Review by: jmolland on Nov. 12, 2017 : 5 stars – *****
This is a wonderfully constructed story, which pulled me in from the very first page. The author’s voice is compelling and I had complete confidence in her ability to guide me through this young US/Mexican man’s life. I really liked the characters she brought to life on the page, as well as the detailed descriptions of a fictional Dorado Bay, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Schultz also cleverly held back some important backstory, only slowly revealing it, to keep her readers guessing. An excellent read, which I highly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: smasher1950 on Nov. 11, 2017 : 5 stars – *****
El Dorado Bay was a real ‘draw you in’ story.
This story keeps you wondering what the interesting and colorful characters are going to do next. The descriptive style of the writing kept me involved. I could relate to choices the characters made because they were young, and how we all have to remember to follow our hearts to truly seek happiness. I recommend this humorous and thought provoking story of those who struggle with making healthy choices while taking responsibility for their lack of judgement.
An entertaining read!
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
Review by: leighfar on Nov. 11, 2017 : (no rating)
What a sweet book! You will be immersed in the vibrant colors, the lovely
people, yummy food and lively culture of Mexico from start to finish. There are quite a few wonderful surprises, lots of romance, twists and turns,
forgiveness, new beginnings and happy endings. But you will not want the book itself to end! I enjoyed every page.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
A fun story with a moral.
By Donna on November 20, 2017 4.0 out of 5 stars
Format: Kindle Edition
I was so sad when I finished El Dorado Bay. It just wasn’t long enough. I fell in love with the characters and didn’t want to say goodbye to them. It was a light, fun read with a strong moral lesson.
Review by Ann, Dec 11, 2017 Rated *** 3 stars at Goodreads
Once I figured out who was important to the plot and why, I got interested in the cast of characters and how it would all play out. It could have gone any number of ways at various turning points in the plot and I appreciated that, as in real life, it wasn’t immediately predictable
A Way West, R. P. McAlister Family History and Genealogy: Available at Smashwords (mobi for Kindle), other e-readers, downloads and online reading formats.
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William R. McAlister on Oct. 24, 2017: 4 out of 5 stars
“A Way West, R.P. McAlister Family History and Genealogy” is an engaging and entertaining look at the origins and history of the families that ultimately produced Raymond P. McAlister. The tales of family adventures, accomplishments, and relationships provide insights into the man and how circumstances likely shaped him. The research done by the author is through and remarkable in its extent and detail. Also, a bit of humor adds to the stories’ enjoyment.
The only disappointment I have is the absence of photos, drawings and maps. I would love to see pictures of the families, places they lived, celebrations they had, copies of important historical records, and especially images of the wonderful buildings and homes designed by Glenn C. McAlister.
I sincerely hope there will be a print version available in the future that will include images that will help us visualize how things were on the way west.
Reviews and Comments: The Last Skywatchers
Spur award winning author Richard Wheeler said in a letter to the author about an early draft of The Last Skywatchers, “powerful and exquisitely researched, exuding the culture of the people…” and that chapters “move swiftly and resolutely, the conflict within them driving the story forward with real power.” He adds that the novel was “a bit of history new to me, though it was achingly familiar, echoing the conflicts and confrontations across North America over two or three centuries.”
*****Review at Barnes & Noble – Nook Books
Donna Virgillo, June 25, 2015
“The Last Skywatchers was a wonderful story with a fascinating, factual history. I enjoyed every page. I am one who will read a book more than once if I especially like it and this one I’ll read again for sure. I highly recommend this book and if you happen to be from California, you’ll love it even more. The geography is awesome.”
Reviews and Comments: Sea Cliff 104
*****(5 out of 5 stars) Review at Apple iBooks by EmilyJane66: “Great characters. The images and scenery come to life in this book. I fell in love with the characters….rooting for their success in every turn.”
*****(5 out of 5 stars) Review at Smashwords by: jmolland on May 09, 2015: “A wonderful read, very grounded in Los Angeles and in southwestern Montana. It seemed that it might be very predictable at first, but the writing is so rich, and the characters so well developed, that it kept me hooked from start to finish. I recommend it highly!”
****(5 out of 5 stars) Review at Smashwords by: hrhsophia on April 28, 2015: “Good story, very likeable characters.”
****(5 out of 5 stars) Review at Smashwords by: S. J. Qualls on March 24, 2015: “I enjoyed this story, but the new ‘love’ on the scene, I wanted to shake him good, dense – she had so many ex-husbands pegged got the dependencies they have on their first wives. Oscar should have gotten a business end of a cattle prod.”
****(5 out of 5 stars) Review at Smashwords by: Neffy90 on Feb. 27, 2015: “I loved this!! Reading the descriptions of Cass’ work had me enthralled, the writing so rich that I forgot that I was reading fiction. I loved the characters and the different twists that their histories had put into their lives, the way these people with very different experiences and outlooks managed to become important to each other.
“I feel that a little more could be made of Oscar but then at the same time the attitudes of those involved also fully explain why it was handled as it was in the book. A fab read that had me totally hooked from start to finish.”