Genre: Mature YA
Word Count: 39,000
Cover Artist: Photo by Aleshyn Andrei.
Cover design by Barbara Morgenroth
“You tell and next time you won’t even be able to crawl away.”
Neal Marchal lived with this threat for the next eight years. When she finds her neighbor murdered, she knows who did it. The why is the secret the family has been keeping forever. The reminder to never reveal the secret is her limp.
She rebuilt her life and now Neal has everything to live for—music, performing and a growing affection for the young man who pulled her to safety.
Then Joe comes home. Neal knows Joe’s going to finish what he started 8 years ago because she told. But this time Neal vows the outcome will be different.
My View: This is one of those books that starts slowly and you don’t know where it is going. The writing style is different and you’re trying to make a sense of it and then suddenly while reading, you realize the writing style is no more different. Your mind has adapted to it, the story has your attention and you’re involved in it. And then you realize you’re enjoying the journey the book has taken you on.
The start was slow but the book got to me later. There’s humor in it but it’s not the laugh out loud one, it’s of a different kind. I couldn’t help but compare this book to my last humor book read – Manless in Montclair. Wait, don’t go comparing them because they don’t even have 1% in common. I was just amazed to see how two books can be completely different, have distinct writing styles and a very different kind of humor and yet both of them appeal to me in their own way. Great, no? Or maybe I am just overthinking things. Oh well, back to the book.
Mind you, the book is not a humorous one. It has a serious subject on hand and deals with it really well. I liked the novel plot, the characters but what I loved most was the way this book had a hold on me – from very little in the beginning to my awe’d feelings towards the end. It just kind of stumped me.
And one of my favorite things about this book apart from the subtle humor was the way relationships were depicted- good, bad and all else, how there was no insta love kind of feelings but so much more in the making. Just wow!
Overall, I really liked this book and highly recommend it. It’s only $0.99, so best time to grab it. And if you love music like me, the book’s appeal will be even more.
I look forward to the series and other books by Barbara.
About the Author:
Barbara was born in New York City and but now lives somewhere else. By now, she thinks of herself as a country girl and knows more about gardening and animals than how to ride the subway.
Starting her career by writing tweens and YA books, (and did the cover photography for her first two books published by Atheneum so continuing to do the covers to her ebooks is predictable), she was actually aiming at the small screen. Television seemed like the perfect place for her even if she had no clue how to get there. Life is funny and often presents opportunities. Advice–Grab Them! Through a neighbor, Barbara wound up getting an introduction to a lower honcho at ABC and an audition to write for them. Her hopes were more than dashed, they were disintegrated, evaporated, demolished when ABC couldn’t find a place for Barbara on General Hospital. (No Luke and Laura in her future!) To ease the crushing disappointment, Barbara wrote “In Real Life I’m Just Kate” about a 17 year old girl who becomes a star on a soap opera. That became an open sesame moment and shortly thereafter Barbara became the last headwriter for NBC’s daytime serial, The Doctors, where she was ordered by the network to kill Alec Baldwin, shooting him not once but twice. With two different guns. From different directions.
Ah, good times.
You can read the book that started Barbara’s television career as the Kindle YA ebook, “Just Kate”, now with a substantial tweak because living life made her smarter.
You can also read about some could-be-hers-could-be-rumors experiences gleaned during Barbara’s stint in daytime television in the Kindle romantic comedy, In Under My Head. Barbara is a recipient of a Writers Guild of America Best Writing Award for her work on One Life To Live.
Whether you’re looking for a Mature YA or a romantic comedy, Barbara has a book for you!