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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Audiobook Review: Corralling Callie by Amelia Smarts

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Corralling Callie by Amelia Smarts
Unabridged, 3 hr. 45 min.
Amelia Smarts
Gideon Wells (Narrator)
March 9, 2017
★★★½☆☆
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Heat Rating:

3 flames

Genre: Historical Fiction, Western, Romance

Source: Received a copy of the audiobook as part of Audiobookworm Promotions tour

For eighteen-year-old orphan Callie Broderick, going west as a mail-order bride seems to be the only hope she has for a decent husband. But when she sets out for the gold-mining town of Sacramento with nothing more than the clothes on her back and a stagecoach ticket, she quickly discovers that the trip will be quite a bit different than she expected.

As a former soldier and an experienced coachman, Jude Johnson is used to difficulties and dangers of all kinds during the arduous journey west, but he has never had to deal with trouble like Callie before. Not being the kind of man to kick a penniless orphan off his coach, he puts up with the sassy, disobedient girl for as long as he can, but when Callie’s antics put the lives of his passengers at risk Jude is forced to take matters into his own hands and spank her soundly.

The stern punishment leaves her thoroughly chastened and promising to behave, and Jude soon realizes that when she puts aside her foul-mouthed, defiant façade, the real Callie is as sweet and kind as she is beautiful. As the days pass, he takes it upon himself to guide her, care for her, and give her the loving discipline she so desperately needs, as often as she needs it. But when they reach their destination, will he be able to give her up?

I’m going to state right here at the very beginning that this will not be a book for everyone – even those who like historical romance might not find this to their tastes. Please take this disclaimer to heart before choosing to read this novel.

This is a very different kind of romance story; interwoven throughout the plot are elements of domestic discipline, particularly spanking (and not necessarily the erotic type, although that does come into play later on the novel for sure). On its face, I have no issues with that as an element, when used correctly and within a historical setting, because that was a more normalized way of life in the 1800s and on the frontier of the American West. I would have a much more difficult time with reading a story with these elements set within the modern day because that is not the typical way of life now. So knowing that, I left my modern sensibilities checked at the door when starting this book. With that out of the way, I did still have one issue that kept nagging at me throughout the entire story – this man who was doling out the discipline wasn’t her husband/boyfriend/father, quite honestly he was a complete stranger, which just felt sort of wrong to me. Yes, the author does go to a length to make the reasons known for why the male lead thinks it is his job to take the heroine to task for her wild ways, but it wasn’t quite believable enough for me to buy into this element of the story.

Moving on from that element, I did actually enjoy how the story unfolded, despite its brief length. I felt that I had a solid sense of who Callie was throughout the novel, even if a good portion of her backstory wasn’t revealed until right near the end. I still understood her motivations for heading out West to seek a husband and how she made many mistakes, but usually had the best intentions at heart. She is young, willful, and naïve. Jude comes off as your somewhat typical very masculine cowboy. He is strong and a no-nonsense straight-shooter. I didn’t have quite as much of a complete sense of who he was as a person, compared with Callie, but for me, his personality came off much larger than life and I didn’t feel like I needed as much to frame him in my mind.

This wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for from the novel, but it was a good read.

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★★★½☆☆

Gideon Welles was an excellent fit for voicing Jude in my opinion. He certainly came off as the weather-beaten cowboy and I bought into his character. I think that this helped frame his character in my mind despite having less actual information/story on the man himself. The exact opposite was true for his voicing of Callie. His voice has a difficult tone to try and replicate a woman’s in any way. This was unfortunate as at least half the novel takes place in Callie’s head and it would have been easier to get into her character with a more convincing voice. One issue I did have was with the pacing of the narration. The speed with which it was read was fine, however, Welles seemed to take pauses at some of the strangest locations within the text – places where it wouldn’t have even been appropriate for a comma/pause. I found myself getting hung up with this reading pattern because I would be anticipating a sentence to have reached its end only to find it pick back up again.

