#BookReview-The Ferryman and the Sea Witch @DWallacePeach #Fantasy #Reading


Description via Amazon.com

The merrow rule the sea. Slender creatures, fair of face, with silver scales and the graceful tails of angelfish. Caught in a Brid Clarion net, the daughter of the sea witch perishes in the sunlit air. Her fingers dangle above the swells.

The queen of the sea bares her sharp teeth and, in a fury of wind and waves, cleanses the brine of ships and men. But she spares a boy for his single act of kindness. Callum becomes the Ferryman, and until Brid Clarion pays its debt with royal blood, only his sails may cross the Deep.

Two warring nations, separated by the merrow’s trench, trade infant hostages in a commitment to peace. Now, the time has come for the heirs to return home. The Ferryman alone can undertake the exchange.

Yet, animosities are far from assuaged. While Brid Clarion’s islands bask in prosperity, Haf Killick, a floating city of derelict ships, rots and rusts and sinks into the reefs. Its ruler has other designs.

And the sea witch crafts dark bargains with all sides.

Callum is caught in the breach, with a long-held bargain of his own which, once discovered, will shatter this life.

Biography

Best-selling author D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two dogs, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes.

For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.

For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com.

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My Review

As a young man, Callum witnesses the capture of a merrow, the Sea Witch’s beloved daughter. Unable to convince the King of Brid Clarion’s men to let her go, he tries himself, and fails.

The Sea Witch is infuriated and takes her anger out on every vessel sailing The Deep, destroying them all and ending trade between the islands and the floating city of Haf Killick. But, because Callum tried to help, she spares his life by making him a barter he has no choice but to accept.

A gibbous moon outshone the pageantry of stars and reflected on the inky water like hammered silver. Beyond his vision, where water met sky, the merrow’s wistful voices sang. Their haunting melody unwound like an enchanted thread, wordless and strange. It embedded a hook in his heart.

The Ferryman and the SEA Witch- D. Wallace Peach

Now, the Ferryman, Callum’s ship is the only one allowed access to the deep, though the price is steep. He must throw a prisoner overboard as the moon rises in penance for the Sea Witch’s lost daughter. The only way to end the killings is with the spillage of royal blood.

Callum is in an impossible position. His wife has been a hostage of Brid Clarion for eighteen years, traded with the baby princess of Haf Killick as a guardian while the King’s infant son was sent to Haf Killick in a show of peace. But when the time arrives for the hostages to return home, the exchange doesn’t go as planned.

Duty slapped her in the face, and she woke to her hard-edged reality like a beggar from a romantic dream.

The Ferryman and the Sea Witch- D. Wallace Peach

Secrets are revealed, the Sea Witch is once again betrayed, and The Deep is ready to swallow everything that stands in the way of the Sea Witch’s vengeance.

“Mortals demand kindness and forgiveness as if it’s their right, as if they rule the sea and winds and waves. You make bargains as brittle as sand dollars that snap beneath the slightest pressure.

The Ferryman and the Sea Witch- D. Wallace Peach

As with all of this incredible author’s books, I was drawn right into the world she created with meticulous detail. From the pirate ship’s descriptions to the haunting beauty and deadliness of the merrow, it was hard to set the story aside.

I ached for Callum, cheered for Grier (I hope there will be another story with this charming character!), and gasped over the sword fights. If you’re looking for something beyond the ordinary, The Ferryman and the Sea Witch is an easy five star read!

And then, there’s that cover- wow!

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118 thoughts on “#BookReview-The Ferryman and the Sea Witch @DWallacePeach #Fantasy #Reading

  1. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader June 15, 2021 — 1:32 am

    When you ache and cheer for characters that’s always a good sign Jacquie!

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    1. Thanks so much for checking out Jacquie’s review., Sophie. She is incredibly kind to share her thoughts. Happy Reading.

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    2. You’d love this one, Sophie- it’s awesome!

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  2. Great review. I have this one waiting for me on my ereader and can’t wait to get to it. Thanks for sharing, Jacquie 🙂

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    1. Jacquie write’s amazing reviews, Harmony. I couldn’t be happier with this one. I hope that you enjoy the book. Thanks so much for your kind comment! ❤

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    2. Yay! Diana will be happy to read this, Harmony. It’s an awesome read!

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  3. Great review, Jacquie! I started reading this over the weekend. I’m logged some extra miles on the elliptical. 😉 Diana is a fantastic writer!

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    1. Haha. I’m glad I’m helping you burn some calories, Jill. The book is a dark one, so if you’re enjoying it, I’m delighted! Have a wonderful day and Happy Reading!

