Linda Weaver Clarke

Reviews for each of Linda's books will be found below

Professional Reviews of The Bali Mystery

"I have yet to be disappointed reading a book by Linda Weaver Clarke! Her books are always fun to read! Character development is a key part of writing her stories. The plot always has a twist I didn't see coming and The Bali Mystery does not disappoint! I know better than to start one of Linda's books when I don't have time to enjoy it! There is mystery, adventure, and romance all rolled into one." - Linda Badurek

"Linda Weaver Clarke paints a beautiful portrait of the island of Bali. In fact, she made me wish I were there. I've read her books before and she has a wonderful way of drawing the reader right into her stories. Amelia and Rick were very realistic to me. I thought Rick's Bucket List gave readers a great insight into his character. Throughout the book you couldn't help pulling for these two to realize they were more than co-workers. The mystery and romance flowed beautifully through each page." - Socrates Book Reviews

"The island of Bali will certainly be besieged with all who read this exciting new, intriguing cozy mystery by talented author, Linda Weaver Clarke! If it had not been such a great story, the reader would have been lost in the visual portrait of Bali created by the author. Action permeates the plot from the first chapters of the book until the very end! One cannot help but admire the characters Linda has created for her lead couple - Amelia Moore & Rick Bonito. They are a delightful team, working together to solve the case. The various other characters are developed well and only add further personality to this enticing mystery. The title is perfect and the book cover is very well designed to enhance the reading pleasure of the pages within." - LuAnn Worley, Rockin' Book Reviews

"This is a cozy mystery, but there is also suspense, danger and, of course, romance. Throw in two mysterious men in black - complete with black suits and sunglasses and you have all the makings of an exciting novel." - Library of Clean Reads

Professional Reviews of The Shamrock Case

"Amelia and Rick have the makings of being a lasting couple that readers will adore and root for. The Shamrock Case moves along quickly. It goes by way too fast and I'm already missing the characters. The author paints a vivid picture of the beauty of Ireland. I feel as if I just returned from a trip to Ireland myself. I could easily see the greenery and magnificence of the country. With each book, Clarke introduces us to another exotic location. She definitely does her homework before she writes about these places. Clarke knows both her characters and locations well and it shines through each word she writes." - Socrates Book Review

Professional Reviews of The Missing Heir

"True to form, the author evokes a certain feeling for the country in which the mystery takes place. In this case, Mexico, replete with Mexican food, hot peppers, fiestas, and mariachi bands playing folk music!" - Library of Clean Reads

"This book is the third in the Amelia Moore Detective Series, but it is the first of the series I have read. Having read other books by Ms Clarke, I was prepared to like this one too - and I was not at all disappointed! In fact I was very impressed by her growth as an author, and am now looking forward to reading the first two! Her gift for dialogue is wonderful, and I also appreciated the glimpse of Mexico she provides. It's refreshing to me to discover a "cozy mystery", with two likeable, romantic characters who enjoy each other (without having to delve into explicit sex scenes) and are able to solve a mystery together. It is a book I am happy to be able to recommend and share with teens as well as adults of all ages!" - Sherril S. Cannon

Professional Reviews of The Rebels of Cordovia

"Once I started reading The Rebels of Cordovia, I greatly looked forward to my time with this book, because the author is a truly terrific storyteller. She brings the characters to life through their mannerisms and conversations with each other. Linda Weaver Clarke writes with passion and grace, and the love story in this book is simply wonderful. In fact, this aspect of the story was the strongest draw for me. (Is it just me, or are love stories set in the past more romantic than those set in the present day?) I thought that Robin and Daniel sounded perfect for each other, and I enjoyed the steady development of their relationship. Suitable for young adults and adults, this charming book was a pleasure to read, and I relished it. The Rebels of Cordovia is another wonderful book by Linda Weaver Clarke!" - Suko's Notebook

