Friday, February 16, 2018

Book Review: 'If...' by Jackie Mae

American author Jackie Mae lives in the Northeastern US in an atmosphere conducive to spending time writing and relating stories to her grandchildren - as a matter of fact her book series she calls THE DARKEST SERIES - the Taylor and Alan series - was co-written with her granddaughter Alison Taylor! THE DARKEST SERIES deals with darker elements such as psychic abilities and alien takeover. And now she favors us with a new series of novellas titled, If... Blurred Vision, If... Second Chance, and If... Dangerous Waters – short stories or novellas that explore the possibilities of 'What If.'

One the many gifts of Jackie Mae’s writing style is her manner of bringing the reader into the story – some explanation of the concept behind the tale as well as an introduction to the sense of character she is inviting us to know. “If,” could mean different things to different people. If— I were a better person. If— I were rich, thinner, or prettier. If— I were black, white, Asian, male or female, shorter or taller. If— I had been born to a different set of parents. If— I had more friends. If— I had a better job. If. That one little word can take you places or make you crazy…’

New title, new story continued exploration of possibilities: ‘Traveling abroad, Sabrina’s grand adventure is about to change. Needing to go home and rectify the wrongs that are hovering ever constant around her, she finds herself thrust into a whole new set of truths she must confront. What if she had chosen differently? What if she had followed her parents’ guidance? Acceptance, freedom, being a worldly woman, had all seemed so important. Now, however, her path will lead her into the unknown. On her own, she must confront her fears head-on. When she meets “dream man,” she dares to hope, but life has its own plan. Is she strong enough for what destiny has in store for her? What will the cost be this time?’

Jackie Mae’s imagination is focused and expands our views of possibilities if we took ‘the other road less taken’. Stay with her – she is a terrific venture companion! Grady Harp, February 16

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