19 February 2017

Can't Buy Forever

Women's Fiction
Contemporary Fiction 

By Susan Laffoon

Paperback 218 pages
Publisher Page Publishing,Inc. (17th May 2015)
ISBN-13 978-1681393742

📕My Review

What a delightful book. It's very different to my usual reads but it turned out to be a little gem. It's what I can only describe as part love story and part thriller with an excellent twist. 

Odessa Drake meets and falls hopelessly in love with a mysterious man called Nicholas who rents a room in her Aunt Flo's boarding house. Nicholas discloses little about his past and when events take an unpleasant turn, Odessa and Nicholas are forced to flee across the country to safety.

This book is beautifully and skillfully written. I feel as if I've lived, loved, laughed and lost. When a book conveys such strong emotions I know I've read something special.

My thanks to author Susan Laffoon for providing me with a copy of this book.

Barnsey's Books Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

📗The Blurb

In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space.

Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakeable bond develops.

Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.

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