Julia, Coming Home
(Shelley Houston, $15.00)
“This novel is set in Sage Meadows, a small town suspiciously like Sisters, Oregon (okay, it is Sisters, albeit a fictionalized version). Julia is leaving Portland to start a bookstore in the vacation town she’s always dreamed of living in. Accompanied only by her two dogs, Frick and Frack, Julia at thirty-nine is single, childless, and feeling a bit lonely and as if life has passed her by. She’s sure that Sage Meadows will be the perfect place to make a new start. But while Julia loves the beauty around her and finds many aspects of the little town charming, she also quickly learns how hard it is to break into the established cliques and how her every move is seen and possibly gossiped about (she ends up in the Sheriff’s Calls column in the newspaper…) More ominously, Julia begins to suspect she is being followed, and may even be in danger. She tries to remain open to God’s plan to bring about her heart’s desire while she works hard to open her shop and struggles to stay safe and solve the mystery of who is trailing her, and why. This debut novel by Eugene author Shelley Houston has much to recommend it: a well-made plot with surprising turns, engaging characters, a knack for talking about faith without being preachy, and, of course, the local setting! I love how Houston doesn’t idealize life in Sisters, er, Sage Meadows, but shows small-town life with its ups and downs. I hope to read more from this new author.”
Thank you Amanda MacNaughton at Paulina Springs Books for the synopsis and review.
Good story, great characters!
“I really enjoyed the characters in this book. They seem like people you might know and love or roll your eyes at. Even the dogs are a hoot. The story moves at a good pace and is engaging throughout. I’d read it again!”
Suspense in Central Oregon–fun read!
By Mary Hake
“The very first line of this intriguing suspense novel drew me in. The tension increases as Julia realizes someone is out to get her. Is she next on the murderer’s list? Could any of the men showing interest in her actually be a killer? Shelley also pulled off a great plot twist realistically.”
Well-written novel from new author
“I didn’t know what to expect when I read this book, and was pleasantly surprised at how well-written it was. The characters began to feel like family and I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. … written with real life issues and a touch of suspense. I plan to pass this book along to others.”
Shelley Houston, the author is the founder at Just Dust Publishers (JDP) which is an independent publishing company bringing to print quality books that reflect a Christian world view. The Just Dust Publishers mission is “To publish works of redeeming value.” JDP is a sole proprietorship based out of Eugene, Oregon.
Just Dust Publishers is seeking to work with authors who would like publish books that are not in conflict with a Christian world view and are of excellent caliber. JDP is currently graduating to a traditional, royalty-paying press which will release books by four new authors soon.
Authors may submit a book proposal for our consideration by e-mail to Shelley@JustDustPublishers.com.
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