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    2. Lol, those action scenes are pulse-pounders!

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  4. A fabulous review of Diana´s book. She is so great at describing the extraordinary!

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment, Darlene, and for reading Jacquie’s amazing review. She does such a great job with bringing out the highlights of the book. I’m doing a happy dance. Have a lovely day, my friend.

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  5. I can’t believe she’s onto a new series and I didn’t read the last one yet. Her language is lovely. Another for my embarrassingly large TBR. Thanks, Jacquie.

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    1. This one is a standalone, Staci, so it happened fast on the heels of the last ones. I can relate to the packed kindle. It’s impossible to keep up! But that’s a good problem, I think. Happy Reading. 🙂

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    2. It is? I might have to bump it up, then! Thanks for letting me know.

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      1. I’m the same way when I’m short on time. A quick standalone tends to wriggle closer to the top. 🙂

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    3. This is a standalone, though I’m trying to change her mind, lol.
      It’s well worth moving up the pile, Staci 🙂

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  6. I’m so looking forward to reading this! I love the lyrical beauty Diana weaves with her writing pen. The Ferryman and the Sea Witch is waiting on my Kindle, and I hope to start reading it within the next week. Thanks for the great review, Jacquie.

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    1. You’re going to love it, Mae!

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    2. Thanks for swinging by, Mae, and for the wonderful comment. I loved Jacquie’s review and couldn’t be happier. I’m excited to hear what you think of it. It’s a quick standalone, one and done. Happy Reading.

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  7. Great review, Jacquie! This looks like a book right up my alley. Definitely going on my tbr.

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    1. Thank you, Kymber. Jacquie writes a fabulous review and I couldn’t be more pleased. If you decide to give the book a try, I hope you enjoy it. Happy Reading.

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    2. It’s a swashbuckling epic romance, Kymber- loved it!

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  8. Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, Jacquie. And your review is just beautiful. Thank you. You really made my day… my week! Um… my year! Ha ha. These first reviews are so important, and I so appreciate that you took the time to read and put down your thoughts. I’ll reblog tomorrow. Giant hugs, my friend!

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    1. Please, please tell me Grier will get a story in the future! I tried to post on Bookbub but the book isn’t there yet, and Amazon doesn’t like me.
      I loved this book, Diana!

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      1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Jacquie. I don’t have any plans for a sequel, but you never know. Grier was the character that I posted about a while ago (under the name of Briar). I was going to kill him off early, but he made a big stink and the rest of the crew thought he was worth keeping around, so I did. I guess he was right! And I’ll head over to Bookbub and see what I can do. Thanks again for the wonderful review and all your kindness. I’m over the moon. ❤

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        1. Have a mentioned how talented you are? Love your lyrical writing, and the multi-layered worlds you create leave me in awe ❤

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          1. That world-building is one of the fun parts of writing fantasy. Plus trying to make it all make sense and seem logical. Lol.

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      2. Added to Bookbub! Thanks!

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  9. Spot on review, Jacquie! I’m about 1/3 of the way through and thoroughly enjoying the story. Diana is an amazing fantasy writer!

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    1. I love her worldbuilding talent! Glad you’re enjoying the read, Terri 🙂

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    2. Aww. Thanks, Terri. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. I was delighted to find Jacquie’s review this morning and I’m still smiling. My cheeks are starting to get sore. Ha ha. Enjoy a beautiful day and Happy Reading.

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  10. Fabulous review Jacqui. Well deserved. Diana creates awesome fantasies.

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    1. She’s amazing! I’m working my way through her work- Catling’s Bane is next 🙂

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      1. Woo hoo. You really know how to make my day, Jacquie.

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    2. Thanks so much for stopping by, Balroop. And thank YOU for your review, too. You’re so sweet to read and review so quickly. I appreciate it immensely. Have a lovely day, my friend. ❤ ❤ Hugs.

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      1. My pleasure Diana. 🤗🤗

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  11. I like the way you wrote the review, Jacquie! Nicely done. And, this is a fascinating book.

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    1. Thanks, Jacqui. There are a few blogger friends that are so good about reading and getting out those first reviews. You’re one of them. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. I have lots of reblogging to do, but will spread them out a bit. 😀 Have a wonderful day and Happy Reading.

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    2. I loved the sword and cannon scenes! lol

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  12. Thank you for sharing your review, Jacquie. 😁

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    1. Jacquie writes a great review, John, and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks so much for stopping by and when you get to the book, I hope you enjoy it too. Have a wonderful day. Stay cool.

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      1. Cool is hard but I’ll try. Thanks, Diana.