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Also by Amelia Smarts:

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Handling Susannah

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Emma’s Surrender

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Claimed by the Mountain Man

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His Little Red Lily

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Fetching Charlotte Rose

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The Submissive Suffragette

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The Unbraiding of Anna Brown

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Missy Meets the Marshal

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Audiobook Review: A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt

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A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt
Book 1 in the Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery
Unabridged, 16 hr. 18 min.
Recorded Books
Carly Robbins(Narrator)
September 6, 2016
★★★★★
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Genre: Historical Mystery

Source: Received audiobook from publisher for review

In 1907 New York, a psychiatrist must prove her patient's innocence...or risk being implicated in a shocking murder

As one of the first women practicing in an advanced new field of psychology, Dr. Genevieve Summerford is used to forging her own path. But when one of her patients is arrested for murder-a murder Genevieve fears she may have unwittingly provoked-she is forced to seek help from an old acquaintance.

Desperate to clear her patient's name and relieve her own guilty conscience, Genevieve finds herself breaking all the rules she's tried so hard to live by. In her search for answers, Genevieve uncovers an astonishing secret that, should she reveal it, could spell disaster for those she cares about most. But if she lets her discovery remain hidden, she will almost certainly condemn her patient to the electric chair.

I’ve always been hit-and-miss with my enjoyment of historical mystery novels. They tend to fall into one of two categories for me: trying to hard to play CSI in an historical setting or perfectly striking a balance between propelling the mystery forward while still staying within the bounds of historical reality. Too often I find the former and that has kept me away from the genre more often than not. I am pleased to say that I’m glad I took the risk on A Deadly Affection because it blew me away! I will absolutely be reading the rest of the books that come out in this series and here is why.

I loved the heroine, Genevieve Summerford. She was a “modern woman” and forward thinker, but it didn’t feel like she was always trying too hard to be WAY ahead of her time, which is an issue I often have with my historical heroines. She is a female doctor in the field of psychiatry (which is modern enough at that time) and she is trying something new, group therapy for women who are otherwise painted with the masculine brush of expectation. Throughout the novel, Genevieve is intermittently unsure of herself and her path and then finds confidence when things go right or she begins to put pieces together. Basically, to me, she felt like an everyday woman caught in the middle of a tough situation and finds ways to grow from it and come out of it for the better. It was someone that I could identify with even if she would have lived 100 years ago.

The field of medicine and psychiatry were still in the stages of exploring things that we take for granted today. Overholt walked the magical line of keeping the reader just off of knowing exactly what was going on with the medical portion of the storyline so that you wanted to know more and didn’t feel like it was old news that you were just playing along with. I never entirely felt like I knew what was coming and I enjoyed the feel of learning about it along with the characters. The drama of this novel played out like part medical drama and part police procedural which the author balanced rather evenly.

There is just a touch of romance here, but it isn’t a focal point of the story. At this point, it’s more of an important element of backstory and to help understand the characters, but I could see it coming into play later on in the series, whether as actual romance thread or as a roadblock/point of contention between characters.

The plot and pacing are spot on here. There was never a time with this novel that I felt bored or prone to skim though. There was enough twists and turns to the story that you were kept on your toes and never quite were able to pinpoint what the resolution to the murder mystery was going to be (that is one of my other pet peeves with the mystery genre in general is when you can solve it way too early in the story).

I will eagerly await book two which will be released later this year, although I might try to hold off to get it on audiobook because it was a great performance as well.

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★★★★ ½☆

The narrator was able to relay the author’s pacing well in this audiobook presentation. There is an interplay between slow or fast reading based on the need of the scene. I appreciated the appropriate pause length between sentences – just the right amount of time. Robbins imbues her Genevieve with an earnestness, but also demonstrates fear or hesitation when appropriate. It certainly feels like she spent some time getting to know the characters before recording the passages. There is some voice work here to make characters unique, and this is one of the few times I have found myself feeling comfortable with a narration of characters of the opposite sex rom the narrator. An admirable job that never felt jarring or out of place.

