Review: The Secret of Trail House Lodge

Sophie Collins Mystery, The Secret of Trail House Lodge, Madge H. Gressley, book review

Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: YA, mystery
Format: eBook, Print
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An old deserted lodge, an unsolved bank robbery, and a mummified body all lead to a string of mysteries that junior, super-sleuth Sophie Collins and her friends stumble on when they discover hidden passages and secret rooms while exploring the old Trail House Lodge.

Find out how Sophie unravels the mysteries in The Secret of Trail House Lodge, book two in the Sophie Collins Mystery series by best selling author Madge H. Gressley.

Summary

After the events that took place in The Red Coat, Sophie Collins finds herself living in the family mansion under the watchful eye of its staff; however, this does not mean that she has hung up her metaphorical sleuthing cap.

When Sophie and her friends decide to explore the Trail House Lodge, they discover secret rooms filled with clues that might help solve a bank robbery that happened before their time. On top of that, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a more personal mystery when a man claiming to be her great-uncle comes crawling out of the woodwork. He says that he has no real interest in the family fortune and that he just wants to be a part of her life; however, Sophie is suspicious of his motives and decides to keep an eye on this “great-uncle” of hers.

Will Sophie and her friends solve the mysteries of Trail House Lodge? Does Sophie’s uncle have ulterior motives, or does he truly want to be a part of her life?

Review

Mystery and suspense are packed into this YA novel as Sophie and her friends discover the secrets hidden within the Trail House Lodge. The near-misses and the body that Sophie encounters are enough to get a young heart pounding, but Gressley manages to give just enough detail to make the lodge spooky while ensuring that young readers can still go to sleep at night.

Readers will see another side of Sophie; she is no longer an independent homeless girl who needs to rely on her wits in order to survive, she is an heiress who is chafing beneath the watchful eye of the butler who has made it his mission to coach her on how to be a “civilized” young lady. The admonishments that the butler gives to Sophie might remind some readers of similar sayings they heard during their childhoods, which makes it very easy to empathize with her.

It is clear that Sophie is not going to lose her edge or her street smarts anytime soon. Gressley has created an intelligent, endearing, and inquisitive character that is drawn to a mystery like a moth to a flame. If you are in the market for a good YA mystery and a more relevant alternative to Nancy Drew, I think that you will find it in Sophie Collins.

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New Review for “The Red Coat”

The Red Coat just received another 5 Star review. However, this time the review was by Lily Kate H. an up and coming teen reviewer from the Readers Review Room. I am thrilled to be reviewed by someone from my target audience. I hope she will do me the honor of reviewing The Secret of Trail House Lodge, book 2 in the Sophie Collins Mystery Series.

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One snowy night, fourteen year old Sophie Collins a homeless runaway, finds a beautiful red coat while rummaging through a dumpster. Little does she know that the coat and the mysterious object she found in the coat’s lining will drastically change her future and put her life in danger.
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REVIEWER: LILY-KATE H. – RISING READERS REVIEWER

RATING: GOLD BOOKWORM

The Red Coat. Gold bookworm. This was an amazing book! A homeless girl named Sophie found a red coat. A lady claimed the coat was hers and took it from Sophie. That night, she tried to kill Sophie. Sophie decided to investigate. This made me happy, interested, and excited to read this book. My favorite character is Sophie because she has determination and curiosity. My favorite part was when the will was being read because of the surprises it held. I would recommend this book to my friends. The Red Coat is one of my favorite books now. I think my friends would like the book as much as I do.

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Reviews

I know I have been very neglectful of writing on my blog. Some days I wonder why I even have a blog. It never seems to take priority. Oh well, such is life. 

Three of my books have just received reviews, so I am excited to share them. I am pleased that my books have been well received. Too often I tend to doubt myself, so when I read a review I am happy that the reviewer enjoyed what I have written. Please read on and enjoy.

Shameless plug for my Sophie Collins Mystery Series here: Book 2The Secret of Trail House Lodge – is now available on Amazon – http://amzn.to/29ISwLL Kindle Edition, and – http://amzn.to/2ai8ArN Paperback.
Be the first five readers to review this book and receive a free paperback copy! Must send me an email with link, date and time you posted your review.
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An old deserted lodge, an unsolved bank robbery, and a mummified body all lead to a string of mysteries, when junior super-sleuth Sophie Collins stumbles on hidden passages and secret rooms while exploring the old Trail House Lodge with her friends.

Book 1 – The Red Coat – Kindle edition is on sale now for 99¢ on Amazon – http://amzn.to/1Pzi6S6. Paperback – http://amzn.to/1OHcR6c. Pick up your copy today so you won’t miss any of Sophie’s adventures.

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One snowy night, fourteen year old Sophie Collins a homeless runaway, finds a beautiful red coat while rummaging through a dumpster. Little does she know that the coat and the mysterious object she found in the coat’s lining will drastically change her future and put her life in danger.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Totally Terrible Tommy is totally cute!

Review by: Charity Rowell-Stansbury
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Genre: Children
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Totally Terrible Tommy is a totally cute and charming way to reinforce the concept that bad behavior results in negative attention and good behavior results in positive attention! The story also reinforces that consideration and kindness are rewarded while being inconsiderate and mean are punished.

I thought that the alliteration of T’s when describing Tommy gave the book a rhythmic quality; something that will help the story stick in a child’s mind. I also noticed that several other words were frequently repeated in the story. I liked this because it helps children learn how to read and comprehend what they are reading. The illustrations are simple, cute, and very expressive. It is easy to distinguish expressions that are responses to positive and negative feelings and they serve as a colorful way to support the book’s message.

Totally Terrible Tommy is great for new readers, but it has enough of a rhythmic, “sing-song” tone to it that three-year-olds will find it engaging as well. If you are looking for a great little bedtime story for the kids, look no further!

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5.0 out of 5 stars
A well-written and excellent light read!

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Format: Kindle Edition
Genre: Romantic Anthology
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I enjoy reading novels with outspoken, strong female protagonists and I was not disappointed as every story in this book has bold and vivacious characters. While most of the stories follow a “standard romance” trope, they are infused with each authors’ voice which makes them all unique and easy to read.

Even though I was not a fan of the last story because of its premise and ending, I felt that it was well-written and will help make the book appealing to a wider range of romance readers.

Now & Forever offers romance readers a variety of short stories ranging from clean romances to something a little more risque. Each well-written story is representative of the authors’ writing styles and is perfect for romance readers who are interested in finding some new authors to follow, without the commitment of a full novel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
An adorable and sweet book for kids!

Reviewed By:  Charity Rowell-Stansbury
I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Format: Kindle Edition
Genre: Children
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Dexter’s Wonderful Day is an adorable book starring a laid back and approachable dragon

The characters and setting are sweet and engaging, enough so that it will hold a child’s attention. The charming dialogue is written in a way that encourages adults who are reading the books out loud to voice act as they read to children. The beautiful and colorful illustrations are self-explanatory for older children, but they come with brief captions that convey the book’s message for toddlers with short attention spans. Finally, the lesson about dealing with disappointment in an acceptable way is clear, without being preachy, and it could be used as a tool to encourage children to move past their feelings of disappointment.

With cute characters that demonstrate an important life’s lesson, Dexter’s Wonderful Day will be a wonderful addition to your bedtime story rotation!

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