Underestimated #1 by Jettie Woodruff

Book Description

December 4, 2013
I set off on my journey in search of a new life, a life where I could be me without the constant scrutiny of my husband, or his cameras. Could changing my identity and erasing my entire existence protect me from the one man I was afraid of? Or was belonging to him my purpose in life?
I didn’t know how to be me without him. How could I move on when I still longed for the things he did? Would I ever be normal?
Review –
Drew bought and paid for Morgan when she was 18 years on and a virgin for the sole purpose of marrying her and treating her like did. He was a real sadist in the bedroom and every other room and Morgan suffered in silence. He controlled her every move and she had no friends. Finally after six years she was able to leave with the help of the cook and took up residence  in a small town in Maine. There she fell in love with the Sheriff, Dawson. She felt safe with him. All was well until she had to make a business related trip back to Las Vegas and one of Drew’s flunkies saw her. Trying to get away she crashed her car and almost died. When she woke up in the hospital she had no memories of her life from 18 forward. Drew moves her back into his mansion and treats her halfway decent although the sex did get a bit rough some times. This went on for months and Drew started to soften toward Morgan but still the sex was kinky and rough. Dawson was in Vegas looking for Ry(the name Morgan used in Maine) and when she saw him all the memories came flooding back and she knew her old life with Drew had been Hell on earth. She goes back to Maine and tries to decide which man she wants(she loves them both) Dawson makes her feel loved and safe and Drew is the opposite side of the coin. Morgan hates to admit it but she likes the kinky things Drew did to her.  This goes on for the longest time with Drew coming to Maine to see her and she going to Vegas to see him. It all comes to a head when she finds out she’s pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is. FINALLY, the baby is born and Drew is the father so she decides to stay with him. Poor Dawson, I felt sorry for him until I learned that while Morgan had been missing her and her best friend in Maine had hooked up. There ends the first book.  What a ride! I enjoyed it but I though it could have been shorter.
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In A Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2) By Mindy McGinnis

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Published: September 23, 2014

The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything more than life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.

 

Review –

I rated this book five stars *****

I loved this book even more than the first, Not a Drop to Drink, and almost read it in one sitting.

It’s a heart wrenching journey from the safety of “the Pond” to places unknown with only a glimmer of hope that what they seek is actually there at the end. 

The main character from the first book is still there but there is a new MC who grows into herself along the forced journey across two-thirds of the United States. Lynn and Lucy are forced to leave because of a Polio outbreak along with Carter, who is thought to be a carrier.  They set out on foot with little food and less water and meet some unsavory characters along the way along with a good man. As luck has it they acquire horses and after crossing the mountains  he goes North looking for a wife he hasn’t seen in fifteen years. but the horses are lost in a flood in a canyon and so they continue on foot, although Lynn is almost dead herself.  They do make it to Sand City and I will not give away the ending but I will say that it left my mouth open.  I don’t know if there is another book in the works but the ending leaves it wide open. I’m hoping there is another one, hint hint, Mindy McGinnis.

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I rated this book five stars ***** .

Accused (Rosato and DeNunzio #12) by Lisa Scottoline

Book Description

October 29, 2013
Mary DiNunzio has just been promoted to partner and is about to take on her most unusual case yet, brought to the firm by a thirteen-year-old genius with a penchant for beekeeping. Allegra Gardner’s sister Fiona was murdered six years ago, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case: the accused, Lonnie Stall, was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood was on him; most damningly, Lonnie Stall pleaded guilty. But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned. The Gardner family is one of the most powerful in the country and Allegra’s parents don’t believe in reopening the case, so taking it on is risky. But the Rosato & Associates firm can never resist an underdog. Was justice really served all those years ago? It will take a team of unstoppable female lawyers, plus one thirteen-year-old genius, to find out.
Review –
I found this audio book at my local library and I totally enjoyed the story line and characters BUT the voice of the narrator got on my nerves when she did the family members and there was a lot of it.  I think Mary’s  family played too big a part in this book and for no good reason but to take up time and space. I don’t think I’ll read any others in the series.
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