"This book was a fun read with a strong plot and fast paced action, but gentle and happy characters. Linda Weaver Clarke has a storyteller's talent for enchanting and mesmerizing the audience. She weaves her key topics of love and respect through The Rebels of Cordovia as poverty and its devastating side effects are overcome by Robin and her band of merry men...and women. Robin is a strong female character with morals and an innocence that readers will appreciate. There are also some exciting surprises and twists that will delight the heart. A very timely subject set in a gilt frame, definitely a must read!" - Cindi Clubbs

Professional Reviews of Anasazi Intrigue

Socrates Great Book Alert Award! This is the first book I've read by Linda Weaver Clarke and I'm already hooked. The first pages grab you right in and grab at your heartstrings as you read about the destruction caused by the flood. When Julia and John fight for their lives, readers will be on the edge of their seats for this one. There's also romance in the mix. John and Julia's marriage is strong and they are quite supportive of each other. Even when they have their ups and downs, it's not for long and they get right back into each other's arms. It's nice to see a relationship portrayed this way. Very realistic and believable. In fact, all the characters are portrayed realistically including their three daughters. This series is a "must read" for me and I'm excited that there are still at least two more books to enjoy. And my Socrates Great Book Alert Award! - Review Written by Socrates Book Review

There are many things I like about these books, including the vivid writing, humor, and suspense, which kept me entertained. But to me what has been most outstanding about this series so far are the characters, especially Julia. She is a feminist in the best sense of the word. Julia is unafraid to go after what she wants; she is an equal partner in her marriage and has an adoring husband and three daughters, and an exciting job as a reporter (sometimes it's a bit too exciting). She's admired by others who perceive her correctly (even by some of the thieves). I think this is important because all too often, men seem to be the only ones admired, in books and in life. Julia is admired not just for her beauty but for her intelligence and resourcefulness as well. Julia's daughters, the twins, Sharlene and Faith, and April, are portrayed as strong young women, and we expect that they will also follow their dreams. They have a strong role model, Julia, and a loving father who is supportive of his wife. Linda's writing is lively and down-to-earth. - Review Written by Susan Ortlieb, Suko's Notebook

Mystery and suspense intertwined with fascinating facts about the Anasazi culture! The thing I absolutely loved most about this book was the relationship dynamics between John and Julia. Their relationship with each other symbolized to me a model of what faithful Christian marriages can look like, even 20 years after the 'newness' wears off. I loved how Linda Weaver Clarke used descriptions in each chapter of the ebb and flow of John and Julia's relationship, the physical love for each other, the respect, and the learning to bear one another's burdens. I also loved how conflict was resolved between the two, showing that even in strong relationships there are problems, yet with God as the center of the relationship, good can come from the resolution. Historical suspenseful fiction, the best of the best!! Add in a strong Christian family and you have a super fantastic story! - Review Written by Melanie Ski, Homesteading Review

Professional Reviews of Mayan Intrigue

This is an exciting follow-up to Linda Weaver Clarke's Anasazi Intrigue. She takes us through Cancun and we get to visit the Mayan ruins. Ms. Weaver Clarke's descriptions easily transports the reader to Mexico. You really feel as if you are part of the story. Her words flow beautifully through each page of the book. Readers learn more and more about the beautiful relationship shared by John and Julia. Their commitment to each other is stronger than ever. With each book, these two become more like friends of the readers instead of book characters. I enjoyed this very much and am looking forward to the third book in this thrilling series. - Review Written by Socrates Book Review

In this book, John and Julia venture to the Yucatan Peninsula to take a relaxing vacation. Excitement prevails, and this book is full of mystery and suspense. Linda's writing is lively and down-to-earth; she has the ability to make you feel as if you're in these stories, along with John and Julia, trying to decipher the truth and escape from harm. Before reading these novels, I didn't know much about archaeological thievery, although I was introduced to artifact theft when I interviewed Linda. - Review Written by Susan Ortlieb, Suko's Notebook

