Fiction-Young Adult
Whimsical Publications,
LLC/paperback, 194 pages
Oct. 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1-936167-01-2
Darlene Moore’s reason for shunning Parker Shane has nothing to do with his reputation of being a playboy. She even
dates him before the death of her mother forces her to move away. After a two-year absence from Dalesville, she
returns home to find Parker exchanging wedding vows with her sister. Two months later, her sister dies.

Then Richard Ryan, head of Dalesville’s wealthy, prominent family, and Parker’s employer, goes missing. Could there
be a connection to his disappearance and Parker’s unexpected promotion?

Danger and questions a plenty barrage Darlene with the deadly speed of a six-shooter. Who called down a
representative from a Washington agency? Who later assaulted him? Who attacked Darlene at her friend’s apartment?
And will Parker’s scandalous brand of playboy be changed to one of murderous culprit? Or, in the moment of Darlene’s
greatest need, might he become her rescuing knight?
Comment/review = Miss Mae has a way of writing that keeps you from putting down the book till you are finished. If you
think you have a clue of who the murderous culprit is, your mind will soon be changed. There is danger around and
questions that seem to have no answers. Will Parker be branded as a murderer instead of a playboy, or what about
Rob. He would have a strong motive. One thing for sure you won’t want to stop till you have finished the book as you are
in for a surprise ending, I have not read one of Miss Mae’s books yet that have been a disappointment and I feel “As The
Bough Breaks” will be right up there as a best seller along with her other books. Look for this book out on the market in
October. You can’t go wrong

Reviewed By: Lynn
Rated: 5

Comment/review = This was such a sweet and charming read. I really enjoyed the story. The characters were strong and
encouraging. The characters clicked from the moment they met. The author, Miss Mae has a unique style, one I haven’t
seen in a while. I have a feeling readers are going to grab her books up as if they were going out of style. The mystery
with the plot is unlike any other. You think you know what is going to happen next, but you will be surprised to see where
the plot of this story takes you next. I got so lost within the pages of this novel. I started it and I couldn’t wait to finish it.
The drama is intense, but not overwhelming. It’s a great story and would I would definitely recommend to my family and
friends, especially my teenage nieces. You should read this story, don’t be fooled by it being in the young adult genre. It
is a book even the most mature of us can relate to and love.

Reviewed By: Holli Winters
Mistress Bella Reviews
Rated: 4

Comment/review = Miss Mae has developed believable personalities in her characters and wonderful mystery twists that I
love about her books! As with the other wonderful books I have read by Miss Mae, she provides several suspects for the
danger and trouble that abounds. This makes her books so much fun as you try to figure out the true villain because it
isn’t always whom you first suspect! There are hints but some of them are hidden!

There was a point midway that was a bit slow for me, but do not worry! Soon the action starts up and the mystery gets
moving full force. Then the book just flies by as you read to find out what happens! Miss Mae writes wonderfully sweet
mysteries that can be enjoyed by everyone. Pick this up for a good mystery read!

Reviewed By: MarthaE
You Gotta Read Reviews
Rated: You NEED TO READ (4.5 of 5)

Comment/review = When the Bough Breaks

Miss Mae has turned in another sweet romance with mystery intermingled. Once again she shows her knack for vivid
descriptions of places, people, emotions, food, environment, etc. Parker and Darlene, the main characters, are likeable
as is Uncle Richard and Boone. The cliffhanger incidents are well handled and he reader is kept on the edge of the cliff,
quite literally in one incident.
The romance slowly develops and the twists and turns fuel Parker and Darlene's relationship. The setting is late 1960s,
early 1970s and Miss Mae roots using that time period with her meticulous allusions to songs, automobiles, food and
political issues. The short chapters provide handy stopping places for those of us who suffer from interruptions during
the reading of an excellent book such as this one.

Amazon review by: Larry Hammersley
Rated: 5 stars

Comment/review = So, you just purchased your copy of "When The Bough Breaks," by suspense author, Miss Mae.

You sit down in your easy chair with a cup of hot chocolate, raise the foot rest and get comfortable. Ah... how relaxing.

But are you REALLY ready for this? Where are your nerve pills (preferably natural sedatives like Valerian Root or
Kava)? And don't forget the smoothing serum for your hair. (Yes, hair-raising is an accurate description of this thriller).
And last but not least, you will need a calming scripture verse. I suggest John 14:27--

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth...Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it
be afraid."

Okay. Now you are ready...I think.

From the very beginning, this book has an eerie atmosphere. All the way from the first visit to "Eleven Elms" to the
unexplaiined death of the heroine's sister. And when a major player goes missing, you'll wonder, "Is he part of this
diabolical scheme, or is he one of the good guys?" And what about that strange butler?

But you will not know anything until the very end. I thought I had figured it out while I panted and wheezed over the last
50 pages. WRONG! You will NEVER guess who-dunnit, or why!

Miss Mae has a way of tripping you up. I like that even though I had to slick on a lot of smoothing serum to tame my hair.
Never a dull moment in this book from the start. The characters are believable, the chemistry between Parker and
Darlene real, and the plot builds until you think you are going to scream. Go ahead; it might help.

Yep! She's done it again. This one could be Miss Mae's prodigy.

