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Behind the Manor Door Lies The Reckoning by Debbie Zello – Review by Jenni Bishop

Behind the Manor Door Lies The ReckoningBehind the Manor Door Lies The Reckoning by Debbie Zello
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Behind the Manor Door Lies The Reckoning by Debbie Zello is a historical romance story and tells us of a period in time about slavery set in America. I enjoyed the history of the story but found the slavery and treatment appalling but I know this is what happened back then. Debbie evoked some pretty powerful emotions in me as I read along, page after page, unable to stop to put it down. The story felt very realistic. I was really invested in every outcome. I loved Meli, our strong willed lead who was continually beaten down but was able to slowly build herself up and stand up for and protect those she had come to love, no matter their race or colour. This is a very powerful story that should be read by all.

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Behind the Manor Door Lies the Reckoning by Debbie Zello – Review by Angela Hayes

4 Stars

 

Behind the Manor Door Lies the Reckoning by Debbie Zello is a historical romance that has a bit of unpredictability to the clever, multi-layered storyline- there is suspense, new beginnings, drama, secrets, tension, emotion, some upsetting scenes, and many surprising developments.

Permelia Shaw’s world turns upside down when she loses the love of her life. She decides to move south so she can start fresh, so she leaves Boston and heads to Virginia. Now this is a big step for her, because she is a staunch abolitionist, and even though she lives a wealthy lifestyle, she can’t see eye to eye with the southern way of life where slavery is very much the norm.

Montgomery Randall is a slave trader who had fled England because of the abolition of slavery- settling in Virginia in order to continue his ‘lifestyle’. There he meets Permelia (Meli) and sets his sights on her immediately- he has to have her! These two have such opposing viewpoints- is there any way that they can find a common ground, or compromise? Will Meli be able to maintain her stand, or will Montgomery and southern society break her down?

Anytime a new book of Ms. Zello’s pops up on my feed, it’s an instant ‘one-click’ for me. I know anything she writes is going to be something I will enjoy. I might have high expectations, but she hasn’t let me down yet!  As I started reading I realised that this book is a little different from the other books of Ms. Zello’s that I have read- but no less captivating. The story was unique and gives us lots of complex and intriguing characters and situations. The way she blended the historical elements with suspense, tension, turmoil, romance, and drama, was done exceedingly well- entirely realistic and believable. I definitely wasn’t expecting the storyline to evolve the way it did, that’s for sure! It’s easy to see that she put a lot of thought, planning, heart, and soul into the development of this book.

I am definitely looking forward to her next book!

 

Thank-you, Ms. Zello!

Found in Understanding (Refuge Series #3) by Debbie Zello – Review by Jenni Bishop

Found in Understanding (Refuge Series #3)Found in Understanding by Debbie Zello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Found in Understanding: Refuge Series Book Three by Debbie Zello had me in tears. Not just tears, heart wrenching ugly sobbing tears, I thought is she mad. Why would you do that, but has I read further it all became clear, even though I am still thoroughly devastated. I enjoyed the story which was very emotional as we watched a young child grow into herself, life, love and loss. But I also found myself laughing out loud. ​The story kept me engaged and I loved the main characters and I think this has to be my favourite book by Debbie. She always writes stories that evoke strong emotions and you know it is a good book when that happens.

This is absolutely one story that should not me missed. Beware you will need a box of tissues to make it through.

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Found in Understanding (Refuge Series #3) by Debbie Zello – Review by Sara Oxton

Found in Understanding (Refuge Series #3)Found in Understanding by Debbie Zello
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Found in Understanding by Debbie Zello a four-star read you need to find. This is the third book in the Refuge series, it can be read as stand-alone, but I would say read the series as they do build the authors writing style and you will get more out of it. I will be honest, I enjoyed the book, but it wasn’t as good as some of the others by this author. I will admit though, I think it was me as this was such an emotional read and I wasn’t in the place for it. I am sure I will re-read this story and find it so much better. It was very heavy in the back story and then glossed over some of the more current details that I felt we could have been dealt with in more details, that being said I loved the first couple of chapters where we got the initial story of Firelight, where she got her beautiful name and how. So that’s why I think you should give this book a go, I know I will be re-reading once I get over my funk.

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A Snow Covered Nightmare (Refuge #2) by Debbie Zello – Review by Jenni Bishop

A Snow Covered Nightmare (Refuge #2)A Snow Covered Nightmare by Debbie Zello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Snow Covered Nightmare: Refuge Series Book Two by Debbie Zello​ is a great and well written story. It blew me away and kept me turning page after page and intrigued every step of the way. I loved the main characters and they often had me laughing so hard, tears were flowing. The story starts of with a bam and continues all the way pulling you in more and more word after word. Falling in love with the characters was as easy as the flow of the tale. This story has mystery and suspense, romance and murder, heartbreak and love. It is a bit of an emotional ride when doing the right thing is so wrong and painful. Debbie has written a wonderful story with believable characters that will captivate you.
This is definitely one story that you don’t want to miss out on.