Ms. Clarke paints beautiful colorful word scenes of the jungle, its animal occupants and the Mayan ruins that realistically prod the mind's eye to visualize clearly what she describes. As the reader of this well illustrated story, I felt their frustration, stress, anxiety and relief as the story unfolds. Clarke's clever humor appears where needed and unexpected throughout the story. The personalities of the characters are well written, and the plots and subplots are thoughtfully created. The historical and mystical facts of the Mayan culture add to the general mystique of the story and particularly enjoyed by this curious reader. I give Linda Weaver Clarke a big high five for this humorous and involved story that held my attention until I finished and put it down with a contented sigh and a smile on my face. A great read. - Review Written by Barb Shelton, Book Reviewer

Professional Reviews of Montezuma Intrigue

This story mixes adventure, suspense and romance into one captivating story. Readers will be enchanted by the entire family, as well as gripped by the terror inflicted on them by the bad guys. I do hope we will visit with the Evans' family again. They are so enjoyable to get to know. - Review Written by Socrates Book Review

Linda Weaver Clarke has done it again. I am charmed by her new book, Montezuma Intrigue. The mysteries continue as this author entrances us with life-like characters and electrifying adventures. The search for Montezuma's treasure is both exciting and memorable. This time, the story took me on a rugged, outdoor adventure with the Evans family in search of Montezuma's treasure, through canyons and ravines and caves, aided by an antique parchment map found in an old wooden chest in the attic. There are also a few romances, and some surprises as well, which kept my reading pleasurable and lively. I enjoyed the adventure and suspense in her latest novel, which kept me reading well into the night. - Review Written by Susan Ortlieb, Suko's Notebook

Montezuma Intrigue is truly intriguing. The old country and western song said, "You had me from hello." Linda Weaver Clarke had my interest from the first sentence. It is an adventure from beginning to end. Although the plot is finding the treasure, there are sub-plots that teach Christian values found in few books today. Linda does a great job of weaving these values into the story without taking away from the main plot. - Review Written by Theresa Franklin, Life's Journey

Professional Reviews of Desert Intrigue

Romance, Mystery, and Regional History Collaborate to Create a Satisfying, Intriguing Story! It was difficult to put this one down. I cared about the characters, I cared about their ranch, and I was brainstorming right along with this delightful family, figuring out how to either remove the curse or solve the mystery that threatened to destroy their way of life. There are children flirting with romance, relational complexities, and a wedding in the works that just won't seem to come together. The writing is clear and lively, never calling attention to itself or getting in the way of the story. The touches of humor and inclusion of regional history tie it all together to make a satisfying story all the more fascinating. Highly recommended! - Steve Miller, Author

As a guy, it was really great to see a man, check that men, being shown as strong not only physically, but emotionally as well. I've read a lot of books where the guy in the book isn't shown as being connected to his wife/girlfriend through anything other than surface thoughts. With John and his brother-in-law Kelly, though, I saw them as "men's men", and ones that also were invested in the life of the women around them. The story moved quick enough, there were plenty of red herrings to keep me guessing, right down to the ending of the book. - Rick Estep, Reviews From A Man's Perspective

I loved the first three books in this series, but I actually loved this one even more. I didn't think that was possible. The characters are so well written and I absolutely adore each member of the Evans family. They grab at your heartstrings and won't let go. As for the story, talk about a fast-paced story. Desert Intrigue is that and more! It's a book that will leave you with that "warm fuzzy" feeling. Linda Weaver Clarke has outdone herself with this book! I'm sure it comes as no surprise that it's getting my Socrates' Great Book Alert. - Socrates Book Reviews

Desert Intrigue is an entertaining and joyful book, my favorite in this mystery series by Linda Weaver Clarke. I love the sparks of romance in this adventure--they spice things up and add much interest to the story. The book has a handful of surprises that I did not anticipate, and the mystery fuels much of the action. - Suko's Notebook

Professional Reviews of Melinda and the Wild West

"Melinda and the Wild West" was a semi-finalist for the "Reviewers Choice Award 2007." Irene Watson, managing editor for Reader Views, wrote, "We had a huge turnout of entries. It is obvious your book stood out in their minds and was scored as one of the top ten out of hundreds of other books."

