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Review of Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind

Posted on: March 24, 2022

I woke up to this amazing review of Amanda in Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind. This brightened a dull rainy day. Thanks to Diane Tibert, a talented author from Eastern Canada.

Amanda in New Mexico is an ideal book for children who are ready to read chapter books. It’s not too long or too complex that a mid-elementary student won’t be able to read it. My daughter would have been able to read this book by mid-way grade 2. Certainly, grade 3 students will be able to read it.

This is one of many books Canadian author Darlene Foster has written in the Amanda series. Foster has sent Amanda to several places on the globe, including England and Holland. In fact, there’s a sneak peek of Amanda in Holland – Missing in Action in the back of the paperback I read.

Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind has just enough spookiness to intrigue children but not scare them or give them nightmares. Foster leaves the ending open in the way she doesn’t confirm or deny the existence of ghosts, which I think is an excellent way to do it because . . . sometimes I believe in ghosts and sometimes I don’t.

Read the rest of the review here

Writing under the name Diane McGyver, you can check out her books here

My review for A December Knight by Diane McGyver

A Christmas romance with a twist. I enjoyed this contemporary knight in shining armour tale. Lily is a hardworking single mom who doesn’t believe in Christmas, love or dreams coming true. But, things take a turn when a handsome but bumbling man enters her store. The characters are believable. Since I’ve worked in retail over Christmas, those scenes rang true. Throw in a nasty co-worker, a sweet ten-year-old daughter, a goth teenager and a demanding ex-wife, what could possibly go wrong. A well-written story with some surprises and a satisfying ending, well worth a read any time of the year.

63 Responses to "Review of Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind"

Great review. Well done you! X

On Wed, 23 Mar 2022, 16:03 Darlene Foster’s Blog, wrote:

> Darlene posted: ” I woke up to this amazing review of Amanda in Mexico: > Ghosts in the Wind. This brightened a dull rainy day. Thanks to Diane > Tibert, a talented author from Eastern Canada. Amanda in New Mexico is an > ideal book for children who are ready to rea” >

Thanks so much, Sue.

Doubly appreciated on such a horrid day, Darlene. Congratulations. Well deserved. (Help, we want our weather back. It’s been kidnapped… ) Hugs xx

I know, what is going on. Should we be building an ark? Thanks for your encouragement, Joy.

What a wonderful review, Darlene. Kudos! I’ve read some of Diane’s books–not this one, but I am now inspired to check it out.

Thanks, Jacqui. I love that some of the older books are being read and reviewed.

Excellent review, Darlene! I love this book and highly recommend the entire series.

Thank you for your continued support, Bette.

Darlene, thank you for sharing the review and for sharing information about my book. It’s much appreciated. I hope the sun pops out of the clouds for you today. We have a damp, cloudy one here, but spring is on the way.

You’re welcome, Diane. Spring should be here soon. We so seldom get cloudy rainy damp days in a row, we don´t know what to do!!

What a wonderful review, Darlene I hope you get some sunshine soon 🙂

Thanks, Carol. Hopefully, our sun comes back soon.

I’m sure it will, Darlene :)..Ours is wet and windy here at the moment 🙂

This is one I haven’t had the chance to read, yet. I have some catching up to do!

Thanks Jacqie. So many books so little time. xo

Celebrating your every success!

I just read the review. Congratulations! As I was reading the review, it occurred to me that I think of Amanda as a read person.

I know, so do I. My husband rolls his eyes when I talk about her at home as if she´s real. Thanks for reading the review.

You’re welcome, Darlene. 🙂

Congratulations on another great review, Darlene. (Yup, I’m also reading this review in the rain!)

So I’ve heard. It must be the rainy season all over. Although this is not typical weather here. Thanks for the congrats. made my day!

Wonderful review for your book, Darlene! The Mexican culture is colorful and the food is delicious.

Thanks, Miriam. There is much evidence of the Spanish/Mexican culture in New Mexico. It is one of my favourite states.

I haven’t been to New Mexico yet. I like the Spanish arts and culture.

Well-deserved, Darlene – congrats!

Thanks, Teri. It certainly helped lift my spirits.

Terrific and so well deserved!

Thanks, John. I love it when a reviewer gets it!

Fabulous review, A five-star review for wonderful you and Amanda. Five claps for Diane, and her Knight book sounds enticing. We could all use a little romantic love, and a knight in shining armor. xo

Thanks, Pam. It was such a great review for this book, which is a bit different from the others. I tried so hard to find the right balance between scary but not so scary it would give a child nightmares. A December Knight is a great feel-good story. I just loved it.

I know what you mean about finding the balance. A couple of my young grandsons LOVE scary stories – the scarier the better. A few other of the grandkids hide under the bed sheets at the tiniest noise. Hard to balance on that. xo

Congratulations, Darlene! What a great way to start your day.

It certainly was! Thanks, Pete.

It so gratifying to wake up to a top-of-the-line book review, the best thing to give author. You’ve worked hard on all your Amanda projects and deserve every accolade. Brava, Darlene! 😀

Thank you, Marian. These reviews make all the hard work, worthwhile.

Congratulations on another lovely review, Darlene!

Thanks, Stevie. Made my day.

Fantastic Darlene! I’ll be introducing Lucy to your books very soon. She has a few get through first from her pile. I downloaded a sample of Amanda in Spain. She loved it but she doesn’t like reading from Kindle, so I’ll be ordering hardcopies. Will Amanda ever visit Ireland? If you ever decide to take her to Ireland, be sure to let me know if you have any questions about us.

I´m glad Lucy will be joining Amanda in her travels. Maybe she can draw me a picture and send it to me. I’d love that. Ireland is high on the list of the next place Amanda will go.

Congratulations, DArlene, on another super review.

Thanks, I was tickled to get this!!

A wonderful review!! Congratulations!

Great review. I think Amanda in New Mexico is one of very favorites!

Thanks, Patricia. That is so great to hear.

My granddaughter has a few books but is missing New Mexico , Malta, Holland , and I would like to know if you have a record of me getting Alberta W on Stone one? I can pick them up if you have them somewhere in Medicine Hat???? It is her birthday April 1/22 but does not matter if it his here for Christmas next year. I can pay you but do not know how you want it. Might be able to e transfer the $ so I need to know how to do that to Spain. Thanks. or if you have a Canadian account even better. Let me know ok. lindagertner@gmail.com

Thanks, Linda. Unlimited Characters sell my books (new copies) 1577 Dunmore Rd SE, Medicine Hat. I’m pleased your granddaughter likes the series.

Maybe you could autograph them to Brynnley

I can do that the next time I´m in town.

Congratulations, Darlene! This is an excellent and well deserved review.

Thanks so much, Jennie.

You’re welcome!

When you get such nice reviews, it must keep you very motivated.

It really does. It makes all the effort worth it.

A fantastic review, Darlene – congratulations. Toni x

I read Amanda in New Mexico; it’s such a fun book, and I learned a lot along with Amanda. A December Knight sounds sweet.:-)

Thanks, Priscilla. So pleased you enjoyed Amanda’s adventures in New Mexico.

I remember I had visited the Balloon Fiesta of Albuquerque in mid october last year. It was amazing except my bad experience with my trip advisor Tairs Worldwide who charged me a lot in the name of taxes. Besides this, I have enjoyed my trip there. If we talk about Santa Fe and Taos, I found NM as one of the best places in Southwest

I have heard of the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque and always thought it would be fun to attend. New Mexico is one of my favourite states and I just love Taos! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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