About the Book
Book: The Golden Touch
Author: Carole Brown
Genre: Romantic Cozy Mystery
Release date: April 30, 2021
Ryle Sadler stared down at the financial statement lying on his desk. His investment firm had just sent him another record of overwhelming success. Time to sell his share in this stock.
Ryle came from the poor side of the tracks, but that had no bearing on his success in life—which he kept hidden from everyone, especially those in Appleton, West Virginia. But when he buys the local, rundown bed and breakfast, mysterious revelations from beneath the site are suddenly threatening to ruin his good standing with the citizens.
Then along comes Jazzi Sanderson. Jazzi has a reputation of being wild, but Ryle sees more than is on the top layer of this woman. Beneath that tough, wild streak lurks a woman who wants to be loved by the right person, a woman who is tender-hearted and who is just finding out that God is real.
Is Ryle and Jazzi’s worlds too far apart or can their differences help them solve the mystery that lies beneath Ryle’s bed and breakfast? Will the evil person behind it all be able to silence them, or can Ryle’s golden touch prevail in this too?
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About the Author
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of thirteen, best selling, award-winniing books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. She has found that the traveling and ministering has served her well in writing her novels. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?
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Discovering the Emotional Touch
When beginning the story of THE GOLDEN TOUCH, Book Five of the Appleton, WV Romantic Mysteries, I needed a KEY factor
Here’s what I knew:
- the protagonists: Jazzi (Jazmine) Sanderson and Ryle Sadler, their careers and/or past, their personalities,
- the basic plot: mystery, suspense and the romance
- the setting
- the first chapter
But I still didn’t have that thing—that emotion or feeling—the characters were searching for…until I, unknowingly hit upon it. What Jazzi and Ryle were both seeking, although unknown to either, was a place that felt like HOME. The place that makes a person feel content, relaxed and at peace, even when trouble is brewing, even when you’re still searching for that one person who makes the world go ’round for you.
Where was it? Appleton, West Virginia. The small town where everyone knew everyone and their business, or at least assumed they knew. Where friends were friends for life, even when that small town held secrets, trouble and problems.
Ryle, who was rich, innovative and smart, living in a big town and traveling across the country for work was happy, or thought he was. But when he chanced upon Appleton, West Virginia, small, friendly, clean and sometimes a nosy place, but where friends were loyal and ready to help in any way they could, Ryle realized he’d found that spot that felt like home. Adding that to solving the mystery and finding love, was the answer his heart had craved, even though he didn’t know it.
As for Jazzi, wild, beautiful young lady that she was, felt unloved by her adopted parents, and flew the coop from Appleton as soon as she was of age. What she didn’t realize, that instead of blaming others for her unhappiness, it was of her own making. It wasn’t until she returned to Appleton, more mature now, accepting of her own mistakes, and finding a meaning for her life, that her heart grasped the one place that could ever feel like home. Appleton.
Nestled in a quaint little town called Appleton is where out story takes us. I loved reading about the B&B that Ryle was renovating. He has been successful in his business adventures, so he was sure this would be a good investment. Ryle is a good hearted person who likes to give people second chances. As he progresses in his venture strange things start to happen around the B&B. Someone doesn’t want him to open the new place and their tactics become dangerous.
Jazzi was my favorite character because she seemed like a lost soul who desperately wanted someone to give her a chance. There are glimpses of her past that she tries to forget but it looks like someone is out to get her. She is so excited when Ryle hires her as his manager. You can feel her excitement as she starts a new life and begins to trust Ryle. I couldn’t wait to see where the author took their relationship.
The mystery in the book is really two fold. There are the men who are after Jazzi and a mysterious discovery on the land where the B & B is. The author does a great job of leaving little crumbs for readers to follow as threats are made, strange noises are heard at the B&B and unfamiliar people start showing up. Ryle is determined to keep Jazzi safe but it could cost him his life if he doesn’t follow the demands that are given to him.
There are tense moments throughout the story that had me reading as fast as I could. The author surprised me a few times as the twists caught me off guard. With information about the B&B from years ago, I was fascinated by the unexpected discovery that will affect many lives. I have enjoyed my time in Appleton and hope the author will return to the town to update us on the people we have come to care about.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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