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    2. Isn’t that cover cool? It would make an amazing embossed hardcover- especially if the hole with the ship could be raised somehow.

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  13. Diana has an amazing way with words! I’m sold and purchasing my copy today. Thanks for the excellent review, Jacquie, and congratulations, Diana. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Mark! Yay! Jacquie does a great job with her reviews, and it’s such a relief when the first one comes out. I couldn’t be happier. Thank you for your kindness, and I hope that you enjoy the read. 😀

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    2. Yay! She’ll be so happy to see this, Mark 😊

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  14. Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    The first blog review of The Ferryman and the Sea Witch showed up yesterday, and I couldn’t have been more delighted. I don’t think an author really knows how a book will be received until that magic moment. I’m over at Jacquie Biggars today. But I’ll be swinging by Jacqui Murray’s as well since her review went live this morning. If you have a minute, stop by to say hello and take a browse through their sites. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Diana. Appreciate the reblog!

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      1. Of course! I’m happy to share the news. 🙂

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  15. A wonderful review. This book sounds to be a great read.

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    1. It’s so good! I highly recommend any of Diana’s books, she’s a fantastic writer.

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    2. Thanks for reading the review, Viv. I couldn’t have been happier with Jacquie’s kind comments and enthusiasm. Made my day, for sure. Have a lovely peaceful day and Happy Reading. 🙂

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  16. What a wonderful review, Jacquie! I have this book on my kindle and the descriptive excerpts you provided truly make me hunger to start reading it! Congrats to Diana!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for the wonderful comment, Jan. Jacquie wrote such a great review. I couldn’t be more thrilled with it. And if you’re hungry to read it, she did her job! Lol. Have a lovely day and Happy Reading. 🙂

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    2. Get ready to ride the high seas, Jan! 😊

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  17. This is a great review, Jacquie. I am looking forward to reading this book.

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    1. Thanks so much, Robbie, for taking the time to comment over here at Jacquie’s. I loved her review. I hope that when you get to the book you enjoy the read. Thanks for the visit and Happy Reading. ❤

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  18. Wonderful review!
    I’ve yet to read one of Diana’s books, but she is on my list. I follow her blog.
    I have discovered many fab authors on WP. At issue is that I have been boycotting Amazon for over 5years. It seems Amazon is where most sell their books.
    Recently, I joined KOBO. Perhaps that will work.
    Again fab review! Thank you, Jacquie!

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    1. I think most authors use Amazon because they are user-friendly, both for readers and writers. And, of course, the bulk of our sales come from them 🙂

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      1. They do make it very easy and they have lots of promotion opportunities. 🙂

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Resa. Doesn’t Jacquie write a wonderful review? I’m doing a happy dance over here, and my face is getting sore from smiling. I used to be exclusively on Amazon but have slowly been changing that. I have 7 books on Kobo (and other platforms) and will be adding 5 more over the summer. This new one will sit on Amazon for a few months and then I’ll spread it go wide too. I’m experimenting. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

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      1. Jacquie writes a terrific review!
        All that happiness sounds great!! Try not to. get the corners of your mouth snagged on your ears! 😉

        KOBO reader works a bit differently than the Kindle. I suppose it has to, or it would be a Kindle. So I need to finally buy a book, and go through the differences, which seems mostly to be how the books are stored.
        OH, and they take Paypal!!!
        Teagan started putting her books on KOBO …. for me (&others like me)… when I told her I boycott Amazon. So I should buy one of hers first. I will get to one of yours, eventually! You have a wonderful weekend, too!

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        1. Oh, I love that Kobo takes Paypal! It annoys the heck out of me that everything is credit card oriented even though we’re supposed to lower our debt load!

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        2. Thanks, Resa! Enjoy your reading explorations. Teagan’s books are wonderfully creative. 🙂

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  19. I will never get tired of saying what a wonderful writer Diana is. The excerpts you chose prove it. It’s my next read!

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    1. She’s turned me into a fantasy reader!

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      1. I’m not surprised!

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    2. Thank you, Basilike. You started my day with a giant smile. You’re so kind to me. Jacquie’s review is wonderful and I couldn’t be happier. I hope you enjoy the book! Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Reading. Hugs.

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      1. You really are wonderful, Diana. I always enjoy reading you and talking to you. I am sure I ll enjoy your book very much
        Many hugs!