For anyone who likes to read classic-styled romance novels that also have a drop of history, this is the book for you. From one of her students coming to class with skunk oil that explodes, to her encounter with a black bear, there's always something for the imagination in the book. It is very easy to picture the scene you are reading. Clarke was able to write about love in a soft fashion, not full of the same type of sexual writing of most romance novels. I was impressed with the eloquence in which Clarke spun her story. It was dramatic in some spots and yet contained simply placed bits of humor. I would recommend this to anyone. -- Melynda Gascoyne, The Amherst Bee Newspaper: Buffalo, New York

I absolutely loved this book. Now, I may be biased that I adore late 1800's and anything to do with Wild West areas, but this story just amazed me. Creating a story based upon an independent, educated and strong woman character, brings to light the type of women that helped make this country what it is today. Melinda learns to keep her guard up when she needs to, but letting it down can bring happiness into your life. The themes of family, love, communication and friendship can be found throughout the book. If you want to read a book that makes you smile at the end, this would be one of those books. -- Allison King, Book Reviews Allison's Attic

From the first page I was captivated by this book. I had to continue reading, rushing to turn the page, I had to see what next adventure would catch up with Melinda. The plot is interesting: mixing history with fiction, adventure with romance. Melinda is an endearing character and you can't help but see things through her eyes. Gilbert is strong and courageous. I like this book! This is good Christian fiction. It is a great honor to highly recommend this book to readers of historical fictions and romance. Ms Clarke, this is a piece to be proud of, well done! -- Debra Gaynor, "Reader Views"

"Melinda and the Wild West" is rich with historical settings and provides as much of a 'historical' education as entertainment. Linda Weaver Clarke displays an easy and excellent style of writing blending adventure/romance/history/humor and courage. "Melinda and the Wild West: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho" is an instant classic and should put this author on the literary map all over the world. A MUST read! -- John Weaver, "Page One Literary Book Review"

Professional Reviews of Edith and the Mysterious Stranger

Clarke draws the reader into a world full of color and intrigue right from the first page. Her characters have faults that you want to see them overcome as you laugh, cry and cheer at just how genuine and vivid they are. They could easily be the neighbor next door. It's refreshing to be able to read a story that can make you run the full range of emotions. The end is uplifting while making you wonder what could happen in the next addition. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would highly recommend "Edith and the Mysterious Stranger" to anyone looking for a novel that is easy to read and just makes you feel good. Reviewed by Melynda Gascoyne -- The Amherst Bee Newspaper: Buffalo, New York

This is the second book in the Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho series. I really enjoyed the first book (Melinda & the Wild West) and was looking forward to reading this new book. The book is such a mix of genres (Wild West, outlaws, romance, independent women, Christian, mystery), that I would say any age of reader would enjoy this book. I can't wait to read the third book! "Edith and the Mysterious Stranger" pulls you into the lives of the people of Bear Lake, Idaho. Linda Weaver Clarke has created a story with strong characters, love of family, outlaws and mystery that will have you captivated from start to finish. -- Allison King for

Clarke's passion for her historical subject matter is apparent in the solid writing, which transports the reader back in time effortlessly. Her multi-layered characters are unique individuals who evoke empathy. The experiences, challenges, dialogue, and dress are realistic for the time period and the descriptions are so vivid the reader is more a participant in the events than a pageturner. Edith and the Mysterious Stranger is a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED read. It's a great adventure story with strong values; great for the entire family. -- Lisa Haselton, Allbooks Reviews.

