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    Brilliant Lead Up for Family Jewels.

    If you have been a fan of the Rose Gardner Mysteries by Denise Grover Swank, you will know that the series wrapped up with Thirty-Six and a Half Motives. And of course, the new series with Rose and Neely Kate - Rose Gardner Investigations starting with Family Jewels will be released soon. So what better way to round out the previous series and link it to the new one, is this great novella. You will get some of those niggly questions answered but we also get a taste of what is to come next. I love the various POV's as it helps to know what each character has going on in their own head, and not just Rose's. Joe and Neely Kate have plenty to say, as well as James and Jed. Maeve is still helping out where she can, with the nursery and Joe. She mentions Mason, so I am hoping he and Rose reconcile at some point. I am so glad that Rose will be back with some of the previous characters as I just couldn't say good bye to them yet. I am looking forward to this new chapter for Rose and the gang.
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    Must Read!

    The novella's are always a great addition to the series. They help me get through the long months until the next book in the series is released. I love getting POV's from the other characters. They have all grown and changed, along with Rose, so it's a treat to see things from their view. A must read for all Rose fans.
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    Catharsis, Humor, and Intrigue

    Sins of the Father is crucial reading for anyone who wants to bridge the gap between the finale of the Rose Gardner Mysteries (Thirty-Six and a Half Movites, book 9) and the Rose Gardner Investigations (Family Jewels - book 1 due November 2016). You get to see Rose, Neely Kate (NK), and Joe Simmons dealing with the massive amount of fallout from Thirty-Six and a Half Motives. While they don't get their own chapters, both James "Skeeter" Malcolm, and Kate Simmons make an appearance, the later of whom is equal parts saddening and infuriating. More than anything, I believe this novella could not be more perfect. It's a very cathartic read for anyone wanting to know more about how the lead characters (sans Mason, he doesn't make an appearance in this novella) are dealing with everything. The insight into the state of mind NK and Joe is heartbreaking. Everyone has their own coping mechanisms: for Rose it's being strong and carrying on, for NK is anger, and for Joe it's drinking and avoiding his problems. By the end of the novella I felt at peace. Sins of the Father perfectly fills in the void left after Thirty-Six and a Half Motives. With that being said, I cannot be more excited for Family Jewels. *****5***** stars from this satisfied reader!
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    Must Read!!

    I'm so thankful that Denise, the author decided to put this novella out in her newsletter so that her readers can see the chain reaction of what happened with JR's falling out of in 36.5. The novella gives us the readers an opportunity to see more in depth of what's going on with Rose, Neely Kate, & Joe. It's so hard not to give away any spoilers but I really loved this novella!! Lots of soul searching and mending for most of the characters in our Rose series. It's a great follow up of what happened in 36.5 as mentioned above but I think Denise finished the novella in a good spot where the main characters can pick up and continue onto Family Jewels. I cannot wait to find out more about my fav characters in Family Jewels. Thank you Denise for this novella and please don't stop writing! Love your work!
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