Haven Books Fiction
First Place (Gold)
2007 USA Book News
National Best Books Finalist
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“I recently Closer Than you Think. What a delight. I can not
tell you how many years I have wondered what a "soap opera"
that actually contributed to life, might look like. I am so excited
to have had the privilege to partake in one that does. I was upset that
I had only brought one of the books with me. Thank you for who you are,
and what you give of yourself to life!”
“You annoyed me with how you left me hanging at the end of Book
One – but all is forgiven because I didn't have to wait too long
for Book Two. This is a great story and it keeps getting deeper.”
"Your book Closer Than You Think was excellent! You're a wonder-ful
writer, with such vivid descriptions and such gripping characters. But
you left me hanging! My goodness I've got to have the next book immediately!"
"I have so much fun reading Mara Purl's books! I just finished
Closer Than You Think, after not having been able to put down What the
Heart Knows last weekend. I couldn't have chosen better books for the
pure enjoyment of reading a good story. I'm so glad I read them! Now,
please tell the author to get the next Ten in her series written!"
“I really enjoyed Closer Than You Think. You’re very good
at revealing what goes on in the hidden places of the minds and hearts
of your characters – and the tension is good.”
“The book was most enjoyable! I was certainly left wondering
what is to happen to all these people and especially about Chris’s
fate... If there are ten more books I suppose a LOT happens to them!
The Doobie Brothers concert scenes were masterful.”
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of Closer Than You Think. I enjoyed both. You have a new fan!”
“I finished reading your second novel Closer Than You Think.
I was very impressed with your ability to write. Your writing is as
good as any of the best selling fiction writers that I have read, which
is a good many of them. Your profusion of characters is very interesting
and lively. It too is fun for me, the setting of the novel. It is so
obvious just how good a writer you are.”
“Closer Than You Think covers the gamut of romance, glamour
and intrigue! This second book in the Milford-Haven series has it all:
romance, sex, fashion, mystery, rock’n’roll, art. There’s
the crafty and the clueless, the devious and the devoted. The only problem
is it all ends too soon! Where’s Book Three?!?!”
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and it's so close to home for me, like I was one of your characters.
You are great at creating a vivid picture of each one, and the dialog
is perfect. Thanks again, I 'm sending all my e-mail friends my recommendation
to get your book! Best wishes, I look forward to many more outstanding
stories. Your fan forever.”
“I finished Closer than you Think this weekend and cannot wait
to get into Child Secrets. Such interesting characters! I enjoyed the
descriptive way you've carefully developed each one. I especially liked
how Miranda and Zack met in the first book. I could see it all so clearly.
And I can just see Sally snapping her gum as she works! I really liked
how you created the scene of Sally meeting Tony. What an interesting
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“I enjoyed reading Closer Than You Think. You have created some
wicked characters! It was fun to read.”
“Thank you for introducing me to Milford-Haven and Mara Purl’s
wonderful imagination! I read the first book in one sitting! This will
be the beginning of my collection of Mara’s books.”
“What the Heart Knows and Closer Than You Think were most enjoyable
and entertaining. Once I got into them, I could’t put them down!”