Friday, June 10, 2022

Sebal Palms and the Southern Squall by Terry Overton (Sabal Palms series Book 1)


Sabal Palms

About the Book

Book: Sabal Palms and the Southern Squall

Author: Terry Overton

Genre: Christian Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Release date: April 5, 2022

8976DCE1-8605-4C90-9F39-4FD7DFDA3644_4_5005_cElaine Smith lived in the small coastal town of Sabal Palms long enough to know when to worry about a squall and when to simply close the windows and wait for it to pass. This one would be significant. It would be significant in terms of damage, but that was to be expected. What no one expected was the profound effect it would have on the lives of people from the Texas coast to New York City. Positive qualities of humanity are often displayed during times of natural disaster.
But a supernatural power had attached to this storm and subsequently worked within the hearts of the most needy, the most lonely, and the most sinister. The lives of four delightful women, a homeless teen, a rebellious son, a grieving lover who is at the bottom, a son who lost his faith, and a hired murderer, are all intertwined in the aftereffects of a Category 3 hurricane thanks to a few passages written by one determined woman.


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 My Review:

Four women and a hurricane are the crux of this story. I'm not sure how I decided to pick up this book as I'm not fond of hurricanes having gone through one. Even so, this group of ladies pull together and some amazing things unfold. There's a lot of witty and fun bantering and themes of healing and making it through when you are weary, even in your faith abound in this book. Love, life, and lots of loss, with healing and happiness are included. Elaine as a writer, might be my favorite of the four ladies, but they were all good. 

4 Stars

About the Author

2E44F74F-6D9D-4AFE-82B5-4A12AD6D9C2ETerry Overton obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology and her Ed.D. in special education. She taught in public schools and was a school psychologist and a professor before retiring in 2016. Her university experiences included teaching at Longwood University in Virginia, the University of Texas-Brownsville, The University of Texas-Pan American, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Stephen F. Austin State University. She held positions as Dean and Department Chair during her tenure in higher education. Her areas of research included behavior disorders, learning disorders, autism, and research in higher education. She currently resides in Laguna Vista, Texas. She enjoys Biblical history and general Bible studies, writing, blogging, and visiting with friends and family. Her books have been recognized and received awards from Firebird Book Awards, American Writing Awards, and have earned five stars from Readers Views and Readers Favorites. Her books have been recognized Finalist for the International and National Book Awards.

More from Terry

This book will take the reader to the southern coast of Texas. In fact, this book happens at the very bottom tip of Texas. The reader will feel the warm sea breezes, view the coastal sunsets and sunrises, and experience the friendships of four close women friends. Here is a sample:

The women gathered at the swimming pool and shed their cover-ups. Next, each lady took out her favorite sunscreen lotions and creams and sprayed and squirted so much on, they all looked almost as pasty as a bottle of glue. No one talked at all during this process of slathering on thick coats of varying SPFs. It was a polite, unspoken agreement that no forbidden words were ever mentioned when the ladies were in swimwear. Words like cellulite, wrinkles, fat, fatty tissue, weight, weight loss, weight gain, age spots, and—the worst words ever—skin cancer were completely and totally off limits.

In times of crises, these four women always bind together and help each other. They have been friends for over twenty years. Here is an excerpt of one of their conversations during a pool party:

What strangers might not understand is the banter back and forth was exactly the only way they could get along. They enjoyed it. They thrived on it.

“Oh, fiddle-faddle, Bonnie, last week you told me you thought the salon was opening up this week,” Mary jabbed. “It didn’t.”

“I didn’t say that. I said I heard it might be opening next month.” 

“You said next week as sure as I am floating on this raft.”

“Had your hearing checked lately?”

“Right after you get yours checked.” 

And they both laughed. It was always entertaining.

“Well, horsefeathers! I need to get this hair trimmed again. It is all cattywampus on the sides.”

 “What? You’ve got a cat in there?” Bonnie laughed.

“Feels like it,” Mary retorted.

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 31

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Blogging With Carol, June 10

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To celebrate her tour, Terry is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card & copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Michele P. said...

I have also been through a few hurricanes in my time, not fun! But the plot does sound interesting. Thanks for reviewing!

Stormy Vixen said...

Congratulations on your release of Sabal Palms and the Southern Squall, Terry, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like a great read for me to enjoy! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Carol, for sharing your review! Have a fantastic day!

Roxanne C. said...

They witty banter between the friends will be the fun part of this book. However, the spiritual message will be the important part of the story.