Monday, November 16, 2015

Musing Mondays - November 16 (Taken Away Review)

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme sponsored by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…
THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Will post it when it's up.

Hard to believe we are halfway through November. Time sure is flying.

This has been a tough blogging year for me. I truly haven't read as much as I would have liked and I'm really missing it. My hope is that 2016 is a bit slower. I'm pulling back a bit on my volunteering so that I don't feel like I am rushing around so much.

Last week I:
  • Shared new book arrivals here.
  • Reviewed a book here.
  • Made a couple of updates to my Laura Ingalls Wilder/Little House blog here.
  • Posted a book spotlight here.
And now, here's one of the overdue reviews that needed to be written.

A riveting, emotional story can be found in Taken Away by Patricia Yager Delagrange.

When Jessee Bradford, a respected veterinarian, comes home to find his wife and infant daughter missing, he's not sure what to think. Did someone kidnap Serena and Sofia? Did they just disappear?

After months of fruitless searching, Jessee relocates to his grandparents' home in Iowa to take over his grandfather's veterinary practice. Here he meets Laura, an equestrian. Laura has a sad story all her own, but she opens up to Jessee and they fall in love.

Their romance is suddenly up in the air when Jessee sees a painting at a gallery opening by an artist known only as She that reminds him of Serena's work. He knows he must find out is Serena and Sofia are still alive if he and Laura are every going to be truly happy.

If there were ever a book that is filled with emotions, this one is it. We meet Jessee and Serena in college, but things swiftly move to their courtship and marriage. The reader is drawn into what they think will be a wonderful romance, but suddenly, Serena and Sofia are gone and Jessee is left to pick up what is left of his life. He rebuilds his life--though hoping one day he will learn what happened to his wife and daughter--all to have his life totally turned upside down again by falling in love and then thinking he might have found Serena.

What the author did so well here is make Jessee, Laura, and the other characters so realistic. I have to say that some characters did not attract sympathy at all, which is fine. While not necessarily a unique plot, the author made this idea her own by the elements she put into it. The sub-stories that ran alongside Jessee's added a great deal of depth to the book.

As a mom, one part of the ending didn't satisfy me (I can't share more without giving away too much), but the lover of romance in me definitely thought the ending was superb. I will be sure to check out more of Delagrange's novels.

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 31, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1508660433
ISBN-13: 978-1508660439

I received a free digital copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

I reviewed this book for the following challenge:


fredamans said...

I sure do love emotional reads. They can usually connect you to it somehow. Great review!

Cheryl Malandrinos said...

Thanks, Freda. I like emotional reads too.