#BookReview- Two nail-biting #mysteries by @Harmony_Kent and Tamara Ferguson @TammysDragonfly


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I’m in the reading zone!

I don’t know if it’s Covid fatigue or a writing block, but my WIP is going nowhere fast. Instead, I’ve decided to give it a rest and try to gain inspiration with some great books like those I’ve listed below.

Both of these books are slow burn suspense reads that are sure to keep you turning the pages!

It’s so remote out here. Anything could happen …

A missed phone call in the night is all it takes.

When Carole’s 18-year-old son goes missing, she breaks into Jayden’s laptop to try to understand his life.

All too soon, Carole discovers just how little she knew her boy.

And when one lead after another dead-ends, the distraught mother has to face the unthinkable.

Sucked into a sticky web of deceit and lies, nothing is as it seems.

When your life turns inside out and upside down, who would you trust?

My Review

The death of Carole’s husband sends the family into a tailspin. Left as a single parent, she tries to move forward for the sake of her son, Jayden, but it’s not easy. Instead of bringing the family closer, the pain is bottled inside and festers into Jayden’s teen years.

Carole seeks solace from her loss with a combination of alcohol and sleeping aids and when her son sends a message that he’s stuck, she misses the call.

And now, Jayden is missing.

What follows is a mother’s desperate search for her boy amid self-recriminations and doubt from family and the police force. Even though Jayden would never disappear this way, Carole has an uphill battle proving it- especially as she knows so little about his life.

This is a story any parent can connect with. Teens are notorious for being secretive. All too often we, as parents, are busy with our jobs and running the household. Rather than pushing our kids to open up about their lives, we ‘respect’ their privacy. But at what cost?

While this is a masterful mystery (I never guessed until near the end who was behind it) the takeaway for me is that we need to slow down and pay more attention to those we love before it’s too late.

This is a must read book. Well done, Harmony Kent!

Injured in Iraq, Air Force Pilot Sam Wellman has arrived in the town of Crystal Rock, Wisconsin, where he’s instantly attracted to nurse trainee, Heather Janson. Little does Sam know, she needs a hero…

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My Review

Heather Janson is doing fine on the surface. She owns a popular bar in the small town of Crystal Rock (though she keeps that under wraps) while studying to become a nurse at the Wounded Warrior Home. Though trust comes hard for Heather, she’s made good friends here and hopes to shake off the terrible secrets of her past.

Injured during active duty, Lieutenant Sam Wellman joins his estranged brother in Crystal Rock and signs up for rehabilitation at the Wounded Warrior Home. Sam meets Heather and is instantly drawn to the reticent young woman. Sensing a kindred spirit, the two bond and begin to see where their attraction will lead.

Information comes to light tying Sam and Heather together in an unexpected way and the two must work together to stop a threat to their newfound love.

I’ve read several of this author’s books and enjoy the complexity of her characters and the situations they are put through to gain their HEA.

Recommended reading!

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74 thoughts on “#BookReview- Two nail-biting #mysteries by @Harmony_Kent and Tamara Ferguson @TammysDragonfly

  1. Oh, wow, thanks so much, Jacquie! Two terrific reviews, and I’m thrilled to be up here with Tammy and her book. I am so delighted you enjoyed The Vanished Boy so much. Doing my happy dance!🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️🙂

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    1. It tore me up, Harmony. Excellent writing!

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  2. I have to read The Vanished Boy. And I love the pictures!

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    1. Thanks, Pink Roses. I love the graphics Jacquie puts with her reviews 🙂

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    2. Thank you, Elizabeth. I’m sure Harmony is thrilled ❤

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  3. Great reviews, Jacquie! I’ve yet to read The Vanished Boy, but it’s becoming impatient on my kindle! Congratulations to Harmony and to Tammy. 😊

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    1. Lols. I can see it tapping its fingers and glowering at you! 😂 Thanks, Gwen 🙂

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    2. It’s heart-wrenching, but oh, so good!

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  4. I’ve been devouring books too, Jacquie. It’s turning into a great reading year for me, LOL.

    I LOVED Harmony’s The Vanished Boy. It’s become my favorite of all her releases. Tamra’s book also sounds great. Congratulations to both authors!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mae! I’m thrilled 🙂

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    2. Maybe the downtime is just what we need 🙂

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  5. I loved Harmony’s story. Tamara’s sounds wonderful, too. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much, Staci. I’m so happy 🙂

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      1. You should be. It’s great seeing you get so many wonderful reviews. You deserve them.

