Weekly Wrap Up: August 4th through August 10th 2019

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Clicking on titles under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on titles Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz will take you to that specific blog post.

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Clicking on the titles under Freebies I Scored will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the links under Weekly Posts will take you to that specific blog post.


Books I’ve Read:

Aelia

The Red Death

Disorder

Return of the Long Lost Earl


Books with pending reviews:

I Wanna Sext You Up—Review coming August 20th


Books with published reviews:

Dark Alpha’s Redemption—Review Here

Return of the Long Lost Earl—Review Here

The Kilwade Tragedy—Review Here

The Escape Room—Review Here

Because You’re Mine—Review Here

We Are All Good People Here—Review Here

The Perfect Wife—Review Here

Keeping Lucy—Review Here

Jake’s Redemption—Review Here

T-Minus—Review Here


NetGalley Haul:

Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas

A Hundred Suns

Cilka’s Journey

Ice Hard

The Jumbie God’s Revenge


Email Haul:


Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

Dirty Player—Sale Post

Reckless Love—Sale Post

The Escape Room—Blog Tour

T-Minus—Blog Tour


Giveaways I’ve Entered:


Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Catch Up Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday

Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date of publication: August 6th, 2019

Genre: Women’s Fiction, General Fiction

Where you can find Keeping Lucy: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads synopsis:

From the author of Rust & Stardust comes this heartbreaking story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter. 

Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on. 

But two years later, when Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth–its squalid hallways filled with neglected children–she knows she can’t leave her daughter there. With Ginny’s six-year-old son in tow, Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves. What they find sets their course on a heart-racing journey across state lines—turning Ginny into a fugitive.

For the first time, Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head-on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy. Racing from Massachusetts to the beaches of Atlantic City, through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to a roadside mermaid show in Florida, Keeping Lucy is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take her.


My review

Keeping Lucy is a tale of a mother’s love and how powerful it could be. Ginny’s heart was broken when she was told that her baby had Down’s Syndrome. It was crushed even more when her powerful father in law arraigned for the newborn to be taken to Willowridge, a school for feeble-minded people. Ginny was never allowed to see Lucy and was told that she should mourn for Lucy like she was dead. Two years pass. Then Ginny’s friend Marsha shows her a series of articles that expose Willowridge as a hell on earth for its residents. Horrified at what she saw and read, Ginny, can’t leave Lucy there. After seeing the school and the conditions for herself, Ginny is determined never to bring her back. But her actions have consequences that soon have her and Marsha racing towards Florida with the children. What will happen to Lucy? To Ginny?


Keeping Lucy was a hard book for me to read. As a mother, I couldn’t even begin to fathom what Ginny went through in the 2 years after Lucy was taken from her. I don’t know how she could live with her husband after he forced that decision on her. But, then again, this was the late 60’s/early ’70s. Men still made the decisions, and women’s feelings were not thought about.

Ginny’s character development through the book was terrific. She went from being this meek, compliant housewife to a person who stood her ground when threatened. I loved it. She became an enraged mama bear protecting her cub. The ultimatum that she threw down to Ab was epic. Even better was what she said to her overbearing, control freak of a father in law.

I didn’t care for Ab. He let his father rule his life. In doing so, he allowed his daughter to be placed in a “school” with deplorable living conditions. He did love Ginny and Peyton. I also understood where he was coming from when he made the decision to send Lucy away. But, it was everything after the fact that made me go “WTF.

Lucy was the innocent victim in all this. I shared Ginny’s horror when she saw (and smelled) the conditions of that “school.” The scene when Ginny first changed Lucy’s diaper broke my heart. How long did she sit in that diaper for the rash to get that bad?? There are other examples of the severe neglect that she endured, but I won’t go into them.

I didn’t like Ab’s father. He was a controlling jerk. I don’t understand why he thought that he could separate a mother from her child. I don’t understand why he thought that bullying his son into complying was alright. I do believe that he was one of those rich people who thought money and connections solved everything. He was a jerk and deserved a knee to the crotch.

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The main plotline, Ginny going on the run with the kids, was well written. It did get off to a slow start, but it gained steam. By the time everyone reached Florida, it was flowing nicely. I could taste her desperation. I could feel her horror and fear. But, more importantly, I saw the fierce love that she had for her children. She was willing to do whatever it took to prevent Lucy from going back to that hellhole.

The end of Keeping Lucy was different. All I have to say about it is that I am happy with how things ended up.


