Amy M. Bennett

Amy Bennett is the author of the Black Horse Campground mystery series published by Oak Tree Press.  Her first book, “End of the Road”, was the winner of the 2012 Dark Oak Mystery contest.  She is a member of Catholic Writers Guild.  When not writing, she works full-time as a cake decorator at Walmart of Ruidoso Downs, NM and part-time “slinging vino” at Noisy Water Winery in mid-town Ruidoso.  Her second book, “No Lifeguard on Duty”, will be published in April 2014 and she is currently working on the third book in the series.  She lives in Bent, NM with her husband and son, both named Paul.  Her website is www.amymbennettbooks.comand she blogs about writing and life in general on The Back Deck Bloghttp://amymbennettbooks.blogspot.com/

Book Reviews by Amy M. Bennett

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Healer: A Novel

The hardest thing for Christians to comprehend is the mind of God. The most common question asked of him is “Why?” At the heart of this uplifting novel, Healer, author John M. Wills explores these themes in a heart-warming and heart-breaking story.

16 year-old Billy Anderson would give anything to be a “normal” teen, one with parents and good health. Still, despite his hard life—he lost his parents when he was young and was forced to live with a drug-addicted aunt who is merely using him for his parents’ insurance money.  In addition, he was born with a deformi...

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The Accidental Marriage

What is the definition of love? Of friendship? Of marriage? Or rather, what is the common denominator that all three must have to be a success?

The answer, if you read The Accidental Marriage, is self-sacrifice.

Scott and Megan are two best friends living in the San Francisco Bay area... and they are JUST friends. Scott is gay; Megan is lesbian, and both are in relationships. In Megan’s case, her partner wants to have a baby, or rather, wants Megan to have a baby. However, she is also reluctant to pay out enormous sums of money to achieve that goal. Scott, whose personal mantra boils d...

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Cholama Moon

“It's no place for a lady” would be the most apt description of Central California's Cholama Valley in the 1870s and '80s. It's a struggle to establish a working ranch in the face of droughts and earthquakes, but when you add loneliness and human failing to the equation, who can be successful?

Charlie Nugent, known to all his hands as Patrón, the boss, is trying to make a living on his ranch in the Cholama Valley, but is haunted by the death of his wife, Caroline. Their daughter, Virginia (Ginny), who was three years old when her mother died, is a constant reminder o...

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Nearer the Dawn

Hell is the absence of God... which means the absence of love. How does one come to understand that in a human way?

In Nearer the Dawn, author A. J. Avila introduces us to Frank Devore, billionaire, atheist, and doting single father to the most important person in his life, his four-year-old daughter, Audrey. While Frank had intended to have a child he could raise with love and security, without the ties and “baggage” that come with marriage, it becomes clear that all the money in the world can’t buy what Audrey needs: a cure for the malignant brain cancer that will take her life wit...

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Death Comes for the Archbishop

In Willa Cather's classic, Death Comes for the Archbishop, we follow the lives of two missionary priests, Bishop Jean Marie Latour and Father Joseph Vaillant, as they meet, engage in battle, befriend, and finally love the strongest character in the story... the land called New Mexico.

“To fulfill the dreams of one's youth; that is the best that can happen to a man," Father Vaillant says to Bishop Latour in the course of the novel. “No worldly success can take the place of that.”

In 1851, the territory of New Mexico was hardscrabble ground for nurturing the seeds of the Catholic fa...

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The Curse of the Darkling Mill

The Curse of the Darkling Mill by Otfried Preussler is a thrilling, page-turner. Krabat, a beggar boy of about fourteen years of age, offers himself as an apprentice at a mysterious mill, away from the villages. He learns his duties from the miller who is his Master. Krabat joins eleven other journeymen in running the mill (which seems to have no customers, other than a man known simply as The Goodman) and when his apprenticeship is up, he becomes a pupil in the Master’s Black School.
 
At first, Krabat is merely content with the good food provided to him. He has to work hard, but is ha...

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