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Pleasant Day - Vera Jane Cook
 
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Pleasant Day

Author Vera Jane Cook once again shows her talented writing with Pleasant Day. Pleasant Day is a murder mystery with plot twists that will keep you on you wanting more while on the edge of your seat.

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Where The Wild Flowers Grow - Vera Jane Cook
 
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Where The Wildflowers Grow

4 Star Clarion Review

Gossip among women characters evokes a time and place where accusations and
confrontations must be cloaked in scrupulously polite conversations.

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Dancing Backward in Paradise - Vera Jane Cook
 
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Dancing Backward In Paradise: A Novel

'charming rags-to-riches story with a heartwarming ending, memorable characters, and a riveting plot that will make the reader forget the outside world.'

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The Story of Sassy Sweetwater - Vera Jane Cook
 
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The Story of Sassy Sweetwater

The Story of Sassy Sweetwater 'a sweeping saga', 'an uplifting read'

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LIES A RIVER DEEP - VRA JANE COOK
 
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LIES A RIVER DEEP

Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite - 5 Stars It was over 40 years ago when the unimaginable occurred: Bessie Day Hardy -- a smart, beautiful teenage girl with curly black hair and a striking figure -- was raped in Chaanakya. But that was exactly what happened in the book "Lies a River Deep" by Vera Jane Cook. Of course, a lot can happen in four decades. Bessie, a widower, is 60 years old now. Grey Otis, the town dunce, and Maggie, his wife, are still here. Lily, her high school friend, is still here. Mrs. Day, Bessie's mother, lives in the nearby nursing home. But whatever happened to Bart and Roland Miller, the two brothers who competed for Bessie's heart? Most importantly, how does this cast of characters fit into Bessie's tragic past? Which one of them knew about the rape and which one got paid money to keep it a secret?

This was a great book. Back to the 50s with Roland's 1959 convertible and an era where women were either "good" or "bad" girls. I enjoyed the distinct neighborhoods with the 1930s Cape and Colonial houses with well-manicured lawns. The river was real but symbolic. Cook did a fabulous job of conveying the complicated relationships between people, especially the bond between mother and daughter. Cook has written four other books including "Dancing Backward in Paradise: A Novel" and "Hearts Upon a Fragile Bough." "Lies a River Deep" is highly recommended.

Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem - Vera Jane Cook

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Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem

The best word to describe this book would be unique. Vera Jane Cook uses actual historical facts to bring her main character Annabel to life. What do you do when the devil sends a foot soldier to your doorstep?

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Pharaoh's Star - Vera Jane Cook

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Pharaoh's Star

"Every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other” – Charles Dickens

Author Vera Jane Cook’s ‘Pharaoh’s Star’ tells the story of a city bred couple who purchases their second home in New Kingston in upstate New York and soon realizes that life in the mountains isn’t as peaceful as they imagined.

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