Sunday, October 4, 2015

Taken Away

Taken AwayTitle: Taken Away
Author: Patricia Yager Delagrange
Publisher: Ravenswood Publishing
Pages: 400
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Jessee Bradford, a respected young veterinarian in Santa Barbara, California, comes home to find his wife Serena and baby daughter Sofia missing. Jessee fears they have been kidnapped or worse. The FBI investigators believe his wife, the only daughter of a wealthy philanthropist who never approved of their marriage, simply abandoned Jessee and took their child with no intention of returning.
After months of fruitless searching, Jessee relocates to his grandparents’ home in Iowa, where he takes over his grandpa’s veterinary practice. There he finds the family closeness he’s been missing and falls in love with a female equestrian Laura. When Jessee and Laura attend a gallery opening of an artist named She, the paintings remind Jessee of his wife Serena’s art work. Thus begins Jessee’s search to find She while his future with Laura teeters precariously on the edge until the truth about She is discovered.

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My Impressions: 

When I first got this book I really did not know what to expect since I have not read anything by this author before. I was pleasantly surprised though to see how much depth the characters had, and how easily transported and transfixed I was into the lives and stories of Jessee, Laura, Sophia and Serena. This book was an easy, enjoyable weekend read that I ended up adoring.

 I will say that I did not like Serena at all in the beginning. She comes across as a pretentious witch that I wanted to hit, but then that is the beauty of the depth of these characters. I did enjoy reading a book from the man's point of view for a change. Most books when it involves children is from the mothers pov, so it was nice to see that switch and how a father reacts to his missing wife and daughter. 

This book has a great plot that does not end the way you think it will. It has intricate characters that push the story along  nicely without too much down time that can get boring and tedious to read about. Easy one to recommend for anyone that loves a great romance, mystery type of story.

About the Author: 

Fascinated by broken-hearted couples and atypical families, Patricia weaves engaging tales of men and women who create cohesive families where love reigns supreme.  She sprinkles her books with intriguing characters who struggle to find balance in life after tragedy.  Whether an unwed teenager, desperate widow, abandoned father, or a couple who stray from their marital vows, her characters form relationships impacted by their desire to create a family.

Aside from writing, her favorite things to do include riding her Friesian horse, Maximus, dot-to-dot for adults, and watching Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington movies.  She spends a majority of her days writing while her two very large Chocolate Labs lounge on the couch cuddled next to her and her MacBook.

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I received a free copy of this book from the author via Pump Up your Books in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. 

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