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“The writing shines with this authoritative passion for understanding the ways of the heart…” Writers Digest

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Winner—Indie Reader Discovery Award 2013

“Townsend has crafted a compelling and intricate story that masterfully explores culture, love and relationships with haunting beauty and keen perception.” Read Full Review

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“A realistic, moving chronicle of the evolving relationship between sisters.” Kirkus Review

“Reel Life is poignant and thoughtful…” Midwest Book Review

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Jackie TownsendForeign countries play like living, breathing characters in my novels, and this quote by Goethe is one of my favorites.

“Nothing can be compared to the new life that the discovery of another country provides for a thoughtful person.  Although I am still the same I believe to have changed to the bones.”  Goethe, ITALIAN JOURNEY