Sunday, 7 February 2016

Review: Find Me (Finding Me #1) by Michelle Mankin

****4 Stars****
I quite enjoyed this first instalment of the Finding Me series from an author that is new to me. I have to say I am at a bit of a loss as to why this novel is broken up into three parts and feel it would have flowed nicely as a complete novel. As soon as I finished the ARC for the first instalment that left me hanging I had to quickly click the next two to see how these characters fared, I’m just thankful the release of the parts wasn’t staggered.
Annabelle Morris is a society wife married to a powerful man in the music industry that has beaten his wife’s esteem and character down with his infidelity. After her patience has finally snapped Annabelle has made attempts to move on and we meet her as she takes a much needed holiday to find herself, only for her to find Johnny Lightning.
Johnny is an almost reclusive figure that spends his time on his boat and a remote Caribbean island, he is a mysterious character that obviously has many secrets and issues but something in Annabelle draws him out. I loved how he kept pushing Annabelle’s buttons and in doing so made her look at herself differently. Though he wasn’t what she was looking for he seemed to be just what she needed and it seems Annabelle is for him. Unfortunately, Annabelle’s past catches up with her and when she is faced with possibly dragging Johnny down will she choose to return to her gilded cage life?
And this is where you are left needing the next instalment to see what path Annabelle chooses. A light enjoyable read that may have a few holes if you want to look deeply enough but on the surface a nice story of self-discovery.
Reviewed by Vikki Ryan
Almost forty-one-year-old Annabelle Morris, wife to multi-billionaire record label executive Charles Morris of Zenith Productions, and mother of two is at a crossroads in her life.
Separated from her husband after walking in on him having sex in the public restroom of a charity event she was hosting, she has arrived on the island of St. John alone and rejected, determined to re-evaluate her life and her marriage. She's tired of being her husband’s showpiece while he pretends she doesn't exist. She's tired of trying to make their marriage work for the sake of their two teenage boys.
When she meets Johnny Lightning, a sexy but mysterious piano-playing, bearded sailor, she is tempted to break vows she has never before broken. But Johnny is much younger than her and seems to be hiding more than a few secrets of his own.
From the laid-back sandy beaches of the Caribbean to the elite circles of Dallas high society, Annabelle is forced to make critical choices.
Is a chance for happiness worth the risk of giving up the life she has always known?
Worth jeopardizing her own and possibly even her children's future?
In the end, will she stay on her present course or brave a new and uncharted one?

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