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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    Follow Me Back is A.L. Jackson's tour de force. An emotional triumph that is beyond exceptional. The one of a kind story that the author has so meticulously created brought me to my knees. It's not just simply the story of two troubled souls who try to find a way to be happy. It is much more than that. It is the hesitant journey to redemption and forgiveness and the promise and power of Kale Bryant and Harley Hope Masterson, the author has produced a couple filled with trepidation at the thought of putting both their hearts and their feelings on the line. These two have lived through tragedy and rejection and loss, in completely different ways, yet they somehow fit together as if their souls are one. Even in their hesitation to want to feel again at the risk of losing both themselves and everything they hold dear, there is pull between them that is undeniable.I felt as if I had to walk on eggshells right along with Kale and Hope as they navigate the often treacherous paths to even the thought of finding happiness again. But with Kale's persistence that they give any kind of relationship a go, Hope was helpless to resist. And quite frankly who could blame her. Not only is Kale 'sex on a stick', as Hope's bestie proclaims more than once, he has the biggest heart I have witnessed in a very long time. Whether it is uncle to Rex and Rynna's children (from Show Me the Way) or when he is the sympathetic and compassionate doctor to the patients he cares for, Kale Bryant IS flawed excellence. The imperfect super hero to so many and at the same time, the reticent man who can't believe he deserves to feel joy. Not after a past that just won't let go. I felt the frustration right along with Rex and Ollie, in particular, as a life so vibrant as Kale's could be held back with ere is more than one almost cruel twist of fate that the author has masterfully inserted into this book. I am being purposefully vague about the majority of this story because you need to be just as taken aback as I was. I want you to gasp and to sigh and to say, OMG as this tale takes flight. Hope and Kale each have secrets and demons that continue to force them keep their guard up and at times it was like waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. But to get to watch as their walls so hesitantly crumble brick by brick makes all the pain they have endured worth it.What I will say about Follow Me Back is that there is an abundance of love whether it is for the friends and family that have Kale and Hope's best interests at heart or for each other and believe me, they may not want to admit it but there is decidedly a most beautiful love between them. Whether or not they are brave enough to allow it to take root is what you'll have to discover for yourself. It's not an insta-lust that is evident here. But rather a strong spark that can only turn into a spectacular flame. It just takes the right amount of care to allow it to re than once, I shed tears during my read of Follow Me Back. But know this: they were true tears of joy. And I found that the youngest members of this Gingham Lakes crew were often the ones who gave me pause reading through my tears as their innocent wisdom halted me in my llow Me Back is superb. In Hope and Kale, the author has taken the word selfless and has propelled it to the highest of levels. Yet never is that emotion gratuitous nor is it taken for granted. Instead it encompasses all that this couple is and will continue to be, no matter the consequence. My admiration for them is endless. And my awe at the masterful way A.L. Jackson continues to up her game with each new book published is unlimited.I happily give Follow Me Back 5 magnificent stars!Bravo.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    *SPOILER-FREE REVIEW*Welcome back to Gingham Lakes, where the men are hot and their women are a force to be reckoned with...It’s right there, in Gingham Lakes, where Dr. Kale Bryant resides, unwavering in his resolve to make a difference. And just a short distance from where he practices, A Drop of Hope owner—Harley Hope Masterson—serves up coffee with a side of sweet optimism and feisty dicated doctor by day, panty-melting sex god by night, Kale Bryant is the ideal embodiment of the perfect book boyfriend, owning the very definition of “swoon-worthy.” He’s both “pin you up against a wall” sexy and “sweep you off your feet” charming. And if those qualities aren't already enough to seal the deal, Kale is also incredibly sweet and caring. Because as you'll soon discover—and as Hope’s best friend Jenna likes to point out—this sexy, charming doctor (aka, Sir Bryant) “bought All. The. Lollipops.” TWICE! :)Hope Masterson’s life is full of complications. And the very last thing she needs is Kale Bryant—with his seductive smile and charismatic personality—complicating her life even further. Still, she can’t deny the energy that pulses through her every time he enters her shop. Easily drawn into his flirtatious banter, Hope clearly enjoys her playful sparring with Kale. So when Kale offers Hope a night free of all her “complications,” she hesitantly accepts, allowing herself the freedom to enjoy “just one night.”For Kale, one night—one taste—had him craving a whole lot more. And for Hope, her one night with Kale had her wishing for things that just could never be. Still, neither he nor Hope could have foreseen the ensuing complications hovering on the horizon. But the pull towards something more, had this pair shoving all complications and worries aside. And their resulting union was nothing short of explosive.“Even hope needs a hero.” And Kale stepped easily into that role. Fueled by his strength of character, Kale resolved to save his princess from the evil villain out destroy her good. But even seemingly perfect heroes have their flaws. For Kale, it was the truth that became his kryptonite, weakening his efforts to save Hope and all that she holds this second installment to author AL Jackson’s Fight for Me series, “Follow Me Back” is a beautifully crafted, emotionally charged story that will touch your heart in ways you won’t soon forget. Written as a stand-alone, Kale and Hope’s compelling story also introduces new characters Evan and Jenna, who are warm, funny and utterly endearing. No doubt, they will make you smile, they will make you laugh, and they will most certainly make you cry. And as for Kale and Hope... their perfectly imperfect romance is EXACTLY what sexy, modern-day fairytales are made of!My thanks to AL Jackson for breathing life into Kale’s story in such a uniquely beautiful way and for delivering a “swoon-worthy” character that was once only a faceless, nameless fantasy residing inside my head. I can't wait to discover what this author has planned for Ollie. For it seems that with each book in this series, the men of Gingham Lakes just get hotter and more enticing.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    Follow Me Back is brilliantly written and left me in awe! AL Jackson is truly a master of her craft. This love story is poignant, powerfully raw, incredibly emotional, extremely sexy and breathtakingly om their very first encounter Kale and Hope have an intense attraction on a soul-deep level that can’t be denied. Try as they may to fight this attraction, they are powerless to resist the magnetic pull – the heart knows what is wants. Kale definitely met his match in Hope. He is a charismatic and complex alpha-male whose past haunts him and believes finding love is not in the cards for him. Hope is the perfect combination of sweet and strong. Life is complicated for her and she is very cautious who she lets in her life. Their chemistry is electric and undeniable. Watching their walls crumble brick by brick was incredibly moving. They become one another’s savior and seeing them take a chance and fight for one another made my heart soar. It was breathtaking to witness these two fall in love.I was deeply and emotionally impacted by this story! I cried so much reading this book. I could feel every emotion they experienced -- the butterfly moments, the heart-breaking moments, those moments that melted my heart and those that stole my breath. The emotions just bleed of the pages.I adored the secondary characters as well. The family moments and bond between these band of brothers stole my heart. I loved the strong sense of unconditional love and support that is so beautifully woven throughout this incredible story. Jackson creates an amazing framework of e storyline and twists and turns along the way are very well-written. The ending is so beautifully written; it is absolutely breathtaking! I simply did not want this story to end. This I why I love to read AL Jackson’s books -- you don’t simply read them, you experience them. Her writing style is like no other. I open her books, start reading and instantly I’m immersed in that world. The characters and storyline literally come to life. She has a lyrical quality to her writing that is llow Me Back is beautifully inspiring and truly unforgettable! I would give it 10 stars if I could. This is the second book in the Fight For Me Series and can be read as a standalone. I highly recommend reading this book!!! I can’t wait for Ollie’s story!

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    This book was filled with so much HOPE, HEARTACHE and LOVE!!!!!!!!"OUR HOUSE IS L-O-V-E. YOU HAVE TO LOVE IF YOU LIVE THERE. THAT'S THE RULE."These are words that we all should live by. I LOVE A.L. Jackson's words. I get lost in them every time. She makes me laugh, angry, ugly cry, my heart hurt, gives me chills and butterflies, leaves me swooning, and always makes me lose sleep. But she always pieces my heart back together.A.L. Jackson is making it so hard to review her books. I just want to scream at people to READ THE DANG BOOK!!!!!!!! This book had all the feels and left my heart soaring. Kale and Hope were perfect for each other they both had such broken souls. But behind all that pain and torment. They had a love that was aching to be shared. Hope didn't stand a chance when she met the single sexy pediatrician Kale Bryant. OMG!!!! There is nothing sexier then a man who adores kids and wants to care for them. And A.L. Jackson pulled it off so perfectly in this book. I wanted to climb into the pages and claim Kale for myself. LOL!! Have your Kleenex ready and be prepared for a sleepless night. Because once you start you won't be able to put it down.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    AL Jackson has been one of my favorite authors for some time, and this book just proves to me why, and cements the fact she won’t be dropping from that spot any time ter reading the first book in this series, I was left wondering about Kale Bryant and wanting to know more about him. He seemed this cocky man, always ready with a wide smile. And he was. He lived his life for his job and his friends who became his family, finding comfort in one bed or another when the need arose. That is, until he saw Hope Masterson.Kale and Hope were drawn to one another, their connection immediate and profound. Their story was wonderful, made even more so by the addition of Hope’s little boy, is kid. Gah! I wanted to wrap him up in my arms and hold him tight. He was joy, head to toe. A wide smile and pure innocence. I fell in love with him even faster than I did Kale and Hope. I have always loved the way Jackson writes kids, but Evan stole the cake. I was in tears over his story, and looked forward to reading about the kid as much as I wanted to read the rest of the is house is LOVE ❤️Kale coming into their lives, and them into his, was fate. It was what they all needed, and the way it was told was devastatingly beautiful. If I could give this book 10 Stars, I would.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    I have always loved the way that A.L Jackson writes. Her stories are real, emotional, and angsty! I enjoy the build up, the simmer, the burn that she makes her readers feel. This one was no different. I am a total sucker for damaged characters. I feel their anguish and pain, it makes it more realistic to me.I was instantly intrigued by Kale Bryant when we met him in Show Me The Way. He piqued my interest, to say the least. He is passionate about his job, friends, and generally just helping others. He is an all around great guy, has no interest in a relationship, just the occasional one night stand. I instantly got the feeling that he was guarding his heart, and felt undeserving of finding love and happiness within a relationship."Potent. Powerful. Persuasive. That was what the man looked like. Persuasion and dominance. He looked like discord. Chaos with an easy, arrogant smile. A perfect, controlled disorder."Hope Masterson is the epitome of a hard working and loving mom. I was cheering so hard for her in my head. She has been burned badly, and trust does not come easily for her. Some of the issues that she had to overcome as a parent, was a lot for anyone to take on. She never lets this stand in the way of showing her son, Evan, how far she will go to be there for him, and love him unconditionally."This woman was a vision. The kind of face that hit me right in the gut. Because there was no question she was stunning. But it was the sheer goodness radiating from underneath that absolutely made her glow."The chemistry, a charged spark was instant between Kale and Hope. Neither one of them was expecting or looking for this. And neither of them felt deserving of the other. There was times, I wish that I could have reached out and gave them both a good shaking, and say, just take a chance, go ahead and jump. But in true A.L Jackson form she made me want to scream, before she finally pieced me back together."Fear never negates hope. It just means we want something badly enough that we're terrified we might not get to keep it."She has a wonderful ability to write children so realistically, that you can't help but fall in love with them. And if I am completely honest, Hope's son-Evan stole my heart. I have never loved a child in a book, like I did him.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    It goes without saying that if I pick up an AL Jackson book to read, I'm going to love it. Saying that I loved this book just doesn't seem enough. This is the story of Hope and Kale. They met at Olive's, the local bar. The attraction is instant and so strong. Neither of them are quite ready for that yet, with Hope having a complicated life and Kale doesn't believe that he deserves love. That is so far from the truth! Kale is this amazing man, a doctor, who has so much love to give and is so fiercely protective. He is just who Hope needs. Hope, never has a name fit someone so perfectly, she is filled with so much hope. This book has so much....it has laughter and tears, heart felt moments and steamy sexy times. This is a book that will stick with you for a while after you finish.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    *** Contains some spoilers ***I knew going into this book that it was going to be one of the ones to touch my heart and cause an impact. I've loved every book A.L. Jackson has ever written and this one is no exception. Kale and Hope's story is one that will cause all the emotional feels and leave you feeling love, happiness and Hope.I loved the description of Kale that we were given 'He looked like discord. Chaos with an easy, arrogant smile. A perfect controlled disorder' I mean...GAHHHH there could literally not be a more perfect way to describe Kale. A perfectly controlled disorder, a man who lived for every one else. Who molded himself into being the Doctor. It had to be his only identity, he couldn't allow himself to be more or to loose sight of what he was tasked to do in life, save people. But, even the saviors of the world, need saving themselves steps Hope. The first time he see's her he knows it's something more than just seeing a beautiful girl. 'Just looking at her felt like something profound' Hope is such an endearingly genuine character. I absolutely loved her. She was such a strong mother, and her optimism, faith and hope that things would be ok one day was inspiring to read. Her love for Evan was unconditional, a mother willing to do whatever she had to do for her child. 'I'd never know a love greater. He'd been written on me. In me. For me.'This book is beautifully written with sweet, funny and charming moments as well as breathtakingly emotional ones. There's passion in this book and once the fire between Kale and Hope them ignites, it will take a whole lot of water to turn down the heat! But it isn't as easy as boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, they all live HEA. Because for Kale, there was so much more on the line. So much more at stake. 'The only f***ing thing I wanted was to be her hero' Oh this man. This poor broken man, always striving to save others and always working at redeeming himself for something in the past that was never in his control. I do believe that every once in a while, even the hero needs a little saving, a little Hope.I highly recommend reading this book, it was one of those one's that will stick with me for a while. I've also now decided to use a beautiful quote from this book for my own family, to put up on the walls at home."This house is L-O-V-E"

