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Below are just some of Amelia Island's Goodbye Lie Trilogy reviews and comments received.  Have a look. Read the series. We hope you'll agree!

The Goodbye Lie Series is INCLUDED in the
 list below of 10 Amelia Island books to read!!!

  -Melissa Sloper 
The Lakeside at Amelia Island, The Arbor Co. Blog

Melinda from Georgia writes:
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Goodbye Lie! I couldn’t put it down! I have purchased the next two books and can’t wait to get started on them! Thanks for speaking to me as I walked by outside of the [Sea Jade] shop on [208] Centre street [Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida]! I enjoyed meeting you and finding common ground as we talked about the Sacred Harp Sing in Hoboken, Georgia! 
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Loved the book felt like I was there in 1880s Amelia island. Great read about love 
family and community.
Makes me want to move to the island
5 Stars - Barnes and Noble review

Outstanding is an Understatement

What an outstanding read!!!!!! I have read only one other novel that made me cry (The Bridges of Madison County) due to the in-depth detail given portraying the characters and scenes so vividly! Talk about a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat book, this is definitely one! I loved every minute of it and so look forward to the next one! When's it getting here?!?!?!?! Thank you Jane Marie for sharing your talent for others to enjoy!
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I have the first two books and would like to know where I can purchase the next two. I used to live on Amelia Island and loved it. It's such a romantic and spiritual place. I miss it but so love the read of your books. God bless you for such beautifully written books.  Thank you, Karen 

I freaking loved this [The Goodbye Lie]. The characters are actually believable, unlike SOME books in this genre. Amelia Island sounds like an awesome place to visit (planning my next vacay there for sure). If you haven't checked this out already, please do it. You'll thank me. I PROMISE. -User Review on Google Books
5 Stars  Outstanding is an Understatement (Barnes and Noble review)
What an outstanding read!!!!!! I have read only one other novel that made me cry (The Bridges of Madison County) due to the in-depth detail given portraying the characters and scenes so vividly! Talk about a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat book, this is definitely one! I loved every minute of it and so look forward to the next one! When's it getting here?!?!?!?! Thank you Jane Marie for sharing your talent for others to enjoy!
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Hi Jane!

    I so enjoyed meeting you this weekend.  My daughter in law and I were together in Fernandina and stumbled upon you.  So loved hearing your stories and the passion in your voice as you described the forming of your characters. I can’t wait to get started on your books ASAP.  Love from Texas, Julie


Dear Jane Marie,

     It was a pleasure meeting you at the Christmas fair almost two weeks ago. And thank you for signing my book [The Goodbye Lie]. I've enjoyed reading it. You provided me with a week of following your interesting characters through a town in which we are becoming more and more involved. I could picture Breelan and Waite walking down by the train station and seeing off friends and family as the town grew more active.

     I wish you a Merry Christmas and perhaps we will meet up again someday.

                Fondly,  Peggy H
The stories are fascinating and a really good read, but you just being you adds a whole lot of spice and warmth to them. With any book or series that I read, I always enjoy it more if I like the author. That's easy to do with you. You reach out to your readers in a way that other authors don't do. You try to connect with us personally as well as with your books. That makes people feel welcome as surely as a good hostess does in her own home.  "Gracious" Jane Marie, truly suits you. -June S

5 out of 5 Stars - Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love a good historical romance, and since I absolutely adore Amelia Island and specifically Fernandina Beach historic district, this book is spot on for me! I'm almost finished with the 2nd in the trilogy, and can't wait to read more from this author! 
The Dunnigan saga keeps you guessing at every turn!
5 out of 5 Stars - Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A definite page turner! I never saw what was coming! I was sad when the saga of the Dunnigan Family ended! I look forward to Sand and Sin by the same author!
I have read your 3 books I recently purchased from you in Fernandina Beach. I enjoyed them... They were interesting, surprising, steamy, descriptive and  good reads. I liked the character development and learning about the area during that era. I wish you continued good fortune with your writing.  - Rick G.
Jane Marie,  I had told my wife about the books you had written.  She loves to read and especially older time period stuff.  She downloaded your first book off Amazon and read it in a couple days.  She really liked it.  She downloaded the second book recently and just about had it all finished last night.   I’m sure she will get your third one too.   Did you only write 3?  Any more in the works?? -Steve W.

