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The Unremembered Girl – My Review



  Genre: Psychological Suspense / Mystery
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication: November 1, 2017
Number of Pages: 332
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In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.
Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family—something she’s known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can’t resist the temptation to get close. Where Henry’s mother sees a poor girl in need, his father sees only wickedness. When Henry forges an unexpected bond with Eve, he believes he might be able to save her. He doesn’t know how wrong he is.
Eve is about to take charge of her own destiny—and that of Henry’s family. As both their worlds spin violently out of control, Henry must make an impossible choice: protect the broken young woman who’s claimed a piece of his soul, or put everyone he loves at risk in order to do the right thing.


Praise for The Grave Tender Eliza Maxwell’s Previous Book:

“An emotional powerhouse of a story that will leave readers reeling from the beginning to the end.” —Christena Stephens, Forgotten Winds

“Beautiful and intoxicating.” —Chelsea Humphrey, The Suspense is Thrilling Me

“Haunting. Lyrical. Beautiful. Dark. At times, sickening.” —Julia Byers, Books in the Garden

“This is dark psychological suspense that skillfully inspires a slow-dawning dread. . .It will shred you.” — Michelle Newby, Lone Star Literary Life

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The Unremembered Girl – My Review

“A love like that, Henry, where you’re so close that one breathes out and the other breathes in the same breath . . . It’s a powerful thing. Maybe the most powerful thing.”

Author Eliza Maxwell does it again with her recent novel “The Unremembered Girl” – leaving readers emotionally charged and breathless. She brings to life a story around two main characters of Henry and Eve. Henry saves Eve and the results of him saving her life take turns that only Eliza can craft. From the very first chapter the author had me wondering and guessing who was it that Henry killed, only to find out towards the end of the story the real reason why he was about to dispose of a body.
There are many principal themes in this novel that took me on an emotional journey. Eliza’s writing is flawless in her story telling. One underlying story evolves around one of the main character’s having ovarian cancer and choosing to not treat it. Then there is the element of human trafficking, which intertwines the characters through the girl that becomes Eve.
Overall, the premise of what’s doing right often leads the characters onto other more gut wrenching decisions and major life altering changes. Thankfully, as some of the characters survive you can reflect why Eliza chose the title because there can be life after what these characters go through.
Maxwell crafted the story with a lot of mind blowing moments that kept me intrigued in the story to where it would it lead next. Like when finding out that Henry’s stepbrother had been involved with human trafficking or who actually fathered Eve’s baby or how that body came to be that Henry was disposing of.
It’s a story that envelops the characters to help a girl. By them helping Eve their lives change in terrible ways and one miraculous way. Often the story is deeply poignant and more often its highly gut-wrenching. Thanks Eliza for another story I’ll never forget.

Eliza Maxwell lives in Texas with her ever patient husband and two kids. She’s an artist and writer, an introvert and a British cop drama addict. She loves nothing more than to hear from readers. You can find her at theelizamaxwell@gmail.com
Grand Prize ($90 value): Autographed copy of The Unremembered Girl, 1.75 mL bottle of Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, Jusalpha white porcelain decorative cake stand, recipe for “Caroline’s Coconut Cake” (featured in the book), $20 Amazon Gift Card.
2nd Prize: Autographed copy of The Unremembered Girl, $10 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Prize: Autographed copy of The Unremembered Girl
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A Review of Before The Rain Falls

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Genre: Women’s Fiction / Historical / Family

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Date of Publication: May 16, 2017

Number of Pages: 334

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Cover Lo Res Before Rain FallsAfter serving seventy years in prison for the murder of her sister, Eula, Della Lee has finally returned home to the Texas town of Puerto Pesar. She’s free from confinement—and ready to tell her secrets before it’s too late.

She finds a willing audience in journalist Mick Anders, who is reeling after his suspension from a Boston newspaper and in town, reluctantly, to investigate a mysterious portrait of Eula that reportedly sheds tears. He crosses paths with Dr. Paloma Vega, who’s visiting Puerto Pesar with her own mission: to take care of her ailing grandmother and to rescue her rebellious younger sister before something terrible happens. Paloma and Mick have their reasons to be in the hot, parched border town whose name translates as “Port of Regret.” But they don’t anticipate how their lives will be changed forever.

Moving and engrossing, this dual story alternates between Della’s dark ordeals of the 1940s and Paloma and Mick’s present-day search for answers―about roots, family, love, and what is truly important in life.

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Praise for Before the Rain Falls:

Still wiping away tears! Before the Rain Falls is simultaneously heartbreaking, hopeful, and joyous: a story of complex characters with varied pasts and bright futures. Loved it! – Jennifer B. on Goodreads

This novel takes readers on an emotional, fast-paced, ride through one sister’s journey to self, redemption, and the true meaning of “freedom.” – Nicole W. on Goodreads

There is romance, mystery, and secrets that are kept till the very end that will have you not wanting this beautifully written story to end. – Carol B. on Goodreads



Before the Rain Falls – A Review

“Some things were never meant to be told outside of the people they happened to.”

Before the Rain Falls is well written and takes readers between the past 70 plus years to the present. The interweaving of the story between the past and present is so well created that it never loses its pace.

Camille Di Maio wrote a book that kept me intrigued enough to ignore checking emails and social media. The book stopped my world while I was reading the story. Maybe it was the older story line that kept me intrigued of Della being sentenced to prison for the crime of killing her sister. There is a touch of romance, but its not enough to turn off a reader like me, who avoids romances.

What impressed me the most about the book is Di Maio expertly wove actual history into Before the Rain Falls. From Abba Zaba bars, which were created in 1922, to Governor Coke Stevenson, to the Huntsville Prison Rodeo. While the trial was a fictitious one the author did accurately write about it. Texas criminal trials in the 1930s and 1940s were fast meaning a person could be charged, a grand jury called, actual trial set for either a conviction or not and held all within in a mere span of two weeks or less.

How the characters lives were all interwoven at the end of the book was beautifully done. Because when Della had no hope left – she finds out in the end she has more to live for than she realizes.


Author Pic DiMaioCamille recently left an award-winning real estate career in San Antonio to become a full-time writer. Along with her husband of 19 years, she enjoys raising their four children. She has a bucket list that is never-ending and uses her adventures to inspire her writing. She’s lived in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California, and spends enough time in Hawaii to feel like a local. She’s traveled to four continents (so far), and met Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. She just about fainted when she had a chance to meet her musical idol, ‪Paul McCartney, too. Camille studied political science in college but found working on actual campaigns much more fun. She overdoses on goodies at farmer’s markets (justifying them by her support for local bakeries) and belts out Broadway tunes whenever the moment strikes. There’s almost nothing she wouldn’t try, so long as it doesn’t involve heights, roller skates, or anything illegal. The Memory of Us is Camille’s debut novel. Her second, Before the Rain Falls was released ‪on May 16, 2017.










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