Review: Tormented by Susan Clayton-Goldner

Tormented

Published May 2nd 2018                                   Tirgearr Publishing

ASIn:  B07BWMKLCH

RATING:  5*

When I first started to read TORMENTED, I initially felt that this was going to be something along the lines of The Thornbirds.   Boy was I totally blindsided!   First of all this was nothing of what I expected.    

It was love at first sight from the moment Father Anthony spied the very glamorous beauty, Rita Wittier.  From that moment on Anthony’s devotion to God and His Church took a back seat to the thoughts he had of Rita.   He was a man obsessed and for the priest who had attained national recognition in a 60 Minute Interview of all the things he had done in establishing a home and school for disadvantaged and orphaned children he needed to talk to his childhood priest to confess his feelings and try to come to terms with his desire to quit the priesthood.  

After traveling home to Delaware Anthony felt if  redemption could be found, it would come in the form of the soothing Irish brogue of his former mentor.  However, Anthony was just as confused after and decided to approach Rita and tell her of his feelings.  Unfortunately, six hours after he told Rita she was found dead in her car, an apparent suicide…. or was it murder?

Wow and wow, as a Catholic I was really thrown by this storyline.   I could imagine the torment Anthony was going through especially as everyone was in awe of him as the “Good Shephard” since the 60 Minute Interview.    How on earth could he accept Rita’s alleged suicide?  Was she so shocked at his declaration that she took her own life?

As the story evolves there are numerous suspects as to why Rita might have committed suicide and they all sense.  However, her nine year old daughter knew without a doubt that her mommy would never leave her alone and she and the detective investigating the case began to believe her as well.

Bottom line:  HUGE twist ending I never saw coming!  Ms. Clayton-Gardner is a marvel!!! 

Marilyn Rondeau

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Review: The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser

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Publisher: Shiloh Run Press; Gld edition (December 1, 2016)

ISBN-13: 9781634097925     Rating:  5*

As an under maid to a wealthy aristocrat young Annie Wood arrives in New York in 1911 with two ladies maids, their mistress and her daughter.   As a rule, Annie would not have been brought along, but the two ladies maids as it turned out needed Annie to continue covering for them their lack of basic sewing skills.  With the idea that Annie would soon be recognized for her skill and advanced to a new position of ladies maid herself, Annie continued to serve and work as hard as she could until she discovered that she had been a dupe all along and no one was aware of her talents, the other two Ladies maid taking all the credit for her work.

Striking out on her own, Annie finds employment in the sewing department at Macy’s and while she begins her new career in rising to top most sales clerks in selling, she also attracts the attention of a salesman from the Butterick Pattern Company.  With her natural talent for design Annie discovers she is indeed very good at fashion design and becomes a fashion designer for the Butterrick Pattern Company on a rise to the top of her profession.   But persons from her past who feel Annie had done them a disservice were not about to let her rest upon her new fame.  Would her new friend and beau  be able to save her from the brutality that was planned to take her down?

***  This was truly a tale rich in historical detail which I found completely engrossing, from the early days of the great department store Macy’s to the days of Butterick and McCall’s sewing patterns for the home sewer.  I found enormous enjoyment in reading of the past that was part of my childhood where a subject in school was Home Economics and learning to sew from a pattern to make your own clothing!  Yes, those were the days!  The characters were all covered in depth and it brought back those simpler days I was brought up in that held simple truths and rules to follow for a fulfilling life.    Bottom Line:  THE PATTERN ARTIST is a great sweeping and strong story that will have you turning the pages to the final end and leave you with a wonderful happy feeling.

Marilyn Rondeau