I would give Keeping Lucy an Adult rating. There are sexual references but sex is not described outright. There is mild language. There is mild violence. There are triggers. They would be extreme child neglect. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

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I would reread Keeping Lucy. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.


I would like to thank the publishers, the author, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Keeping Lucy.

All opinions stated in this review of Keeping Lucy are mine.

Weekly Wrap-Up: January 20th through January 26th 2019

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Books with reviews pending (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Dark Alpha’s Awakening—review coming February 5th, 2019

Let’s Talk About Sext—review coming February 19th, 2019

Keeping Lucy—review coming August 6th, 2019

My Favorite Cowboy—review coming Feburary 26th, 2019

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Illegally Yours—review here

Katie’s Highlander—review here

The Secret Bloodline—review here

Death March Escape—review here

The Gilded Wolves—review here

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Weekly Posts:

Weekly-Wrap Up Saturday

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

WWW Wednesday: January 16th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal

I came down with the cold that Miss R had over the weekend. I usually don’t get sick-sick but I was sick with this one. I ended up taking liquid Dayquil and Nightquil to lessen the symptoms. Yeah, that worked out well. I believe one of them counteracted with one of the medications I am on. But, saying that, I am on the downside of the cold and am feeling fine!!

Last night, Miss R decided that she would draw a beard and a mustache on herself….with a marker. Where was I? Folding laundry. I thought she was with Mr. Z. I only found out when I went to give her a shower and she wouldn’t uncover the lower half of her face. As of this morning, it still wasn’t off (and believe me, I tried). So she went to school like that. The teachers and the preschool director thought it was great.

Mr. Z had his DARE graduation last Friday. Which I was supposed to go to. I didn’t find out until he said something that afternoon. I felt awful.

Miss B seems to have learned from her disastrous first semester at school. We discussed what was going to happen during the second semester. She is thrilled that she won’t be doing PE anymore this year. Instead, she will be doing Discovering Computer Programming (or something very similar, I can’t remember). It is mandatory that 6th and 7th graders take a keyboarding/computer class both years. Her only complaint is that the computer classrooms are on the 3rd floor of the school and everything else is on the 1st floor. And she has 3 mins to get to class.

Reading/Reviews:

Nothing has changed from last week reading or review wise. I am still caught up (even with being sick!!).

I have been doing some minor touch-ups on my blog. I finally found a template that I love. I also have been going through my back posts (since 2013 and yes, I am crazy) and updating them. Fixing links, updating covers, deleting reviews for books that aren’t on Amazon anymore….that stuff. It’s tedious but it needed to be done!!

I also have been converting everything to the new blocks that WordPress is using. I was iffy about those at first but I am beginning to like them.

I also have cleaned up my NetGalley bio. I did a google, found a great blog post on what to put in it and updated it. So, I have been busy.


What I am currently reading:

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Montauk, Long Island, 1938.

A simple town on the brink of a glamorous future.

A marriage drifting apart.

A life on the edge of what is and what could be...

An epic and cinematic novel by debut author Nicola Harrison, Montauk captures the glamour and extravagance of a summer by the sea with the story of a woman torn between the life she chose and the life she desires.

Montauk, Long Island, 1938. 

For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor—a two-hundred room seaside hotel—while Harry pursues other interests in the city. 

College educated, but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage, she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor’s laundress whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was. 

As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk’s natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband –stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future. 

Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has when fates conspire to tear her world apart…

I am only a half chapter into Montauk but so far, I like it. I’m hoping that I keep on liking it. We’ll see. Montauk is currently on preorder. Its expected publication date is June 4th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.


What I recently finished reading:

When life gives you curves, you gotta learn how to rock them.

Successful businesswoman Avery Barrows likes her dips and curves, but she’s sick of the haters telling her that she should be ashamed of her body instead of embracing it. Determined to send them a big f*** you, Avery resolves to cut loose during a girls’ trip, hightailing her quick-mouthed, plus-sized self to New Orleans. So, what’s a smart woman with a little extra gotta do to get laid in this town?

Not much if you ask Declan McGinn, the lead singer of BlackSmith. Tall, dark, and tattooed, with a body made for sin, Declan prefers his women as curvy as his guitars. Avery’s sharp tongue and keen mind makes him want her even more.

As they burn up the sheets, Avery and Declan realize this is no one-night (or even one-week) stand. But for all of her bluster, Avery isn’t sure she can handle any more rejection. Besides, Declan has demons of his own. Now Avery has a choice to make: play it safe, or place her trust in the hands of a man who’s as tempting as the devil himself.