When I first started reading this book, I did not know that it was Christian Fiction nor have I ever read any. I was pleasantly surprised to find this story very uplifting. Ms. Clark did a fantastic job of portraying the importance of knowing your God Given Gifts. The history of the Wild West was also intriguing with the world of outlaws and cattle rustlers as well as the medicines and herbs they used. The doctor kept telling Melinda to take a few glasses of wine or whiskey each day for her cramping. Who knew! The Power of the Written Word -- this is the life lesson I took away from Linda Weaver Clarke's book "Edith and the Mysterious Stranger." In today's society, no one writes letters anymore. Everything is done by email or telephone. Most everyone today is also materialistic looking at the outer rather than inner person. The fact that Edith fell in love with someone just by getting to know them through their letters and not seeing them was inspirational to me. Humility -- if we all could just get a little of that, we would all be better people. Even though this book was a Christian love story, I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in a good inspirational read from beginning to end. You won't be disappointed. I'm definitely a fan and will be looking for another installment in the Roberts family saga. -- Wendy Cleveland for Reader Views

Professional Reviews of Jenny's Dream

Jenny's Dream tells a really beautiful story that incorporates the value of loyalty, love, family and forgiveness into it. I found myself greatly enjoying the romances between Jenny's parents and between Jenny and Will. Each relationship demonstrates friendship, respect and love. I also enjoyed how the author put real experiences, taken from her family and friends, into the plot. This is a great touch because it makes the story seem more real. Jenny's Dream is a wonderful story to read. It is a wholesome novel that will be able to be enjoyed by family members of all ages who would enjoy a great historical romance. I think that this series is destined to be a classic. Review by Paige Lovitt, Reader Views

Linda Weaver Clarke has captured the essence of reaching for your dreams, no matter what happens to throw you off the path of getting there. I loved this book as much as I did the first two books in the series. I was drawn into Jenny's life and wondering what decisions she would make for her future. The amazing details of the family dynamics, descriptions of the beautiful scenery and the historical facts of the time all made the story believable. The ease of the writing made it feel as though I was eavesdropping in on their lives. I didn't want the story to end! The best part of the book was the relationship that grows between Jenny and Will. The author didn't use the stereotypical 'handsome' male for the main character to fall for. This was refreshing to me, since all of us on this earth aren't as perfect as most book characters are made out to be. This relationship reminds us that getting to know a person from the inside first and being friends, can grow into something more. Jenny's Dream is a book for all ages that can wrap you up and make you feel all warm inside with the love and hope that dreams can come true if you believe hard enough. Review by Allison King, Allison's Attic & Rebecca's Reads

There are so many touching scenes throughout the book that it's hard to pick out what I liked best. Jenny's Dream is good reading. The characters are very well developed and are full of a lot of charm. I would recommend this for anyone who likes historical fiction. The descriptions of the surroundings, characters and ways of the time are enduring, well thought out and enlightening. You can lose your sense of time feeling like you've been transported back to 1908. Linda Weaver Clarke spins a tale filled with homespun twists and turns, weaving the simple lives of the family and their friends together in an enchanting manner. Review by Melynda Gasgoyne, Reviewer of the Bee Group Newspapers, Buffalo, NY

Clarke's passion for historical subject matter shines through with solid writing, which transports the reader back in time effortlessly. She has created layered characters who are empathetic, caring, and independent. The entertaining writing allows the readers to examine a moment in history as though they were on location with the characters. The realism with history makes reading the novel an educational experience. Review by Lisa Haselton, Allbooks Reviews

Professional Reviews of Sarah's Special Gift

These books are so enjoyable to read! The characters come to life and keep me engaged and entertained. Like the other books in this series, this novel is a lot of fun to read. These were the true pioneer days for women, when American women were slowly obtaining the right to vote, to attend college, and to become professionals. -- Suko's Notebook

The fourth entry in the Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho is just as engaging and fun to read as the last 3 books were!! The 'romantic friction' between David and Sarah is central to a story that will have you cheering for them to get together! The fun part of "Sarah's Special Gift" is wondering if there is truly a 'monster' in the lake. It makes for an interesting adventure, with a surprising ending to the 'tale' of the monster. I love that the author based the monster on a local folklore of such a monster in that area in Idaho. "Sarah's Special Gift" is a heart-warming story of finding that right person to live the rest of your life with. It teaches us that people with disabilities are just like any other person who have dreams for their life. So, if you want to laugh, learn and live in the life of some wonderful this book and enjoy the journey!!! -- Allison's Attic

