Gail Ward Olmsted

Teoksen Landscape of a Marriage tekijä

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Tekijän teokset

Landscape of a Marriage (2021) 22 kappaletta
Miranda Writes (2022) 14 kappaletta
Jeep Tour (2014) 13 kappaletta
Guessing at Normal (2015) 9 kappaletta
Miranda Nights (2023) 8 kappaletta
Driving on the Left (2016) 3 kappaletta
Second Guessing (2018) 1 kappale

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Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.
Miranda Quinn is a standout character, a strong and resilient woman who must confront the dark side of fame and her own vulnerabilities. Her journey from a confident legal expert to a woman facing life-altering threats and crises makes her character relatable and multi-dimensional.

Gail Ward Olmsted's writing style is fast-paced and witty, making "Miranda Nights" an engaging page-turner that keeps readers guessing and eager to uncover the mysteries and dangers that surround Miranda's life. The story is filled with hidden dangers and unexpected twists, making it an exhilarating read for fans of suspense and mystery.

In "Miranda Nights," Gail Ward Olmsted crafts a story that not only delves into the legal world's intricacies but also explores the complexities of human relationships, personal resilience, and the dark side of fame. This novel is a captivating and thrilling tale of one woman's fight for her life and happiness in the face of unforeseen challenges.
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Tina_Evans | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 2, 2023 |
Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.
In Gail Ward Olmsted's novel "Miranda Nights," readers are introduced to a captivating tale that seamlessly blends elements of suspense, personal growth, and the complex interplay of modern challenges. Set against the backdrop of a former Assistant District Attorney's life, the story delves into the pursuit of a balanced existence in a world where success and security can swiftly give way to uncertainty and danger.

Miranda Quinn, the protagonist, seems to possess it all – a supportive husband, a thriving career, and a resilient spirit. The narrative begins with Miranda having gracefully transitioned from her canceled legal advice TV show to hosting a late-night radio program, "Miranda Nights." However, the façade of an idyllic life starts to crack when she becomes embroiled in a case that hits close to home: the arrest of her best friend's teenage son. Facing an avalanche of evidence against the young boy, Miranda's determination to seek justice exposes her vulnerability, both personally and professionally.

The strength of "Miranda Nights" lies in Olmsted's skillful weaving of suspense into the story's fabric. The novel is a journey that unwraps layer after layer of intrigue, keeping readers engaged as they navigate through Miranda's intricate world. The threat of a relentless caller, escalating from social media assaults to disturbing break-ins and arson, creates an atmosphere of genuine peril. Olmsted's pacing is well-balanced, ensuring that the plot maintains its tension while allowing ample space for character development.

Miranda, as a protagonist, embodies resilience and depth. Her evolution from a confident career woman to someone facing unforeseen challenges is relatable and compelling. As her personal life becomes increasingly entangled with the chaos surrounding her, readers will find themselves empathizing with her struggles and triumphs. Olmsted delves into the complexities of relationships, career aspirations, and the pursuit of self-discovery, painting Miranda as a three-dimensional character with strengths and vulnerabilities.

Gail Ward Olmsted's writing style is both engaging and immersive. Her narrative voice is adept at drawing readers into the world of "Miranda Nights," crafting an atmosphere that allows for a balance between mystery and introspection. The prose is crisp and vivid, capturing both the glamour of success and the underlying shadows of uncertainty.

"Miranda Nights" is more than just a suspenseful thriller; it's a story that underscores the multifaceted nature of contemporary life. With its captivating characters and a plot that twists and turns like a nighttime radio show, Gail Ward Olmsted's novel masterfully explores the themes of resilience, unexpected challenges, and the pursuit of personal and professional fulfillment. As readers embark on Miranda's journey, they are sure to be captivated by the dangers and triumphs that await her, resulting in a thoroughly satisfying reading experience.
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Araskov | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 16, 2023 |
Driving on the Left is a beautiful character drama following a mother and a daughter on their trip in Ireland.

This beautiful story really blew my socks off - I wasn't expecting this fantastic story in what sounded like a cheesey romance novel. Following Jackie and Becca and their somewhat parallel stories was breathtaking and addicting! Seeing two women develop over this novel and how their lives are intertwined was a real treat that I highly recommend!

When reading the book, I drew parallels to Big Little Lies in the character development aspect (not the murder or soap opera like story lines), and the elegance of The Crown. While the book was more heavily focused on growth and development (with a splash of romance) over action, this book was still fast paced and kept me hooked. Having Jackie and Becca switch point of views also gave unique perspectives into the same situations (both past and present). And seeing these characters make big, life changing decisions along the way was also so incredibly moving. It was a book I'd love to bring to a book club and digest with an entire group of women!

The background of Ireland was also incredible. I've never been to Ireland, so I had to do some research online to see what Gail was talking about, but I felt like she gave the right descriptions to set the tone. Her descriptions were breath taking enough that I want to go to Ireland now and have my own little adventure!

This book was easily read as a stand alone (but apparently it's a part of a series!), and would be a great book to devour in one sitting. I want a sequel to see how these characters grow and develop more, since Gail did a tremendous job of making me fall in love and feel for these characters. She does it so flawlessly, and I didn't even notice myself yearning to know these characters and relating to them.

My only con for the book is that I want more! I want more of these characters as soon as possible! This book tells a lovely tale of reminiscing and life changes through the ages. With the addition of a Mother-Daughter story on top of the drama and romance... yeah, it's a real hit!

Five out of five stars!

I received a free copy of this book from the author Gail Ward Olmsted in exchange of an honest review.
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Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
Miranda Nights by Gail Ward Olmsted continues the thrilling life of Miranda Quinn in a must read sequel!

Miranda Quinn is living a fantastic life after having to deal with her legal advice tv show being cancelled two years ago. But, of course, life doesn't stay squeaky clean for long! Her best friend's son gets arrested for something he claims he didn't do and Miranda comes to help. And then things get worse... She has a stalker calling into her radio talk show with weird statements and threats, one of her family members has a medical emergency, and her life seems to be spiraling out of control. As her stalker caller gets more aggressive, you just know Miranda is going to solve this mystery with the help of her friends and family.

What a thrill ride thing book was! The danger, the thrills, the mystery behind it all was absolutely fantastic and very engaging. It's terrifying at the same time as we know that stalkers can be extremely dangerous, especially one that seems to know more about Miranda than the average Joe. There is so much potential in this plot and it really pulls you in. I did expect there to be a very explosive ending but it gently rolls out.

I did enjoy seeing Miranda and her husband throughout the book. It was nice to see Miranda being a happy person and working with the troubles surrounding her life instead of being the core focus. At times, it does make the thriller side of this book not as prevalent (and can be super annoying if you wanted a pure thriller), but I enjoyed it. It felt more like a contemporary thriller.

Do you need to read the first book in the series to understand this one? No. If you read the first book it will give you all the information you need to understand this book 100% but Gail does a marvelous job of giving enough information to fill the reader in.

This book is a must read for me this summer! The thrills, tension, and chance to jump back into Miranda Quinn's world is a highly recommended book from this reviewer!

Four out of five stars.

I received this book for free form the author, Gail Ward Olmstead, in exchange for an honest review.
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Briars_Reviews | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 4, 2023 |



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