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Rapid River Monthly

Author Maggie Bishop has written a book the equal of any of the popular fiction nicknamed "Chick Lit" that is a staple in bookstands everywhere. Emeralds in the Snow could easily compete with any of the romance genre found on Best Seller Lists.

– Rapid River Monthly

Lucky Tucker, member of the Sugar Mountain Ski Patrol, rescues Emerald Graham from a fall while skiing, and the two are instantly attracted to one another.   Emerald is the granddaughter of recently deceased Everett Graham, a well-respected, wealthy businessman, and has lived a privileged life.  Raised in a family that never seemed to have enough money, especially after his grandfather disappeared, Lucky has had to struggle to make ends meet.  He is unsettled that Emerald has a doctorate in math while he only attained a high school education, yet this does not seem to matter to Emerald.  Despite their diverse backgrounds, the two cannot deny their feelings and enter into a relationship. They discover a treasure map belonging to Emerald's grandfather, which guides them to land Lucky inherited from his grandfather.  Lucky and Emerald hope this will lead them on a path that will bring good fortune; however, the secret they uncover threatens to separate them forever.
 
Maggie Bishop once more unveils a treasure-trove of information about the Appalachian region as well as the sport of snow skiing. The familial connection between characters from Ms. Bishop's first book, Appalachian Paradise, and this one will, for some readers, feel like visiting old friends.  The author skillfully builds the story, with enticing characters and sweet romance, then offers impending doom to a relationship the reader has been rooting for, leaving a spiraling sense of anticipation until the end of the story.  An engrossing read, one the reader will not want to put down.
 
Christy Tillery French
Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

 
Lucky Tucker, member of the Sugar Mountain Ski Patrol, rescues Emerald Graham from a fall while skiing, and the two are instantly attracted to one another. Lucky has had to struggle to make ends meet. Raised in a family that never seemed to have enough money, especially after his grandfather disappeared, he is unsettled that Emerald has a doctorate in math while he only attained a high school education, yet this does not seem to matter to Emerald. 

Emerald is the granddaughter of recently deceased Everett Graham, a well-respected, wealthy, businessman, and has lived a privileged life. Despite their diverse backgrounds; the two cannot deny their feelings and enter into a relationship. They discover a treasure map belonging to Emerald's grandfather, which guides them to land Lucky inherited from his grandfather. Lucky and Emerald hope this will lead them on a path that will bring good fortune; however, the secret they uncover threatens to separate them forever.

Maggie Bishop once more unveils a treasure-trove of information about the Appalachian region as well as the sport of snow skiing in EMERALDS IN THE SNOW. The familial connection between characters from Ms. Bishop's first book, APPALACHIAN PARADISE, and this one will, for some readers, feel like you are visiting old friends.  The author skillfully builds the story, with enticing characters and sweet romance, and then offers impending doom to a relationship that you have been rooting for, leaving a spiraling sense of anticipation until the end of the story.  An engrossing read, one that you will not want to put down. The story will leave you wanting to know more about the gems. Ms Bishop, I thank you for such a great read and look forward to reading more of your books in the future.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Moon Tee

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Beat the heat. Head for the mountains!






These dog days of summer have me longing for a trip to the close, yet much cooler, mountains of North Carolina's High Country. Luckily, there are several books that can take me there at a moment's notice.


One of my favorites is Emeralds in the Snow, written by Maggie Bishop, published by High Country Publishers, Ltd. Maggie Bishop manages to pack a lot of punch in 188 pages. There's wealth, greed, romance, murder, mystery, and adventure.


Emerald Graham is beautiful and rich. Lucky Tucker is a rugged and handsome guy, whose is generous, despite a life of hardship.

Emerald meets Lucky when she falls while skiing, and he is working for the ski patrol. The two become romantically involved. Things get a little more complicated when they discover that their lives had been intertwined long before they met.


I have met Maggie Bishop on a couple of occasions. She is a sweetheart, and I suspect that she is also a foodie. Emeralds in the Snow includes several food scenes. In the first chapter, after Emerald and Lucky have their first meeting on the ski slopes, they have coffee in the ski patroller break room. There are a couple of other occasions where the two drink mugs of hot beverages, which lends a cozy tone to the story. If you love outdoorsy types, you may even envision yourself drinking a mug of cocoa with Lucky Tucker!

One of my favorite scenes in the book is a beautiful illustration of the contrasts between our two main characters' lifestyles. Emerald and Lucky make a pizza at his house. Emerald, accustomed to having a hired cook in her home, is unaware that there is such a thing as pizza dough in a can. Lucky helps her through the process as they top the dough with jarred sauce, deer sausage, frozen vegetables, and cheese. Other meals prepared at Lucky's cabin include a spaghetti dinner, where lucky surprises Emerald by serving a bottle of wine, instead of his usual beer, and breakfast waffles topped with his grandmother's jam.

The contrast in upbringing is further explored when Lucky accompanies Emerald to a swanky event, where he tries escargot and lamb in a mint sauce. Later in the book, the two have a picnic. When Emerald gives Lucky's peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and apparent snub, the two discuss the differences in their backgrounds.

As the two become closer, Lucky invites Emerald to have Sunday lunch at his grandmother's. Emerald creates a bit of a stir, when in an effort to help, she sets the table in formal place settings, which becomes a bit confusing for Lucky's family. A flustered Emerald soon relaxes as she stuffs herself with flaky biscuits and warm pie.        -- Lisa Hall, Fatal Foodies blogspot

The book is a fun, fast read . The characters are clearly drawn . These are the kind of characters who shape the world around them and readers enjoy that kind of development. Y Readers can look forward to her next one. -- JC Walkup, Smoky Mountain News

Smoky Mountain News, Enterprise Mountaineer.

Review by JC Walkup

Obsession begins and drives this tale of gems and greed set in these Western North Carolina Mountains. The teller of the tale confesses to drawing on her family for minor characters the pictures of whom appear in the book.

The murder, theft of the gems and the main characters are fictional. Sugar Mountain, Boone and other locations are real. The descriptions of rescue procedures by the skiing rescuers are accurate. My father and mother worked on Sugar Mountain as members of a rescuer squad until he was 85  just a year ago. Pictures at the beginning of each chapter are of real people, places and things.-- Maggie Bishop

Overlaid on the mystery of stolen gems and betrayed trust is a love story the outcome of which depends on how the two young people involved choose to view the actions of two dead men. They have to separately arrive at ways to deal with the sins of their fathers.

The book is a fun, fast read that leaves the reader wanting to know more about emeralds, how they were mined and what became of them. The obsession for the gems could use more development. The characters are clearly drawn (if a bit too stereotyped). A sequel is in order to find out more about the stones and the process of turning them into money, the people and who they become. These are the kind of characters who shape the world around them and readers enjoy that kind of development.  Readers can look forward to her next one.

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