Colleen’s Kindle: March 2023 reads (Part 2)

Let me introduce you to some KU reads I loved!

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Mystic Tea: A gorgeous novel about finding redemption, by Rea Nolan Martin

My Recommendation:

The story opens to a motley crew of sisters who live in a rural monastery. These women are all that remains of a once thriving religious community. They seem lost in their lives and in their faith, unable to cope with the debt that engulfs them. They’ve lost their way and just don’t know how to find their way back. To make matters worse, the Vatican has launched an official investigation into their unorthodox arrangement.

The story slowly unravels. Keep reading because the best is yet to come. Get to know the Sisters: Mike the prioress; Gemma the novitiate who harbors a dark secret; Arielle, the jailhouse convert; and Mother Augusta, “an unorthodox elderly mystic who performs unsanctioned rituals and brews her own magical teas.” How can this bunch of eccentric sisters survive the Vatican’s examination? It’s going to take a miracle, along with some love and courage for these women to survive!

This is a tale of female empowerment and miraculous transformations. It’s often said that out of endings come new beginnings. This book is the perfect example of the Phoenix rising from the ashes of destruction. I laughed and cried with the characters because of how realistic they appeared—like real people, flaws and all exposed as they tried to navigate the difficulties in their lives. Look for the special relationship between Arielle and Mother Augusta. There’s something magical in their interactions. Love is powerful, and these two share a special bond.

I felt like I had a front-row seat to witnessing the characters as they faced change. What’s best is the character’s growth within themselves. It’s through this expansion of their love for each other, they all find redemption. In the end, the multiple plot lines converge with all the strands tied together.

You will believe in miracles and the magical when you finish this book. If you’re looking for a heartwarming read, Mystic Tea will fit the bill!

The Last Drive, by John Howell

My Recommendation:

This is the second book in the series, and Sam and James, two heavenly souls, are back to help Archangel Michael find two other missing souls. This time, they’re hunting for a pilot named Ryan and his spiritual guide, Eddie Rickenbacker. Of course, old Lucifer is back flexing his bag of evil tricks. It’s suspected that he is the reason the pilot and guide are missing. Sam and James take off in the Oldsmobile to find the missing souls.

Traveling back into time, readers visit significant historic periods as Sam and James try to find the lost souls. They visit the Titanic, Hiroshima, Auschwitz, and a few other places. The theme of good vs evil resonates with the story.

If you enjoy time travel, history, and even some old car lore, you will enjoy this suspenseful tale to redemption.

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Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

8 thoughts on “Colleen’s Kindle: March 2023 reads (Part 2)

    1. Robbie, Mystic Tea was excellent. The characters were some of the best I’ve read. I like books about women where there is emotional growth. Arielle and Mother Augusta are wonderful characters. You would enjoy this book. 💜


      1. There are so many books these days empowering women. A subtle but strong theme in my trilogy too, normalizing strong women.


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