Yes, sir!  #4, Sand and Sin (SS), is in the process of being edited. Please tell your wife to visit my Gracious Jane Marie Blog- Amelia Island Books until SS is released.  The blog is wacky and sometimes even informative!  So glad she's enjoying my stories about the Dunnigan family.  Thanks so much for writing.
Sincerely, JMM



5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Enjoyed all three books in the trilogy  

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Can't wait to read Amelia Island's Sand and  Sin whenever it comes out.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Crafted Story

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Intense drama, passion and laughter satisfy every emotion. Realistic characters, convincing dialogue and slap-you-silly moments in Amelia Island's Mark of a Man will delight, charm and touch hearts. - Kate Brown, Author of The Rose Legends Series
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plot, engaging characters
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I'm a sucker for a good series. The characters in Amelia Island's Mark of a Man have become people I feel I know and am rooting for as this saga unfolds. I'm looking forward to Jane Marie's next book.
[Amelia Island's Velvet Undertow] "I like how you extensively describe Johnstown [PA] that day, in the hours before the breaking of the dam…[After the flood of 1887], we suspect that morning [of May 31, 1889] was like [this] ...  - Douglas J. Richardson, Park Ranger, Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS, Johnstown Flood NMem, Southfork, PA
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely A Must Read Book !  [The Goodbye Lie]
By Blue Sparrow

WOW! I didn't see ANY of that coming! Finally a book I DIDN'T have figured out half way through!
I just knew this book was going to be different and worth the wait, and it didn't disappoint me.
The characters have depth. No one is ALL good or ALL bad. They are likeable, lovable, and detestable.
I thought only real life could have so many unexpected twists and turns.
Jane Marie is a master with words. She really brought me into the story and made me feel a part of the action.
User Review- Google books
I'm not usually a fan of these types of books (historical romance), but a friend bought it for me and I gave it a shot. I wouldn't have given it five stars if I didn't really believe that it deserved that rating. It's full of suspense and just enough history for someone like me to truly feel like the time period has been brought to life. And there's no smut, like some "romance" novels. That's a huge selling point for me. I loved it and can't wait to get my hands on the second one. I've already ordered it.  - ******************************************************************************************************

A Delightful Surprise
By John. R. H.

This book was recommended to me by someone very familiar with the genre. Since I'm not a fan of romance novels, I started it prepared to be underwhelmed. Another "bodice ripper," I thought. Instead I found myself quickly drawn into the intriguing characters, the interesting plot, and the history of the times. This author has found a style and tempo that is both arresting and entertaining. I urge readers to take the time to read "The Goodbye Lie." . It is the first of a series and I anticipate reading them all.
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Known to her admirers as "Gracious" Jane Marie, the author has written a delightful story with THE GOODBYE LIE. Set in the late 1800's amid the backdrop of Fernandina, Florida, the story takes off to far away shores-and far away desires, lies, and deceit.

THE GOODBYE LIE, the first of a series, is an engaging story from Jane Marie Malcolm. I look forward to the next, Amelia Island's VELVET UNDERTOW, which will revolve around Breelan's sister, Carolena.
Amelia Island's Velvet Undertow -
5 of 5 stars
Must Read By BMB I didn't think the series could get any better. The author proved me wrong.
5 of 5 stars
And I was there By Blue Sparrow I was there in the story. Especially the flood. I could smell the stench & taste the water.
5 of 5 stars
Mysterious Marvel By M. Brown I was concerned for some characters, felt hatred for others and loved every moment.
A Beautifully Written Story

The Goodbye Lie, Jane Marie Malcolm's first novel in the series, is written with exquisite detail and breathtaking imagery. Her ability to put the reader in the very places she describes is unique and masterful while at the same time allowing the tale to unfold before your eyes.

When Breelan Dunnigan and her cousin, Nora Duffy, travel to New York City, it is to have a grand time before they settle down. When Breelan returns home, nothing is the same. Murder and mayhem seem to follow her, culminating in a surprise ending that, undoubtedly, no reader will see coming.

I genuinely enjoyed meeting Jane Marie Malcolm's independent Breelan Dunnigan and strong, honorable Captain Waite Taylor. Her heroes are brilliant and the Dunnigan family are sure to make you fall in love with everything to do with the book.

I must thank Jane Marie Malcolm for giving the world this wonderful story and for continuing the tales with volume two, Velvet Undertow. It's coming soon and I hope to be one of the first to read it!

[Amelia Island's Mark of a Man] - That was SOOOO good! I am sorry for it to end. I always want more of that family [Dunnigans]. Finishing this book is like saying goodbye to good friends, not knowing when I will seem them again. Bittersweet. -Bonnie S, Missouri
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"The Goodbye Lie" a Heartbreaking Romance and Unexpected Adventure

"The Goodbye Lie" ... gives readers a glimpse at rich Victorian characters mixed in with romance, honor, and treachery.

