5 Star Book Review for the “The Gray Season”

Come to Beachville and get to know Lily Eastbrook Rhodes and her family in
“The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation.”

The Gray Season Map

Rating: 5.0 stars Reviewed by Mamta Madhaven
“This is an excellent, very well written book.”

The Gray Season – The Summer of Salvation by Dianna Donnely is a compelling novel. Lily loses her father to cancer. She and her husband have to help her mother overcome the loss and they go through the healing process together. The healing process fills the void in her heart that has been plaguing Lily for a long time and it gives the answers to questions that have been bothering her for a while. The book justifies the color in the title through the narration. The book is dedicated to the author’s father and mother-in-law, whose deaths change her perspective on life.

I would suggest this novel for those who are undergoing loss in their lives and are struggling to come to terms with it. The spiritual support in the book is given by passages quoted from the Bible throughout the story. That makes the story more uplifting. Though the story has many ups and downs, it slowly winds up in a positive ending where Lily is at peace with herself after battling her inner demons. Readers can relate to the author’s emotional turmoil and anxieties.

The author shows us how to find inner peace through her experiences. The metaphorical effect of the color of the gray season lingers throughout the story, which flows well. This book is the first of a series. The story will help readers meet challenges and problems head-on and handle things in a positive way, finally finding the much needed peace they seek. A spiritually uplifting story that can be a guide during times of pain and loss. Reviewed by Mamta Madhaven for Readers’ Favorite 
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“The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation” Available at Amazon Books
NOOK Book is available at Barnes and Noble

“The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation” is Volume 1 in “The Rainbow Journals” series.

“Queen of Write On” Whimsical Birthday Crown

“Queen of Write On” is one of the newest Whimsical Crowns that can be found at “The Crown Shop.” A fun gift for that writer friend! There is an assortment of new choices for your Special Occasion or for your favorite Holiday! Buy one of Patty’s creations or customize your own with your theme and color scheme for the same price!

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“Queen of Write On” Whimsical Birthday Crown

Just like Lily, the owner of Calla Lilies in my first novel “The Gray Season,” I like to support artists from the Pacific Northwest. Take a shopping trip to “The Crown Shop” on Etsy for whimsical pre-made or custom-made gift crowns by Patty Thurlby. Patty is a fabulous and creative artist. Enjoy her work!

“And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.” 1 Peter 5:4, NLT

Spectacular Summer Season Sunsets

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Night after night of spectacular sunsets here in the Pacific Northwest has filled me with renewed strength. As the sun slips behind Oregon’s Coast Range mountains in the distance, how could I not be inspired by this overwhelming gift? I stand on my balcony on a hill, looking from north to south and feel surrounded by God’s love and blessings.

 “The Rainbow Journals” series of books.

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31, NLT

Goodness Gracious Granola

Dianna Donnely:

I’ve been looking for a great Healthy Granola Recipe this Summer Season and this looks like a good one! I’ll be trying it soon!

Originally posted on goodnessgraciouskitchen:


Granola was one of the first recipes I adapted to incorporate it into my healthy lifestyle. I make a big batch every month and dish out a little over some greek or coconut yoghurt with berries for my breakfast at work every morning.

It is a beautiful way to start your day, providing a perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. I like to serve mine with coconut yoghurt, almond milk and fresh fruit.

I also love to wrap up a jar of freshly made granola as a gift for loved ones. Since gifting a jar to my boyfriends mother at christmas she has come to adore my granola! It is rather addictive!

This is one version of my granola but there will be more flavour combinations to come, so stay tuned, especially if your a chocolate lover! The recipe is adaptable, feel free to use whatever nuts and seeds…

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Raw-Vegan Cacao-Peppermint Patties for the Summer Season

It’s been soooo HOT here in the Portland area of the Pacific Northwest and these Raw Peppermint Patties look like a HEALTHY REFRESHING treat. Enjoy them while reading a new good book on a lazy Summer afternoon!!

Check out the recipe at one of my favorite websites, Vitacost.com’s Recipe Center. Raw-Vegan Cacao-Peppermint Patties.

A Great Time Was Had By All!!

My beautiful table at the 6th Annual NW Book Festival at Pioneer Square in Portland, Oregon. Met some great people and had a wonderful time, with one of my best girlfriends, Sharon, by my side.


An assortment of authors came to share their work during the perfect summer day in the Pacific Northwest!

IMG_1849Books of all Genres could be found from many Indie Authors and A Great Time Was Had By All!!

Today Is The Day!!!

Join me at Booth #13. I was randomly assigned booth number 13, which is my special number for “The Gray Season.” There are 13 Chapters, the book was published on October 13, 2013 and there are 13 cookies in “Lily’s Healthy Oatmeal Cookies” recipe among others.


The 6th Annual NW Book Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. Today from 11:00 – 5:00, meet me and get your signed copy of “The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation Volume 1 in “The Rainbow Journals” Series.
Click here to Find my NW Book Festival Author Page!

NW Book Festival in 3 Days at Pioneer Courthouse Square


The 6th Annual NW Book Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. On Saturday July 26th 2014, from 11:00 – 5:00, meet me and get your signed copy of “The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation.”
Volume 1 in “The Rainbow Journals” Series
Find My NW Book Festival Author Page!
Alphabetical by Author Name

With each purchase please select a pair of hand crafted earrings of your choosing. These are inspired by the earrings Lily sold at her shop “Calla Lilies” when she returned to her hometown in Beachville, Oregon during “The Gray Season.” This is the whimsical eco jewelry she created from recycled broken necklaces and bracelets. Complimentary Dark Chocolate too!

Special Festival Book Price – $10.00

See you at the Festival!!