Sarah's Special Gift will keep readers entertained right up to the last page. David does not believe in the bear lake monster legend. When people that he is working with at the Roberts ranch harass him about it, he decides to get even with them. He also falls in love with Sarah and can't seem to keep his feelings straight; will he get his thoughts together before it is too late? Linda Weaver Clarke creates another winner with this installment of her Family Saga in Bear Lake Valley series. -- Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella, Book Loons

Professional Reviews of Elena, Woman of Courage

Linda Weaver Clarke is an amazing author who writes visual and descriptive books, without the story getting too wordy!! Elena, Woman of Courage is an amazing journey of visual reading that will take you to the lands of Idaho and transport you into the surroundings of the story. You feel you are living the life of the characters, who feel like your own family members, as you get to know each character's flaws and strengths. The love of a man and woman is only as strong as the bond and life they share together! --Allison King, Allison's Attic Book Review

The story focuses on the new doctor in town, Elena Yeates. She's seeking acceptance in the conservative western town of Paris, Idaho, in 1925. The men folk are quite skeptical of her. That is, except for one. John, a "confirmed bachelor", is entranced by the new woman in town, who just happens to be the new doctor. Clarke's books are enjoyable to read, and although they're wholesome, they're never boring. Linda Weaver Clarke is outstanding at presenting the characters' thoughts, especially when it comes to romance, and she captures the highs and lows of romantic life rather adeptly. The author also pays close attention to historical accuracy, enabling readers to learn about U.S. history in her novels. --Suko's Notebook

John Roberts, son of Melinda and Gilbert Roberts is one of the most eligible bachelors in town but when a relationship becomes serious, John takes off. Melinda just wants to see him happy and settled down. The first time John sees Elena Yeates, he is amazed by her beauty. He feels a flutter in his heart every time he sees her. But Elena wants nothing to do with him. Elena Woman of Courage is a wonderful book full of history, passion and romance, as well as a touch of suspense and humor. The characters are matched perfectly and it is sweet to watch romance develop between John and Elena. --Kim Atchue-Cusella, Book Loons

Reader Comments

"Linda Clarke has a writing style which opens the mind in a way that lets us see what her character sees, and allows the reader to feel the thoughts and emotions of the characters. It is impossible to avoid becoming part of the story she so skillfully develops. She writes historical fiction as if she were taking the reader back in time." -- Lloyd E. Reid, Library Director of Washington County Libraries

This is a wonderful and refreshing book.It is set in a time and place that is fun to read about. Ms. Clarke describes the area so well I felt like I was there. This book is full of great adventure and romance. I couldn't put the book down and didn't want the story to end. When it was done I wanted to read it again. I love the story between Gilbert and Melinda. She is strong willed and he is calm and laid back. They compliment each other even though they are such opposites. I also love how Gilbert is like her knight in shining armor. This was a great book to enjoy over and over again. I recommend this book to everyone. I can't wait until the her next book comes out. -- Angela Rees

"Melinda and the Wild West". . . despite the wild, untamed nature of the Bear Lake Valley. . . Ms. Clarke has succeeded in presenting to her readers the beauty of the area. The scenery is portrayed so vividly that you can see each and every color. You can feel the crispness of the air in winter or smell the flowers in the field in spring. You can feel the peace Melinda feels while walking through the woods or feel her fear when she comes face to face with a bear. And amidst such a beautiful portrayal of life, you see a love story unfolding like no other. Melinda's spirit is fiery, but her tenderness touches those she meets. Ms. Clarke is a talented author! -- Diana Broadhead

It is tough to find a sweet, clean romance. I enjoyed finding a book without anything inappropriate, yet it still had sweet love scenes between the characters. I love reading love stories with some adventure and that is what the author has done in this book. I really worried when Melinda got caught in the blizzard, but it turned out to be one of my favorite parts. This book is fun to read over and over because it leaves you with "warm fuzzies"! It is a great book that I would not be embarrassed to recommend to a friend or anyone. -- Alaina C.

