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Friday, August 19, 2016

#NowAvailable: Orphan Flowers by J.C. Rochford; #BlogTour, #Review,

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~* BLOG TOUR: ORPHAN FLOWERS BY J.C. Rochford! AUG 15-21 *~

TITLE: Orphan Flowers
SERIES: Conquering Series, Book 1
AUTHOR: J.C. Rochford
Rating:  4 Stars
Told in the first person.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".


Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00020]Lily-May, wife of Detective Murray and mother to beautiful Callie, tragically goes missing, with her daughter witnessing the ordeal, but unable to save her mother from the captor's grip. Will Callie be able to live with herself?

A mystery as to where she is or how she got there and to stay alive, Lily begins a new life pretending to be someone else. Will she ever be found, or will her captor carry out the unthinkable when he learns her true identity?

Back home, Lily's husband and daughter have been left to pick up the pieces. While both suffer immeasurable pain and emptiness, Callie believes she has seen her mother on a number of occasions but has been too scared to tell her dad who, unbeknownst to her, has witnessed his own sightings of this same woman.

Has Lily returned, or is it her ghost back to haunt her daughter and husband?

My Thoughts:

Darren seems to be a little confused.  But what’s confusing is how he tries to go about fixing a problem of his own making.  Murray’s job seems to be solving mysteries.  Until a personal tragedy rocks his world.  Callie is Murray’s daughter.  She shows that even though a tragedy may have happened years ago, it can sometimes feel like it was only yesterday.  Lily is in a situation based on what she looks like.

For me, this read like one of those psychological thrillers that sucks you in as you try to figure out what’s going on.  The author has created a character that may have mental issues – I don’t have the professional background to diagnosis his issue(s) but the author has done such a great job of creating his scenes that you will have no trouble in recognizing that he’s a man in need of professional help.  She also has put a face to the victims of kidnapping.  It may be the person that has gone missing but it’s the family members as well.  They live with the pain of loss, as days and years go by without their loved one, and a small hope that they will be returned eventually.

It’s like getting more of an insight into what we see on the news when a woman has been kidnapped.  Take for example the three women that were rescued from Ariel Castro.  We watched the news for days watching how these women were found.  Listening to them tell us about their ordeal.  It may have been hard to listen to and watch but we still did.  More things like this are being reported on the news.  This book, gets you right inside from the moment that Lily was kidnapped.  The author bounces back and forth from the past to the present.  She lets you know which character is speaking to you and whether it’s from the past or present so you will not get lost.

I won’t lie to you that this was a hard book to read.  Because always in the back of your mind is what we see in the news.  In a way it does give you a reference point but it still does not make it any less disturbing.  I did have to put it down at times and go off and think about something else but it is also a wakeup call.  In this day and age you need to be aware of your surroundings and to never give up hope.  This book didn’t come with a happy ending but it is a story that will be continued next summer.  I still have hope that things will be better for Lily and her family but we will just have to wait and see.


Not sure if this novel is for you? The first THREE chapters of Orphan Flowers is on Wattpad, check it out and discover the suspense this novel brings:

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about the author

J.C. Rochford was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Besides being half Canadian, she is also half British with many family members still residing in England. J.C. began her writing journey in her early teens writing poetry and song lyrics. Currently, you may find J.C. Rochford titles under the young adult and contemporary fiction genres.

'Orphan Flowers' is J.C. Rochford’s debut novel, and was written over the course of two years before setting it to release to the world on July 23, 2016.

J.C. Rochford holds additional interests in photography, graphic design, and jewellery design. She also enjoys the outdoors and visiting rural Ontario with her family during the summer.


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