I don’t even know where to begin with this book. It was a hot, sexy, erotic, emotional read for me. I was in tears reading it. Tears from laughing and also because it struck a nerve in me. Moonlight & Whiskey is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is March 12th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

Ben Zelig thinks he has his life all figured out. Graduate from rabbinical school. Get hired by a spiritually enriched community. Meet a nice Jewish girl and start a family. Simple, right? Naturally, nothing goes according to plan, but life can still work out as long as you have Love, Faith and a Pair of Pants. 

Herb Freed, the author of the timeless love story Bashert, is back with a collection of five short stories about the smart, witty, spiritual and, according to his mother, incredibly handsome, Rabbi Ben Zelig. In five stories about a rabbi’s life, Zelig navigates romance, family ties, colorful congregants and the meaning of faith. We follow him through the decades as master storyteller Freed takes us from humor to pathos and back again in an uplifting examination of what it means to be human. 

I almost never read or review faith-based books. But when I read the blurb for Love, Faith, and a Pair of Pants, I decided to give it a chance. Hopefully, I like it. Love, Faith and a Pair of Pants is currently available to buy. Be on the lookout for my review by the end of the week/beginning of next week.

What if your destiny was beyond imagining? 
Dolma was happy with her life 
working at the Dexter Corporation from home in a telecommuting position. She didn’t have a boyfriend, and the prospects were not good in that department, but she was used to it. 
The world suddenly changed one day. 
Her boss, Jessica, demanded that she start working from the office. Her roommate started urging her to take the new position. Everybody was suddenly making demands of her that seemed to be coordinated. 
She met a man that she had dreamed of, and he told her that she was in danger. The man was Lucas, and he told her of two great houses, each wanting her to join them, and that they would try to kill her if she did not join them. 
Dolma was suddenly thrust into a world of immortals with strange powers, and she realized that her future was uncertain. Lucas assured her that she could become the most powerful of them all, but before that happened, 
she would have to leave with him. 
Together, they flee from the two bloodlines of the gods, and Lucas begins to train Dolma in how to use her dormant powers. The danger and the protective nature of Lucas, along with some unbelievably wonderful sex tells Dolma that Lucas is the man that she would love. 
Will they have the chance to be happy together, or would death come for them both?

Again, another book where the blurb called to me. From what I read, it seems to be good. Hopefully, it lives up to my expectations. The Secret Bloodline is currently available for purchase. Be on the lookout for my review at some point next week.

Audrey Martinez is a veterinarian who has devoted her whole life to the care and protection of horses—even if doing so leaves her little time for meeting a man. Who would have thought that a strange case of criminal horseplay would lead her to fall deeply, wildly in love? If only the man who makes her heart race faster than a wild mustang would let his guard down, that is. . .

Caleb Harper is no ordinary cowboy. Sure, he wears his hat, boots, and jeans like a second skin, and displays an easygoing charm that comes from years of working on the ranch. But with his military background, and Army buddies at his side, he is tried-and-true Texas tough. Audrey knows she can trust a man like Caleb to help her save horses. But can Caleb trust himself to resist his attraction to Audrey—or will the sparks of their desire end up getting them burned?

When I saw the words military and cowboy, I knew that I needed to read this book. Plus, I liked the cover. He kinda reminds me of Wayne in Letterkenny. My Favorite Cowboy is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is February 26th. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

From the author of Rust & Stardust comes this heartbreaking story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter. 

Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on. 

But two years later, when Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth–its squalid hallways filled with neglected children–she knows she can’t leave her daughter there. With Ginny’s six-year-old son in tow, Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves. What they find sets their course on a heart-racing journey across state lines—turning Ginny into a fugitive.

For the first time, Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head-on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy. Racing from Massachusetts to the beaches of Atlantic City, through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to a roadside mermaid show in Florida, Keeping Lucy is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take her.

I needed to read this book. I had enjoyed the other book written by the author and figured that this one would be just as good. The blurb makes it seem so. Keeping Lucy is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is August 6th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

Her: Unstoppable, workaholic, driven force of nature.

Him: The exact opposite of that.

Phebe Stark needs a punching bag. No, on second thought, she needs a donut. No, on third thought, she needs to escape into a dark bar with a strong drink. She’s just been harassed, for the umpteenth time, by the slimy supervisor standing between her and a shattered glass ceiling at her high-pressure Atlanta firm. But then a tall, bearded, sexy lumberjack of a bartender saunters over, and suddenly Phebe knows she doesn’t need gin . . . she needs him.

