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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz


Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (February 13, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: They called themselves “the lucky ones.” 

They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She's determined to find out what really happened that fateful night--was it an accident or, as she's always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she'll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.



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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Let me begin with a bit of a disclaimer. This story is NOT for everyone. There are cases of adopted siblings and foster siblings having romantic relationships (either as late teens or as adults). A lot of people complained it was "incest", but I feel I must point out it was not as these people are not biologically related to each other. Sure it's a little weird, but given what they have gone through, and how the author portrayed it, kind of understandable. 

Now, I have read A LOT by this author. In fact, I have had this novel sitting on my kindle for awhile now. And I have been putting off reading it - not because I expected there to be anything wrong with it, but because of the publish date. I knew the minute I started reading, I would not be able to put it down, and I had other stories that were being published sooner. 

But I was right to wait. Because this novel? Surpassed my expectations. It was everything I have come to love and admire about this author, and more. It doesn't matter the genre, the location, or the characters, Tiffany Reisz has a gift. She simply creates a world, and makes the reader powerless to escape it until the very last page. And once its over? It's a very bittersweet good-bye. Sure you have finished a story, but you have FINISHED with that world. And I for one am never ready to say good-bye to the characters this author creates.

Strong, if flawed, characters, intriguing story-lines, twists and secrets you will not forget? If any of these things sound like you cup of tea, than you are sure to enjoy this novel! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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                      The Lucky Ones is available from Amazon.com

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