Book Review-Whispering Pines: A Novel (Celia's Gifts Book 1)-Kimberly Diede | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Whispering Pines: A Novel (Celia's Gifts Book 1)-Kimberly Diede

Friday, April 29, 2022

Many of us have gone through this--being laid off from a job after spending years there. It HURTS. Renee finds herself in that position, a Mom supporting herself and her two teenagers-her husband had died years ago. How was she ever going to be able to pay all the bills. Pity party time. It was only a couple of weeks before Christmas so she decided to go visit family which she hadn't done in too many years due to work constraints. She also decided to take her kids on a once in a lifetime vacation--to the Fiji Islands!!

Her Aunt Celia left Renee Whispering Pines-a resort in bad shape but had wonderful memories from her childhood. It took a while but with the help of her extended family she decided to try and make a go of it. Strange things kept happening and it wasn't until the man Renee met in the Fiji Islands that things really started to get a bit wild.

The usual problems with teens arose but little did Renee know that one of those problems had followed them to Whispering Pines!

Renee started retreats for women in addition to renting out rooms. This book might remind you of some of the things that have happened to you--but will leave you confident that even at age 40--you really can start over and be happy!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

A shocking job loss will force Renee to remember the beauty of new beginnings.

Summers at Whispering Pines defined Renee's childhood. Days meant swimming and sun, nights meant ghost stories and campfires. Best of all, Whispering Pines meant time with Celia, her favorite aunt. Through the years, Celia would remain Renee's most steadfast confidant, but trips to Whispering Pines would fade to memories. Raising kids alone and a demanding career consumed Renee's life.

Now Celia is gone and Renee’s career is in shambles. Promising herself she’ll look for a new job in January, Renee is determined to make the most of her unexpected time off. But when mysterious events begin to swirl around her kids, her worries compound.

A spontaneous trip, meant to lessen the growing pressures and soothe Renee's battered pride, could turn out to be so much more when she finds herself alone on a moonlit beach, half-a-world away, with a handsome stranger.

How can Renee keep her family safe as she works to rebuild their lives? Does she dare take another chance at love?

Celia's final gift may provide answers, but there are risks. Renee wishes she could seek comfort and advice from her dear aunt, but Celia's recent death has left a void. Why can't things be simple, the way they were when she spent summers at Whispering Pines?

Whispering Pines, the first book in Kimberly Diede’s uplifting Celia’s Gifts series, will introduce you to a special place and a remarkable family.

Discover how Celia’s legacy can live on if her family is willing to seize the opportunities she leaves to each of them.  

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

Kimberly Diede is an avid, life-long reader. Her love of reading has evolved into an unexpected love of writing. Writing fiction has become a rewarding, creative outlet from the demands of her career in the corporate world.

Her goal is to develop stories people can relate to by focusing on everyday struggles and offering positive solutions. She strives to provide entertainment with a message. Kimberly loves to read a good horror story as much as the next person, but in a world filled with sadness and tragedy, her mission is to offer stories that inspire hope and optimism versus fear and hate. If she can keep you reading past your bedtime and provide you with an ounce of inspiration, she has accomplished what she set out to do.

Kimberly lives in the United States with her family. She is hard at work on future books in her Celia's Gifts series.

Visit her website at for updates on her latest books and a weekly blog focusing on the gifts life has to offer.

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