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    I’m going to be really honest right now and say I did NOT love Kale in Show Me the Way, I don’t know why, but he just seemed a little too aloof, too unaffected. Something about the way he always felt completely chill about everything was concerning. Now that I’ve read his book I understand so much more why his façade is built that way. Once we got a peek behind the ice wall he’d constructed he was a fascinating llow Me Back is the third book – 1 novella, two full-length novels – in AL Jackson’s Fight for Me series. Each book in this series can be read as a stand-alone, though the characters are all friends and you see a lot of the previous couples throughout the subsequent novels. Follow Me Back is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Hope and plicated was the theme of this book. Both Hope and Kale were upfront about how complicated their lives were, but I don’t think the word fully explained precisely how insane the things they had been through and were still going through were. It also didn’t touch the kinds of feelings they developed for one another and all the ways they’d go to the ends of the earth to keep the ones they loved safe and happy. Kale and Hope were complex characters, and each new layer of their personas that was uncovered made me love them llow Me Back was an emotional read, not that it was horribly sad – some moments were, though – but it ran me through the gamut of emotions. In a matter of paragraphs, things could go from deliriously happy, to heart-crushing desolation, to burn-the-world furious. It was a beautiful ride, and those intense emotions made Hope and Kale’s story riveting and Jackson is a master of telling emotional stories, often with deep meaning. Follow Me Back was a perfect example of that. She crafts her words for maximum impact and continually pulls on her readers' heartstrings. I once again find myself in love with her prose and can’t wait to see what she has in store for her readers in Ollie’s story.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    OMFG! OMFG!Talk about sending me into a tailspin of emotions.Where you don’t know where the story starts and the story ends.Where you're consumed to the point of no return!Where your mind, body and every living fast it feels as though you're on the edge of losing it,So, lost in the hurricane of the emotions, that you need to take that minute just to ere are no true words to describe Follow me Back, other than A.l. Jackson has single-handedly slain it with this soul, breaking, earthshaking, work of complete art!A tale of two tragically, broken souls thrown together by fate and destiny. Simply put a fight of the heart, which will be thrumming through your vein and into your soul.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    Follow Me Back is A.L. Jackson's tour de force. An emotional triumph that is beyond exceptional. The one of a kind story that the author has so meticulously created brought me to my knees. It's not just simply the story of two troubled souls who try to find a way to be happy. It is much more than that. It is the hesitant journey to redemption and forgiveness and the promise and power of Kale Bryant and Harley Hope Masterson, the author has produced a couple filled with trepidation at the thought of putting both their hearts and their feelings on the line. These two have lived through tragedy and rejection and loss, in completely different ways, yet they somehow fit together as if their souls are one. Even in their hesitation to want to feel again at the risk of losing both themselves and everything they hold dear, there is pull between them that is undeniable.I felt as if I had to walk on eggshells right along with Kale and Hope as they navigate the often treacherous paths to even the thought of finding happiness again. But with Kale's persistence that they give any kind of relationship a go, Hope was helpless to resist. And quite frankly who could blame her. Not only is Kale 'sex on a stick', as Hope's bestie proclaims more than once, he has the biggest heart I have witnessed in a very long time. Whether it is uncle to Rex and Rynna's children (from Show Me the Way) or when he is the sympathetic and compassionate doctor to the patients he cares for, Kale Bryant IS flawed excellence. The imperfect super hero to so many and at the same time, the reticent man who can't believe he deserves to feel joy. Not after a past that just won't let go. I felt the frustration right along with Rex and Ollie, in particular, as a life so vibrant as Kale's could be held back with ere is more than one almost cruel twist of fate that the author has masterfully inserted into this book. I am being purposefully vague about the majority of this story because you need to be just as taken aback as I was. I want you to gasp and to sigh and to say, OMG as this tale takes flight. Hope and Kale each have secrets and demons that continue to force them keep their guard up and at times it was like waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. But to get to watch as their walls so hesitantly crumble brick by brick makes all the pain they have endured worth it.What I will say about Follow Me Back is that there is an abundance of love whether it is for the friends and family that have Kale and Hope's best interests at heart or for each other and believe me, they may not want to admit it but there is decidedly a most beautiful love between them. Whether or not they are brave enough to allow it to take root is what you'll have to discover for yourself. It's not an insta-lust that is evident here. But rather a strong spark that can only turn into a spectacular flame. It just takes the right amount of care to allow it to re than once, I shed tears during my read of Follow Me Back. But know this: they were true tears of joy. And I found that the youngest members of this Gingham Lakes crew were often the ones who gave me pause reading through my tears as their innocent wisdom halted me in my llow Me Back is superb. In Hope and Kale, the author has taken the word selfless and has propelled it to the highest of levels. Yet never is that emotion gratuitous nor is it taken for granted. Instead it encompasses all that this couple is and will continue to be, no matter the consequence. My admiration for them is endless. And my awe at the masterful way A.L. Jackson continues to up her game with each new book published is unlimited.I happily give Follow Me Back 5 magnificent stars!Bravo.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    *SPOILER-FREE REVIEW*Welcome back to Gingham Lakes, where the men are hot and their women are a force to be reckoned with...It’s right there, in Gingham Lakes, where Dr. Kale Bryant resides, unwavering in his resolve to make a difference. And just a short distance from where he practices, A Drop of Hope owner—Harley Hope Masterson—serves up coffee with a side of sweet optimism and feisty dicated doctor by day, panty-melting sex god by night, Kale Bryant is the ideal embodiment of the perfect book boyfriend, owning the very definition of “swoon-worthy.” He’s both “pin you up against a wall” sexy and “sweep you off your feet” charming. And if those qualities aren't already enough to seal the deal, Kale is also incredibly sweet and caring. Because as you'll soon discover—and as Hope’s best friend Jenna likes to point out—this sexy, charming doctor (aka, Sir Bryant) “bought All. The. Lollipops.” TWICE! :)Hope Masterson’s life is full of complications. And the very last thing she needs is Kale Bryant—with his seductive smile and charismatic personality—complicating her life even further. Still, she can’t deny the energy that pulses through her every time he enters her shop. Easily drawn into his flirtatious banter, Hope clearly enjoys her playful sparring with Kale. So when Kale offers Hope a night free of all her “complications,” she hesitantly accepts, allowing herself the freedom to enjoy “just one night.”For Kale, one night—one taste—had him craving a whole lot more. And for Hope, her one night with Kale had her wishing for things that just could never be. Still, neither he nor Hope could have foreseen the ensuing complications hovering on the horizon. But the pull towards something more, had this pair shoving all complications and worries aside. And their resulting union was nothing short of explosive.“Even hope needs a hero.” And Kale stepped easily into that role. Fueled by his strength of character, Kale resolved to save his princess from the evil villain out destroy her good. But even seemingly perfect heroes have their flaws. For Kale, it was the truth that became his kryptonite, weakening his efforts to save Hope and all that she holds this second installment to author AL Jackson’s Fight for Me series, “Follow Me Back” is a beautifully crafted, emotionally charged story that will touch your heart in ways you won’t soon forget. Written as a stand-alone, Kale and Hope’s compelling story also introduces new characters Evan and Jenna, who are warm, funny and utterly endearing. No doubt, they will make you smile, they will make you laugh, and they will most certainly make you cry. And as for Kale and Hope... their perfectly imperfect romance is EXACTLY what sexy, modern-day fairytales are made of!My thanks to AL Jackson for breathing life into Kale’s story in such a uniquely beautiful way and for delivering a “swoon-worthy” character that was once only a faceless, nameless fantasy residing inside my head. I can't wait to discover what this author has planned for Ollie. For it seems that with each book in this series, the men of Gingham Lakes just get hotter and more enticing.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    4.5 Stars! I should know by now that when I read an A.L. Jackson book, I should be prepared for my heart to be put through the wringer. This book did exactly that. She introduced us to two characters who have both suffered through a lot in their lives, but were somehow managing to find a way to make it through each day.Kale Bryant, dashing doctor who saves lives for a living. A guy who experienced a devastating loss in his life, one that he feels wholly responsible for. Since then, he's devoted all his energy to his job, doing everything he can to make sure what happened in his past never happens again. Not on his watch. Spending time with his closest friends and one-night stands the only thing he has time for outside of work. Until the night he sees Hope Masterson across a crowded bar.Hope Masterson, a single mother fighting her way through a nasty divorce, her only focus in life is her son, Evan. He is her light, her hope, her everything. Running her little coffee shop called A Drop of Hope, she has no time or desire for anything in her life except her son and small circle of family. Until Kale Bryant sidles up next to her in a crowded y always does this to me, making me fall into the story and feel like I'm living and breathing next to these characters, a fly on the wall of their lives. My heart stretched painfully for Hope and Evan, I just wanted to wrap these two up in my arms and protect them from every bad thing that's ever happened to them. And Kale, I could feel the turmoil that roiled in his spirit. There were several times that I wanted to shake that man! But it's easy to sit on the periphery and say how one should feel or act. Kale struggles with so much in this book, his past colliding with his present in a way he never could have anticipated, feeling like he's in an impossible situation.I have so much to say about this story but once I start discussing it, I'll babble something that will most likely end up being a spoiler and I don't want to give anything away that would diminish the reading experience for someone else. All I will say is, Amy knows how to write passion, intense sexual chemistry, hot sexy times, but also describe the unconditional love a mother feels for a child. And how that child changes the lives of everyone they come into contact with. Like I said, I just want to wrap Hope and Evan up in my arms and take away every hurt or bad thing they've ever had to experience, and prevent any new ones from happening.If you've already read Show Me The Way, you will love seeing the whole gang make an appearance, especially my favorite, Frankie Leigh!! If you haven't met her yet, you HAVE to, she is the most adorable thing ever!My one and only critique of this story is the ending wrapped up too quickly for me. But that's just me, I think I'm just too invested in these characters and everyone else may read it and declare it perfect so what do I know? Read it and decide for yourself! You won't regret it!