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  20. The description has already enticed me, Diana, and then Jacquie’s wonderful review. I find your books transport me to a new land, new characters, and a new adventure. “The Ferryman and the Sea Witch” is on my Summer reading list.❤️

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    1. You’re in for a treat, Erica! The Ferryman starts with a bang and it doesn’t slow down 🙂

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    2. Thanks so much for your kind comment, Erica, and for adding the book to your summer reading. Yay! I hope you enjoy this one. It gets pretty bleak at times, but don’t get discouraged! Ha ha. Have a lovely day and wonderful weekend. ❤ Hugs.

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  21. Wow! That’s some kind of review! Congrats to Diana and I look forward to reading. 🙂

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    1. Isn’t there a song 🎵 pirating is the life for me 🎵 lol
      It’s an exciting read, Debby. You’ll love it!

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      1. Looking so forward! x

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    2. I know! Wow is the right word, Debby. Jacquie always writes wonderful reviews, and, of course, I was over the roof when I read it. It was such a relief, too, to know that the book did it’s job. Thanks so much for the visit and wonderful comment, my friend. Happy Reading and be well. ❤ Hugs.

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      1. Thank you my friend. I’m looking so forward to reading! Hugs ❤

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  22. Still reading but agree with every word! Compelling in every way.

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    1. This one is definitely going into my reread pile!

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      1. High Five, Jacquie! I can honestly say there isn’t a single one of Diana’s books that I wouldn’t re-read, but some are definitely must reads. 🙂

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    2. Thanks, Andrea, for the wonderful comment and for Reading! I’m glad you’re in the thick of it. Jacquie did a great job avoiding spoilers so I hope you enjoy the rest of the adventure. Happy Weekend, my friend. ❤

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      1. -giggles- yes! I was a wee bit concerned when I started reading, but the review was great. Hope you both have a great weekend. 🙂

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        1. Hope you have a lovely weekend, as well!

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  23. Your review is excellent, Jacquie! Reading Diana’s book is like watching a movie with her vivid description of the scenes, characters, and actions. I have Ferryman and the Sea Witch on my Kindle. Look forward to reading it.

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    1. Thanks so much for making the time to stop by, Miriam, while you’re off visiting the granddaughters. I’m so honored that you’ve got the book, but you better read to those girls first. Enjoy your time in Portland and have a wonderful weekend! ❤ ❤

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      1. Autumn started the Library’s summer 45 days reading program. My daughter came back from the library with several bags of books on different themes. I remember the libraries in our areas also have the summer reading programs.

        This is the Father’s Day weekend. They have something planned. 💖💖

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        1. Nice. Get those kids reading while they’re young!

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          1. This teacher grandma can’t agree more on that!

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        2. I love when parents introduce their kids to reading early! Happy Father’s Day to the men in your family, Miriam {{hugs}}

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          1. Thank you, Jacquie! We may have a family picnic at the river!

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    2. Ooh, yes! This would make an epic movie!

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  24. Excellent review, Jacquie – congrats to Diana! I’m so ready to dive into this one (get it – dive?) – hoping to get to it soon.

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    1. Ready to “dive” in. Ha ha. Just be careful of sea witches, Teri. And don’t make any bargains, no matter how good they sound! Thanks for checking out Jacquie’s wonderful review and Happy Reading. 🙂

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    2. Just don’t ‘dive’ into The Deep! lol
      I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it, Teri- excellent read.

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  25. What a great review, Jacquie! Congrats to Diana! I can’t wait to read her book. She’s an amazing writer with a boundless imagination. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Lauren

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    1. She must have interesting dreams 🙂
      This is an amazing read, Lauren. You’re bound to enjoy it!

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    2. Thanks so much for stopping by to read Jacquie’s review, Lauren. She makes me want to buy the book! Lol. And thank you for the kind comment. I hope that you enjoy the read when you get to it. Happy Summer, my friend. 🙂

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  26. YEAH! This is so exciting 🙂 Well done!

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    1. Have you read Diana’s books, Maritza? So good!

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      1. Hi Jacquie, I haven’t yet, thank you for suggesting it xx

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Maritza, to read Jacquie’s amazing review. She had me dancing on the rooftops. I hope you have a fabulous weekend and Happy Reading. 🙂

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    1. This is an awesome book, Michael! Thanks for the share ❤

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      1. Thank you as well, Jacquie! Without your information, i had not get the notice about. xx Michael

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    2. Thanks so much for the reblog, Michael. Wasn’t Jacquie’s review wonderful? Have a lovely end to your week and Happy Reading!

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  27. Lovely review, Jacquie — and I agree completely. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. She’s on my top list of authors!

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  28. Thanks for stopping by to check out Jacquie’s review, Teagan, and thanks so much for yours as well. So kind of both of you to read! Hugs and more hugs. ❤

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