Monday, December 5, 2011

Let's face it: It's always Thyme for Love!

Today I'm featuring debut author Pamela S. Meyers and her delightful novel, Thyme for Love, published by OakTara.

  April Love has always dreamed of being a chef.
But she didn’t expect her former fiancé
or murder to be part of the recipe for her new job.

When April Love signs on to be an in-house chef at an old lakeshore mansion in Canoga Lake, Wisconsin, she comes face to face with her long-lost love, the drop-dead gorgeous Marc Thorne. It doesn’t take long for their old magnetism to recharge, but how can she trust the guy who left her nearly at the altar eight years earlier? Her gut tells her something happened to Marc in between—something he’s reluctant to reveal.
 When April’s boss is murdered, Marc is accused of the crime. Unless April can find out who really killed Ramón Galvez, her chances for love will end up at the county jail. But someone else is just as determined she not solve the mystery…and will go to any length to stop her.
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This debut novel by Pamela S. Meyers had me by the title alone--I grow herbs and anything having to do with my beloved hobby is fine by me. Then I opened the cover and began reading. As much as I liked the title, that was just frosting on the cake (excuse that deliberate pun) compared to what followed.

Pam Meyer's plot is out of the ordinary, her setting is beautiful, and her characters are delicious (but not too good to be true-to-life!). Protagonist April Love has been hurt in the past and isn't about to make the same mistake a second time, despite the fact that she's irrestibly drawn to the man who did the hurting the first time around. The romantic angle of Thyme for Love is great all by itself, but the mystery that deepens after Marc Thorne, April's ex-fiancé and current thorn-in-her side, is accused of murdering their boss kept those pages flipping as fast as I could turn them. I didn't put the book down each night until I could no longer make my eyes focus on the words.

Ms. Meyers has a wonderful way with description and not only puts her readers in the scene, but also inside the heads of her characters. Just when I thought I knew who the guilty party was, I was proven wrong. That's my kind of mystery!

Fortunately for me (and all the rest of Pamela's readers), Thyme for Love is just the first of a three-part series and I look forward to reading more from this talented author. Be sure to look for Pam's recipe for Chicken George at the end of the book!

About the author:

A native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Pamela S. Meyers currently lives in Arlington Heights, Ill. She served on the Operating Board for ACFW 2005-2009, and is president of her local ACFW chapter. Her debut novel Thyme for Love releases November 14, 2011, and her historical that is set in her hometown, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, will release in June 2012. She has published articles in Today’s Christian Woman, Christian Computing, Victory in Grace, and Ancestry. She is also a contributor in the compilation book, His Forever.

3 comments:

Pamela S. Meyers said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed my book Deb! I'm working hard on Book 2 and more culinary adventures of April Love.

Deborah Dee Harper said...

Great, Pam! I can't wait :-)

Blessings,
Deb

Linda Glaz said...

Can't wait to read the next volumes. Good review, Deb!