An emotional, but really good read.
Barbara is Living in fear of her husband.
Grey has just lost his job.
These two characters are both from different lives, both down on their luck. But about to face some great big changes.
Gloria Withers is a very wealthy lady who through no selfishness offers a life line to Grey. She is also the Grandmother of Barbara.
It is when Grey and Barbara's lives suddenly end up at the same place this book really gets going.
A brilliant but very emotional read, at one point or maybe two, I actually had tears in my eye's.
I loved the way this book was written, it was very easy to read, easy to follow. plenty of ups and down's.
This book is only around 180 pages, so was also a pretty quick read. And really show's how with courage, and a whole lot of luck, life really can turn around. When you think there is nothing left for you, things change, and change for the better.
Barbara lives in constant fear of her husband. She finally summons the courage to leave with their young daughter, Allie, but dreads the moment her husband learns of their escape. In his desire to control them and bend them to his will, he will leave no stone unturned to punish them--especially Barbara. Grey’s future seems bleak, especially the day he is fired, but everything begins to turn around the moment he absently sinks down on a bench occupied by wealthy Gloria Withers. Gloria sees something in him that no one else bothers to notice and, within moments, a friendship is sparked that will withstand many trials. When Barbara makes good her escape and arrives on the doorstep of her grandmother, Gloria, whom she hasn't seen for years, Barbara is greeted instead by Grey. It doesn't take long for a different kind of spark to fly as Barbara takes up residence in the Withers mansion. When Grey falls inexorably in love with not only Barbara, but also her daughter Allie, he vows to do everything he can to protect them from her husband who is out for revenge.
wow. I really didn't know what to expect with this book. But by God i enjoyed it. I have had this on my kindle for quite a while, and have finally gotten around to reading it, when my mother in law told me she has just read it and really enjoyed it.
I have to say since reading it, I have been and bought two more books by this author.
It was a very quick and easy to follow story line. Despite the story line being about abuse, once you get past this, is fantastic to see how life can change, when you get the courage to change things.
How one person can make a difference in someone else s life.
Once I started this book, I really wanted to keep going, and for me I read it over 2 days, I really wanted to keep going, one of those books, that you get really annoyed when real life think's it should take over.
An emotional but gripping read. How kid's are forced to grow up before their time, but proof on how when you are so headstrong you can come out the other end. Emma's ways might not be the right way of dealing with things, but it work's for her, and I think it helped make the story more believable. We all like to think thing's like this don't go on in real life, but you only have to watch the new's daily to know how real it is.
Emma was unloved from the moment she was born. Her earliest memory is being severely beaten by her father, Pepper Murphy, when she was just eight-years-old. Seething with resentment over the sacrifice of his dreams for a woman he cares little about and children he never wanted, Pepper chooses to blame his older daughter. Her mother, Valerie, makes matters worse with her verbal abuse, leaving Emma isolated with a man that had no boundaries in punishing his daughter, taking his abuse to unimaginable levels.
Emma’s father’s coldblooded beatings and the ultimate abuse to which he subjects her, lays the foundation of the person she becomes. As she matures into a resourceful teenager, she is unwilling and unable to stifle her desire for revenge. Reaching her breaking point she can no longer control the impulse to fight back and finally takes matters into her own hands.
Having learned the art of hatred from her father and the mastery of manipulation from her mother, young Emma now sets out to make a better life for herself, leaving the memory of the abused child she had once been behind her. Hardened by the heartless brutality she encounters and the dangerous situations she must overcome in the course of her journey, she faces every challenge that comes her way in her quest for a normal life for herself and for those she loves.
Finally a person emerges from within that guides her toward a better life until she learns of a secret that sets her on the path of ultimate redemption.
SOME DIRT ON PAIGE:
Born and raised in Plymouth Meeting, a small town west of Philadelphia, Paige Dearth was a victim of child rape and spent her early years yearning for a better life. To escape the unwanted attentions of her molester, a pedophile uncle who lived with the family, she married at the age of nineteen and moved with her new husband to Chula Vista, California. After two years of marriage during which she struggled to make ends meet, she became pregnant, only to discover that her husband was a heroin addict. Paige waited for the birth of her daughter and when the baby was just eight months old, moved back to Pennsylvania. With no formal education or money to fall back on, she courageously set out to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and make it whole once more.
Living through the fear and isolation of her youth, Paige developed the ability to create stories that would help her cope and finally put them to use by embarking on a series of novels. BELIEVE LIKE A CHILD, the author's debut offering, is the darkest version of who she could have become, had fate not intervened in the nick of time.
WHEN SMILES FADE Paige's second novel is a tale of endurance, perseverance, courage and the overwhelming desire of one child to fight back.
Paige's novels always present a fine balance between what lives on in her imagination and the evil that lurks in the real world.
I'm currently without my laptop. hoping to get it back early this week.
I just can't get my head into writing reviews on my phone. so will catch up with them all as soon as I can.
Another read in for me in the #NewAuthorForMe challenge.
We are introduced to these 4 women…
Nancy Arlow – Pretty much a has been actress/pop singer. Who is short of cash, and trying to find ways of making some. And if i'm honest she doesn't seem to care who get's in her way while doing so.
Lauren Everett - the wife of a politician, who seem’s seriously bored with home life. Who once had a dream of being a singer. Is it now too late to follow her dreams, without bringing her husband down.
