Review: Opening of The Return of Joy “grabs your heart and soul and slams them against the floor”

Review by Author Linda McMaken

 The opening chapter of Return of Joy grabs your heart and soul and slams them against the floor –hard. Just a few paragraphs into Ms. Endicott’s second book of her Starting Over series guarantees that readers must find out what happens.

Gripping you from the opening where a young expectant mother Joy Huffman is in labor and receives a knock on her front door. That knock will change her life forever.

 As the novel winds through a canyon of emotions, a back-story emerges of mystery, murder and a ‘not-so-accidental’ death. Darkness follows the Joy on many levels, but with the perseverance of a strong woman in her life, the determination to raise her daughter, and the entrance of a strong man with a gentle soul Mark Stone; she learns to break through the depths of despair. Both Joy and Mark have had their share of love, loss, and grief.

 Her daughter, Charity born on that fateful night three years earlier adds lovely touch of warmth and humor, and brings forth feelings Mark wasn’t sure he still had.

 Just as the world seems to finally be going right for these two, the past rears its ugly head and Mark must use all of his multi-talented background to keep them safe from a mad-man.

 I thoroughly loved this book for many reasons. The characters are very real, the family believable, the story well paced and Ms. Endicott’s ability to deliver a solid emotion impact with very few words.

 The rest of this series will most definitely be on my must read list.

Linda McMaken is author of Baer Truth and Baer Necessity, fun modern day cowboy stories. Learn more at her author pages, and

Buy The Return of Joy and Starting Over Book One, More than a Job, at Desert Breeze Publishing, at Lynette’s author page: