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The Yellow Cottage

A Novel 

Katalina’s dreams were coming true. At least, that’s what she told herself. She was returning to Marvin, the place her summers were spent with her family. Back to where memories were warm and sweet, back to a feeling of belonging, and this time, she would return with her wonderful fiancé, Brooks.

Finding the yellow cottage for sale meant it had to be God! That is, until, bit by bit, things began to unravel. Kat was certain she knew what her life entailed until she found an old journal in the attic. Suddenly, things didn’t look as simple as she had planned.

Kat discovered that before she could find the answers she needed, she first had to be true to herself. And those answers lay in the yellow cottage.

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This is my first read by author Amy Woodley. I usually tread lightly when
choosing a new author. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed every page.
I was going to leave it at that but each character deserves a little recognition.
Ian is the man every good women wants. Brook is the man no woman needs.
Kat is the girl you want to grab shake and hug all at the same time.


This is the 1st book I've read written by Amy Woodley; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story is about Katalina; all her dreams are coming true; she moving back to Marvin with her fiancé and finds out the yellow cottage is for sale. After she finds her old journal in the attic, everything changes.


I enjoyed this book and found myself thinking of it throughout the day and wanting to pick it back up. As with her other books, the author gives us vivid, realistic characters that are believable. While they have admirable traits, we also see their flaws and can identify with them as we watch them grow and change for the better. I enjoyed this one particularly because who doesn’t love the thought of buying their own, small cottage? We get to live the fun through Kat and be a part of her struggle to be honest, even as she is blinded to the truth. Once again, I find this author to be consistent in writing great books that I enjoy, books that are a clean, lighthearted escape and yet have deeper characters and themes to draw me in. I’m always on the lookout for the next one. :)

Escaping the Jungle

A Novel 

Mercedes Hartz could not believe the man she had despised most of her life just showed up on her 10-day guided excursion through the rainforest wearing business attire. Holden Yearwood was a jock in high school, while Mercedes was interested in biology and nature. He cheated off of her and made fun of her in front of his friends. Was he there to torment her even more? Just seeing him brought back all the unwanted feelings and memories she had buried. She despised him. It didn't matter how adorable his rich brown eyes were. A jerk was a jerk.

Holden is just as surprised to see Mercedes as she is to see him. Who runs off alone to live in the middle of the jungle? Despite that, there's something different about the grown-up version of her. Holden learns quickly that this is not the girl he had known, even though she's still as sassy as ever. After losing a bet, and ending up in the middle of nowhere with Mercedes, Holden's life turns upside down as encounters with wild animals and indigenous people change his perspective.

Calling a truce, the two set out to explore the jungle, only to end up captured by an isolated tribe who sees them as their enemies. How will Holden and Mercedes explain they aren't there to harm the people when they can't even speak their language? Will they be able to escape or will life as they'd known it become forever changed?

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This is a book that you will want read from start to finish without putting down. It is both a heartwarming story and an eye enlightening one. The author gave some really interesting information about, not only the people, but the wildlife in the jungle. I thoroughly enjoyed each word and so appreciate, even though this book is fiction, those who do indeed minister to people such as the ones described in this book. I also enjoyed reading the first few chapters on The Twelve Months of Christmas and am anxiously awaiting it being published on November 29th.
I found this book both interesting and entertaining. It was also thought provoking. I love reading how people can change for the better as they live life. Maybe these books are satisfying in part because we want to believe that we also can change for the better, and books like this give us hope. The author gave us enough insight into the Amazon jungle to be interesting without inundating us with facts. Where most books I finish and just move on to the next, I have found that this one has stuck with me. This book hits deeper than the others but that in no way lessons its impact and enjoyment. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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