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    2. Harmony’s story gave me chills and Tamara’s romance warmed me up 🙂

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      1. Perfect mix to read together, then!

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  6. Harmony is getting a lot of positive press. Might have to check this one out.

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    1. I’m so jazzed. Thanks, Craig 🙂

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    2. It’s worth the read, Craig, truly.

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  7. I am halfway through “A Vanished Boy” and am on the edge of my seat. This is truly a nail-biter, and as a mother and grandmother, my heart is invested. Thank you for your awesome review of both of these books, Jacquie!

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    1. Oh, Jan, that’s fantastic to see! Woohoo! Doing my happy dance 💃. Thanks so much 🙂

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    2. I was concerned with reading this book for that reason, but Harmony is a stellar writer. She handles the subject matter with a deft hand.

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  8. And so my teetering TBR pile grows again! Thanks for the great reviews, Jacquie, and congratulations to Harmony and Tamara! Here’s to many more 5-Star reviews and some fabulous sales, Ladies! 🙂

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    1. My TBR is browning fangs, lols. Thanks, Marcia! 🙂

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      1. Bloomin auto correct… that originally read ‘growling’ lols 😂

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    2. I know what you mean; I read two and add three, lol.

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  9. Excellent reviews, Jacquie. Thank you for sharing them.

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    1. They’re both great reads, John. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Love these reviews! Both books sound so good. I can’t wait to read them!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kymber! 🙂

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  11. I started The Vanished Boy last night and didn’t want to put it down. Great review, Jacquie!

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    1. Thanks so much, Joan! Can’t wait to see what you think 🙂

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  12. D.L. Finn, Author April 21, 2021 — 10:13 am

    Great reviews, Jacquie:) I loved Harmony’s book, and Sam sounds like a good read.

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    1. Harmony’s book put me through the wringer, lol.
      Sam is the perfect hero, kind and caring 🙂

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    2. Thanks so much, Denise! Grinning like a mad thing 🙂

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  13. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader April 21, 2021 — 11:08 am

    Well it seems you had a great time!

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    1. It sure does! Thanks, Sophie 🙂

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    2. Lol, I played hooky from writing and read two great books- not bad, right? 🙂

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  14. Great reviews, Jacquie! I just snatched up Harmony’s book. It sounds great! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jill. I’m doing my happy dance 💃! Happy reading 🙂

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    2. She’ll be thrilled, thank you!

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  15. Terrific reviews Harmony and Tamara.. thanks Jacquie.. x

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    1. Thanks so much, Sally xx 🙂

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    2. Thanks for stopping by to support them, Sally ❤

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  16. Fabulous reviews of Harmony’s and Tamara’s books, Jacquie! I know exactly how it goes with teenagers keeping secrets. In a sense, they want to exercise independence, on the other hand, they don’t want the parents to interfere with them even when they know they shouldn’t be doing certain things. Harmony did a wonderful job with her book!

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    1. Thanks so much, Miriam! Teens sure are an enigma, lol. 🙂

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      1. Tough years for those big size kids. 🙂

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    2. I’m pretty sure my daughter gave me gray hairs at that age, lol.

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  17. Excellent reviews! Enjoy your reading and time in the sunshine, Jacquie. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Mark 🙂

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  18. I know what you mean. My editing is like slogging through quicksand (something my characters do). I am reading a lot of Indies to ‘take a break’. These sound excellent.

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    1. I find a good book helps get those creative juices flowing again 🙂

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    2. Best of luck with your edits, Jacqui! I often read to rekindle my creativity 🙂

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  19. Two fabulous reviews, Jacquie! Harmony’s book reads so compelling. Thanks for sharing❣️

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    1. It’s every parent’s greatest fear wrapped into a compelling mystery- excellent reading!

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    2. Thanks so much, Vashti 🙂

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  20. Slow burn concerns me a bit. But nail-biting appeals to me.

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    1. I actually like book where the suspense grows and grows until you can’t wait to find out how it’s going to work out. 🙂

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      1. Well, yes, if it manages to keep my interest, and it sounds like this must.😉

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        1. Thanks, pickagoodbook. Readers tell me it grabs from the get go, which I’m thrilled with! Have a lovely day 🙂

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  21. A wonderful review of Harmony’s book, Jacquie. I have to gear up my emotional reserves to read it. The idea is very frightening to me. The other book also sounds like a winner.

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    1. That was me, too, Robbie, but it’s worth the read- I promise ❤

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