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    Also by Cuyler Overholt:

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    A Promise of Ruin
    (Book 2 of the Dr. Genevieve Summerford Series)
    Coming August 2017

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    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Cover Crush: High as the Heavens

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    We can all say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but I guarantee that we all have done so at least once! Cover Crush is designed to feature some of those covers that have caught the eye as a standout on the bookshelf.

    High as the Heavens

    You know what draws me to this one?  The strands of pearls.  It draws me up from the bottom to the woman’s face and also with the placement of the planes near it the eye is drawn to them too.  I also like how the woman’s hair frames the side of the cover.  And…I love her lipstick cover!  Haha.

     

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    Friday, May 12, 2017

    Cover Crush: The Hidden Thread

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    We can all say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but I guarantee that we all have done so at least once! Cover Crush is designed to feature some of those covers that have caught the eye as a standout on the bookshelf.

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    What really catches my eye here is how it is like the 3 stages of the dress-form: wire, fabric covered, and with a dress on it.  It feels like a progression toward completing something.  And it is surprising to me that I am drawn to this one because it has such a muted color palette and I tend to be drawn to the jewel tones.  The title also makes me wonder – obviously it probably has something to do with a dressmaker, hence the cover,but I wonder if it has to do with the plot too.  Definitely would intrigue be to learn more. 

     

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    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    New Book Alert: Nothing Like a Duke by Jane Ashford–Giveaway & Excerpt

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    Nothing Like a Duke by Jane Ashford
    Book 4 of The Duke’s Sons series
    e-book & Mass Market Paperback; 352 Pages
    Sourcebooks Casablanca
    ISBN: 149262165X
    May 2, 2017
    Genre: Historical Romance
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    Book Blurb:

    He wants her.
    She has no intention of wanting him.
    But even Flora has to admit…
    There’s nothing like a Duke.

    Lord Robert Gresham has given up all hope that the beautiful and independent Flora Jennings will ever take him seriously. He heads to an exclusive country house party to forget about the beauty haunting his thoughts.

    Too bad the lady in question has no intention of being forgotten.

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    Check out this awesome EXCERPT of Nothing Like A Duke!

    A protruding bit of bramble caught the side of Flora’s pelisse. She twisted to reach for it, and a whole raft of briars shifted with her, entangling the other side of her skirts, her right arm, and the brim of her bonnet. If she pulled away, it would rip the cloth. She struggled a little; more thorns dug in. “Blast it, I suppose you were right, you wretched dog,” she exclaimed, and discovered that Plato was gone.

    Flora lifted a hand to free her hat. The movement tipped another part of the bush, which swayed and seemed to grab at her. A second branch lodged in her bonnet. She felt several claw at her back. A stem lashed across her neck. That one drew blood. She tried to step back, and was pricked by more thorns, through her clothes, from all directions.

    Flora went very still. She saw that the path petered out just ahead. Or perhaps this hadn’t been a path at all, but merely a deceptive opening in the vegetation. She hadn’t been paying attention. She tried again to move. She was trapped in a sea of briars. The thorns were long and wickedly barbed. They pricked the skin of her neck, her arm, her back, her side.

    She became aware of a rustling in the leaves near her feet. What next? The badgers? Snakes? No, of course not snakes. It was far too cold.

    A small black-furred head poked through an opening at the base of the briars. Evading the thorns with no visible effort, Plato emerged and stared up at her. “Oh, you’re back, are you?” said Flora. He sat down at her feet. “Come to gloat? Point out that if I’d followed you, I wouldn’t be in this predicament?”

    Plato looked at her. Not judgmentally, because that was impossible.

    “Go fetch help,” commanded Flora. The dog didn’t move. “Some clever gardeners. A footman from the house. Anyone. Go!”

    “Plato? Where are you, you dratted animal?” called a voice nearby.