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    Follow Me Back is brilliantly written and left me in awe! AL Jackson is truly a master of her craft. This love story is poignant, powerfully raw, incredibly emotional, extremely sexy and breathtakingly om their very first encounter Kale and Hope have an intense attraction on a soul-deep level that can’t be denied. Try as they may to fight this attraction, they are powerless to resist the magnetic pull – the heart knows what is wants. Kale definitely met his match in Hope. He is a charismatic and complex alpha-male whose past haunts him and believes finding love is not in the cards for him. Hope is the perfect combination of sweet and strong. Life is complicated for her and she is very cautious who she lets in her life. Their chemistry is electric and undeniable. Watching their walls crumble brick by brick was incredibly moving. They become one another’s savior and seeing them take a chance and fight for one another made my heart soar. It was breathtaking to witness these two fall in love.I was deeply and emotionally impacted by this story! I cried so much reading this book. I could feel every emotion they experienced -- the butterfly moments, the heart-breaking moments, those moments that melted my heart and those that stole my breath. The emotions just bleed of the pages.I adored the secondary characters as well. The family moments and bond between these band of brothers stole my heart. I loved the strong sense of unconditional love and support that is so beautifully woven throughout this incredible story. Jackson creates an amazing framework of e storyline and twists and turns along the way are very well-written. The ending is so beautifully written; it is absolutely breathtaking! I simply did not want this story to end. This I why I love to read AL Jackson’s books -- you don’t simply read them, you experience them. Her writing style is like no other. I open her books, start reading and instantly I’m immersed in that world. The characters and storyline literally come to life. She has a lyrical quality to her writing that is llow Me Back is beautifully inspiring and truly unforgettable! I would give it 10 stars if I could. This is the second book in the Fight For Me Series and can be read as a standalone. I highly recommend reading this book!!! I can’t wait for Ollie’s story!

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    I have always loved the way that A.L Jackson writes. Her stories are real, emotional, and angsty! I enjoy the build up, the simmer, the burn that she makes her readers feel. This one was no different. I am a total sucker for damaged characters. I feel their anguish and pain, it makes it more realistic to me.I was instantly intrigued by Kale Bryant when we met him in Show Me The Way. He piqued my interest, to say the least. He is passionate about his job, friends, and generally just helping others. He is an all around great guy, has no interest in a relationship, just the occasional one night stand. I instantly got the feeling that he was guarding his heart, and felt undeserving of finding love and happiness within a relationship."Potent. Powerful. Persuasive. That was what the man looked like. Persuasion and dominance. He looked like discord. Chaos with an easy, arrogant smile. A perfect, controlled disorder."Hope Masterson is the epitome of a hard working and loving mom. I was cheering so hard for her in my head. She has been burned badly, and trust does not come easily for her. Some of the issues that she had to overcome as a parent, was a lot for anyone to take on. She never lets this stand in the way of showing her son, Evan, how far she will go to be there for him, and love him unconditionally."This woman was a vision. The kind of face that hit me right in the gut. Because there was no question she was stunning. But it was the sheer goodness radiating from underneath that absolutely made her glow."The chemistry, a charged spark was instant between Kale and Hope. Neither one of them was expecting or looking for this. And neither of them felt deserving of the other. There was times, I wish that I could have reached out and gave them both a good shaking, and say, just take a chance, go ahead and jump. But in true A.L Jackson form she made me want to scream, before she finally pieced me back together."Fear never negates hope. It just means we want something badly enough that we're terrified we might not get to keep it."She has a wonderful ability to write children so realistically, that you can't help but fall in love with them. And if I am completely honest, Hope's son-Evan stole my heart. I have never loved a child in a book, like I did him.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    AL Jackson has been one of my favorite authors for some time, and this book just proves to me why, and cements the fact she won’t be dropping from that spot any time ter reading the first book in this series, I was left wondering about Kale Bryant and wanting to know more about him. He seemed this cocky man, always ready with a wide smile. And he was. He lived his life for his job and his friends who became his family, finding comfort in one bed or another when the need arose. That is, until he saw Hope Masterson.Kale and Hope were drawn to one another, their connection immediate and profound. Their story was wonderful, made even more so by the addition of Hope’s little boy, is kid. Gah! I wanted to wrap him up in my arms and hold him tight. He was joy, head to toe. A wide smile and pure innocence. I fell in love with him even faster than I did Kale and Hope. I have always loved the way Jackson writes kids, but Evan stole the cake. I was in tears over his story, and looked forward to reading about the kid as much as I wanted to read the rest of the is house is LOVE ❤️Kale coming into their lives, and them into his, was fate. It was what they all needed, and the way it was told was devastatingly beautiful. If I could give this book 10 Stars, I would.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    This book was filled with so much HOPE, HEARTACHE and LOVE!!!!!!!!"OUR HOUSE IS L-O-V-E. YOU HAVE TO LOVE IF YOU LIVE THERE. THAT'S THE RULE."These are words that we all should live by. I LOVE A.L. Jackson's words. I get lost in them every time. She makes me laugh, angry, ugly cry, my heart hurt, gives me chills and butterflies, leaves me swooning, and always makes me lose sleep. But she always pieces my heart back together.A.L. Jackson is making it so hard to review her books. I just want to scream at people to READ THE DANG BOOK!!!!!!!! This book had all the feels and left my heart soaring. Kale and Hope were perfect for each other they both had such broken souls. But behind all that pain and torment. They had a love that was aching to be shared. Hope didn't stand a chance when she met the single sexy pediatrician Kale Bryant. OMG!!!! There is nothing sexier then a man who adores kids and wants to care for them. And A.L. Jackson pulled it off so perfectly in this book. I wanted to climb into the pages and claim Kale for myself. LOL!! Have your Kleenex ready and be prepared for a sleepless night. Because once you start you won't be able to put it down.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    Where do I start here. This book has bunches of emotions. Takes you on a wild ride. You’re feeling like you’re reading a nifty little get to know you book, with maybe the chance of more (both story wise & the getting to know you part). Then there’s a twist and you’re like oh wait a minute, that’s interesting. Next you’re feeling all mushy gushy, smiles all over the place, totally loving this book (by the way, that part doesn’t ever change), then WHAM! You’re heart is kinda torn up, which is followed by it being completely crushed, which by now you need a box or two of tissues. But don’t despair, you’ll be put back together again. I loved this book. I loved Kale, with his cockiness, amazing heart and incredible sexiness. Hope, who personifies her name in so many ways, and is filled with strength and love. There’s another incredibly special person, but I’ll let you find out that one for yourself. Just completely loved this book, these characters, the whole thing

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    It goes without saying that if I pick up an AL Jackson book to read, I'm going to love it. Saying that I loved this book just doesn't seem enough. This is the story of Hope and Kale. They met at Olive's, the local bar. The attraction is instant and so strong. Neither of them are quite ready for that yet, with Hope having a complicated life and Kale doesn't believe that he deserves love. That is so far from the truth! Kale is this amazing man, a doctor, who has so much love to give and is so fiercely protective. He is just who Hope needs. Hope, never has a name fit someone so perfectly, she is filled with so much hope. This book has so much....it has laughter and tears, heart felt moments and steamy sexy times. This is a book that will stick with you for a while after you finish.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    OMFG! OMFG!Talk about sending me into a tailspin of emotions.Where you don’t know where the story starts and the story ends.Where you're consumed to the point of no return!Where your mind, body and every living fast it feels as though you're on the edge of losing it,So, lost in the hurricane of the emotions, that you need to take that minute just to ere are no true words to describe Follow me Back, other than A.l. Jackson has single-handedly slain it with this soul, breaking, earthshaking, work of complete art!A tale of two tragically, broken souls thrown together by fate and destiny. Simply put a fight of the heart, which will be thrumming through your vein and into your soul.

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    A.L. Jackson has delivered again. I can't even properly describe how much I loved this new book. It has gone down as my top favorite book so far for 2017. I could not put it down even for a second. Her words spoke to me on a whole different level even from anything she has written before. I have to say that is an accomplishment because I have been obsessed with every single thing she has written so far.

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    It never fails to amaze me that Ms Jackson can keep spinning these wonderful, beautiful stories full of lovable, characters. She has a special way of pulling you in and letting you really know the characters. Rynna and Rex were so perfect for each other and throw Frankie in the mix? Well there’s your recipe for a bestseller... loved this one!

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    Sometimes following your heart and your gut instincts are the absolutely ridiculous get things to do and this was true for Rynna Dayne and Rex may have took them years of regret mistakes and heartbreak o get there but the pay off totally worth looking forward to the next books in this series.

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    I can not say enough about AL Jackson and her writing style. I love it and this beautiful story about chances, forgiveness and love. You will fall in love with Rex, Rynna and Frankie Leigh. Their journey will melt your heart, make you swoon, break your heart and mend it back together. A must read!

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    A.L. Jackson has done it again! She is a magician at story telling, her words magically come together to grab you right from the start and keep you hooked until the very end. This story is full of emotions from fear to love and everything in between. Certainly one of 2017's best reads!

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    I enjoyed reading this. The characters were well developed. As soon as I thought I knew what was going to happen, I found out I was wrong. Frankie was the cutest little girl ever. I gave this 4 stars because it had it's slow moments when I'd skip a page but otherwise, a very good read.

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    Okay so since Rex is taken..I may be a little inlove with Kale...I need more Ollie to know how I feel about him, but man oh man Frankie leigh. She stole my heart. I really loved this book. The characters just pull you in. I was so proud of Rynne..she really is so strong. Amazing book. Awesome job A.L.

