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While I have thoroughly enjoyed the stories in this series, I have some serious issues with the author. Quite frankly, I trouble believing the author was once a grade school teacher and a psychiatric technician. The sentence structure and vocabulary in the books is horrible (someone who was a grade school teacher should know basic vocabulary and punctuation) and she apparently doesn't know that a psychiatrist is a medical doctor (I also saw some other medical related blunders in the books and I do not have any medical training other than basic Red Cross first aid certification). While the plots were good, the poor writing and apparent lack of competent proofreading was very distracting.
Though priced the same as most of the rest of the books in the series so far, this one was less than half as long. I was shocked how quickly I was able to read it. In fact, overall, the books have been getting shorter and shorter. The endings seem to be wrapping up faster and faster, as though the author is becoming burned out.
Also, there is an offer at the end of the book for a free copy of the prequel but that link is no longer valid. The prequel, once I found it (it's not listed on Amazon with the rest of the Mercy Mares books), was 99¢ for a whopping 39 pages.
I really liked this story but I keep thinking that I have read another story with this character, Nubbin Schmeckpepper before. That is not a name one soon forgets. This is a cute story of a nurse, a trip from California to Nebraska, a bit of a Mystery and a lot of crazy characters. There is even a bit of romance. This story has it all. I am . Looking forward to reading other books in the series as I found myself laughing out loud at some of the antics.