    “Lord Robert?” she called.

    There was a short silence. “Flora?”

    “Yes. I’ve, ah, become entangled in some brambles. Plato doesn’t appear to care in the least. Or, actually, he’s staring at me as if it was all my fault.” She frowned down at the dog. “Does he ever blink? He’s really a bit uncanny, don’t you—”

    Robert appeared on the path. “Good God!” He started forward.

    “Be careful! It’s very easy to get caught. If you touch one branch, the whole mass moves.”

    “I see.” He examined the arching stems. “You really are caught, aren’t you?” His lips twitched.

    “If you laugh, I’ll...make you sorry,” Flora promised. Plato made one of his odd grumpy gargling sounds. “And you! I’ll find a badger and hand you over to him.”

    Robert choked. “So, would you say you’re in need of rescue?”

    “Just get me out!”

    Robert moved a few steps closer. He could see that the thorns had barbs like fishhooks, ready to rip and tear if not removed very carefully. There was a trickle of blood on Flora’s neck. After a moment of calculation, he eeled between two branches. He had to stop once and detach thorns from his sleeve before he reached her side.

    “These things are diabolical,” she said. “When I turned to pull loose, they seemed to...sort of lunge at me.”

    “Stay very still.”

    “I know!” She let out a huff of breath. “I beg your pardon. This is...rather irritating.” She smiled an apology.

    Robert felt a catch in his chest, as if his heart had stumbled briefly. “Right then. Move back, Plato,” he said. For once, the little dog obeyed him, slipping easily out to a more open spot.

    He began on the closest branch, embedded in the skirts of Flora’s pelisse. He had to kneel to reach it properly. His knife was small for the tough fibers. The bush swayed as he sawed at the branch. A spray of thorns rasped across his hair, but didn’t catch hold.

    Robert soon pricked his skin. There was no way to hold the branch still without being stuck, and he’d left his gloves indoors when he’d seen Plato shoot wildly out of the bushes and then go haring off again.

    Blood made the blasted thing slippery. Robert got out his handkerchief, used it to wrap the branch, and went back to work. At last, he was through. The severed stem sprang back a little, he was glad to see, giving him a few inches of working room. He looked up. “One down,” he said with a smile.

    The heated gaze he encountered went through him like a thunderbolt. He was suddenly acutely aware of his position, right in among her skirts. His shoulder rested against her thigh. The scent of her—flowery perfume and sheer female—enveloped him.

    “You’ve hurt yourself,” she said.

    “It’s nothing.” Intensely aroused, Robert eased to his feet. Flora smiled at him again. Her fierce blue eyes raked him. He knew, absolutely, that she was remembering their kisses.

    The next branch was wrapped around her far sleeve. He had to press close to her to avoid the briars at his back as he reached for it. And stay there while he cut through the stringy fiber of the bramble. The feel of her—curve of breast and hip, her cheek resting on his chest—made him clumsier. At one point a thorn drove deep into the pad of his index finger, and he stifled an oath.

    Flora was having trouble breathing. She could feel his heartbeat, so near her ear, accelerating in tandem with her own. She could feel his muscles shift against her as he cut at the brambles. If she looked up, carefully, she could see his face—handsome, intent. The lips that had thrilled her were only inches away. But she couldn’t move enough to offer her own again. She had to remain very still, plastered against him.  

    About the Author:

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    JANE ASHFORD, a beloved author of historical romances, has been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, and Spain, as well as the United States. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

    Find Jane Ashford: Website | Facebook | Goodreads

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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Audiobook Discussions: Pet Peeves

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    I have been doing a lot of audiobook listening lately and I attended a recent blogger webinar about audiobook reviewing which got me thinking more and more about audiobooks.  So I wanted to know more of what you think about them!  From there, Audiobook Discussions has been born!

    This time I want to know what your listening pet peeves are!

