Title: Can’t Buy Forever
Author: Susan Laffoon
Publisher: Page Publishing
Publication Date: June 1st, 2015
Page Count: 218 Pages
Genre: Historical Romance, Thriller, Fiction
Synopsis: In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakable bond develops. Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.
I seriously loved all of the characters in this book, I was absolutely in love with Dessa’s and Nicholas’s relationship. I even enjoyed reading about the bad guy in the book, he was evil and nasty but Susan Laffoon wrote him so well that I actually really enjoyed all of the story.
The novel is set in New York where the characters travel around and are running from the evil, using trains, boats and cars to get away.
I got an email one day of the author of this book, Susan Laffoon, asking if I would like a copy of her novel and that there’s due to be a sequel out to the book coming soon. So I snatched up and now I can’t wait to read the next book, I am so thankful that she messaged me as I always like to give new authors a try and I would have never picked this book up usually as I’m not a big fan of historical fiction, but Susan Laffoon really changed that for me. This book was adorable, quirky, cute and thrilling and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to a lot of people, those of you who enjoy YA, romance and a little bit of thriller.
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About the author:
Susan Laffoon knows whereof she writes having been raised in Glen Falls, in upstate New York. There, the Hundson River and the boulders that lie-ins its path, is Cooper’s Cave, a hideaway made famous in James Fedimore Cooper’s Novel, ‘Drums Along the Mohawk’. She visited this impressive attraction often growing up and listened to the rushing waters that echoed in the cave. There she decided to one day write romantic adventures. Thus as a young girl, while friends played with dolls, she imagined and scribbles stories of adventure to escape childhood responsibilities and unhappiness. She continued to journal through the years occupied with her husband, Gregg, and seven children. It was discovered her love of storytelling was predisposed from a Scandinavian father who died young, a journalist for the Denver Post, a half century earlier. This passion is being fulfilled by his daughter, since putting aside her stethoscope and career as a registered nurse. “Writing has always been in the shadow of my heart.” – Reads on the back of Can’t Buy Forever novel.