Martha Eclair – The daughter of a millionaire, and she is rather fond of sex. Not really fussy who with. But she's also ballsy. And I really did like her character.
Portia Safari - famous operatic singer/performer who can’t seem to find a man to love. Who also seems to like a little drinkie or two.
Each woman with what seem's like their own addictions. Each woman on a journey to find just what it is they are looking for.
With the exception of Nancy, to start off with I liked all the women. Their lives are so different yet so similar. They all seem to be lacking something in life. And what a brilliant journey they go on.
This isn’t really the sort of book I would normally read, but after reading a fellow bloggers review I thought I would really like to give it a go.
And I did enjoy it. I really really did bloody enjoy it. As I said very different read for me, but really enjoyable. It was quite a fun read, with enough going on to keep you guessing and wanting to read on. At time's I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen, but I kept getting that wrong.
I have been joining in this month with the #NewAuthorForMe challenge, and I have found yet another author here that I would look forward to reading more books from.
Addicted is a book you could become addicted too while reading it, and following the lives of the 4 women each with their own addictions the title just seemed perfect for it.
When a young mother is found murdered in a derelict Eugene neighborhood—and her terrified young son is discovered hiding beneath the floorboards—Detective Jackson reluctantly takes the case. His own life is already in chaos, with his runaway teenage daughter, Katie, still gone and his girlfriend, Kera, facing her own family crisis. Matters get more complicated when the orphaned boy bonds with Jackson, triggering unexpected emotions and compromising his ability to investigate. Meanwhile, Detective Evans, one of Jackson’s most valuable colleagues, is pulled off the case to look into the death of a University of Oregon football star—leaving the homicide task force shorthanded. As Jackson works to solve the murder and find a home for little Benjie, he soon faces devastating choices that threaten everything he holds dear.
I have had this to read for quite some time. And only just got around to it. I could kick myself sometimes, when I realize I've had a good book all this time, and I could have read it earlier.
But I get there eventually. That is the main thing.
Detective Wade Jackson is faced with a new case. A Case that is going to be tricky and sensitive. He all ready has more than enough going on in his personal life, his runaway teenage daughter not helping matters for him. His home life just seems chaotic and well and truly screwed up. So will he be able to give a new case his all. Will he be able to continue to work and figure out just what has gone on and why.
Or as the case get's more complicated is he going to be able to carry on?
I only realized when I was part way through this book that it is book 9 in a series. I was gutted when I realized as I really do like to read series of books from the beginning. I find it better to understand and relate to people when I have followed them on their journey to where they are today. So I may just have to start this series from book one, and see where it takes me.
About the author.
L.J Sellers is an award-winning journalist and the author of the Detective Jackson mystery/suspense series: The Sex Club, Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, and Liars, Cheaters & Thieves. My novels have been highly praised by Mystery Scene, Crimespree, and Spinetingler magazines, and all six are on Amazon Kindle's bestselling police procedural list. I also have three standalone thrillers: The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Suicide Effect. When not plotting murders, I enjoy cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. I've also been known to jump out of airplanes.
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Sander Jakobsen is the pseudonym for Danish writing duo Dagmar Winther and Kenneth Degnbol. Dagmar Winther interned for Birmingham Post & Mail and the European Commission in Brussels before becoming a teacher at a Danish High School. Kenneth Degnbol has a Master's degree in Music and History, and spent four years as a consultant before he began teaching philosophy and music alongside Dagmar. He is a skilled musician and father of three. Both authors live outside of Aarhus. The Preacher is their debut novel, which they translated into English themselves. They are currently working on their next book.
Having had this book on my kindle for almost 12 months, I thought it was high time I read it. And as I am joining in the brilliant #NewAuthorForMe challenge, this was the perfect time to read it.
The book is based around a murder investigation. Where a couple of women have been killed. Thea Krogh is the lead detective in this murder investigation that kicks off when a vicar’s wife is found dead. There is soon another woman found dead. But are there any links to both women. Is there something that will join these murders together or are they just simply a coincidence.
It is a very interesting read, and one that will keep you guessing. I don’t want to give to much of the story away for fear of spoiling it.
But If you have not read this book, then it is worth giving it a go. Although I didn’t feel like I was sat on the edge of my seat, there was something there that keeps you wanting to read on. To discover what is coming next and wanting to know the outcome of the book.
An interesting read that will keep you occupied.
From the Inside Flap
Newly graduated photography student Lori Maddox spends the year after university travelling and ends up in China where she finds work as a private English tutor. Back in Manchester, her parents Jo and Tom, who separated when Lori was a toddler, follow her adventures on her blog, 'Lori In The Orient'. But then all communication stops and when the silence persists a frantic Jo and Tom report her missing to their local police. But it is impossible to find out anything from 5,000 miles away so they are compelled to travel out to Chengdu, a city in the south-western province of Sichuan, to search for their missing daughter.
Landing in a totally unfamiliar, alien country, with no knowledge of the customs or language and receiving scant help from the local authorities, Jo and Tom are forced to turn detective, following in their daughter's footsteps, tracing the people she mentioned in her posts, interviewing her friends, colleagues and students. It's an unbearably difficult and heartbreaking challenge and, as the days pass, the fear that Lori is lost to them for ever becomes harder to ignore...
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