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A Snow Covered Nightmare: Refuge Series Book Two by Debbie Zello – Review by Tracy Manderson

A Snow Covered Nightmare (Refuge #2)A Snow Covered Nightmare by Debbie Zello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Snow Covered Nightmare: Refuge Series Book Two (The Refuge #2) by Debbie Zello
5 out of 5 stars
A Snow Covered Nightmare is the second book t in the Refuge Series and the third book that I have read by Ms. Zello. I loved that this wasn’t just another love story has mystery, suspense it was full of passion. This book is started right from the very beginning. It didn’t start off slow, everything happened right from the very get go and it was awesome. The characters are well developed and It’s a good all-round story, with different sides of the story revealed that will suck you in from the first page until the last and you won’t be able to put it down.
Briah Spencer’s is the sole witness to her boss’s murder and her life would never be the same again. Once she had identified the killer as none other than Denver’s biggest crime boss, David Slater, her head had a price on it.
Aiden Baldwin was one of Denver’s finest homicide detectives. His job was to keep Briah safe long enough to testify. His heart had plans of its own. Soon her life and his found that rock and hard place where decisions were impossible and devastating. Briah is sent into witness protection and Aiden to the bottom of a whisky bottle.
Briah felt safe in the mountains. They were her refuge from life’s realities so she decides lose her cares on the slopes with the wind blowing them past her. Will the mountains hide her from the two men that want her? Can the snow help her to forget Aiden? Is there a future in her new life?
I highly recommend this book/series and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Zello has in-store for us.
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Tracy

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A Snow Covered Nightmare (Refuge Series #2) by Debbie Zello – Review by Sara Oxton

A Snow Covered Nightmare (Refuge #2)A Snow Covered Nightmare by Debbie Zello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Snow covered Nightmare by Debbie Zello a five-star read that certainly isn’t a nightmare read. This is the second book in the Refuge series, this is a series but they can be read as a stand-alone I have read both books and plan to read the rest as Debbie Zello is a great writer that will captivate you. This story is fast-paced and full of action it will keep you hooked all through the story. Aiden and Briah have such a powerful story to tell, it builds and builds a great tension and the storytelling is next to none, you will watch as they grow to love each other and face so much together. If you don’t read any of the other books in the series try this one, it will stay with you long after you have finished the story.

Review by @saraoxo

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Mercy: the deadliest Sin (Why we don’t Die in Dreams #2) by Debbie Zello – Review by Jenni Bishop

Mercy: the deadliest Sin (Why we don't Die in Dreams #2)Mercy: the deadliest Sin by Debbie Zello
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mercy: the deadliest Sin is the second book in the Why we don’t Die in Dreams series by Debbie Zello and is a continuation from the first book and not a standalone. Debbie is a very clever writer in the way she has written this dark and twisted tale of a being who has no conscious. A creature you can only hear about in nightmares. Something you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Something so heinous that you just can’t stop reading about. There are a lot of twists and turns that but boy did Debbie twist it all up and deliver and ending I. Did. Not. See. Coming!

I recommend reading this story but beware you will be on the edge of your seat and hiding behind your hands.

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Why we don’t die in Dreams by Debbie Zello – Review by Jenni Bishop

Why we don't die in DreamsWhy we don’t die in Dreams by Debbie Zello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Why we don’t die in Dreams by Debbie Zello is a suspense, thriller and one story that will leave you wondering just what is going on as there are as many twists and turns as there is in a rollercoaster ride. Debbie has written a story that is wonderfully put together and the plot is just so clever and so different to anything I have read before, just when you thought you had a grasp on the story line you were suddenly thrust somewhere else. This is one book that will have your attention from page one because you will be left behind. I had to read it in one go because I just had to know what was coming next. This book has a little something for everyone, there is murder, mystery and intrigue. You will love the main character who had me laughing out loud at times and at others I felt all the emotions he was going through.

Unfortunately it ends with a cliffhanger so I am trying to patiently wait to read the next installment.

This story engaged and intrigued and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. Definitely a five star plus read.

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See You in September (The Refuge #1) by Debbie Zello – Review by Jenni Bishop

See You in September (The Refuge #1)See You in September by Debbie Zello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

See You in September is the first book in the Refuge series by Debbie Zello and the first book by this author. The characters are well written and is full of passion, the book is a great read that will definitely satisfy the romantic within you and keep you hooked from the first page until the last.

When Cheri Winslow Gates entered her home she encountered far more than she thought she would ever see. The scene before her sends her fleeing and now realising her life has been a total lie. Now she is finally getting her life back together, after her divorce Cheri thought she would never put the past behind her. Starting over is not on her radar but when a sexy new neighbour enters her life, could she learn how to start living again? But will all her happiness be tested when the one who hurt her suddenly appears in her life again? What will happen when past and future collide? Will Cheri be bought to her knees and have her life crashing down around her?

Gareth Marshall is finally getting a long needed vacation and it is sure to be a vacation to remember. When he discovers a beautiful mermaid on the beach his life is changed forever. This beautiful creature is his neighbour, a neighbour that he can’t keep out of his mind, one he wants to know better but is that even possible when you live thousand of miles away? Can you do that when you travel the world with your job? What starts as a friendship develops into so much more, but will it survive?

This is a beautiful romance story, but the underlying story is fraught with lots of pain and anguish. This twist will keep you guessing and wondering what will happen next. How much heartache can one person take? The characters are wonderfully written and it is a romance that will leave you wanting more.

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