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Return to Appleton [Paperback]

By Sylvia Bambola (Author)
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Someone claims to have information about the land development at the Lakes and Gloria Bickford is anxious to investigate. As she and Cutter discover more, Gloria fears for her life and believes she is being followed. Are they in over their heads?

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Gloria Bickford was happily settled in Appleton when a phone call from her friend and former employer, Harry Griswald, calls her back to Eckerd City. Someone claims to have information about the land development endeavors at the Lakes and she is anxious to investigate further. Meanwhile, Gloria's mother, Geri, is ready to put her own mother into a nursing home, but Gloria protests. Everyone in Appleton thinks that Grandma Quinn is going crazy, baking dozens of cookies for no apparent reason. As Gloria and Cutter discover more about the land development intrigue, she fears for her life and believes she is being followed. Are Gloria and Cutter in over their heads?

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Return to Appleton by Sylvia Bambola has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Ingram Advance - 02/01/2005 page 95

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Moody Publishers
Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.36" Width: 5.58" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2005
Publisher   Moody Publishers
ISBN  0802479065  
ISBN13  9780802479068  

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More About Sylvia Bambola

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Born in Romania in 1945, Sylvia Bambola lived her early years in Germany. At seven she relocated with her adopted family and saw the Statue of Liberty and America for the first time. But the memory of those years in Germany inspired her to write Refiner's Fire, which won a Silver Angel Award, and was a Christy Finalist. Her frequent moves as an "army brat" gave her an opportunity to see America and fall in love with her new country. Bambola has authored seven novels, has two grown children, teaches women's Bible studies, and is learning the guitar.

Sylvia Bambola currently resides in the state of Florida.

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A worthwhile trip  Dec 30, 2005
Gloria Bickford knows that going back to her cozy little hometown of Appleton and repairing the broken relationships she had left behind isn't going to be easy. Yet, in Sylvia Bambola's sequel to Waters of Marah, that's exactly what she sets out to do.

Bambola places her story against the vivid countryside backdrop of small shops and glittering lakes. Her description and imagery are fresh and vibrant, giving her writing style a delicious charm. Not only that, but Bambola does an excellent job of making her characters' problems seem realistic and relevant, such as the lingering hurt between Gloria and her controlling mother. Her characterizations of Cutter and Gloria and their awkward relationship are perhaps the high points of the entire story. Anything but a normal romance, Cutter and Gloria's slow process of reconciliation is original, well thought out, and stellar as the prime element of the book.

Some of the plot elements, however, just don't seem to flow with the rest of the story, particularly with regard to a stalker. Whereas Bambola does an excellent job at portraying Gloria's relational struggles in a poignant way, the tension she tries to create by adding the stalker and detective Sam Bryce to the story comes across as forced. With so many deeper, more relevant plotlines to delve into, Bambola never really gets to explore the tension she tries to build.

Sylvia Bambola offers a solid, charming, and captivating novel of one woman's struggle to trust her Savior in the midst of extreme trial. The story she creates is enchanting. For fans of Bambola's Waters of Marah, this makes returning to Appleton a worthwhile trip. -- Matthew Mills, Christian Book

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