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    Gah!!.... Show Me the Way!!! Everything I wanted it to be and more. I love a broody man that breaks free with the right women. I love seeing a man own his title of father and dad. Rex and Rynna’s story is full of feels and leaves you wanting more. A.L. Jackson is brilliant and I will say it every time. Loved this book.

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    Amazing! And the drama was just...Wow! All the twists and turns were so crazy. Rex and Rynna, both broken in their own way, are trying to find a way through life. Will the drama keep them from finding what they both need? Must read!

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    I’m not sure I have words to do this book justice! Such a gorgeous story that pulls you in from the very first page. An amazing array of characters who you fall in love with immediately. Wow, just wow!!! Read this book, read it now!!!!

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    The Great Alone: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    The residents of Kaneq, Alaska, don’t understand why Leni’s mother doesn’t tell someone, doesn’t leave, doesn’t accept help, why she doesn’t stop loving her abusive husband. Some don’t understand why Leni doesn’t leave her parents and escape to college. But I get it; I had a somewhat similar experience. It takes years to grow past the fear of telling people that one of your parents is hurting the other or hurting you and your siblings. Hiding becomes ingrained. Your family closes its ranks and stands alone against the world. There’s a wall that must not be breached. Your abuser must be protected and shielded. Your family pretends that the bruises and broken bones came from falling out of a tree, off your horse, or tumbling down and smashing into the wall at the bottom of the stairs. They pretend that your mom carefully rotating between hospitals is a normal fear of the evil social services workers. And when you’re brave enough to try to tell an adult your parent’s idea of punishment, they laugh and pretend that they think you are joking. And through the years, it feels normal to love and fear your parent at the same time, believing that they’re capable of killing you in an inevitable future where you will face them alone and unprotected.I couldn’t sleep last night, and The Great Alone caught my eye as I was perusing Kindle books and nomming on a Skor bar hoping to feel sleep sneaking up on me. So quickly was I caught by this book that half my Skor bar still remains stranded on my bureau, abandoned when I nabbed my tablet and snuck to my recliner without waking the significant other. The story was so enthralling that I devoured it in one extended sitting broken only by puppy potty e Great Alone is a chilling, emotionally wrenching roller coaster ride. Kristin Hannah has created characters that are believable and realistically populate her vision of a child caught between a parent she loves and cannot abandon and a parent who claims to love her. In the midst of becoming a warrior capable of surviving her family, Alaska, hard choices, and the tragedies that rock her world, Leni discovers the true families that love ’s hard to write about this book and not include spoilers, so I’ll stop here and just say that there is a lot of sorrow (ask my Kleenex box about it), growth, and even joy in The Great Alone. For all its pain, this tale is unforgettably uplifting. Highly recommended.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    I was a bit out of my usual comfort zone as far as reading genres when I came to this book. When I was about 5 percent into the book I was loving it, but as I got just a little bit further I thought to myself, "if I wasn't committed to reading this for NetGalley, I'd move onto something else." However, after taking a deep breath and persevering with the book, I came away with a healthy admiration for this author's writing.I've held the lifelong belief that while reading books I've travelled all over the world in my mind. For this reason, I do not feel at all like I've missed out due to my anemic personal travel log. One of the gifts I received from this book was the very unique experience of living "off the grid" in 's the early 1970s, and 13 year old Lenora (Leni) Allbright is living with the stress and uncertainty of her parents' volatile marriage. Her father Ernt is a Vietnam POW, never quite the same upon his discharge from the Armed Forces. His sleep is often disturbed by flashbacks and he's unable to control his jealously where his attractive and dedicated wife Cora is concerned. Leni has too often seen her father's hair trigger violence towards her mother, as well as Cora's willingness to forgive without consequences. Cora and Ernt fell in love quite young, culminating in unexpected pregnancy and a rushed, simple wedding. Cora came from wealth and her parents disapproved of the marriage, but her love for Ernt was steadfast. Even though Ernt didn't come home from the war the same man, Cora stoically dealt with the rollercoaster moods from her husband. As Leni witnesses her parents riding the wild emotions of their marriage, their sexual passions still intact... she's a young teenager with a secret to be embarrassed about. Her father [email protected]#$%!s her en a life-changing decision is suddenly made: Ernt receives a letter from the father of a fellow POW- one who didn't make it home alive. His comrade willed him some land and a home in Alaska. Ernt views this opportunity as a lifeline; a place where he can live in solitude off the land. A place to start anew. With hope and some trepidation, Cora agrees to leave their Seattle home along with Leni and Ernt for an unknown future in Alaska.When the Allbrights arrive in this remote strip of Alaska, it's quite unsettling just how "off the grid" this new life will be. There is no running water or electricity, and their modest cabin is littered with dead bugs. There is no bathroom; those needs are met by an outhouse. The only means of communication with their fellow cove inhabitants is by ham radio. They are also warned by the locals how easily one can die during the cruel Alaska winters. The Allbrights must learn how to hunt and fish, can foods, tend to livestock and cut firewood... just to name a few life-saving skills. During the heart of an Alaskan winter, there are barely 8 hours of light in the day. Talk about cabin fever! This was where I hit critical mass in the book and felt so claustrophobic and disturbed that I wished to put aside the nt at first thrives with the simplicity and physicality of working the land, but does not do well when the unrelenting winter hits. I won't get into the nuts and bolts of the story. Suffice it to say, and I quote Leni, her parents were in a "sick, twisted love that bound her parents together." There are characters that you will grow to love in this book, and one will absolutely turn your stomach. This is a story that is rich, atmospheric and fraught with great emotions. I came away from this book with utter respect and appreciation for the people who homestead in Alaska, with all its beauty and challenges. For all the hard physical work to survive there, they seem to love it and would have it no other ank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the gift of a great read.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    Set during the tumultuous 1970s, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah is an incredibly compelling novel about a Vietnam vet who moves his family to the Alaskan bush in an effort conquer his war-related irteen year old Leni Allbright remembers nothing of the father she had before Ernt was drafted during the Vietnam War. Since his return, the family has frequently moved in an effort to outrun their troubles. She and her mother, Cora, are incredibly close and Cora implores her daughter to forgive her father and remember that he was not always like this. When Ernt receives a letter from his war buddy Bo Harlan’s father Earl letting him know Bo wanted him to inherit his land, Ernt once again uproots his family to move to the desolate, yet beautiful Alaskan bush. However, Ernt, Cora and Leni are completely unprepared for the harsh life in an unforgiving, isolated place where one mistake could prove fatal and life revolves around preparing for the upcoming winter. Fortunately for them, their new neighbors in the small town of Kaneq pitch in to help them learn the much needed skills to survive in the bush, but will Ernt find the peace he is desperately seeking?Leni is a resourceful, intelligent young woman who loves her mother but distrusts her father. She finds it surprisingly easy to adapt to her new life in Alaska and despite the hard work and harsh weather, she loves their new home. Despite the positive changes Leni sees in her father, she has grave misgivings about the effect winter will have on his tenuous stability and volatile behavior. When the long summer days end and the long, dark winter begins, Leni’s fears quickly come to fruition. Her pleas to her mother fall on deaf ears as Cora refuses to give up hoping that Ernt will turn back into the loving husband he was before the Vietnam War took such huge toll on his e town of Kaneq is filled with quirky residents who have many different reasons for choosing to eke out a life in such an isolated and unforgiving yet incredibly beautiful and majestic state. Marge Birdsall is a gregarious woman who is larger than life and more than willing to help the Allbrights navigate life in the bush. Tom Walker is from a prosperous family with deep roots in the community and he is the first to help his fellow Alaskans in time of trouble. Tom’s son Matthew and Leni strike a close friendship that withstands heartache and tragedy but Ernt’s animosity for Tom does not bode well for their relationship. The Harlan clan eagerly welcome Ernt and his family into their fold but when Ernt’s paranoia grabs hold, will they continue to support his radical and dangerous ideas?The Great Alone is a magnificent novel that incorporates true life events into the storyline. The characters are well developed with true to life strengths and human frailties that make them easy to relate to. Narrated for the most part by Leni, her observations are insightful and due to her life experiences, she is very mature. Cora and Ernt are both incredibly frustrating characters but it is Cora that readers will have the most difficult time relating to as she stubbornly puts herself and her daughter into danger with her poor decisions. Never downplaying its dangers or its dramatic beauty, Kristin Hannah brings Alaska vibrantly and realistically to life. As someone who lived in Alaska for a number of years, I can assure readers that she has faithfully and brilliantly highlighted this raw and untamed state in all of its wondrous splendor. I highly recommend this captivating yet bittersweet story of resilience, kindness, joy and sorrow that is heartbreaking yet ultimately, uplifting.I received a complimentary copy for review.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier. Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources. But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but Thoughts: I love the setting and the era in which the story begins. It takes me back to what was happening in my life in the 1970s. The Vietnam War, protesters, Nixon and Watergate…and a feeling of a country divided. Not that different from the world nt Allbright is the MC, who, along with his wife Cora and daughter Leni, hopes to find a new life in Alaska. Ernt’s experiences as a POW in Vietnam have left him with nightmares, flashbacks, and rage. A lot of rage.Long winters in Alaska bring out his worst emotions…what will happen to his family in the isolated “great alone”?Leni’s third person narrative kept me thoroughly engaged, and I felt such empathy for her experiences, having grown up in a family with domestic violence and rage. A family that relished its “outsider” status.Leni’s fear that her father would eventually kill her mother held me by the throat, as I watched the intensity grow. Her friendship with Matthew opens up the world for her, but her father’s hatred of his family enhances the danger. Will Leni find a way to escape? What will need to happen before she can find the peace she craves?A beautiful saga of an unpredictable wilderness and the people who brought a sense of belonging to Leni, The Great Alone: A Novel spanned decades, and left me feeling the beauty of the land and the people who had found their place there. 5 stars.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    I’ve been meaning to read Kristan Hannah for some time. She’s been highly recommended to me by several friends. I can see why after reading THE GREAT is book hit all the feels for me. And how could it not? A veteran, broken, struggling, suffering from PTSD and the darkness that lurks deep in his soul, threatening to take over. A woman who loves him too much to leave, who lives on hope and faith and in fear. A young girl caught in the middle, struggling to make sense of it all, while falling in love for the first e book is set in the 1970s in Alaska and its one of the things that first caught my attention, as I lived in Alaska during that time. Kristan Hannah took me on a sweet, wonderful trip to the past. Reading THE GREAT ALONE took me back to the summer of endless days and dark, cold winters. Her descriptions of the Kenai Peninsula didn’t so much paint a picture for me, as it transported me across time and space. Once again I was a young girl picking the biggest and sweetest blueberries I’d ever had. And yes, those mosquitoes! The Alaskan state bird. ☺But it was more than the trip down memory lane that drew me in; it was the beautiful writing, and the touching story of this dysfunctional family. While I wanted to rant and yell at Cora for staying with an abusive husband, my heart ached for her struggle. How do you give up on someone you love? For those of us lucky enough to never have experienced this kind of relationship, it might be hard to understand that walking away is not an easy option. However, the author did a wonderful job of not only showing Cora’s struggle with her faith that things with get better against her fear of staying and of for Ernt Allbright, I’m not sure there ever was a time he was good, happy, and “normal.” And while it was easy to hate him, we could see that he wasn’t all bad. He really struck me as a person who struggled with more than just PTSD. There seemed to be traces of bipolarism and definitely narcissistic personality disorder. Through Leni and Cora’s eyes we saw there was love fighting the darkness. Sadly, it didn’t e story is told mostly through Leni’s young eyes. We experience her own struggle to fit in, to adapt, and the heartbreak that comes with finding out your heroes are flawed. Despite the dysfunctional dynamics in this family, Leni is devoted to her mom and it’s this relationship that gives the two women the strength to keep going and to try to make this new life istan Hannah has written a beautiful, emotional story that is also devastatingly sad, yet full of hope. Her characters are complex, flawed and real. Her descriptions are full and vivid. This might have been my first Kristan Hannah book, but it will not be my last and I have no doubt THE GREAT ALONE will stay with me. Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for advanced copy.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    After having read five of Kristin Hannah's novels, I expected her most recent publication, The Great Alone, to be emotionally heavy and beautifully written; it is most certainly both of those, yet I am left feeling rather the first half of the novel, those of us who have no knowledge of the history of Alaskan homesteaders are in for vividly explicit descriptions of the extreme winter conditions and endless summer days. Hannah does an incredible job of harnessing her own personal memories of Alaskan adventures and translating them into a captivating narrative, full of characters with potential for development."They lived on a piece of land that couldn’t be accessed by water at low tide, on a peninsula with only a handful of people and hundreds of wild animals, in a climate harsh enough to kill you. There was no police station, no telephone service, no one to hear you scream. For the first time, she really understood what her dad had been saying. Remote."By the half way mark, I began to make some predictions (several of which materialized by the end) and feel a little less enchanted with the Alaskan wilderness and the ongoing domestic violence; much of this is due to a transference of personal beliefs/challenges on this topic, so readers should be aware of this trigger."Yelling was like a bomb in the corner; you saw it, watched the fuse burn, and you knew when it would explode and you needed to run for cover. Not speaking was a killer somewhere in your house with a gun when you were sleeping."This novel is dense: not only in page count, but also in characters, narrative and possibilities. There were times, while reading, when I could not imagine how this story would draw to a close; I sent a message, after completing the novel, to friends to say that I thought the 76% mark (I read an electronic copy) would have been the perfect opportunity for a conclusion.While there were elements about this novel that I enjoyed - the descriptive writing, the setting, most of the characters the dynamics of their relationships - I would have traded some of the extended story in the last few chapters for a little more character development and of Hannah's previous work will be pleased with The Great Alone and I have already read several favorable reviews; it's not The Nightingale, but it's not supposed to be.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    This is the story of a young family, a Vietnam veteran and POW, his dreamer wife, and their practical child Leni. When Leni’s father inherits land up in Alaska, his father views it as a fresh start for the family. Before she knows it, they are on their way to Alaska in their new VW bus.Leni falls in love with the beauty of their little community and the wonderful people living there, but when the dark winters begin to press in, she sees a change in her father, and not a good one. Was moving here a terrible mistake?For fans of Kristin Hannah, it’s been a long wait for a new book. After the intense popularity of The Nightingale, the next book was more anticipated. The Great Alone was absolutely worth the wait. Filled with hope, love, pain, and fear, this book grips you from the first page, and doesn’t let go. I couldn’t put this book down and found myself reading way past my is book covers some very important topics: abuse, PTSD, and the way they affect more than just the victim. This story shows exactly how far out the effects reach. Lives are forever changed, and in the 1970’s, the laws and knowledge were definitely not up to where they needed to be. Thankfully, times have changes and I hope a lot of this wouldn’t be able to happen now days.I found this incredibly well written, as all Kristin Hannah books are. The writing was vivid and well detailed. I could hear the water, see the mountains and lakes, feel the fear and pain, the love and joy. I felt as if I was truly there, fighting the winters and waiting for spring.I loved these characters. Leni was strong and really smart, Matthew was loyal and caring, Mama was really trying the best she could, and I had love how protective Mr. Walker and Large Marge were. The way everyone came together in this wonderful community was heartwarming and is book was wonderful from the first page to the very last; I loved every second of it. I would recommend this book to anyone. *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

