Sunday, 13 April 2014

BOOK TOUR & REVIEW - Redemption, A Parson's Gap Story by Samantha Charles

TITLE - Redemption, A Parson's Gap Story
AUTHOR - Samantha Charles
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Lindy Carver Harrington loses her unborn child during a violent altercation with her husband. On the same day, her closest friend Sara careens off a mountainside to her death. Lindy is devastated. Imprisoned by grief, and paralyzed by fear, she is easy prey to her husband’s abuse. She is unable to summon the strength to fight back, until now…

A brutal confrontation forces Lindy to choose to either end her husband’s life, or save her own. Escaping, she returns home to Parson’s Gap to rebuild her shattered life.  Still haunted by the cryptic message Sara left moments before she died, Lindy becomes determined to answer the voice from the grave and unravel the mystery surrounding Sara’s death.

On a perilous journey into the final days of her friend’s life, Lindy’s quest for truth will expose shocking secrets that will shake a small southern town to its roots. Confronting the demons of her past, she strips away layers of lies buried beneath the magnificent mountains she calls home. When the past and present collide, the truth may set Lindy free, if she can only live long enough to take her last shot at redemption.

Samantha Charles has written a great mystery novel here. I was instantly drawn into Lindy's life and really warmed to her strong, no nonsense character.

It was a well written story line, which was fast paced and full of twists and turns. The author really brought the characters to life, and I have a thing with my books where I want the characters well described so I can picture them in my head, which I managed to do with these. I loved how she described small town life in this town full of intrigue and secrets. Just when you thought you knew where the book was going, Samantha Charles threw something else at you which took you down another path.

There were a couple of things in the book that didn't seem to have been finalised when the book came to an end and without giving any spoilers away, this relates to her Husband and Father in Law. However this did not detract from my enjoyment of the book and I will certainly read more from this author.

4 OUT OF 5 
Author’s Bio:

Samantha Charles is a southern writer. She grew up in the Appalachian region of the Southeast in small towns that are somewhat isolated from modern-day society by geography, and choice. She remains passionate about the magnificence, as well as the malevolence, of the southern culture.

She now resides in the Midwest, with her husband and three children. She attended Baker University in Kansas where she earned her Master of Arts degree. When she isn’t busy creating new worlds, she teaches English as a professor at a local college.

She is currently creating a series of short stories about Parson’s Gap; a coal mining town inspired by the people and places she grew to love as a child. She is also hard at work on Salvation, the sequel to Redemption.

Redemption is her first novel.

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