"The characters are dynamic and compelling and the story grips you and doesn't let you go... well written, well developed, and it carries you along on an adventure that is sometimes scary and at other times tender and gentle.When you think you have it all figured out, Gloria Marlow takes another turn and takes her reader right along with her. This book is hard to put down, one of the best books I have ever read."... Deborah Stone, Readers' Favorite Book Reviews * * *
Thirty years ago, the playful songs of three small girls was silenced forever. Now, someone watches the families they left behind, counting the days until the music dies once more.
When food editor Susanna Morgan returns to Parnell, Florida to oversee the sale of her childhood home and cover the annual Pomelo Festival for her magazine, she vows not to remain one minute longer than necessary. She doesn’t anticipate her attraction to the local pastor, a return of the faith she thought she’d lost, or the phone calls from her long dead sister.
Former pastor Grant Landon has enough on his plate - his mother’s increasing dementia, his ex-wife’s abandonment and remarriage, and his teenage daughter’s unbridled tongue - without adding his attraction to Susanna Morgan.
When a series of anonymous phone calls and sinister pranks makes it clear that someone is intent on opening old wounds and creating new ones, Susanna and Grant set out to unearth long-buried secrets and heal hurts that are decades old.
Can the faith they share bind them together, even as the past threatens to tear them apart?
"FLOWERS FOR MEGAN is an engrossing mystery - hard to put down. Gloria Marlow's style is reminiscent of Mary Higgins Clark. The twists and turns will keep you off balance. The characters are well drawn and compelling. This is a thoroughly enjoyable mystery..." Nancy Mehl, Myshelf.com
* * * Twelve years ago, Megan Hardy came home from school to find most of her family brutally murdered. Now she is leading a peaceful and contented life helping others cope with grief. Until she begins having nightmares that bring her closer and closer to seeing the face of a killer... Twelve years ago, Will Kincaid was Megan's closest friend. Unable to deal with his and Megan's shared agony after her family's murders, he left town intending never to return. Now he has no choice but to go back and face the terrible memories, and the girl he left behind...
Will's arrival in town stirs forgotten emotions, long dormant memories, and awakens the evil that stalked them that summer day twelve years before. Suddenly, people Megan cares about are turning up murdered, and with each victim, the killer sends her a message.
In her mind, the pieces are falling into place. She knows she recognized the face inside the killer's mask, but will her fractured memory piece itself together before it's too late? As the killer closes in, Megan and Will must face the fact that the love they once had for each other still simmers between them—before Megan becomes the final victim.
The story has a healthy dose of romance in it and while I’m no romance fan, it’s the love angle that makes this mystery work so well. The romantic side of the story is nicely balanced with a “Don’t go down the basement!” type of chilling terror. It’s definitely a white-knuckle ride, guaranteed to produce goose flesh. Dennis Collins, Myshelf.com
The Butterfly Game was a chilling read. Ms. Marlow does an excellent job of building suspense, taking us into the killer's demented mind and hiding his identity until the very end. Her characters are well developed and believable. If you enjoy a tasty murder mystery, by all means give this one a try. Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book Review
* * * I hope there are butterflies in heaven...
A simple wish made by his dying wife sends a man on a murderous quest.
Genevieve Lewiston is the Butterfly Girl, a young model for Butterfly Cosmetics, when she becomes his victim. Years after being left for dead by her unseen attacker, she has created a new identity for herself as Jenny Lewis, a quiet, plain teacher in St. Augustine, Florida. She has a home, good friends, and a job she enjoys, but fear keeps her from sharing her past or opening her heart to love.
High school coach Nick Jensen knows Jenny Lewis isn't quite what she seems. He also knows with astounding certainty that she's the right woman for him. He just has to convince her they belong together.
Just as Jenny is beginning to let herself believe in a future with Nick, she receives a message from the killer. Brought to her by an old friend, the message leaves her with little choice but to sacrifice her future, and possibly her life, to stop him from killing again.