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    The Great Alone: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    I was totally immersed in Hannah's novel right from the start. A superb story of a young girl's childhood with two broken, dysfunctional parents played out in the depths of Alaska in the early 1970's.Leni Allbright is thirteen when her ex Vietnam Vet POW father decides to take them to heart bleeds for the whole family caught in the vortex of the damage that war plays on the survivors--if the emotional and mental anguish can even be called that. As Leni so eloquently and sadly states, 'One thing every child of a POW knew was how easily people could be broken. Leni still wore the shiny silver POW bracelet in memory of a captain who hadn’t come home to his family.'Leni and her mother Cora are swept up into Ernt's latest grand plan. They will go to Alaska to take up the offer of a property in what surely must be the 'last frontier'--the wilderness of the far north where survival is not guaranteed and where life is a continual effort to stock up for the long winters broken by the vast amazing summers. The palate Hannah employs to paint the landscape is mesmerizing. The human state she portrays is relentless and stark, compassionate and revealing all at once. Ernt, Cora and Leni will come face to face with their own strengths and failings and the leaching away of Ernt's self control.Leni is forged into a person who is 'Alaska -tough'.The portrayal of the locals, a mixed bag of people, from the off-grid survivalists, to those who have been challenged by and met the demanding way of life, to those who have just plain fallen in love with this untamed wilderness, all ring true.A mesmerizing novel of survival, loss and harsh truths. The story surrounds you and absorbs you. It displays a raw and powerful story force that has the pull of legend. A tale that eats into your heart and gives pause for reflection on a multiple of levels. To my mind the title, The Great Alone, plays on both the mental states of the central players and the challenge of the vastness and wildness of Alaska.A NetGalley ARC

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    The Great Alone: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    The Great Alone by Kristin HannahHave read other works by this author and have learned so much from them, looking forward to more of the same with this is one starts out with Leni and she's a teen and they are moving again. Her dad keeps losing his job, drinks a lot and beats up her mother then when he comes out of his PTSD he ey end up in Alaska, a cabin from one of his Nam buddies and they are welcomed into the community. What I like the best is how others help take care of them and prepare them for the winter months.Leni is able to go to school then come home to do chores-she also is into photography. Her school buddy Matthew shows an interest in her and her in him. They are able to spend some time not at school but her dad doesn't like the way Matthew's father pays attention to his wife, Cora.He has blowups and takes things out on his wife still. Love hearing of all their struggles and how they are able to make it all work. As Leni gets older she's able to learn more and experience more in nature to help keep them alive and much to this story, locations, colors, love all the nature, very detailed descriptions of the area and issues surrounding the community, Northern Lights, school where this story goes and glad things went in the direction they did and how things go full circle. So much to look forward to. Love hearing the connection she has with him over the years and waits for his words to reach her-they are both so can always go home and you don't have to be how this story came about from real experiences. Went through so many emotions as I read this book, had a hard time putting it down to make dinner.I received this review book from St. Martin's Press via Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    “This state, this place, is like no other. It is beauty and horror; savior, and destroyer. Here, where survival is a choice that must be made over and over., in the wildest place in America, on the edge of civilization, where water in all its forms can kill you, you learn who you are.” --LeniThe Great Alone is a truly mesmerizing tale of life in Alaska for Leni Allbright and her family. Leni is a young girl of 13 when her flighty, dependent mom, Cora, and her dad, Ernt, move to Alaska in 1974. Ernt suffers from post traumatic stress due to his time spent in a POW camp in Vietnam. As a result, he uproots their life e idea of life in Alaska begins when Ernt inherits a piece of land and a cabin in the wilds of Alaska from an old Vietnam buddy, Bo Harlan. The reality sets in when they depart on a 2400 mile journey to Kaneq, a small town on the Kenai Peninsula, in a beat up VW bus. The harsh realities of life in Alaska soon unfold and the Allbright family struggle to survive; not only from exterior hazards, but also from those lurking within the walls of their own is novel depicts the trials and hardships of life in Alaska for people unaccustomed to and unprepared for a life in the wilderness. The themes of survival, courage, and domestic abuse run throughout the story. The characters are vibrantly alive and dynamic. This book is hands down one of the best books I have read this year. A dark and riveting story that you will not want to put down!This ARC copy was received from St. Martin’s Press and in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    I've been staring at the computer screen for about 10 minutes now, trying to start this review, and having no idea how to do so. I just can't make the words come out, and writing the review terrifies me, and makes me feel a little ill. You see, I didn't buy, or read this book because I know the author or her work. I did both because the content sounded interesting, and because I needed my next big review. Yes, I read this book so I could review it, which is where the ill part enters. I started working toward being an Amazon Top 1000 reviewer about a year ago. Not because I really cared about the rank...it was just a goal. Something intangible I could work toward. And I chose it, because sad though it is, my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are the last place in this entire world where I am willing to communicate, in any capacity, with other human beings. They're all I have left.I live a sad life. I have no friends and I'm lonely... So lonely that as I type this I feel like crying, even though I accepted this as my reality a long time ago. I cancelled facebook two years ago. I lost my last real friend three years ago. I struggle to call and make appointments because it requires talking to strangers, and for this reason I also can't go to the grocery store, or the gas station, or any other list of a hundred places that normal people go to have normal see, I decided five years ago that I was done with fitting in, and that I'd rather be lonely and alone, than to continue immersing myself in a world I found caustic.Everywhere I looked people seemed to be shouting, trying to make their voices heard. The most recent clever story on facebook. The most wittily stated opinion. I didn't see kindness, I saw intolerance and rudeness. I saw people ripping each other down through the medium of social media because they didn't have to look that person in the face, and see how their comments hurt them. Then I watched as that attitude seemed to make people less tolerant in the real world as well. I wanted no part of it anymore. From that point on I was standing alone, and that was that. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but as the years have passed, I've cut myself so far off from humanity that it feels like I'm the only person left in my world. It hurts, SO much, but I don't know how to undo it. I don't know how to go least...I didn't. I know this review is already too long, and all I've done is clumsily muddle my way through it—attempting to express something I don't even know if others will understand. This is frustrating for me, because I don't want to talk about myself, and doing so is terrifying, particularly after so many years of silence. But I didn't know how else to express the impact this book had on me, without first talking about how much pain I've been in, and how nefarious my reasons for reading it in the first place. I got the "standing alone" part down pat. I did that years ago. The part I couldn't find, that maybe I'd never have found on my own, is the part where I know how to belong to something again. Join the world. Feel a connection to life and humanity.I cried just about the entire duration of this book. I got it because it sounded "interesting", but I feel like it opened up a hole in the side of my sad little world. I didn't think it would apply to me, but it's changed my life. I expected to write an honest, clinical review discussing its contents from a dispassionate point of view. But instead, here I am, still clumsily attempting to convey my feelings in the hopes that some part of this review might encourage even one other person to read this book.Everyone should read this book. Everyone who wants to stand alone, but still belong. Everyone who already is alone, and wants to be a part of something again. Everyone who is tired of a humanity that is separated. Give it a shot. If nothing else, get the sample chapters, and see if there's something in it that might speak to you.And if my review is clumsy, I sincerely apologize. Please don't let that turn you off from the book. It changed my life, and I think it can do as much for many.

