Debra Parmley~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
Belo Dia Publishing
Librarian Betsy Bobbin has been taken with Nash Ware from the moment they met in the library, though he was anything but at his best at the time. It's a night of foul weather, and as she leaves the building, she discovers that she has a flat tire. Nash is there to take her home, and from there a tentative relationship begins.
It's a winding road to a first date because Betsy's sister Leann is coming to visit from college. She's wild and a bit of a trouble magnet. When Leann nearly gets assaulted and gets drunk enough to throw up, it creates an impediment to Betsy's and Nash's budding romance. Leann has a more serious problem as well, and that drama keeps Nash and Betsy apart.
Debra Parmley writes a short, sweet novel readers will enjoy. Her hero and heroine are sympathetic characters, and readers will empathize with them as they deal with Leann's chaos. Also, this tale sheds some light on the serious issue of stalking.
Heather Nordahl Files
Isabella Bride of Ohio: American Mail-Order Brides Series (Volume 17)
Debra Parmley and Robert Arrow
Belo Dia Publishing
Isabella Britta Stolt is an immigrant from Sweden who has found herself without her parents and without a job. She and a group of friends made the decision to become mail-order brides. Trying her best to make a rational decision, she decided to try and take it slow, getting to know the man she picked as a potential husband. She was thrilled that they both seemed to want the same things in life.
Donald Jenks was an accountant. Sending her money, he invited her to visit him so they could get to know each other better and help decide if they would fit.
On the way to Ohio, Isabella had been robbed and almost abducted. Pinkerton man, Tom Allenby had been assigned on the train to try and find the abductors. When he realized Isabella may have been a target, he followed, rescuing her just in the nick of time.
When he travelled to Ohio to return her stolen money, there was a clash between Donald and Tom. Tom felt there was something off about the man and he was going to find out what it was.
It’s been quite a while since this reviewer had to re-read a book because she was so involved with the story that she forgot to take notes! Isabella takes you on a wonderful, exciting ride full of intrigue, adventure, and ending with an HEA.
Jenna's Christmas Wish
Jenna Heart was finding it very difficult to get into the Christmas spirit. She attended an author's workshop where she would be meeting a lot of authors and the handsome actor/model Nicolo Maldini would be signing autographs. Time zoomed by as classes moved forward, and the authors hustled to the next event. Even though Jenna felt she was just a regular gal and Nicolo was only interested in Hollywood beauties, she looked forward to meeting him.
Down to earth, hot cutie, Nicolo Maldini brought his mother with him to the workshop. It was the holidays, and if he were going to be on the East Coast, he was going to spend as much time with family as possible. He wasn't planning on meeting Jenna, but knew he needed to pursue the shy, beautiful woman.
Sparks fly in this story where the reader, from the very beginning, cheers Jenna on, hoping she'll jump in and take a chance with Nicolo. Ms. Parmley pens realistic happily ever afters that satisfy readers like a warm glass of tea on a cold, wintry day.
A Change of Scenery
Sweet Cravings Publishing
Cyree Heat, a professional belly dancer, needed a break and was heading to Grand Cayman. When she arrived at the airport counter, they handed her a paper to read and sign---permission to receive a shot. After being knocked over by a woman, Cyree started watching the crowd. Anxiety started creeping in; something wasn’t right. The more she looked around at the people, the more odd things appeared to her.
She decided to get out of the way and entered an abandoned lounge. The door slammed behind her and she was locked in. Once her eyes adjusted to the dark, she realized something had happened, something very serious.
This reader was disappointed for one huge reason. It wasn’t long enough! The author can take this story and make a great series out of it (hint). Ms. Parmley pulls her readers in from the very beginning, keeping the reader enthralled all the way to the end.
Trapping the Butterfly
Bethany Robinson was taken in by her aunt and uncle after her parents' death. Although she appreciated everything they had done, she looked forward to her freedom when she turned eighteen. She would no longer have to live under their strict rules.
Taking a trip with them to the Hot Springs Bath, Bethany thought that would be an opportune time to follow her plans. Being on her own while her aunt took her treatments, Bethany began meeting and chatting with other people vacationing at the springs. She met a detective who was watching the Capone clan, a gangster who worked with Capone, and a young lady who was a girlfriend of another gangster.
When she realized her uncle's business meeting was to arrange a marriage with an older man, she refused, rebelling. Unfortunately, her decision making skills were not up to par, and Bethany seemed to continue to get herself into hot water.
Do not blink while reading this story, a fast paced tale that will snag you the way gangsters corner their prey. This very talented author shows a flair for story telling that is rare and hard to find.