Update on friend and client author Phyllis Staton Campbell and a glowing book review of her latest release, Goin’ Home

Hello everyone.

Before I get to this magnificent book review of Goin’ Home by friend and client author Phyllis Staton Campbell, I’d like to let you know that Phyllis is recovering from her surgery and though still weak, she and I are happily emailing again.

And now, to the review…

 

Goin' Home Book Cover

 

“Goin’ Home

By Phyllis Staton Campbell

 

Book Summary:

Pastor Jim, blinded in Iraq, and his wife Amy settle down after the storm that has almost destroyed the town, only to find that the most peaceful garden can harbor a serpent. The town is thrown into chaos, when a mass killer is returned home to die after fifty years in prison. The town is divided and they find themselves  in the middle.

There is humor when the new church secretary confuses names, and sends the hearse to pick up a dog. A  country music singer appears on the scene, and Jim learns a secret from the past.

For readers who enjoy the Mitford series by Jan Karon.

 

And now, a lovely review…

 

Goin’ Home
by Phyllis Staton Campbell
Gold Touch Press

 

book review by Joel Samberg

 

“Now, if I could just talk to your husband. Maybe he can explain why there’s the corpse of a dog in my embalming room with old man Blake in the chapel crying, and blessing me, and saying you sent it.”

The second in a series that began with Where Sheep May Safely Graze, Campbell’s new novel returns to the town of Pleasantville for another pleasant slice of life that, like reality itself, isn’t always filled with pleasantries. Not everything is always what it seems. That may be a cliché, but in this breezy murder mystery and comedy, it doesn’t seem like one, simply because of the fresh and original story twists and turns that give it staying power. When the main characters come home after a storm nearly obliterates their village, they find themselves living right in the middle of that cliché, thanks to a series of odd events, including a killer who has returned home after fifty years in prison, a cloudy-headed woman who starts a new job at the beloved town church, a dog that turns up at the morgue, and a secret from long ago that is finally revealed.

The story unfolds effortlessly, mostly because the author’s carefree narration makes it seem as if she wants to enjoy it as much as she wants her readers to enjoy it. She does that with easily-digestible doses of humor and melancholy, delight and anxiety, tranquility and distress, ruthlessness and redemption. The novel may be a tad quote-heavy at times, but that’s easily overlooked because of its abundance of little narrative asides, anecdotes, conjectures, and bits of business, all of which make the story seem real. When an author can come up with quirky characters, put them in intriguing situations, make it all seem genuine (which sometimes means as peculiar as life itself), and utilize good narrative and grammatical skills, then his or her story has a good chance of succeeding. This one does and is a modestly presented, articulately written book.

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About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. And as a Social Media Promotional Assistant. She is the owner and creator of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger Business Assist), and is the published author of two books, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life and Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye: Volume One. She can also be found in two anthologies which are, December Awethology Light And A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales. See her latest book, Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life Second Edition in eBook and Paperback at: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG Find it in various accessible formats: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher See her Facebook business page: https://www.facebook.com/tellittotheworld/ Patty loves receiving feedback about her work. So, drop her a line any time at: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com
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