Mark of the Loon [NOOK Book]

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What happens when a workaholic serial remodeler falls in love with an old stone cottage built by an ornithologist and his eccentric Irish wife? If you’re Madison Boone, you kick your budding romance with handsome Psych Professor Coleman Welles to the curb and lose yourself in a new project.

Madison is a skilled property “flipper” who renovates distressed homes in addition to her busy real estate sales career. She struggles with the inability ...
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Mark of the Loon

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Overview

What happens when a workaholic serial remodeler falls in love with an old stone cottage built by an ornithologist and his eccentric Irish wife? If you’re Madison Boone, you kick your budding romance with handsome Psych Professor Coleman Welles to the curb and lose yourself in a new project.

Madison is a skilled property “flipper” who renovates distressed homes in addition to her busy real estate sales career. She struggles with the inability to put down roots years after the sudden death of her beloved parents. Madison and her three wise, hilarious friends all wonder if she uses her busy, work-centric lifestyle as an excuse to avoid connection with anyone but them.

When Madison checks out a probate sale outside Healdsburg, California, she falls in love with the European-style house on a private tract of land overlooking Lake Sonoma. In fact, she likes the place so much she climbs in the window for a private tour. With help from lawyer and friend Genevieve Delacourt, Madison soon learns that the estate’s corrupt attorney has manipulated the sale and is attempting to steer the purchase to an anonymous client in a deceitful plan for personal gain.

Good fortune enables her to purchase the Blackburne’s property, but far more than a new home and lush gardens await discovery during this renovation. As Madison works on the remodel, she’s drawn into an old love story with dangerous consequences. In the process, she discovers herself as she unearths buried secrets. The series of events both endanger Madison and lead her to love – and a permanent home. Mark of the Loon is the skillful combination of history, mystery, and romance in a novel that explores deep friendship, choices, and how individuals cope with loss.
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Editorial Reviews

Terri Giuliano Long - Terri Long
Molly Greene's stunning debut novel, Mark of the Loon, is a glorious read, with brilliant descriptions and pitch-perfect characterization. I loved spending time with the four smart, wise, fun-loving women at the center of this novel. As I read, their gorgeously developed friendship made me wish I could climb into their world and join them. With Mark of the Loon, Molly Greene has established herself as a remarkable new voice in contemporary fiction. ~Terri Giuliano Long Author of In Leah's Wake
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014797726
  • Publisher: Molly Greene
  • Publication date: 6/14/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 196,141
  • File size: 807 KB

Meet the Author

Although my day job since 1993 has been Marketing Manager for several high-profile national mortgage companies, I moonlight as a freelance writer, blogger, and author. I’ve been published by the National Association of Realtors® Magazine, the San Diego Association of Realtors® Magazine, Scotsman Guide, and Reader’s Digest. Previous nonfiction works include the consumer booklet, For Sale By Owner, and the thoughtful self-awareness guide, Someone Worth Becoming. My fiction debut, Mark of the Loon, is now available and I’m at work on a sequel, Rapunzel, which features attorney-turned-detective Genevieve Delacourt, who appears prominently in Loon.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Awesome

    Story is so intriguing read in two days

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Loved this book

    This book is 710 pages of utter delight. I did not want it to end, but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I loved the setting, intrique, romance, mystery, animals, plot, details, characters and animals. Best of all was the editing. It was so well done, It was a joy to read this book. I would read this author again and again and never tire of her, if her other books are this good. I sure hope there are more. I am archiving this one. Then looking for more. I am not sure males would enjoy this book, but they might. Readers from ages (a mature) 13 and up would enjoy this book. No cursing, or extreme gore. There are insinuations of sexual contact. It mostly about how life can change and sometimes a person needs to take a chance on a different type of life. It teaches the acceptance of others who are different and the importance of love, kindness, loyality and friendship. Please read.

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    Serial house flipper Madison Boone caught my interest in the o

    Serial house flipper Madison Boone caught my interest in the opening
    chapters of Mark of the Loon; Madison buries her grief over losing her
    parents in renovation and selling homes, and in her closest friends.
    Since I can understand the urge to hide from that kind of heartache, I
    immediately connected with Madison - in her, author Molly Greene has
    created a sympathetic character who makes her own share of both good and
    bad decisions, surrounded by a terrifically developed group of female
    friends. Part women's fiction, part mystery, part contemporary, Mark of
    the Loon is a fantastic and heart-felt novel! Greene's debut novel has
    so much going for it, from the deep and genuine friendships between
    Madison, Gabi, Gwen, and Anna, to the next layer down - Madison's issues
    and how they're explored -, not to mention the tentative and sweet
    romance that organically develops for Madison and Cole Welles. Not
    only was I never bored, I was absolutely fascinated as Madison pulled
    back the curtain on the couple who owned the house before her and filled
    it with their stories and their love. I enjoyed learning about Mallory,
    the woman who shared Madison's initials, and her husband. I didn't
    expect the mystery surrounding them, but it was a delightful addition to
    Loon! As Molly Greene's novel slowly unfolded, I fell deeper into the
    story being told. I wasn't merely reading about Madison's life; I felt
    like I was there - discovering the quaint old home and impulsively
    buying it, falling for Cole amidst being terrified of doing so, digging
    into the enigma of the past owners of Madison's new home. I definitely
    was as surprised as Madison was by how everything worked out in the end!
    With supportive and amazing friends any girl would be lucky to have, an
    exploration of healing from old grief, a truly swoon-worthy and
    steadfast love interest, and side characters who, even though they
    aren't in Mark of the Loon very often, nevertheless were a hugely felt
    presence, Greene's novel is a truly heart-felt and poignant read.
    Whether you're looking for a mystery, a romance, a contemporary,
    something with humor, or even a touch of the paranormal, Mark of the
    Loon has something for everyone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    Great mystery and romance story for the Young Adult reader. Cl

    Great mystery and romance story for the Young Adult reader.

    Climbing through a window, late at night, to check out a listing for an English cottage, is what starts Madison on her quest to solve the mystery behind the original owner’s past. Madison is a real estate agent who flips houses, because she is afraid of staying in one place. It is the perfect job until she falls in love with this listing.

    It isn’t an easy purchase, and once she has moved in, the mysteries begin. Hidden keys, and plastered walls hiding secret rooms, intriguing messages, uninvited guests, are all clues to the puzzle. Madison is not alone in this quest; she has several close girlfriends who get involved. Molly Greene describes their close friendship in great detail throughout the story.

    Of course, there has to be romance. That’s where Cole comes in. Madison is very cautious in her feelings for Cole, and Cole is a patient man, because he falls for her the minute he set eyes on her. He also plays an important role towards the end of the mystery.

    There is much going on in Mark of the Loon; the true meaning of friendship, compassion for Madison’s deep rooted problems, the blossoming of an innocent romance, the history of the original owners, all leading to the solved mystery.

    The story is jam-packed with wordy details and descriptions that impeded my reading. I like to read a book in one sitting, but found I had to take quite a few breaks.

    I think Madison’s main partner in crime, Gen, would have been sufficient for the story. Less is more, regarding her other friends, because they weren’t significant enough, therefore adding to the jam-packed effect.

    The ending tied up all the loose ends in a couple of chapters. Sprinkling some of the conclusions a bit throughout the last half of the story, may have allowed the reader more time to appreciate the solving of the mystery.

    Molly Greene’s imagination is superb. Mystery lovers will certainly enjoy sharing the ride with Madison and her friends solving the mystery of Mark of the Loon.

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