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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Like watching a movie. Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by @DeniseMSwank #mystery




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Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

(Rose Gardner Mystery #1)


by Denise Grover Swank





WINNER of the 2012 Write Touch Readers' Award for Mainstream with Romantic Elements


For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she's wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She's well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won't help with number fifteen-- do more with a man. Joe's new to town, but it doesn't take a vision for Rose to realize he's got plenty secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they'll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn't her biggest worry after all.

Praise for Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes


The characters are very real. None of them 100% perfect all of the time. Sometimes they infuriate you or make you slap her head, while in the next scene make you giddy, or a little teary.

The book is often witty and Rose's take on situations are sometimes laugh out loud funny. There are some twists and many secrets revealed throughout the book. Some more unexpected than others, but once revealed, you definitely feel an 'ah-ha' moment. The scenes are described beautifully, never with more description than needed, which is just what I like. I've been known to only glaze over overly descriptive passages in most of the books I read, so this was a definite plus for me.

I'd recommend the book to anyone who likes a coming of age story, murder mystery, or a romance. Rose a great heroine who is stronger than she thinks right from the beginning. It'll be interesting to see with her new found confidence where the next book in the series will take her.



For those of you who wonder, there are no sex scenes. There was a hint, but the reader is left outside the closed door, as we should be. There are plenty other books out there if that is your preference.

There are a couple of visions, but this isn't a "paranormal" story. The author writes in such a way that the whole story is very believable; so much so that I forgot there was an author. It seemed more like watching a movie.

I liked everything about this novel, and I give it my highest 5 star review.



I absolutely loved this book - the characters are wonderfully funny and you'll root for them from the beginning. I love the author's sense of humor and the way she writes Rose's perspective as she experiences life will absolutely grab you by the heart and not let go. I had heard lots of great buzz about this story online and was more than willing to give it a shot for the ridiculously low price of the Kindle version - you won't regret this one. It's a fun ride with a leading man that will have you wanting more. I can't wait for the next installment. And I can't stop saying "Crappy doodles!"


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