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Dovetail: A Novel Paperback – March 10, 2020
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From the bestselling author of Hello Love comes a spellbinding new novel of enduring love, family secrets, and mysterious death.
Joe Arneson’s ordinary life is upended by troubling dreams of himself as a different man in another place and time. It isn’t until he visits his estranged grandmother, Pearl, in her Wisconsin hometown that a startling connection emerges.
Drawn into his family’s past, Joe discovers secrets weighing on the old woman’s soul: the tragic death of her sister Alice a half century ago and its ripple effect on all who loved her. Digging into the events of that summer in 1916, Joe is convinced that his recurrent visions relate to Alice’s untimely passing and to the beloved man she meant to marry. With the help of Kathleen, a local woman Joe’s fallen for, the puzzles of the past start falling into place.
As uncovered truths bring Joe and Kathleen closer together, they also reveal a new danger. For Joe’s dreams may be a warning―from one star-crossed couple to another.
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“Can love survive all obstacles? In Dovetail, Karen McQuestion crafts a story spanning generations, one brimming with family secrets between sisters, breathtaking suspense, and the undeniable power of love everlasting. I dare you to put the book down before reaching the triumphant conclusion. I couldn’t.” —Christine Nolfi, bestselling author of The Road She Left Behind
“Nobody writes with such compelling and poignant simplicity as Karen McQuestion, and her latest novel Dovetail could well be the best proof yet. In this wonderfully atmospheric, dual timeline tale, a beautiful love story and a haunting and mysterious, long-ago death, come alive through dreams that carry a message critical to the present, but dreams can often obscure and confuse the truth, leading good people into deeper trouble. I was drawn into this story by the cast of very human characters and the elements of love-inflected mystery and suspense, and kept quickly turning the pages until the very satisfying end. This is storytelling at its finest. Don’t miss it!” —Barbara Taylor Sissel, bestselling author of Faultlines and The Truth We Bury
“Karen McQuestion has crafted an emotionally suspenseful tale that explores the intriguing possibilities of genetic memory. It’s an inspired story—a marvelous, evocative read, the perfect blend of mystery, magic, tragedy, and hope. I absolutely loved it, and I devoured it from start to finish.” —USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean
“In her latest release Dovetail, Karen McQuestion expertly weaves together the past and present in a suspenseful tapestry of words that will leave the reader intrigued to the last page.” —Kay Bratt, author of Wish Me Home and True to Me
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“A book that reveals the brighter side of human nature in a surprising way. Good Man, Dalton is a sweet confection you’ll savor as Midwesterner Greta Hansen arrives in New York City for a job that doesn’t exist—and discovers something better than money or fame.” —Christine Nolfi, bestselling author of The Road She Left Behind
“I was riveted to the page and on occasion brought to tears. A book you don’t want to miss.” —Barbara Taylor Sissel, bestselling author of Faultlines and The Truth We Bury on Half a Heart
“Karen McQuestion just keeps getting better! Hello Love is an enchanting, impossible-to-put-down novel about big hearts and second chances.” —Claire Cook, USA Today bestselling author of Must Love Dogs
“An emotional and engaging novel about family…” —Delia Ephron on A Scattered Life
“McQuestion writes with a sharp eye and a sure voice, and as a reader, I was willing to go wherever she wanted to take me. After I finished the book, I thought about how I might describe it to a friend, and I settled on…: ‘You should read this. It’s good.’” —Carolyn Parkhurst on A Scattered Life
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“At first glance Favorite is a story of a girl and her family learning to cope with loss. But at some point it morphs into a psychological thriller. It’s an unexpected but welcome turn that will leave readers on the edge of their seats.” —Jessica Harrison, Cracking the Cover
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From the Author
Every time I said, "Not just yet."
And then one day, it was ready so I sat down with my laptop and got to work.
It's a longer book than I usually write and there are more layers to it. Also, it's different than my other novels, but what else is new? I have trouble staying in my lane, so much so I'm not even sure I have a lane.
Some of my readers have said this is my best book yet. I'm unable to judge my own work, so I don't know if that's true or not. All I know is that I poured my heart and soul into this novel and I hope readers enjoy it.
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (March 10, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 351 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542042372
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542042376
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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and wakes up screaming each night. His family fears
he will hurt them so they put him in a mental institution.
The Doctor has not been able to help him and he
feels that he needs to leave but his father won’t give
permission for his release.
His grandmother (his father told Joe she was dead)
comes to the institution to bring him to the family home.
She has been estranged from his father and she plans
to have Joe help her make amends. She tells Joe
he is there to help her get the family home ready to
sell. While cleaning out the house he finds pictures
and information about his family which will
eventually help him discover the source of his dreams.
A young woman, (with her own problems)
he meets when he takes items to be sold at her second
hand store become close and she helps him with his
dreams and memories.
The story is told in different years, past and present.
I really loved this book and don’t want to give too
many details….you definitely need to read this
Thank you Karen McQuestion for another
The writing is excellent, very evocative and you become very invested in the characters. This was my first book by this author. It will not be my last.