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    *****Like all of Brene Brown's books, this one is life-transforming. I would recommend that everyone--everyone--read each book of hers, in order, and this one last, as it is the culmination of all of the other books. But even better, buy this book, read it, go back and read the others and then read this again! This is the best of all of her books, as well as a prescription for being alive now, of being a citizen, a human being, a kind and caring and loving person--now--at this time in history. It is about how to be brave, kind, and good--no matter what your faith or lack of faith--and of dealing with the fractionalization of our country and of moving towards a re-humanizing (as opposed to dehumanizing) of our communities and families and other relationships, of transforming conflict in brave and true e book's theme is "true belonging", which the author defines as: "...the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn't require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are." This might sound a bit unusual, but the book unfolds this idea in beautiful ways that truly will appeal to every reader--no matter what your ideology (including religious and political), no matter what your race, gender, or this book; I cannot convey in a review how much it has the potential to change your life for the better. I read it yesterday and today in two sittings and am going back again and again to the writing, the ideas, and the inspiration to me to life more authentically and to be able to connect with others in deeper and braver ways.Highly recommended.*****

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    I've only listened to the first chapter of the book so far and I've been in tears three times. This book has already opened my heart and squeezed it hard. I can't wait to listen to the rest - my dog is going to be getting some long walks.

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    You only need to read this book if you are a is is the book that I needed now.I needed to be reminded that respect begins with respect to myself.I belong to is is the lesson that I want to teach my e only way to teach is by ank you, Brene.

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Brené Brown has written three NY Times bestsellers. She also has one of the five most viewed TED talks with over 30 million views called “The Power of Vulnerability.”This book is about our yearning to belong and how having the courage to be ourselves, being authentic, and having the courage to stand alone can help us accomplish a sense of belonging. This sounds like quite a paradox, but Brené brings clarity to this conundrum by the end of the AVING is an acronym that Brené introduced in an earlier book called Rising Strong. It is about trusting others and self-trust. She calls this her wilderness checklist. Gaining this trust is about:• Boundaries. This is making sure that we’re clear on respecting boundaries, and when in doubt, we ask.• Reliability. We do what what we say we are going to do.• Accountability. We own our mistakes, apologize, and make things right.• Vault. Simply keeping things in confidence and sharing only the things that are ours to share.• Integrity. Practicing our values and always doing what is right even if it’s uncomfortable.• Non-judgment. We can differ in opinions and still respect each other.• Generosity. We extend the most generous interpretation possible to the intentions, words, and actions of others.Our world is so polarized today. We tend to look at each other’s differences. We separate ourselves with regards to politics, religion, social class, etc., and tend to gravitate towards those who think the same as us. Our differences are magnified more so today than at any other time in our ené gives us four elements to help with the reality of today’s world. They are:1 - People Are Hard to Hate Close Up. Move In.2 - Speak Truth to BS. Be Civil.3 - Hold Hands. With Strangers.4 - Strong Back. Soft Front. Wild is book helps us understand that our imperfections, uniqueness, our fears, etc., are what make us who we are. Brené says that once we embrace our humanness, our shortcomings, and we love ourselves for who we are, will we find our sence of is book was published September 12th, 2017 and already has 176 reviews on Amazon giving it a 4.6 rating. Goodreads gives it 4.32 stars after 2,433 ratings and 366 reviews. The timing of this book couldn’t be more apropos with the divisiveness of our world today. I definitely recommend this one and I give it 4 stars.#FridaysFind #MIAGD #BrenéBrown #BRAVING #BravingTheWilderness #Authenticity #BeYou

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    I find huge benefit from Brene's work. I was introduced with her (then) new book, Rising Strong. As soon as I was done, not having realized she published before Rising Strong, that I had to quickly buy her earlier books. This new book is just as I would expect from Brene. I have been on a journey of self discovery and Brene is the single most valuable element of my making myself more real and true.

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Absolutely phenomenal and timely, I cried, laughed, got nailed, was deeply empowered, and have already sent five of my friends on the quest to read it. There are so many important areas covered in this book, from how we dehumanize one another to how gossip is the toxic mimic of connection to how to be curious to being brave by being yourself. It should be required reading for everyone.

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Brene's writing style always leaves me laughing, in tears, or contemplating how to make myself a better human being. Her ability to tell stories about herself that I can relate to and see myself in is one of her best gifts. Thanks Brene, for continuing to challenge the status quo!

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone who doesn't feel like they fit in and that the world is crazy. We must "brave the wilderness". It's so important in healing our culture of divisiveness and hate. Thank you to Brene Brown for writing this book for all of us.

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Brene speaks from the heart from a place of truth delivering the message that others have not! She inspires me to face my fears and move forward brave and strong even if I'm alone!!!

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    Reese is the arrogant, sexy lawyer who is trying to prove his client innocent of killing his mistress and unborn child. He has never lost a case and he thrives on control and power both in the courtroom and the is a reporter covering the trial and she has watched him work his magic day in and day out during the trial. She is very attracted to him but only for a one-night stand as she has been involved with someone like him before and it only ends in heartbreak and ter their steamy session Cat has her mind made up that although he fulfilled all her desires that he is not meant for her in the long term however Reese is not about to let her go that easy. There is a reason that he has never lost a case before and her reluctances fires up his need to triumph and prove her wrong.I loved both these characters as Cat is independent, feisty and not about to just meekly give in while Reese is determined and focused in his pursuit to convince Cat that she is his. The author has managed to weave a terrific story that includes suspense and twists surrounding the trial as well as a connection and chemistry between Reese and Cat that is explosive.

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    I must say first that I have LOVED all of Lisa Renee Jones’ Books. No matter when they come out I pre-order right away since ALL of her books are great and delicious!****I do not give out spoilers in any of my reviews ****Dirty Rich One Night Stand did NOT disappoint!!I have never read a book about two powerful lawyers and especially a woman. Cat Maxwell and “Mr. Hotness” Reese has a rule of only having one night stands, but of course meeting Reese things change. They just don’t have intensity in the courtroom it just EVERYWHERE between e scenes between them are very hot and turns into something fast even though Cat tries to fight it since it is against her number 1 rule- ONLY ONE NIGHT STANDS!!If you have read any of Lisa Renee Jones’ book you will be happy to see that Walkers in this book. You will get to see an inside look into Royce and Laura’s WILL love this book as much as I have!You’ve done it again Lisa!Thank you.

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    Dirty, Rich One Night Stand is Hot and Sexy standalone book. This Is Reese Summers (Mr. Hotness himself) and Cat Maxwell’s story. Both are criminal attorney’s. And, Reese is the defending attorney for the “Trial of the Century” Cat is a blogger/reporter/writer (no she isn’t working as an attorney but, why would she when she is also an author and commands $$$ for her books. Reese and Cat meet in a coffee shop and Cat thinks that mister sex on a stick is an “arrogant a—hole”. She gives him a dressing down. And, as they say the rest is history or at least I don’t want to say more at the risk of spoilers.I highly enjoyed their story! There was suspense, romance and a steamy sexy story! What more could you ask for? I love reading this authors books. They are quite entertaining.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I give Dirty Rich One Night Stand 4.5 sexy stars. Plus, I bought this book

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    There is a reason I love to read Lisa Renee Jones. Her words are magical. This standalone is brilliant.Dirty, Rich One Night Stand is Unbelievably hot. The book is about Mr. Hotness (Reese Summers) and Cat Maxwell. Both are passionate about the law. Seeing that Reese is Lawyer representing someone he believes is innocent and Cat is a lawyer turned reporter. In both of their fields of work research is a must. In Cat's case, she had heard of Mr. Hotness's reputation of "killer in court," only wins under is belt. What she didn't expect was for him to be the arrogant jerk that tried to cut in front of her at her go-to coffee shop. Her sharp tongue set this story into motion. The chemistry was unparalleled mixed with quick witted snark made me love this book. I definitely recommend this book.

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    OMG! I devoured Dirty Rich One Night Stand in One Day, despite trying to read slow, and savor every word. I just couldn’t stop turning the pages, I couldn’t put this down from the first page to the last. Addicting, exhilarating, passionate, and wickedly sexy. This story sucked me in, melting my heart, making me breathless and on fire, for more, more, more. And Boy, does Lisa Renee Jones deliver! These characters are combustible with their sizzling chemistry and the passion, they have between them. But there is so much more to this story and to this Fantastic Romance, but you will have to read it to find out. One of the Best books I’ve read in a while.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    Every time I read a book from Lisa Renee Jones is sucks me in and I'm in for a wild ride throughout the whole want to connect with the character's as you read about them and that is the one thing that she does when she writes her and Reese has this chemistry that is off the charts and once you see to their life and with families that are missed up you can't help but to feel helpless but in the end will everything work out for Cat and Reese or will their family screw it up for them? To find out you need to read the book!!

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    Cat is a journalist that covers crime trials. She has the best personality I have ever read. Cat does not take crap from people and knows what she wants. I have to say I love Cat. I love that Lisa Renee Jones wrote this strong ese is a defensive attorney who never looses. So when Reese comes across Cat in a coffeehouse he is determined he will not loose ter Cat meets Reese she wants a One and Done with him. Which means a one night is is another great story from Lisa Renee Jones

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    5 SEXY LAWYER STARS!! Wow, this book was amazing!! I was on the edge of my seat and flipping pages as fast as I could. The story is full of court room drama, suspense, SEXY times and great characters. Reece a hot lawyer will win your heart and Cat is the perfect person for him, she is able to take his cockiness. I love Reece and Cat and seeing their story be told. Lisa Renee Jones is one of my favorite author and always delivers the perfect story. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader of this book.

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    Wow! I am so use to reading Ms. Jones books in a series that I was blown away by the standalone! It is a very hot, very sexy, very steamy book that will leave you panting by the end. I was perfectly comfortable with the closing and not left wanting to know what would happen next as a series would do. I really love this novel, and while it is a great standalone, I would love to see more like it (not necessarily the characters)!

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    Lisa Renee Jones never fails to deliver and this book is a total page turner! It kept me intrigued from the first page to the last. The banter between Cat and Reese was never ending and the suspense of the trial was fabulously written!For those fans of the Walker Brother's Series~ They are involved in this case as well! I LOVED it!Thank you Lisa for writing another splendid book!

