This is a truly remarkable book. Kim Carter has outdone herself with this release.
We have Lizzie, a waitress from a small town, who falls in love with an incredibly successful cardiac surgeon. Within no time, she finds herself married, happy beyond belief. But the honeymoon period doesn't last long. Before she knows it he reveals his true nature; he becomes mean and possessive. It escalates to the point where she feels trapped and desperately wants out. Especially when Lizzie discovers his dark secret. A secret that he didn't want her to find out. The only chance of survival is to seek refuge at her sister's house. But that won't stop him hunting her down.
Not long after being at her sisters does a new mystery become apparent. Lizzie becomes involved in an equally dangerous enigma. She knows it would be wise to stay away, but the graveyard is calling her name. Which revelation will kill her first?
Kim develops superb characters in this enticing, compelling novel. We become attached to Lizzie and are deeply affected by each and every move she makes, constantly tense at the dangers that are pursuing her. The complexities within not only the protagonist but the other characters are what makes the tale so riveting.
Then we have two enthralling storylines intertwined. Each one alone would be enough to make a superb book. Yet Kim goes the extra mile for her readers, giving us an exhilarating journey that we'll never forget. Not to mention the seemingly endless twists and turns.
The author has a great writing style; it is both descriptive and suspenseful. Everything is rendered in great detail. From the location, characters, and emotions. I also noticed a trademark of Kim's writing style is short chapters ending in sensational cliffhangers.
Overall, it is an extraordinary read. The conclusion is almost as fantastic as the book itself. I sense history enthusiasts will appreciate the ending, as well as hopeless romantics.
'Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle' is a story of crime, mystery and shocking discoveries. A page-turner you will not be able to put down. Clear up your calendar because this phenomenal mystery is ready to take up all your time. Once you start this book, you won't be able to stop. Guaranteed!
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A story of an unconventional, heartbreaking, powerful, addictive, and mind-boggling romance.
A young girl named Cassie is innocent and naive, raised by a strict mother and abusive father. She is shot into adulthood at an early age when a casual relationship turns serious.
We delve deep into the psyche of a young woman who just wants answers, yet ironically seems to always be out of the loop. She has much to learn about life, love, and friendship. But in a 1960’s version of America, where society was oppressed and prohibited, she has to learn whilst maintaining her class and ladylike qualities.
I found the historical aspects of this novel to be endlessly intriguing. The world seemed to be constrained by what others thought. Your self-worth was entirely based on your reputation within your community. Men married woman, then had children, then retired. It was the strict, nonnegotiable way of life. No deviancies. No exceptions. And heaven forbid a woman not marry and become a spinster or rebel the working order of things. Women were treated as belongings to behold, not human beings with passions and interests, and equally, hates and dislikes.
The characters provide excellent entertainment. You have Cassie’s love interests, her family, her friends, and other intriguing people. The author crafts these characters with expert precision as we love some while hating others. Clearly a great deal of effort and work went into crafting these characters. They don’t appear as two-dimensional characters, but real flesh and blood people who are important to the storylines.
All these aspects are weaved into a story that has an effortless flow and even pace. Chapters are perfectly sized, as are scenes. It is constant – but not overwhelming – action. There are no dull filler moments. Every part of the book is essential to the tale the author is telling. And what a tale it is. This has a greater significance than just great fiction. It is relevant on many levels. It has historical significance. It explores a sexist, misogynistic world.
This crafted novel is educational and spellbinding. We feel for Cassie and her many struggles, and are informed on an America that we can only imagine.
I think for readers of a certain age this book will be greatly nostalgic. For younger readers, it will be eye-opening. For people craving a simple romance however, I’d recommend you skip it. This love story has as many ups and downs as a rollercoaster. It is not for the light hearted.
Overall, Denise takes you on an unforgettable journey that blends matters of the heart, lust, life, etiquette, deception, secrets, and explosive twists that catch us completely off-guard!
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