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Real friendship never dies.

A real friend never forgets that you love blackberries but not strawberries.

Real friends are there for each other.

Joshua Wynn has a lot on his plate, and it began to overflow when Maddie showed up for church five years after she disappeared. He wrote letters, received few, then none at all. And suddenly she returns not at all resembling the freckled thirteen year old who loped the fields with him. She was a woman gawked at by all the tenor section in the choir. As a good Christian, president of the church youth group and the son of the minister, Josh sees himself rescuing his Maddie from the woman she has become, and returning her to the fold and to him. His mother insists that he does not. His father is hesitant. Joshua does not know if he can rescue Maddie before she totally entrances him. Who is saved in the end? I loved these two young people, empathized with the burdens they carried, and reveled in their affection. Oh, great characters live in the local retirement home…you will love them!

ENDERS’ Rating: *****

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Seeing an ad for the DVD release of Angels & Demons reminded me that I did not recommend Dan Brown’s newest, The Lost Symbol, that I read on my Kindle. I read it waaaay back in October. Well, most of you know that it also will be a movie; cannot wait for that.

Our favorite Professor Robert Langdon, is lured to Washington D.C. to present a last minute lecture, only to discover that is a ruse to have him search for and deliver the Ancient Mysteries in exchange for his friend’s, Peter Solomon, life. Peter is the head of the Smithsonian Institute where his daughter, Katherine, has a Noetic research. In the capitol dome Langdon finds the severed hand of Peter, tattooed Masonic symbols and pointing to the ceiling art of “The Apotheosis of Washington”. In a frantic 12-hour search through the city, Landgon and Peter’s daughter follow more clues to save his life, bizarre clues left by Mal’akh, the tattoo-covered villain. Fans will love it. I feel a need to fly to Washington and follow the clues myself. Finally readers will discover the great secret of the ancient mysteries.

ENDERS’ Rating: Fast, intense, fun to read!

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Think you have a busy week coming up?

Try covering a Crispy Dreams shop opening complete with a fabulous prize for the longest camping groupie, bonding with a Christian motorcycle gang member, writing the perfect article for a huge scholarship, patching it up with a former friend turned enemy, saving your parents’ jobs, uncovering a polluted land purchase, and allowing yourself to fall in love. It makes me tired to even write that!

Believe it or not, this is the first novel for Lara Zielen. It deal with power struggles in church congregations, a subject not often tackled in YA lit. Even though there is so much going on, it all makes sense. You will like Emma. She is a great character. In fact, all the characters are really well defined. Great book! Write more! Cute cover.

ENDERS’ Rating: Whizzed right through it!

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