“For the most part, Lavinia and Belle dictated the story to me. From the beginning, it became quite clear that if I tried to embellish or change their story, their narration would stop. When I withdrew, the story would continue. Their voices were quite distinct. Belle, who always felt...
By Debbie Balzotti Sometimes I judge a book by its cover. The haunting portrait photo of Olive Oatman from 1848 shows a dark-haired beauty with a tattooed face gazing out from the cover. “The Blue Tattoo” tells her story from an Illinois childhood through her later years as a wealthy...
I decided to review my own book this month after I discovered it is apparently available now as an ebook. This came as quite a surprise since I own the copyright! I’m happy with my 5 out of 5 rating, but I wonder who decided I was worthy of such...
Proof of Angels
March 2015: Tyler Beddoes and three of his fellow Spanish Fork police officers rescued 18-month-old Lily Groesbeck from an overturned car found partially submerged in the Spanish Fork River. The river rescue story was remarkable, but what really captured the attention of the world was the mysterious voice the...
I read the short novel “Sterling Bridge” by Chad Robert Parker in two evenings. It had been sitting in my books-to-read pile under a couple of historical fiction books I received as Christmas gifts. But they were really long, so “Sterling Bridge” made the top of the pile – and...
If you are looking for a book to give to a friend, a sister, a mom, or a grandmother, then “Big Stone Gap” by Adriana Trigiani would be the perfect gift. The long-awaited movie came out in October, which brought this best-seller written in 2000 back into the spotlight. Our...
By Debbie Balzotti This is my favorite historical fiction novel of the year. I’ve read several best sellers and new releases, but this is the one I pre-ordered and started reading the day it was dropped on my doorstep. Kate Morton writes suspenseful, intriguing stories about characters with deep, dark...