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Writers Inspiring Change feature book review: Olivia's Promise: Jeweled Dagger Series (Book 3)

Updated: Mar 24

Olivia's Promise by Diane Merrill Wigginton, is yet another awesome book by this author. I read it very quickly - it was like eating good ice cream, I enjoyed it that much. This is book 3 in the Jeweled Dagger historical romance series. My great grandmother was from Ireland and she had a special gift so it made this story more real to me. Olivia, the main character in the book, also has such a gift, one which comes with intense emotions and hard choices to be made. Her sister, Coco, has a different gift, but the girls work well together to find the truth. It is a complicated journey from Ireland to New York City and finally to an estate in the southern part of the USA. I love this family, the characters are so complex and wonderful.


Olivia's best friend suddenly goes missing and Olivia finds herself facing pure evil for the first time as she ventures into the dimensions of the supernatural and abnormal. The story is intense, emotional and also humorous in parts. These books have made me laugh-out-loud because they paralleled certain situations among my own family members.

Olivia's Promise is an excellent read, very hard to put down. I gave it Five Stars!

Review by International Writers Inspiring Change

About Diane Merrill Wigginton

I was born in Riverside, California in 1963. My family and I moved to San Diego when I was 7 and I never looked back. I had a very rich life growing up with my brother, David, and best friend Gigi. I married my husband, David in 1998 and we lived in Encinitas, California for a couple of years before moving to Herald, California in 2001. We have a blended family of 6 kids and truly enjoyed the rural life on a 5 1/2 acre ranch, 45 minutes south of Sacramento. I love writing and creating stories that are different from and intriguing. I like to give my readers a little something extra and unexpected. I have always wanted to be a published author, but the timing never seemed right. Raising a family and working fulltime always took precedence. Shortly after I turned 50 I decided that if I continued to put off my dreams, the time would never be right. So, with an idea in my head, I sat down and began writing. I wanted there to be no regrets in my life. What resulted was a historical romance, filled with adventure, suspense, and an underlying epic love story weaved in for good measure and "Angelina's Secret" was born. I loved everything about the process of writing and there are currently three books in "The Jeweled Dagger Series." I am very excited about the future and thrilled to be writing fulltime now since I retired from my "9 to 5," job at the end of April 2017. My husband retired shortly after me and our youngest was a sophomore in college so we decided that it was time that we had an adventure of our own. We made the move to Kalispell, Montana and the adventures just seem to happen every day. We go for hikes in our own backyard or take off for Glacier National Forest on a whim. We currently have seven grandkids, with another one due this August 2018. Being "Grandma and Grandpa" is the icing on the cake for us. I count my blessings every day because I know how lucky I am. Life is good and now I can devote my days to doing what I really love, and that is writing and creating more stories.

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