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I have agreed to review Santa’s Little Helper by HD Gordon. This looks like a great little Christmas scare. So, expect a review shortly.

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(Excerpt from Goodreads) He shows up in a white box, with a bright red book under his arm… He wears a jolly grin and hat, a suit with gold bells and green yarn… He watches you for Santa, or so his red book claims… But though his grin is jolly, he’s not here for fun and games…

The children have been chosen, such precious little souls they are… And may the Gods be with them, if they wish to make it very far… For Santa’s Little Helper does not say, but knows important things… He knows when you’ve been bad or good, and what monsters stalk your dreams… He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake…He’s picking out his presents…He’s got some souls to take.

In the mean time, October 31, Halloween is the release date for Santa’s Little Helper. Make sure to check it out on Amazon and Goodreads.

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The Fragile World

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The Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The Kaufmans have always considered themselves a normal, happy family. Curtis is a physics teacher at a local high school. His wife, Kathleen, restores furniture for upscale boutiques. Daniel is away at college on a prestigious music scholarship, and twelve-year-old Olivia is a happy-go-lucky kid whose biggest concern is passing her next math test.

And then comes the middle-of-the-night phone call that changes everything. Daniel has been killed in what the police are calling a freak accident, and the remaining Kaufmans are left to flounder in their grief. The anguish of Daniel’s death is isolating, and it’s not long before this once perfect family find themselves falling apart. As time passes and the wound refuses to heal, Curtis becomes obsessed with the idea of revenge, a growing mania that leads him to pack up his life and his anxious teenage daughter and set out on a collision course to right a wrong.

An emotionally charged novel, The Fragile World is a journey through America’s heartland and a family’s brightest and darkest moments, exploring the devastating pain of losing a child and the beauty of finding healing in unexpected ways.

The Kaufman’s are a typical family. Curtis is a high school teacher, Kathleen restores furniture, Olivia is the preteen daughter, and Daniel is the son that is away to college. But things shatter when they receive a phone call in the middle of the night. They are told that Daniel was killed by a hit and run driver.

Everyone breaks apart to grieve in their own way. Kathleen tries to keep everyone together when Curtis pulls away into himself and Olivia starts a fear journal. But when Kathleen tries to get them to move, Curtis and Olivia don’t go with her. Instead, after tragic events, Curtis becomes obsessed with revenge on the hit and run driver. Curtis goes on the hunt for Robert and takes Olivia and her fear journal along for the ride.

This story is heartbreaking. I would never want to receive a call about something happening to one of my children. The beginning of this story is full of emotions as the family tries to move on with their lives. I liked how each person was dealing with the loss of Daniel, it was really well written. My only complaint was the ending, which I won’t go into. But I have to say that to me it didn’t mesh well with the rest of the story.

This is a really great, emotional story to read. Although it can be painful it is also a wonderful story of a family coming back together after the loss of their son.

I received this book for free from MIRA in exchange for an honest review.

For more information or to purchase The Fragile World be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Paula Treick DeBoard’s website.

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