Brody Cantrell didn’t exactly intend to become a bartender. He planned to help out at his ailing uncle’s bar for a year, then get an advanced degree and rise to the top of his field. Instead, he got a Ph.D. in Real Life from his customers. Brody thinks he’s seen everything—until he meets Phebe Stark. And when he gets a load of her fearless sexting skills, he just has to see what’s under that power suit. Brody’s certain they’ll have a good time or two—nothing serious. Then again, all these steamy messages and breathless trysts have him seriously considering . . . Why not?

This is a book that I pulled from reviewing. The publisher thought it needed more polishing and took it off Loveswept’s page. So I put it as DNF but kept a close watch on it. As soon as I saw that it had been updated, I redownloaded it. So, yes, I am looking forward to reading it. I hope it is worth the wait. Let’s Talk About Sext is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is February 19th. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

In June 1944, the Nazis locked eighteen-year-old Dave Hersch into a railroad boxcar and shipped him from his hometown of Dej, Hungary, to Mauthausen Concentration Camp, the harshest, cruelest camp in the Reich. After ten months in the granite mines of Mauthausen’s nearby sub-camp, Gusen, he weighed less than 80lbs, nothing but skin and bones.

Somehow surviving the relentless horrors of these two brutal camps, as Allied forces drew near Dave was forced to join a death march to Gunskirchen Concentration Camp, over thirty miles away. Soon after the start of the march, and more dead than alive, Dave summoned a burst of energy he did not know he had and escaped. Quickly recaptured, he managed to avoid being killed by the guards. Put on another death march a few days later, he achieved the impossible: he escaped again.

Dave often told his story of survival and escape, and his son, Jack, thought he knew it well. But years after his father’s death, he came across a photograph of his father on, of all places, the Mauthausen Memorial’s website. It was an image he had never seen before – and it propelled him on an intensely personal journey of discovery.

Using only his father’s words for guidance, Jack takes us along as he flies to Europe to learn the secrets behind the photograph, secrets his father never told of his time in the camps. Beginning in the verdant hills of his father’s Hungarian hometown, we travel with Jack to the foreboding rock mines of Mauthausen and Gusen concentration camps, to the dust-choked roads and intersections of the death marches, and, finally, to the makeshift hiding places of his father’s rescuers. We accompany Jack’s every step as he describes the unimaginable: what his father must have seen and felt while struggling to survive in the most abominable places on earth.

In a warm and emotionally engaging story, Jack digs deeply into both his father’s life and his own, revisiting – and reflecting on – his father’s time at the hands of the Nazis during the last year of the Second World War, when more than mere survival was at stake – the fate of humanity itself hung in the balance.

I very rarely read nonfiction. Even rarer is when I review it. I think the last nonfiction book I read and reviewed was in 2016. So, a long time. But, when I read the blurb, I felt that I had to read this book. Death March Escape is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is January 19th. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!

Weekly Wrap Up: December 9th through December 15th, 2018

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

If, Then
The Reckoning
The House of Fire and Rain (Firemountain Chronicles, #2)
The Girls at 17 Swann Street
Forget You Know Me
Keep Her Close
Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction, #2)

Books with reviews pending (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

The Girls at 17 Swann Street—review coming February 5th, 2019

The Girls at 17 Swann Street

Forget You Know Me—-review coming February 5th, 2019

Forget You Know Me

Keep Her Close—review coming December 11th, 2018

Keep Her Close

Illegally Yours—review coming January 22nd, 2019

Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction, #2)

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

The House of Fire and Rain

The House of Fire and Rain (Firemountain Chronicles, #2)

Keep Her Close

Keep Her Close

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Getting Hot with the Scot

Getting Hot with the Scot (Sometimes in Love, #1)

The Perfect Girlfriend

The Perfect Girlfriend

Dark Alpha’s Awakening

Dark Alpha's Awakening (Reaper, #7)

Things You Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire

Keeping Lucy

Keeping Lucy

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Shattered Reflections

Shattered Reflections

Dirty Alphas

Dirty Alphas: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy Romance

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Weekly Wrap Up (August 5th through August 11th)

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book 2)

Incognito

Deliverers (Mud, Rocks, and Trees #6)

Golden Skies (The New Order Trilogy Book 1)

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

The Raging Ones—review coming August 14th, 2018

The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones, #1)

Down with Love—review here

Down with Love (Laws of Attraction, #1)

Blood Cure—review coming August 21st

Blood Cure (Blood Type, #3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blood Match—review here

Blood Match (Blood Type, #2)

