Lost for Words by Andrea Bramhall will run you through a gamut of emotions. At times I was tickled, frustrated, crying and then again laughing. This is a well-written story that delightful and sweet.
Sasha Adams moved home years ago to take care of her mother as she battled cancer. After her move home to become a caretaker Sasha kind of stopped living her life. Her mother’s health gradually improved but Sasha just kept on getting by. She has given up on trying to find love and spends most of her time working a job she at best tolerates. Har true passion is writing books and screenplays, but never letting anyone but her mother and best friend Bobbi read her work. Unbeknownst to Sasha her mother and bestie enter her into a film company’s screenplay contest. She wins before they ever tell her about it and that is where she meets film producer/director, Jac Kensington.
This story takes you on a ride. Bramhall weaves you into her story and endears you to the characters. A heartwarming story of love, family and friendship.
3 out of 5 stars
Kate Brannon and Gina temple are back in Under Parr. We pick back up with these two amazing women about 6 weeks after the conclusion of Collide-O-Scope. For Kate, there is another crime to investigate. This time around, a skeleton has been found in an abandoned WWII bunker. From the reader’s perspective, we already know who the crime was committed and why the elderly man ended up where he did and how is life ending injury occurred. From the beginning, we know the details of why the killer kills and how they do it. We stand back and watch Kate and her team figure out the clues.
This already in the know aspect of the book, while an interesting concept, to me at times became a tad bit tedious. We know most of the details, and while of course there are still clues to uncover, it has a lot of detective talk, to finally get to oh yeah, it was that person, totally already knew it. It was great to see Kate back in action, but I felt like this piece of the story was too much the focus, when Gina’s part is so much more powerful and interesting.
Gina and her daughter Sammy are living with the aftermath of what happened in Collide-O-Scoop and the havoc Ally Robbins reeked on their lives. Life after does not go on with rainbows and butterflies. These two have now become the pariahs of Brandale Staite. Not to mention both are suffering from PTSD. I think the challenges that the Temple’s face was endearing and fascinating. I like that Bramhall didn’t gloss over the trauma both Sammy and Gina went through.
My guess is this book, is a big set-up for the third book in this series. At the end of this one, the investigation of the skeleton is easily wrapped up but there are still big issues facing Gina and Kate as both individuals and as a couple. There is also an unknown element that briefly appears and is left unresolved. Overall, I look forward to the next installment of this series.
3.5 out of 5 stars
So you just what happens when a virtually unlikable business owner is found murdered on the beach in a small English town. Read Collide-O-Scope and you’ll find out just how crazy things are going to get in this small coastal community.
Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon is on the case of the homicide of Connie Wells. She must find out why the reclusive business owner was murdered. There are no witnesses, no real motive, and the only real clues are a missing high-powered camera and a bunch of random numbers written down in a journal. Kate spends her days investigating the small community members for clues. Many disliked Connie, but why kill her she was planning on moving anyways.
Gina Temple is the manager of the camp grounds that was owned by the deceased. She is one of the few people that called Connie a friend. Gina is the one community member that is really helping Kate with her investigations. She knows all the movers and shakers in the small town, and she isn’t afraid of sharing background information about each. Gina and Kate have an instant connection, but Gina has secrets of her own.
What makes this book really good is that it’s realistic. You feel like all the pieces are 100% plausible. Never did I feel like the author was grabbing at straws or making things too convenient for the cops or the killer. As the story unfolded all I could think is yeah I’m pretty sure this could happen in real life. This is a police crime drama with a side of romance. The romance unfolds in a way that was sweet and perfect for this book and fits with the story. Kate and Gina, while instantly have a spark, they also dance around each other enough to keep the reader guessing will they or not ever find their way to each other. Great book by an author that always delivers!
I was given this book by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.
- Publisher: Ylva Books