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    Before We Were Yours: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    I wasn't familiar with Lisa Wingate's books before I read "Before We Were Yours" but I'll be looking for others now that I've read it. I was drawn fully into the story, set in both the 1930s and present day. It follows the story of the Foss children in the '30s and Avery Stafford in present day, and brings to light a horrifying and shameful real-life om the '30s to 1950, a woman named Georgia Tann, who ran the (Memphis) Tennessee Children's Home Society, stole poor children from their families and newborn babies from single mothers and sold them to celebrities, politicians and others who could afford them. It was all done under the guise of helping orphaned and abandoned children find good homes, but it was actually human trafficking.Avery Stafford finds a puzzling photograph that leads her into an ever more confusing story of secrets and lies inside her upright, respected family. Along the way, she starts to question the man her family has picked for her to marry and her expected role within the family. What follows is a heartwarming story of love, betrayal, memories and staying true to your heart. In addition to the well developed characters and background love story, I liked the realistic view into the 1930s.I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot about a dark time in our history, when being poor was enough to have a family ripped apart forever.

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    Before We Were Yours: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    This is the first book I've ever read by Lisa Wingate, but having read it I will search through her other titles. It was an excellent book! The subject matter was hard, and sad at times, as I knew it would be before starting. I could not put it down because I had to find out how the story ended. It was a glorious book, I'm happy that I read it!

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    Before We Were Yours: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    I bought this book because of the many 5 star reviews and I was not disappointed. While reading it I was immersed in a different place and a different time.I was reminded once again that goodness and evil are amongst us permanently, and sometimes, it is the "virtuous" who harbor a very dark side. It is an amazingly beautiful, deep and very emotional novel, one you have a feeling of "living" rather than "reading".

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    Before We Were Yours: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    A close-to-flawless book about family lost and found. At first, I thought the present-day story wasn't as gripping as the flashbacks. I was wrong. Both stories combine in a page-turning resolution. The author has taken terrible events in history and breathed life into those who suffered because they were too poor to keep their families together.

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    Before We Were Yours: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    I didn't know what to expect from this book, it was a selection for our book club. Overall I really enjoyed the book, it is an easy read but it does bounce back and forth between present day and the 1940s. The intertwined story lines are easy to follow and the characters are well developed. This is both a happy and sad story, and I did shed a few tears but it was not an all out tear jerker. I definitely recommend this book.

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    Before We Were Yours: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    I liked the story. I liked the characters. It was a quick fast read, but I did not think it merited 5 stars. The split story line was a little annoying and a bit impersonal, probably because of the subject matter. It was not a book I would recommend.

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    Before We Were Yours: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    Interesting story and an easy read. This book lends itself to discussion and varied opinions. It also has a basis of truth in history- a very sad time for many children.

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    Before We Were Yours: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    Wonderful story that captured your imagination from the start. As the story progresses you can't help cheering for the good guys. It is a detective story that touches many lives. The ending is well done and leaves you with a smile.

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    Before We Were Yours: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    Extremely well written. Enjoyable doesn’t feel like the right word as it isn’t a happy story, but I loved reading it.

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    Before We Were Yours: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was difficult to put down and I highly recommend it. I would like to see this story turned into a movie!

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    Stand by Me [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:49

    My all-time favourite movie! Like Gordie, I was a shy, sensitive boy, who was (and am) a writer, and I've been told by so many people I have a talent for it. Also, I've had many friends like Chris, being tough on the outside, while sweet on the inside, and I've known people like Vern, Teddy and Denny too :) Beautiful music, acting and truth about growing up, as relevant today as it was in the 80s/50s :)

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    Dark Saturday: A Novel (A Frieda Klein Novel) [Book]  2017-11-23 18:0

    Warning! I loved this book the first time I read it, but it was then called "Saturday Requiem". Now I have been fooled into buying it a second time,

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    Dark Saturday: A Novel (A Frieda Klein Novel) [Book]  2017-11-23 18:0

    I've been a fan of Nicci French's writing for many years. With a minimum of words, she's able to transport me straight into her characters' world. That's true of this book, as well. I was there with Frieda, in the midst of her emotional turmoil. The psychological component is strong, and I experienced this story as I read ieda can be a difficult character to like. She's standoffish, and her distance from others also keeps us at a distance. But that's an important part of who she is and what her history has done to her. While you might not choose to hang out with her as a friend, her life is such that you can't help being swept along, wanting to know how it all turns out.While this book is part of a series, it works relatively well as a stand-alone. The main plot is specific to this story and has closure at the end. Frieda's backstory is woven in enough so readers new to the series get a sense of who she is. That being said, there is a separate plot thread woven in that continues from past books through this one, which brings me to my complaint with this book. We have a major cliffhanger at the end. The cliffhanger is enormous, truly, and pertains to the ongoing thread that is not mentioned in the book's description. I am not a fan of cliffhangers. At all. It's like paying to see a movie that stops midway, and then you have to purchase another ticket to find out how the movie ends. So, given the way this series is set up with a major plot point carrying through all the books, coupled with the cliffhanger, I'd recommend starting at the beginning and reading these books in order, with full expectation of having to read them all.*I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.*

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    Dark Saturday: A Novel (A Frieda Klein Novel) [Book]  2017-11-23 18:0

    A dark, psychological mystery wherein former police professionals/paraprofessionals re-open gruesome murders for complicated reasons. Although this story could be a standalone book, and is the first in the series that I read, it is in fact the sixth in the series. There were frequent references to previous relationships and I admit it became taxing not fully knowing what they meant. The tale itself did not require prior knowledge, although the character development probably did. Having said that, the book is really good. It starts out tense and never lets up. The weather, the mood, the behavior of the various people under discussion...all of it became and remained ever more grim, brooding and disquieting. Frankly, I was relieved to read it during an overly bright sunny day because I would have been jumping out of my skin at night. It was just that creepy. The ending is well worth the tale, no disappointment whatsoever. And for readers of the series, it is clear there will be another in the series. I received my copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.

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    Dark Saturday: A Novel (A Frieda Klein Novel) [Book]  2017-11-23 18:0

    I don't think you should be forced to give a star rating. I put a 3 but for reasons, I mention @ my blog I do not give any stars.Let me start by mentioning the number of characters that are in this book is absurd and a lot of them are from previous books in the series some even stem for the first book Blue Monday. Therefore, as a reader, you might get scant to no explanation of whom a character actually is. The plot from what is construed from the blurb is suitably written consequently a nuisance from Frieda's past is thrown into the story which to me the vehemence felt irrelevant and overpowering to the book. Nevertheless, if you are reading this as an ongoing series you might not feel this ditionally, one of my pet peeves is when authors do not execute a finished ending though some closure was achieved volumes were left unsaid as a result I am left wondering what happened to several main characters. Maybe a book that starts with a Sunday will reveal the unknowns? Even though I have been harsh on the book so far it is filled with an abundance of conundrums. Unquestionably a complex whodunit packed with conspiracy, mystery, gore, and just when you think you have it figured out it will twist you one way then spin you is is not meant to be read as a standalone book. If I had started on book one Blue Monday and proceeded forward I perhaps could have established a more favorable impression of the book as a whole. Finally, I did not find this to be a bad book, in fact, I enjoyed a great deal of it, hence the negative issues just trampled upon a slew of good.OH WAIT! Frieda is only a Psychotherapist, not a Forensic Psychotherapist. Don’t you have to be a Forensic Psychotherapist to work with the police?

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    Dark Saturday: A Novel (A Frieda Klein Novel) [Book]  2017-11-23 18:0

    At the risk of repeating myself --- a hazard at my advanced yet tender age --- I am going to wonder yet again, upon the publication of DARK SATURDAY, why the husband-wife author team collectively known as Nicci French isn’t a household name in the United States. I also could get all Elizabeth Barrett Browning about how terrific this series has been starting with BLUE MONDAY and continuing through the days of the week. I won’t do that, though. I will simply attempt to convince you why you absolutely must read DARK SATURDAY, even if the protagonist’s name means nothing to you, and then go back and read each installment of the series from start to ose familiar with Frieda Klein from previous volumes need only know this: DARK SATURDAY is a representative but nonetheless pivotal work in the series. For the uninitiated: Frieda is a quietly difficult yet oddly endearing protagonist, a psychotherapist with a keen eye for observation and a penchant for doing what’s right, even when it rubs hard against the grain. This personality trait has created a problem for her over the course of the series with London law enforcement, from top to bottom and back again, as well as some notoriety (as we are reminded frequently here) with the public at t Frieda’s knowledge in her field cannot be denied, which is why she is requested, sub rosa, to examine a murder investigation that took place a decade ago. The case is a notorious one, involving an 18-year-old named Hannah Docherty, who was arrested, tried and convicted for the brutal murders of her stepfather, mother and brother. Hannah has been at a secure psychiatric hospital ever since, which itself is horrific. The evidence was quite clear, but the primary officer in charge of the investigation has had his competency in a current investigation demonstrably impugned. Given that his prior cases may also be brought into dispute by convicted defendants, Frieda is tasked with evaluating if Hannah is in any way able to bring such an action. After a decade in the institution, she is all but beyond help, so the matter appears to be closed. Frieda, however, is troubled by inconsistencies in the cases as well as by Hannah herself.While there isn’t one particular element that strikes Frieda as off-base, a number of disparate points speak to her, causing her to conduct an investigation more or less on her own. This once again does not exactly endear her with law enforcement or, for that matter, with people whose lives were touched by the murders so many years before. Frieda will not be denied, though, and with the help of several friends (including Josef, the unflappable carpenter who seems to be far, far more than that), she stubbornly pursues the facts to get to the heart of the truth, whatever it may anwhile, a subplot that has run throughout the series presents itself yet again, advancing toward what appears to be a denouement. Dean Reeve is a brilliant murderer believed by the world to be dead. But Frieda thinks he is very much alive and, given his obsession with her, is watching and waiting. Reeve does not actually appear in this book, but he is a shadowy and haunting presence nonetheless who ultimately manifests himself in the most graphic and startling of ways before story’s e French team likes to take its time in setting up the pieces at the beginning of each novel, and DARK SATURDAY follows that pattern. But once an explosive revelation occurs --- about halfway through --- French throws a ticking clock into the mix as well as a couple of other startling revelations that make it impossible to read the book quickly enough to find out whodunit, why and how. You will probably guess, and most likely you will be wrong. Read as fast as you can to ed by Joe Hartlaub.