    I have a couple.  Most annoying in terms of listening is a monotone voice.  If it is non-fiction it will put me right to sleep because listening to facts and figures can be dry by itself, but you add a monotone voice too it and… zzzzzzzz!  With fiction, while you don’t have to necessarily do voices, it is more interesting if characters can be distinguished from one another or the pace and timbre of the voice changes with exciting parts or danger/suspense etc. 

    Outside the aspect of the actual production, on element that really drives me crazy is when a series of books have different narrators.  It’s fine if maybe the point-of-view character changes, but if it is all from the same POV, I would like to continue with the same narrator.  I know sometimes this cannot happen for logistical reasons, but it really throws me off, especially when I really liked the performance of the narrator. 

    And the final one that I will mention here is mispronunciations.  I understand that sometimes it is a regional thing, but I cannot tell you how much it grated at me to hear a local town pronounced SO wrong in a production I listened to recently that it just kept popping back up into my head even though the name only came up twice.  It was certainly a small thing, but it stuck with me to the end.

    So what are your pet peeves when listening to books?

     

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    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    Interview with Jenni L. Walsh

    Today I have the exciting opportunity to share an interview with Jenni L. Walsh, author of the newly released Becoming Bonnie, which I am so excited to have the opportunity to read.  Check it out!

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    Heather: The story of Bonnie and Clyde is one that most people feel like they know, but not a whole lot is known about Bonnie’s early life, from what I understand. Was this freeing in a way that allowed you more room to craft your story or was the specter of such a seemingly well-known story daunting?

    Jenni L. Walsh: Daunting, yes! But it’s interesting that—even with what’s known about Bonnie’s past, which isn’t much, as you pointed out—the anecdotes rarely align. Newspapers, too. I wrote one scene where I pulled facts from one newspaper source. Then, I found another periodical to see if there were any new details I could implement. I was surprised to see that the same event was portrayed different by these two sources. In one breath, this was freeing. In another, I was worried those familiar with one way their story was told would balk at the details I included from other sources. Then, of course, I took creative license in some spots because, at the end of the day, I need the pieces of my story to all fit together with how I’m telling it.

    H: Wow!  Who would imagine that they would vary so widely with reports?!

    What led you to writing about Bonnie? What do you think draws people to their story even today?

    JLW: I had written about other iconic people for other projects, and really enjoyed it. So I wanted to dip my toe back into that pool. I quickly landed on Bonnie. I caught the Bonnie and Clyde film years ago on TV, and to this day, it’s not the violence that’s stuck with me, but their devotion toward each other. It made me wonder who they were besides outlaws, who met their end early in life. I’ve heard others say they are fascinated by this: people who die young. Bonnie and Clyde were only in their early twenties at the time of their final ambush.

    H:  For me they have such an interesting story and as you said, it was all within a short period of time and a young age. 

    What sort of research went into preparing for Becoming Bonnie? Have you been to the memorial site or seen any of the memorabilia first hand?

    JLW: Thank goodness for the Internet because I didn’t have the financial means (or time, with a 3-year-old and 1-year-old) to get myself to Texas. But the FBI have files available that I looked through, along with many newspaper articles, memoirs, personal journals, photographs, and first-hand accounts.

    H: That is really cool that the FBI has files available that you can review online!  The internet is phenomenal!

    The Bonnie that most of us know of is a gun-toting criminal. What Bonnie do you bring to the reader in Becoming Bonnie?

    JLW: A dreamer. At the beginning of the novel, I’ve given Bonn a fictional name, Bonnelyn. I was going for something wholesome, because that’s what she was. She sang in her church’s choir. She was a straight A student. She was devoted to her family and friends. And she had a stable boyfriend, who wasn’t Clyde! Bonn also came from poverty, which made her ache for more out of life. She wanted to be somebody. Her background and her aspirations are ultimately what lead her to pick up a gun in Becoming Bonnie.

    H: What has been the most difficult part of the writing/publishing process so far? Anything that you would do differently?

