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About the Author
Mindy Halleck is a Pacific Northwest author who in 2014 after many years as a non-fiction author released her debut novel, Return To Sendera literary thriller set on the Oregon Coast in the 1950's. The novel is based on one of her short stories, The Sound of Rain, which received Honorary Mention in a Writer's Digest Literary Contest. Halleck also blogs at Literary Liaisons and is an active member of the Pacific Northwest writing community. In addition to being a writer, Halleck is a happily married, globe-trotting beachcomber and three-time cancer survivor. www.MindyHalleck.com
What People are Saying About This
The vivid imagination of a born story-teller comes to life in Mindy Halleck's new novel, Return to Sender, starring a warrior-priest as reluctant hero--he waits for death, he prays for mercy, he hopes for the miraculous return of his fighting skills--as he faces a stone killer, the ruthless dragon-antagonist rising up from the mists with vengeance in his heart. Set against a backdrop on the picturesque--and often quixotic--Oregon seacoast, Return to Sender blooms with a sterling cast and some peachy plot-twists. --Robert J. Ray, The Weekend Novelist
Return to Sender is a deeply evocative novel that explores what it means to have faith in a world torn by conflict. --Bill Johnson, Author of A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling
In her debut novel, Mindy Halleck creates a monster--Genghis Hansel--who needs a warrior-priest to release him from his demons. "Return to Sender" is a deep love story and a thriller rolled into one. --Jack Remick, Author and Instructor ~ Montaigne Medal and BOTYA Finalist.
You'll ponder your own redemption as you accompany Theo on his quest to save the woman he loves, his beloved beach town, and himself in this novel that will haunt you long after you've put it down. --Gloria Kempton, Writing Coach and author of ten books, including Write Great Fiction: Dialogue, and The Outlaw's Journey: A Mythological Approach to Storytelling
In Return to Sender, Mindy Halleck writes about family and neighborhoods and the ways our roots define our lives with the assured vividness of Dennis Lehane and the unflinching edge of Gillian Flynn. An old school, can't-put-it-down read. --Larry Brooks, critically-acclaimed bestselling author of four psychological thrillers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite Wow! When you pick up Mindy S. Halleck’s debut novel, Return to Sender, be sure you have enough time to devote to it, because you won’t want to put it down! A gorgeous read featuring our protagonist, Theo Riley, a Catholic priest wrestling with demons from his past as his life spirals to a very dark place. Drinking too much, dealing with his guilt over the outcomes of the Korean orphans he encountered during the war, haunted by the legacy of a dark family secret, and grieving the loss of his true love, Andréa, he struggles with his duties as a prison minister. When a sweet little girl arrives on his doorstep, love returns to his life, and a serial killer madman arrives, putting all he loves at risk. Theo must make decisions that could lead to his redemption or to his ultimate demise. Return to Sender was what I would truly bill as an epic read. Touching on issues of wartime trauma, PTSD, spirituality and religion, and grief and redemption, this wonderful book has something for everyone. It’s hard to believe that it was written by a new novelist as its breadth and scope are so wide and vast. Mindy S. Halleck’s writing style is emotionally driven, complex and intriguing. Return to Sender would appeal to any reader who enjoys an exciting, emotion-filled tale. Her book will keep you on the edge of your seat, rooting for our hero, Theo, and hopeful for the best for all the characters that you come to love. I will be eagerly waiting for the next work from this promising author.