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LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU (Kunati Books)

Let the Shadows Fall Behind You by Kathy-Diane Leveille peels away the layers behind a murder, the need to deceive, to hide the past and cover it up with a pattern of respectability despite a trail of ruined lives…Let the Shadows Fall Behind You tells that chronicle with poignancy, wistful descriptions of small town life and punchy characterizations that expose hard truths. Sadly rich and beautiful writing. –The Hamilton Spectator.

 “It’s often said, but not usually with such eloquence, that the only one you can’t outrun is you. Kathy-Diane Leveille writes with passion and assurance of a woman who risks sacrificing far too much to try to erase the things she knows are true.”Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

“A taut psychological thriller with more than enough mystery and rich characterization to keep us mesmerized….”  -Reader’s Respite

“It’s the quality of the writing that makes the read worthwhile…a very promising debut.” -Reviewing the Evidence

“LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU is a haunting story of disappearance and loss and, ultimately, of redemption.  Weaving together a world of family loyalties and family lies, of broken bonds and of those that endure, it combines the nuance of poetry with all the suspense of a thriller.” Nino Ricci Author of The Origin of Species

 This book is kind of a “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” for grownups. Four friends who bond together in childhood, each coming from a troubled past, they create a group for themselves–only does one of the women go above and beyond to take care of the others–even murder? …this book kept me coming back for more. -Night Owl Romance

LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU may by Kathy-Diane Leveille’s first novel, but if this book is any indication of her gifts both as a weaver of fascinating stories and a poet of natural expression then it will most assuredly not be her last! ….a fine debut.  -Grady Harp, Top 10 Amazon Reviewer

  Leveille is brilliant when it comes to building suspense. She drops little bombs, then waits several pages to spell it all out, which had me burning through the pages like crazy to find out what happens. -Diary of an Eccentric

Leveille has written a compelling debut novel…How each character responds to what has happened in the past, and how that shapes their life as an adult is part of the draw of this intense character study. … the story moves at a rapid pace and does not disappoint. -Bella On-Line: The Voice of Women

ROAD UNRAVELLING (Sumach Press)

Dive into these stories, let their current take you. New Brunswick’s Kennebecasis is to Kathy-Diane Leveille what the Miramichi is to David Adams Richards—a harsh and lovely riverscape of the soul. Leveille’s writing sings of heartbreak and redemption, and the wicked dancing moments in-between.  A wise and stirring debut. Carol Bruneau author of Purple for Sky

 Her settings and characters—their hopes and fears, verbal and behavioural ticks, even their smells—are keenly observed and full of sensual presence. The Globe and Mail

 All of us can see ourselves in these characters. These are stories that speak to the complicated bonds we have with siblings and parents, who they were and who they are now and how we learn the truth of what we took for granted before. The Daily Gleaner

 Picturing ordinary people in extraordinary situations, and recording their impressions with an intense clarity we associate more with black and white photos, Leveille is blessed with a flash of insight that lets the readers see far beyond the surface. The Chronicle Journal

 Roads Unravelling is a winding highway of quiet, still surfaces and yawning depths. Patrolling the flow are gape-jawed monsters and small glimmering pearls of real beauty. The New Brunswick Reader

 Roads Unravelling sends the reader off the beaten path and down an honest dirt-road trek to some very worthwhile destinations. Kathy-Diane Leveille portrays her travelling companions with clarity and insight. Her fiction is absorbing: her command of dialogue and story development is assured. Roads Unravelling is a great piece of Canadian literature. Lesley Choyce author of Clear Cold Morning

 

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