Future rock star or friendless misfit? That’s no choice at all. In this acclaimed novel, twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different; with friends and backstabbers; and with following her dreams. Publishers Weekly called Blackbird Fly “a true triumph,” and the Los Angeles Times Book Review said, “Apple soars like the eponymous blackbird of her favorite Beatles song.”
Future rock star or friendless misfit? That's no choice at all. In this acclaimed novel, twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different; with friends and backstabbers; and with following her dreams. Publishers Weekly called Blackbird Fly "a true triumph," and the Los Angeles Times Book Review said, "Apple soars like the eponymous blackbird of her favorite Beatles song."
Five sisters, all lawyers. The Bennett sisters, featured in Blackbird Fly, return this spring in The Girl in the Empty Dress. All five sisters are on a walking tour in France when the sixth member of their party, a secretive, unpleasant law colleague, finds an injured dog by the side of the road. This begins a cascading turn of events from the bumbling thieves who stole the dog to the calculating truffle hunters who desperately want her. Read more about The Girl in The Empty Dress at and watch for its May release!
Blackbird Fly - Five years of reading pleasure! Suspense and French country life
The sudden death of her husband turns Merle Bennett's life upside down. Her work for poor legal clients isn't going to pay the bills and her son is kicked out of school. The blows just keep on coming. Merle finds herself doing what she least expected, decamping to France for the summer to fix up her late husband's ancestral home. The village in southwest France should be idyllic: warm sunshine, vineyards, and walls of golden stone. Merle gets an off-the-books job as a tour guide at a local winery and evicts a squatter. But the townspeople are more than merely unfriendly. As the past unravels, colliding with modern tensions and the filthy trials of renovation, the summer takes on a dark cast, full of secrets best left buried.
In this stand-alone suspense novel, the first of the Bennett Sisters novels, Lise McClendon reaches deep into the past to find a France untouched by the outside world of tourism and fashion. Writing in a "lyrical, often humorous style," she brings both the pain and rewards of rebirth and the rich French countryside to life.
Read more by Lise McClendon in her new thriller, PLAN X, written as Rory Tate, and her new adult novel, All Your Pretty Dreams. Follow her on Facebook at and on Twitter at @LiseMcClendon