    JLW: I wouldn’t do anything differently because I’m very happy with where I am (now, haha), but I think I was taken aback by how long the process took. Like Bonn, I’m a dreamer, and when I first began writing novels, my goal was to have a novel published before I had my first child. Well, my oldest kiddo is almost four, and I started years before she was even conceived.

    H: That is a common story that I hear, it’s so easy to underestimate the process is what I get from the stories I have heard.

    Are you a full time author or do you have to find time to write around a typical 9-5 job? How do you find time to write?

    JLW: For a couple years, I was a stay-at-home mom, who also worked full-time from home, and who also wrote books. I wouldn’t recommend it, haha! I currently very fortunate to have three books under contract and it wasn’t humanly possible to wear all those hates if I wanted to hit my deadlines. So, for the past few months I’ve been concentrating solely on my babes and my book babes. I normally write at night, during naptimes, and the weekends.

    H: I can imagine that it would be extremely difficult to write around the schedules of young children!  Kudos for having 3 books under contract!

    When you are not reading for research, what type of books or what authors do you enjoy reading?

    JLW: I like to read in my genre, historical fiction. It certainly isn’t short of amazing novels. I recently plowed through books by Greer Macallister, Pam Jenoff, Hazel Gaynor, and Heather Webb.

    H: I have read all of the above with exception of Macallister, which I do have on my bookshelf.

    Do you have any future writing plans that you can tell us about?

    JLW: Yes! I’d love to tell ya about those three books I’m working on. Being Bonnie is the follow-up to Becoming Bonnie that dives more heavily into Bonnie and Clyde’s infamous crime spree. This one is coming in Summer 2018. Then, I am also beginning a middle grade nonfiction series with Scholastic in the fall of 2018. The series, called Brave Like Me, will feature women who, at a young age, accomplished daring feats of perseverance and bravery. The first two books I’m releasing in the series are about Bethany Hamilton and Malala Yousafzai.

    H: I love the sound of the middle grade books!  I was always looking for books like that when I was young and didn’t find enough out there!  Can’t wait to see what the future brings!

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    Jenni L. Walsh spent her early years chasing around cats, dogs, and chickens in Philadelphia's countryside, before dividing time between a soccer field and a classroom at Villanova University. She put her marketing degree to good use as an advertising copywriter, zip-code hopping with her husband to DC, NYC, NJ, and not surprisingly, back to Philly. There, Jenni's passion for words continued, adding author to her resume. She now balances her laptop with a kid on each hip, and a four-legged child at her feet. Becoming Bonnie is her first novel.

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    Book Blurb:

    From debut historical novelist Jenni L. Walsh comes the untold story of how wholesome Bonnelyn Parker became half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo.

    ​The summer of 1927 might be the height of the Roaring Twenties, but Bonnelyn Parker is more likely to belt out a church hymn than sling drinks at an illicit juice joint. She’s a sharp girl with plans to overcome her family's poverty, provide for herself, and maybe someday marry her boyfriend, Roy Thornton. But when Roy springs a proposal on her and financial woes jeopardize her ambitions, Bonnelyn finds salvation in an unlikely place: Dallas's newest speakeasy, Doc's.

    Living the life of a moll at night, Bonnie remains a wholesome girl by day, engaged to Roy, attending school and working toward a steady future. When Roy discovers her secret life, and embraces it—perhaps too much, especially when it comes to booze and gambling—Bonnie tries to make the pieces fit. Maybe she can have it all: the American Dream, the husband, and the intoxicating allure of jazz music. What she doesn't know is that her life—like her country—is headed for a crash.
    She’s about to meet Clyde Barrow.

    Few details are known about Bonnie's life prior to meeting her infamous partner. In Becoming Bonnie, Jenni L. Walsh shows a young woman promised the American dream and given the Great Depression, and offers a compelling account of why she fell so hard for a convicted felon—and turned to crime herself.

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    You can check out this EXCERPT for a taste of the novel!

     

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