Calling Shades of Silence a page turner doesn’t do it justice.” Nancy Mehl, Myshelf.com "
Gloria Davidson Marlow excels at creating mysteries that make her fans shiver, coupled with delicious romance. Her heroines are strong, with human vulnerabilities, and the bad guys represent the sort of creeping evil that readers of the genre expect." LaurelJohnson, Midwest Book Review
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Sara Jennings yearns for silence from the gift that enables her to feel what those around her are feeling. Drake Sexton longs to end the silence that has overtaken his young daughter Kelsey since the night of her mother's death. In desperation, he seeks Sara out, hoping beyond hope that she can help his daughter.
Kelsey Sexton is locked in a world of silence, frightened and alone, until Sara Jennings enters her life. Kelsey's mother, Madeline Sexton, died in what appeared to be a suicide, but Sara realizes quickly that what Kelsey witnessed the night of her mother's death was not suicide, but murder.
Determined to help both Kelsey and Drake, Sara embarks on a journey that takes her into the deepest, darkest secrets of Madeline Sexton's life. With every step of the way, she realizes that Madeline's killer is willing to pay any price to keep his secrets silent.
"Sweet Sacrifices ensnares the reader's emotions and imagination with heartbreaking scenes of Kendal's past when she is at the mercy of circumstances she cannot control. However, Ms. Marlow creates compelling, interwoven subplots that reveal Kendall's strength, courage, and capacity to love as the story, so full of sacrifices, becomes a story of amazing, euphoric love that is strong, patient, and, true. This story shows the flaws and foibles of human nature, bit it, most of all, shows love that overcomes all." The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
"Turning a tangled web of deceit and pain into a sweet love story is not an easy thing to do. But that's exactly what Gloria Davidson Marlow does in her latest book SWEET SACRIFICES. Immediately drawn to her characters and driven by the constant mystery surrounding them, I couldn't put the book down." Carole "The Romance Reviews
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With few clues to go on and a newborn baby in tow, Kendall James sets out on a journey to find her wayward husband. What she finds when she arrives at his family’s estate, however, is a lifetime of secrets that shatter her illusions, put her life in danger, and offer her a love she never expected. When Luke Templeton agrees to marry Kendall and claim his brother’s child as his own, he has no intention of falling in love. Of course, he doesn’t bargain on his uncontrollable attraction to Kendall or his inability to remain indifferent to her tiny son. As Kendall hurtles headlong into danger, Luke has no choice but to follow, intent on saving her regardless of the sacrifices he must make.
"Overall this is a enthusiastically worthwhile read for any Bronte fan." Sarah E. Bradley for Ind'Tale Magazine.
"Its pages are filled with heartbreak, mystery, and love. Anyone looking for a story of tragedy and romance of Shakespearean proportions should give When Swallows Fall a try." LAS Reviewer
* * * Although Ophelia Garrett loved Cade Scott first, it was her sister he married and took home to his plantation. When Ophelia receives word of her sister's murder and Cade's arrest, she travels there on a mission to learn the truth. She soon finds the halls of Almenara are haunted by secrets, peril, and quite possibly her sister's ghost. Despite the cold, angry man Cade has become, Ophelia's heart refuses to believe he is a murderer. Vowing to do everything she can to prove his innocence, Ophelia must open wounds she'd hoped were long healed and face the feelings that still burn between her and Cade. As everyone looks to Cade as the suspect, evil haunts the dunes and halls of Almenara, bringing death to two more young women and forcing Ophelia to confront the danger.
Sidra Martin not only can’t remember her childhood before she was found on a Florida roadside and placed in a foster home, she can’t understand why she dislikes—no, make that fears—Christmas trees and anything else to do with the holiday. What is wrong with her? Sidra’s boss, Private Investigator Levi Tanner, is used to digging up skeletons, but not in his own backyard, so to speak. When he foils the kidnapping of his pretty, unassuming secretary, the skeletons that tumble out of her closet can't be ignored. Suddenly Sidra is a long-lost princess, and being kidnapped is the least of the dire threats she faces. Levi may be the only one who can keep her safe from the dangers stalking her. Yet while their mutual attraction is undeniable, she must also battle doubts about his motive in protecting her.