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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: Replacing Gentry by Julie N. Ford


Welcome to my stop in this blog tour hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer.  A big thank you to author, Julie N. Ford, for providing me an eARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Don't forget to swing by the Tour Page for other fun stops in this tour. Ms Ford is also giving a generous Giveaway for this tour, $50 GC to Barnes and Noble, so be sure to enter that below!

Replacing Gentry by Julie N. Ford, AF, 2013, eARC, 252p, Rating=4
Source: provided by author in exchange for an honest review

When Marlie agrees to attend a cadaver ball at Vanderbilt Medical School, she did not expect to actually see any cadavers. Or, that a strange apparition would issue her a chilling message.
Despite the cadaver's warning, Marlie is married a year later to Tennessee State Senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in a plantation-style mansion with two step-sons. Add to the mix her growing suspicion that something is amiss with the death of Daniel’s first wife, Gentry, and newlywed Marlie is definitely in over her pretty Yankee head.
What begins as an innocent inquiry into her new husband’s clouded past ends with Marlie in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy.
A modern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, Replacing Gentry follows Marlie’s precarious journey as she learns the truth about the man she married.

I've only read one other book from this author, Count Down to Love, and I see versatility!  CDTL was a lot romance but here in Replacing Gentry, Ms. Ford spiced things up a bit and worked in mystery and historical fiction.  I like the Cali-girl thrown to a Nashville-country life scenario.  This translated to a heroine that would have spunk and surely to stir things up.  Marlie certainly stepped on some toes and that brought danger in her midst.  So was she able to figure things out in time?

Although the mystery kept me turning the pages, it was the tender story of Marlie's fight for her family that brought me smiles.  She was driven and had purpose, both excellent qualities that will get her answers.  She needed answers because things kept getting creepier and creepier.  Yet amidst the mysterious uncertainties, the love story was the cornerstone that would give strength to reinforcing her determination.  She believed in her husband Daniel and optimistic about forming a solid relationship with her twin step-sons as well, so she had to find out the entire truth for their sake and her own.

There was a lot going on in this book and usually that would open up for a lot of criticisms but everything tied in by book's end.  The twists and turns had me gasping and wondering who's good and bad.  It was a thrill to walk through it all through Marlie's account.  I was pulling for a good outcome right up to the very end!

This was a fun and exciting read.  I'd recommend it to those who wants a bit of a mindbender with a soft sidekick.

The release date came earlier than expected and so it's now available!  Moreover, for a limited time it's on sale for $1.99.  Cool.






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