o7DtnXco.dpuf

Some secrets draw people closer.........after they tear them apart.

Marybeth and Hollister moved to rural New York to escape—both the city life and a checkered past. Their lives were unassuming, until they bought a grandfather clock. They just wanted something to fill the space under their stairs, but they got much more than they bargained for. What secrets could the clock possibly hold?

Jane was sent to Callicoon to find the Eagle diamond, which was stolen from the Museum of Natural History in the ‘60s and never recovered. Convinced she won’t find what she’s looking for, she grudgingly takes the assignment. When she arrives, things aren’t what they seem and Jane finds more than she ever expected.

- See more at: http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=753#sthash.o7DtnXco.dpuf

Some secrets draw people closer.........after they tear them apart.

Marybeth and Hollister moved to rural New York to escape—both the city life and a checkered past. Their lives were unassuming, until they bought a grandfather clock. They just wanted something to fill the space under their stairs, but they got much more than they bargained for. What secrets could the clock possibly hold?

Jane was sent to Callicoon to find the Eagle diamond, which was stolen from the Museum of Natural History in the ‘60s and never recovered. Convinced she won’t find what she’s looking for, she grudgingly takes the assignment. When she arrives, things aren’t what they seem and Jane finds more than she ever expected.

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Lies A River Deep
Lies A River Deep

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Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite
5 Stars
It was over 40 years ago when the unimaginable occurred: Bessie Day Hardy -- a smart, beautiful teenage girl with curly black hair and a striking figure -- was raped in Chaanakya. But that was exactly what happened in the book “Lies a River Deep” by Vera Jane Cook. Of course, a lot can happen in four decades. Bessie, a widower, is 60 years old now. Grey Otis, the town dunce, and Maggie, his wife, are still here. Lily, her high school friend, is still here. Mrs. Day, Bessie’s mother, lives in the nearby nursing home. But whatever happened to Bart and Roland Miller, the two brothers who competed for Bessie’s heart? Most importantly, how does this cast of characters fit into Bessie’s tragic past? Which one of them knew about the rape and which one got paid money to keep it a secret?

This was a great book. Back to the 50s with Roland’s 1959 convertible and an era where women were either “good” or “bad” girls. I enjoyed the distinct neighborhoods with the 1930s Cape and Colonial houses with well-manicured lawns. The river was real but symbolic. Cook did a fabulous job of conveying the complicated relationships between people, especially the bond between mother and daughter. Cook has written four other books including “Dancing Backward in Paradise: A Novel” and “Hearts Upon a Fragile Bough.” “Lies a River Deep” is highly recommended.

Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem
Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem

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"Amazing, beautifully written, gripping and unputdownable.........."
K.J. Bennett - Author

"Chocked full of action, magic and philosopy......"
Lilac Wolf & Stuff


"Excellent, dark and deep. A generous and intricate story. Highly recommended....."
Ralph Hartman - author

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Twentieth Century historical fiction told with humor and pathos.

 

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