A little luck. A little skill. A big gamble.
Jayne is on the run. With a bag full of stolen money, a new friend she met while stealing his car, and an old adversary out to get her, Jayne heads north looking for a better life.
Along the way she encounters adventure, danger, freedom and something she never expected — love.
But before she can reach her destination she must confront something that’s been following her all along. When she least expects it, her past collides with her future and she must decide whether to keep running or return home to rebuild the life she left.
RELEASED OCTOBER 3, 2016
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About the Book!
North is a sweet story about a young girl with a mile-long police record, an unpredictable addict for a father, and an absent mother. But all that comes before. We join Jayne on the eve of a rather profitable day at the shoe store when she makes a decision that sends her on the run from everything she knows.
I loved the budding relationship between Jayne and Jack the best. He’s along for the ride, nothing to lose, and she’s a mess, starting to realize she can’t keep doing what she’s always done. It’s a plausible relationship in an unlikely situation. No instalove, though a few days is all it takes for love to come into the picture. The way it develops, that few days is believable.
Everything seems to build towards Jayne’s evolution. The kid, Chase, her father’s unknown status, the crazy-ish cop that’s followed her across state lines. These all add tension and substance to what could have been a straight up girl on the run story.
I guess the only thing I didn’t care for was that the climax of the story seemed a bit contrived. It was just bam, bam, bam action, answers given, and story wrapped, then the fast forward to see how folks fared well after the adventure.
Overall, I really liked this story. People who love modern stories where the characters aren’t all shiny and perfect will likely enjoy this one. There’s a decent amount of suspense, some sweet romance, and a few surprises.
The review copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About Amanda Linehan
Amanda Linehan is a fiction writer, blogger and INFP. She has indie published two young adult novels and a couple handfuls of short stories. Her short fiction has been featured on Every Day Fiction.
She lives in Maryland, likes to be outside and writes with her cat sleeping on the floor beside her desk.