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6.30.2010

Summer Reading Recommendation

I didn't do much blogging last week while I was speaking for 3rd and 4th graders at Arrowhead Bible Camp, but I was able to do some reading in my free time and I want to introduce you to a book I just finished reading. 
 
First, let me tell you about the author. Karen Young has sold over 10 million copies of her emotion- filled tales. She has penned romance, romantic suspense, and thrillers, but always keeps romance at the core of her stories.
After a nomadic lifestyle involving 25 moves, Karen has settled in Texas and fallen in love with its culture. Read Karen's full bio on her website and find out how you can be entered into her sweepstakes to win a kindle.

Book Review

When baby Max is kidnapped on the street during Mardi Gras, the Madison family doesn’t know what to do. Between guilt and blame and figuring out how to cope with the grief, this is a family in serious crisis. Teenage daughter Melanie rebels, while mom Jane buries herself in volunteer work and dad Kyle withdraws from the family.  When a new crisis with Melanie,  mysterious phone calls and a possible stalker add more turmoil to an already turbulent  situation, this family is on the verge of catastrophe.

I couldn’t put this book down. Author Karen Young writes characters that are real. They make mistakes and then have to cope with the consequences and I think readers can relate to their flaws. I found myself often in Jane’s shoes wondering what I would do if I faced such grief. The story has just enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages to find out what happens. The reader addresses so many topics that are relevant to our society and so many of a mother’s worst fears. She tackles kidnapping, grief, blended families, infertility, marital crisis, and much more which I won’t reveal for fear of spoiling it for those who haven’t read the book.

This is the first novel by Karen Young that I’ve read, but now I’m looking forward to reading more. I give this one 5 stars. It’s well written, timely, and original. 

I received a complimentary review copy of the book from the publicist in exchange for my fair and honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I just reviewed that one also on a blog tour http://edna-myfavoritethings.blogspot.com/

    It really is a great book, not like I thought it might be. Great read

    mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

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