There is nothing I can say than to say BIG THANK YOU to you for this book [The Goodbye Lie]! - Alice
Jerry Lynn LOVED your book [The Goodbye Lie] ... She is buying the second one [Amelia Island's Velvet Undertow] on!
A rollercoaster of emotions … [which] include … loving the characters. … The unexpected ending makes a jaw dropping jolt to the senses.
A well thought out and designed mystery. The ending was most definitely a surprise." 
Just read your romance novel [The Goodbye Lie] and want you to know I thoroughly enjoyed it. Captain Waite Taylor reminded me of Rhett Butler and Breelan- Scarlett O'Hara. The setting [Amelia Island] was most interesting to a native of these parts. Congratulations! I hope your novel is a Big Hit. -Mary Leary-Amelia Island, FL
I'm fixin' to read it again for the third time! It [The Goodbye Lie] kind of reminds me of some of my childhood growing up here. [Florida] I can actually visualize it. It's a rare book where you can visualize the story. It's really, truly, absolutely wonderful. Can't wait for more!
-Amy N, Yulee, FL
I thought The Goodbye Lie had twists and turns. Velvet Undertow had more! I'm in love with Waite and Grey and Trip and Paulo. I love them all, bad guys included. I was late to work because I stayed up until 3am finishing VU. Thank you! - Susan M, Hollywood, CA
Now that you're on Kindle and Nook your characters have gone from the 19th century to the 21st!
-Bob, PA
What a wonderful talent you have. -Pastor, Amelia Island, FL
I received Mark of a Man in the mail this evening ! I am SO THRILLED to finally be holding it in my hands ! I love "real" books.  A "real" book is like a friend. And, it is so much easier to flip back to a spot when I think I missed something or need to refresh my memory on something. I am beyond happy!- Miss Bonnie
I wanted to thank you for how "gracious" you were in meeting us and sharing a great evening of fun. ...We are meeting Friday with the rest of the girls who were not able to make it on the trip. They will be so jealous! It is true that we are officially "Good-bye Liars" since I know we will be back and not able to say good-bye to such a peaceful, relaxing place so full of history and stories that are waiting to be told. Now you just have to publish those stories, so we can read them! Thanks again for a wonderful step back into history.  --Bille C
Hi Jane Marie! We all had a fabulous time . You are so fun and entertaining. I'm just starting to read Velvet Undertow this week. Can't wait to see what happens to the characters in this book.  Let's try to get together again towards the end of summer as I'd like to still eat at the Florida House! P. S. All the gals enjoyed meeting you too.  -Susan G

Reviewed by Gerri Smith for Reader Views  
From beginning to end, Jane Marie Malcolm's historical romance novel, "The Goodbye Lie", (Greenlightwrite ISBN 0974918229) evokes so many different emotions. Many of which include: shouting, fussing, cussing, laughing, rejoicing and loving the characters.
Immaturity goes hand-in-hand with impulsiveness. If left unchecked you pay a price that is sometimes too high. Others are hurt because of it and once an impulsive act is done, your life is never the same.
Life is made up of storms, both internally and externally; both physically and emotionally. Storms are not only a natural occurrence, but there can be personal storms that are made by unthinking human beings. "The Goodbye Lie" tells of many storms caused by Breelan, the main female character.
She finds out the hard way that impulsiveness isn't always a wise choice. Once the deed is done, the clock can't be turned back. Breelan discovers that she must suffer dearly for her thoughtless impetuosity. Others are caught up in the lie she has to live and suffers for it, too.
Life has a way of playing a trick or two on those who act in haste. It can backfire, and undoubtedly cause a domino-effect on all that happens afterward. Breelan's headstrong act causes heartache and pain to the one who loves her. And the circumstances she's stuck with, leaves her life in one big mess.
Knowing that she has to deal with her life as she's made it, doesn't make her circumstances any easier to bear. As one unfortunate event after another keeps happening, Breelan buries her love for another and deeply suffers in an unhappy marriage because of it.
When life deals you the hand of your own making, you must make the best of it. It's your choice whether to live with it or make your circumstances better. Sometimes you are offered a chance to start anew. Sometimes life seem to get worse. But you go on.
In living with the lie, Breelan finds courage to cope from her friends and family. In times of necessity, this may be all that makes life worth living. You can ask for forgiveness from those you've hurt, and pray that your life and that of the one you love is worth saving.
"The Goodbye Lie" continues to its heartwarming conclusion. The characters both male and female continue on their way dispensing cruelty, humiliation, sorrow - and love. You are saddened, thrilled, surprised and angered. And finally, the unexpected ending makes a jaw dropping jolt to the senses.
Gerri Smith is a reviewer for Reader Views.