One last suggestion. Don't read "When The Bough Breaks" on a stormy night. And stock up on Valerian Root

Amazon review by: Laurean Brooks "Laurie
Rated: 5 stars

Comment/review = Miss Mae has captured yet again another lovely romance along with a mysterious twist to the story
line. A wonderful book to hold in your hands, turning the pages as each chapter is left, longing to know more of what
happens next. Great way to capture the reader's attention! Will Darlene & Parker be a couple? Why was her sister's
death sudden? Purchase "When the Bough Breaks" to find out more about the people of Dalesville!

Amazon review by: TN Girl
Rated: 5 stars

Comment/review = Though a sweet romance is essential to this tale, it is far from the entire story. There were enough
twists and surprises to keep me turning page after page to find out what would happen next. Miss Mae once again had
me guessing, incorrectly I might add, as to where the story was headed. The timing and setting of the book brought back
my own memories of living and dating in a small town. The intrigue and suspense held me in its grip bringing to mind
Miss Marple and Agatha Christie mysteries. Nothing is as it seems and secrets abound in this book.
Sweet enough for a teenager, but sophisticated in its own way, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and I definitely recommend
When The Bough Breaks for anyone who enjoys their romance mixed with mystery.

Amazon review by: Rebecca J Vickery
Rated: 5 stars

Comment/review = When the Bough Breaks takes us a time perhaps forgotten, where young ladies and gents learned
simple values of love and respect for one another. Those who didn't follow the rules were labeled and chastised, and
thus we receive the foundation for our main characters. I enjoyed this story thoroughly and believe that Miss Mae
possesses a real talent for storytelling and taking her readers to unique times and places.

Barnes & Noble review by: EAlexis
Rating: 4 stars
Excerpt for When The Bough Breaks
He chuckled softly. “All I want to know is if you’d like to go out with me?”

Wholly unprepared for the question, Darlene stared straight ahead, unblinking. Her tongue refused to work, and for one
scary moment, she thought she forgot how to breathe. “You aren’t serious?” she finally managed to gasp.

He raised a curious brow. “Why wouldn’t I be?”

“Because everybody knows Ellie Pearson is your girlfriend.”

“They do, huh?”

“Yes! And if that’s not bad enough, your reputa—” She caught herself, clamping her mouth shut to keep the words from
spilling out.

“My what?” Parker eased up on the gas to give a wide berth to a terrapin that lumbered across the road. “My

Darlene raised a wrist and wiped sweat off the side of her cheek. Desperately, her eyes strained to see George Vining’s
garage. Just around the next curve, past the tall white pine…

“I’ve heard some of the things said about me.” At the odd note in his voice, Darlene stole a peek at his profile. He wore
a faint smile. “So. How about a date?”

Unable to believe he asked again, she floundered for the right answer. “Look, I…” She gulped and blurted out, “I’m not
the kind of girl you date.”

“I date pretty girls. And you definitely fill the bill.” He moved his hand off her seat, his fingers grazing her bare arm.
Though the touch appeared accidental, Darlene had the sneaking suspicion it hadn’t been.

Discreetly, she edged closer to her door. “But Ellie’s your girlfriend.”

“A guy can’t date more than one girl at a time?”

“No. It wouldn’t be right.”

Parker gave a low laugh. The attractive way it rumbled deep in his throat threatened to short circuit Darlene’s already
overcharged nerves. “Little lady,” he murmured, “you drive a hard bargain.”

She pretended not to hear. The car rolled to a stop in the garage’s yard and Darlene jumped out, running to find Margo’
s father. “George,” she called, seeing a pair of coverall clad legs splayed under the body of a dented pickup truck. “You

He rolled out to squint at her from a face blackened with grease and oil. “Something the matter?”

“Her Ford busted a hose on Beam Road.” Parker walked up to stand next to Darlene. “It lost all its coolant.”

George grabbed hold of the truck’s fender and pulled himself upright. “I don’t know the size it takes, so it’d be best to
tow it in. That way I’d only have to make one trip.”

“Thanks.” Darlene smiled her gratitude.

“Want me to drop you at home on my way?” George nodded toward the cab of his tow truck.

“You don’t have to.” She knew what that truck’s interior looked like and she barely suppressed a shudder. “It’s only a
few blocks for me to walk.”

He fished in his pocket and brought out a set of keys. “All right then. I reckon I’d better get a move on.”

Darlene watched the rear of the big truck disappear down the road before she turned to Parker. Forcing herself to
sound polite, she said, “Thanks for the lift.”

A warm breeze feathered his hair across his tanned forehead. He gave a slight shrug. “Don’t mention it.”

She brushed past him to head for home, but he reached out a fast hand to grasp her wrist. Startled, she looked up.
Calculation sparkled in his blue eyes. “What about our date?”

“I thought I made that clear.”

“The only thing you made clear is that you’re playing hard to get.”

“I’m not playing.” She jerked her arm free and twisted on her heel. But she’d only gone a few steps when she heard him
call from behind.

“You asked for it, Cupcake.”

She paused. Then, curious, she turned. Feet apart and arms folded across his chest, Parker exuded firm resolve. He
raised a hand to his brow in a mock salute. “Let the games begin.”
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