"Melinda and The Wild West is a refreshing novel that has adventure as well as intrigue as Melinda tries to adjust with a new way of life, the harsh environment, and a headstrong rancher that is part of her new surroundings in the Bear Lake Valley. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure and light romance." -- Alan Kelly Weaver, Land Scaper and a romantic at heart

"Melinda and the Wild West.....wild and beautiful at the same time. Even tho' the west was becoming more populated and becoming more 'modern', it was still raw in it's wildness and beauty. This book offers a look at some of the most beautiful of Idaho's country. Ms. Clarke is able to make you 'see' the beauty and the wonderfulness of the wilderness through the eyes of Melinda Gamble, an unmarried (and thought of as a 'spinster') school teacher looking for a way to be of service to others and make a difference in the lives of children. Ms. Clarke skillfully weaves a story of romance, hardship and wild beauty in the 'wild west' by using some historical references and making the characters so real and lifelike and people you wish you could know in real life. I really enjoyed the descriptive nature of the book that made me feel like I was 'watching' a Hallmark movie." -- Lenore Martineau, a homemaker who loves to read

"Linda Clarke is a fresh new face in the fiction market. Her vivid descriptions, engaging characters and clever word-usage make reading her work a pleasure. I like her writing style - it's entertaining and - most important to me - she helps the reader get to know her characters quickly. If I can bond with at least one character in a book, then I can enjoy it. I look forward to enjoying her books for many years to come." -- Betsy Brannon Green, best-selling Mystery Author

"Linda has such memorable characters! I can't wait for her book to come out. What an incredible blessing in the lives of her future readers." -- Kerry Blair, best selling Mystery Author

"Linda's knowledge of and interest in the historic Old West provides a fascinating plunge into the lives of her fictional, yet undeniably real characters. Her adeptness at intertwining fact and fiction allows the past to spring to life with the newness and intrigue of unexplored territory." -- Courtney Littler, Editor with American Book Publishing, Utah

"Ms. Clarke shows considerable talent in portraying character emotion. . . a skill often overlooked by authors." -- Monica Howick, Editor with Windriver Publishing, Idaho

Dear Linda,

I enjoyed very much the book you wrote, "Melinda and the Wild West". I learned about the car Ford was building, the land deal the Mormons made with the Indians, the women's suffrage movement but most of all I liked learning why pencils were yellow. I liked the saying the teacher put on the chalkboard the first day of class. I enjoyed all the holidays you wrote about. I would liked to have read about what a Halloween get together would have been like in those days or even if they did anything on October 31st. I learned a lot from the writing session you gave in Phoenix last month and I hope I will get to see you again for another meeting like that.


Clay Davis, Phoenix, Arizona

(Author's note: Learn about Halloween in book number two, Edith and the Mysterious Stranger)

Dear Linda,

I just finished reading Melinda and the Wild West. Thank you for such a wonderful book!!! I have complained for over a year about not being able to read a really good, satisfying book. And believe me, it seems I have read EVERYTHING!!!! When I walk into the bookstore or library I always ask if they would be able to recommend a morally clean, fun book without a bunch of swearing, sex or violence, but yet still attention grabbing right away and attention sustaining. I have truly gotten some looks with that request! Well wouldn't you know I finally found exactly what I was looking for in your writing. I try to be selective in what I read, therefore I end up going back to the classics. I can't wait to read the next books in the saga. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Jane Middlesworth, St. Louis, Missouri

Dear Linda,

Hi Linda,

I want to write a quick note and let you know how much I enjoyed your book. I attended your talk at Rancho Cucamonga Library. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about writing techniques and learning about you. You are a great inspiration to me. And, someday, I hope to write and travel to teach others as you do. Thank you for writing such a great book. As you mentioned in your talk, the book is not about sex or violence but just a great story about a wonderful woman! I look forward to reading your other books as well!

Best regards,

Jessica Connor, Rancho Cucamonga, California

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