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Take the Trophy and Run

Take the Trophy and Run, November 2012
A Bloomfield Novel
by Gail Sattler

B&H Publishing Group
320 pages
ISBN: 1433677296
EAN: 9781433677298
Kindle: B009LAMPRG
Paperback / e-Book
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"A GnomeGnapper is on the loose in Bloomsfield!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Take the Trophy and Run
Gail Sattler

Reviewed by Viki Ferrell
Posted October 12, 2012

Fiction Inspirational | Christian

The local garden club in Bloomsfield is very important to Amber Weathersby. She runs a garden ornament business and the club's members are her best customers. Her membership hangs on by a thread with her own inability to grow a garden. But she owns Gnorman the Gnome who appears in the Spring Fling winner's garden every year holding the coveted, historical trophy. As this year's winner is revealed, they discover Gnorman has been GnomeGnapped, and the trophy with him. A ransom note made from cut out newspaper letters is left where Gnorman was standing. However, it isn't a real ransom note; it's just a rhyme giving a clue to where Gnorman may appear next. Amber has been told in the note not to move Gnorman or she will not get the trophy back.

Amber's best friend and childhood buddy, local mechanic Stan Wilson, helps Amber try to find Gnorman. About every four days the GnomeGnapper moves him to a new location and leaves another note with clues. Then a second note appears at Amber's store. Gnorman is always dressed in a different costume as he arrives at his latest location. Stan and Amber crisscross Bloomsfield a number of times picking up the ransom notes and trying to determine who stole Gnorman. When their video surveillance plan backfires on them, it seems they have run out of options. Will they ever find Gnorman, and more importantly to Amber, the garden club's prized trophy?

TAKE THE TROPHY AND RUN is a delightfully inspirational story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The story line becomes a bit predicable with Amber and Stan traipsing across town and back after Gnorman, but then a new twist is added that keeps your interest and builds the suspense. Amber has more at stake here than just losing her membership to the garden club. Do the members of the club have another agenda as well? This one's a keeper.

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Like Mitford and Lake Wobegon before that, Bloomfield is a place we could all call home. Here, the residents enjoy a splash fountain in the town square, dine at the "Fancy Schmantsy" on tree-lined Main Street, and dream of reaching the 10,000 population mark -- only 22 more folks to go!

The Bloomfield Garden Club, an all-ages group of lovable oddballs that will stop at nothing to make everything beautiful, maintains this piece of heaven on earth. But even such idyllic places as this have their share of dramatic characters and stories to be told. Take, for instance, craft store owner Amber Weathersby. She wants to be a member of the garden club but has never received the blessing of a green thumb. Her friend, Stan the mechanic, has helped as much as he can -- even adding a timed sprinkler system to Amber's garden -- but the results never live up to the club's expectations.

Her only claim to fame with that gang is her semi-famous garden gnome, Gnorman, who gets to hold the prized trophy each year in the Bloomfield Spring Fling contest's winning garden.

But this year, instead of being the life of the party, her little star is gnomegnapped, and worse, the club's irreplaceable trophy has gone missing with him. While Amber is chasing the gnome around town trying to win the trophy, Stan is chasing Amber, trying to win her heart.

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