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    Dark Saturday: A Novel (A Frieda Klein Novel) [Book]  2017-11-23 18:0

    Summary from Goodreads:"Thirteen years ago eighteen year old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family. It was an open and shut case and Hannah's been incarcerated in a secure hospital ever since.When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment of her she reluctantly agrees. What she finds horrifies her. Hannah has become a tragic figure, old before her time. And Frieda is haunted by the thought that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family; that something wasn't right all those years ago.And as Hannah's case takes hold of her, Frieda soon begins to realise that she's up against someone who'll go to any lengths to protect themselves ..."My Thoughts:Wow. Wow. Wow. I have to say that this was the perfect book to read to help break this nasty reading slump I've been in lately! I couldn't (and didn't want to) put this book down. It is so funny how you can be struggling just to find the time or will to settle down with a book....and then you pick up the right one and it is like you never stopped reading at all. I found myself absolutely immersed in this book and just so excited about reading in general after I finished. I love when that happens! I also really appreciated that it happened with this book as this is a well established series that I started right in the middle of. Did I miss certain things from not reading the previous books? I'm sure as there were references to other cases that Frieda was involved in. But for me if just has me super pumped to go back to the beginning to see how it all started. I love the fact that I have all of these other books to look forward to now. It's a great feeling!One of the things that I enjoyed most about this book was the premise of the story. It was both horrifying and compelling to think about the idea of a young girl convicted of the murder of her entire family with the possibility that it was a wrongful conviction. Add to that the setting of a psychiatric hospital and a mystery and I was basically hooked from the very beginning. I mean how could I resist?? I really enjoyed Frieda's character.....there was just something about her that pulled me in as the reader. I found myself intrigued by everything that has happened to her - yet another reason why I'm so excited to go back to those earlier books. I just really enjoyed by entire reading experience with this book. The bonus was a completely surprising ending and this book turned into a five star read for me. I haven't had many of those this year which is why I can't say enough good things about this book!Overall, I really loved this one and am so excited to see what other readers think about it as well. I should have listened to my book blogging friends and started this series sooner! I've already got the first book on my library holds list so I won't be waiting too long before I go back to the beginning. I thought that this book was both fast paced and intense which are two of my favorite things to have in a mystery. I would recommend this book to both mystery and thriller fans. You can definitely do what I did and start with this book (it obviously didn't affect my reading enjoyment at all). I do think that there are things you miss not reading in order but that just gives me an excuse to reread this one once I catch up on the rest. Ha! Highly recommended!Bottom Line: Very likely to become one of my favorites of 2017!Disclosure: I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher as part of a TLC book tour.

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    Dark Saturday: A Novel (A Frieda Klein Novel) [Book]  2017-11-23 18:0

    The series began with Monday, so this is the sixth book featuring psychotherapist Frieda Klein. Dr. Klein has had a controversial part-time association working with the police in London as a consultant. Frieda Klein is one of the most interesting and compelling characters in a continuing series. If you have not read any of these books, stop here and immediately find Blue Monday to begin. These are books that should be read in order so that you know the characters, have the back stories about all that has gone wrong in the past and all that has gone right, and know the saga of Dean. Frieda has her demons, her friends, and her family. You will care about all of them. You will walk for miles throughout London with Frieda. I also enjoy Frieda’s sessions with her patients. The patient sessions usually have little to do with the murder investigations, but they illustrate Frieda’s character and add to the interest. This book is the latest in the series and like the others, it is impossible to put down. The atmosphere is dark, the plotting and writing are taut, and the mood is intense. Frieda is loyal, dedicated, and ethical, with a personal integrity that drives her. It is difficult to create a character with all those lofty qualities and not have one iota of sappiness or condescension, but our author does it well. These are books that you will seek out and wait for. These are books that you will not put down. The bad guys are very bad- pretty much clever amoral sociopaths. The murders are violent. And on top of that, creepy things are happening. At the end of the previous book, Frieda made a bargain that resulted in her owing a favor to a shadowy, powerful person. In this book, Levin calls in the favor and Frieda is asked to reexamine a cold case. Hannah has been confined in a hospital for the criminally insane after being convicted of the brutal murders of her entire family. Hannah may have been an angry and troubled teenager, but after years of solitary confinement and abuse at the hospital, her sanity seems lost and her life threatened. It’s not long before Frieda sees irregularities in the original investigation. Meanwhile the threat from Dean is ever-present. It appears that there are only two more books planned in the series. I will be sorry to see it end.

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    Dark Saturday: A Novel (A Frieda Klein Novel) [Book]  2017-11-23 18:0

    A charismatic female character and good plotting kept me wishing the novel were longer. I gave it four stars because the cast is too large, and I often had to go back to check who Jack is (a colleague), and the character whose name I cannot now remember who gets cancer. On one hand, nearly a dozen minor characters seems realistic, but on the other, an author must do a good job of introducing them in order to make the memorable. I think the great flaw in this novel is that the authors do not do this well. It is annoying to have to go back on a Kindle. The reader never does find out what happens to the man with cancer. I did buy another Frieda Klein book, though, because it is hard to find female characters who are psychiatrists.

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    Dark Saturday: A Novel (A Frieda Klein Novel) [Book]  2017-11-23 18:0

    I'm only writing this review for Frida Klein fans and for those who wonder if this one isn't quite as good as the others. It's very much of a piece with the others, except that it focuses even more on Frida and the strange identification she forges with a woman who was convicted of killing her family and who has since languished in a mental institution, driven truly mad by neglect and isolation. What I love most about Frida in all the books is her fierce determination to make right what is wrong; for this reason, I liked Dark Saturday better than the Friday book that found her running for her own freedom. This book is not perfect. At times I longed for an editor to correct faulty parallelism or that one too many coincidences could have been left out. Nonetheless, I love Frida Klein, and if you love her too you will love this book. I view the end as fmthe series with trepidation. I will miss the quiet, relentless woman who has roamed the London streets of my imagination for six books.

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    Dark Saturday: A Novel (A Frieda Klein Novel) [Book]  2017-11-23 18:0

    The husband and wife team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French have such a great series involving Frieda Klein, psychotherapist, who somehow always manages to get in the middle of police investigations. Though this is the 6th in a series, it does work as a stand alone. However, I think that it adds so much more depth if you read them in order. If you have not read her before, jump in from the beginning. In this mystery, Frieda is investigating a horrendous family murder, where the 19 year old daughter was accused of murdering her entire family and has been incarcerated into a secure hospital for the past 13 years.While there she has been beaten, humiliated and generally had poor care. Frieda ,however,questions the shoddy police work and wonders if the "perpetrator" really was to blame. As she begins to scrap away at the facts and miscalculations, someone is determined to make sure she doesn't succeed. The ending came as a big surprise to me and another plot thread leaves it wide open for their next book. Unsettling and gripping..its great for a long plane ride, a beach read or curling up in the comfort of one's home.

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    She's Not There: A Novel [Book]  2018-1-13 18:0

    I have read all her books and she just cannot write them fast enough for me! Loved this story. Unrealistic or not- that is why we read these- escape and this on fits the bill! An easy, fun, summer read!

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    She's Not There: A Novel [Book]  2018-1-13 18:0

    Really like this author.....great story

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    She's Not There: A Novel [Book]  2018-1-13 18:0

    Once against n Joy Fielding provides us with a brilliant book. Enjoyed every word and missed my bedtime to [email protected]#$%!!! Worth the lack of sleep!

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    She's Not There: A Novel [Book]  2018-1-13 18:0

    I just loved this book. I had read a lot of Joy' s books and had been a long wait to find this one. Incredible! I didn't want to put it down. The ending blew me away. I had a niggling suspicion about who the perpetrator was. This is one of those stories that grip your attention from beginning till the end. Bravo!!!

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    She's Not There: A Novel [Book]  2018-1-13 18:0

    Very suspenseful, creative, truthful writing. Would read this again and again. Lots of unexpected twists and turns to keep the reader's interest.

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    She's Not There: A Novel [Book]  2018-1-13 18:0

    I limes how the Stonehenge Washington well synchronized from the past and the present. The way the characters were portrayed I felt like I way there with them. Very realistically written. Finísimo the book in one day!

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    She's Not There: A Novel [Book]  2018-1-13 18:0

    I always like Joy Fielding. The indignant daughter may have been a little over the top, but the basic story was very good. I would like to see her (Joy Fielding) write more often. Some of her past books were excellent .

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    She's Not There: A Novel [Book]  2018-1-13 18:0

    Not her usual wonderful books. Took me forever to read this particular book, it was slow paced and boring. I do love this author and her earlier books. This was clearly not her best book!

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    She's Not There: A Novel [Book]  2018-1-13 18:0

    A page turner from beginning to end. She is one of my favorite authors.

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    She's Not There: A Novel [Book]  2018-1-13 18:0

    Just a personal observation, not to sway other readers, but this fielding novel to me did not live up to her previous efforts, I kept at it though, and will try her again,her

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    Frozen Junior Novel (Disney Junior Novel (ebook)) [Book]  2017-10-13 21:19

    I purchases this book for my great-granddaughter and decided to read it first just to see what it is. I often do that, like to know what they are reading. It was so nice, all ages will enjoy reading it. Stresses the family love and following through, be confident, determined, not to act too fast....think and know more before you do things, etc. A charming novel! Easy reading for all ages, eight or nine years old and up (old age included!)

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    Frozen Junior Novel (Disney Junior Novel (ebook)) [Book]  2017-10-13 21:19

    Great for about probably about a 2nd Grade reading level and up. My daughter (in Kindergarten) LOVED the movie, and this was a great way to encourage her excitement about reading. The novelization stayed true to the movie - to the point where my daughter started singing at the appropriate parts. It was intimidating for my daughter to read on their own due to the sheer quantity of words on the page, but it's a great way to turn bedtime stories into a bridge between Goodnight Moon and a "real" book.

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    Frozen Junior Novel (Disney Junior Novel (ebook)) [Book]  2017-10-13 21:19

    I liked it. It was good but the sad part is when Elsa hit Anna in the head with her powers. There was another sad part when Prince Hans pretended to be in love and marry princess Anna just to be in control of the castle and e book also was funny because Olaf the snowman was hilarious.He didn't have a skull...or e big marshmallow was really good I like how you did favorite character was Anna ,Elsa,Olaf,Christoph,and BOOK EVER!

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    Frozen Junior Novel (Disney Junior Novel (ebook)) [Book]  2017-10-13 21:19

    this book, Frozen The junior Novelization is a great book after watching the movie at the movie theater. this bookhas way more details than the movie i felt bad for Anna and Elsa because they were apart for years they didn't play with each and my sister are 3 years a part i am 10 and my sister is 7 .This is happy  and sad story.if you are interested in buying this book you should buy it and it is one hundred percent ease order it soon!

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    Frozen Junior Novel (Disney Junior Novel (ebook)) [Book]  2017-10-13 21:19

    My daughter liked that this book had details that were either implied or not completely clear in the movie, and it helped her understand the story better. And it's Frozen, so girls love it.

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    Frozen Junior Novel (Disney Junior Novel (ebook)) [Book]  2017-10-13 21:19

    I can't put the book down the moment it arrived on our doorstep. It was delightful to read all the conversations, straight from the movie! My 7 year old has been reading it, cover to cover, role playing with all the quotes she memorised from the book. We played a game of finding in the book where Olaf first appeared in the movie, and where he said "all good things, all good things". Excellent book to encourage reading, thinking and day-dreaming!

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    Frozen Junior Novel (Disney Junior Novel (ebook)) [Book]  2017-10-13 21:19

    This book based on a movie is good for kids who liked the movie 'Frozen' and easy readers. It is good for 1st, 2nd, and maybe 3rd graders to read n their own. It does not have every single detail of the movie or lyrics to the songs, but is a pretty good book for the younger group of kids.

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    Frozen Junior Novel (Disney Junior Novel (ebook)) [Book]  2017-10-13 21:19

    Great book for your 8 yrs and up early reader. Allows your child the joy of remembering the story they love while improving their reading skills.

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