The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer—review here

The Middleman

Dark Alpha’s Hunger—review here

Dark Alpha's Hunger (Reaper, #6)

 

Rust & Stardust—review here

Rust & Stardust

Grace and Fury—review here

Grace and Fury

The Ascending—review coming August 13th

The Ascending (Zola Flash, #3)

Broken Perfection—review here

Broken Perfection

Diana Christmas—review here

Diana Christmas

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Sleepover

A True Cowboy Christmas

First Earl I See Tonight (Debutante Diaries, #1)

Dear Santa

 

 

Email Request (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Aaru: Halls of Hel (The Aaru Cycle #2)

Tetterbaum's Truth

Until We’re Free (No Amazon or Goodreads page)

Weekly Posts:

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap Up

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Rust & Stardust

5 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date of publication: August 7th, 2018

Genre: General Fiction, Historical Fiction

Trigger Warning: Kidnapping, sexual abuse, physical abuse

Where you can find Rust & Stardust: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Camden, NJ, 1948.

When 11-year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth’s, she has no way of knowing that 52-year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute—unless she does as he says. 

This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San José, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.

My Review:

As I stated in another review, I do not like historical fiction. It bores me. It takes a well-written book in that genre to captivate me. That is exactly what Rust & Stardust did. Captivated me. I couldn’t put this book down. I had to read what was going to happen to Sally. I needed to know if she was ever reunited with her mother. I needed to know what was going to happen to Frank.

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What I wasn’t expecting, when I started reading this book, was the connection it had to Lolita. The author explains it in the author’s note at the end of the book. That was something that made me go “Hmmmm” when I read it. Without this awful kidnapping, that book wouldn’t have happened. It would have been burned.

The plot of Rust & Stardust was rather easy to follow. Sally was caught stealing a notebook from Woolworth’s as part of a dare from a group of girls she wanted to be friends with. Frank sees her, tells her that he is with the FBI and she will go to jail if she doesn’t do what he says. Within the next few days, Sally is on a train to Atlantic City with Frank. She convinced her mother that Frank was her friend’s father and he was taken her to the shore to meet up with her. When Sally isn’t home by the time Frank said she would be, Sally’s mother becomes concerned. Then frightened when the police tell her that Frank is a bad man (read the book to find out how bad). Sally is moved across the country. She is beaten and raped. She is under Frank’s control. Until she meets Ruth. But can Ruth help Sally escape Frank? Will Sally go home?

Rust & Stardust was told from 12 different POV’s. Yes, 12 different POV’s. I usually can’t handle more than 2 before I start getting confused. But, in this case, it worked. I was able to go between POV’s fine and wasn’t lost. What I didn’t like is that some POV’s were only once. Then they were dropped from the story. But those POV’s added more insight to what Sally was going through in the book.

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I felt awful for Sally during the book. She went through hell with Frank. I wish that she had been rescued earlier in the book but it wouldn’t have matched up with real-life events. She did have an inner strength that was showcased throughout the book. No matter what Frank did to her, she was able to keep a small bit of what she used to be alive.

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I could not believe that Sally’s mother went with her to the bus terminal and let her get on the bus with Frank. I know that the world was different back then. There was no stranger danger. People like Frank existed but were never given much thought. Still, as a mother of a 12-year-old, I couldn’t believe that she didn’t pick up that something was wrong. That Sally didn’t want to go with him. I also thought the way she treated Sally after she came home was awful. I had zero sympathy for her.

The author did a great job of covering the abuse scenes. She gave enough detail at what was happening but didn’t get graphic. The rape scenes were tastefully written. Still shocking and left me in tears but tastefully written.

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I was not expecting what happened at the end of the book. I truly wasn’t. It threw me for a loop. In the last scene (not with Ruth but before that), I was praying that what happened was to someone else. I put my Kindle down and cried when I realized who it was. Very sad.

What I like about Rust & Stardust:

A) Captivating story

B) The tie to Lolita (which I didn’t know)

C) Sally’s strength

What I disliked about Rust & Stardust:

A) Frank.

B) Sally’s mother. I had no sympathy for her

C) The end of the book.

I would give Rust & Stardust an Adult rating. There is sex but it is not graphic. There is mild violence. There is mild language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read Rust & Stardust.

There are trigger warnings for Rust & Stardust. They are kidnapping, sexual abuse, physical abuse. If you are triggered by any of these, I suggest not to read the book.

I would reread Rust & Stardust. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Rust & Stardust.

All opinions stated in this review of Rust & Stardust are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**