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Monday, January 9, 2017

Beyond the Carousel (Wyattsville #5) by Bette Lee Crosby

My Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Yes, Wyattsville #5.
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: An inside view of the life of a regular and real family.


Laura Wilkes has everything a woman could want when she snaps the carousel picture. Her daughter, a happy little five-year-old, is holding the brass ring and smiling at a daddy who adores her. Each time the carousel circles around Laura snaps another picture, seven in all. This is a day of unforgettable happiness; one of the few Laura has left. 

In the months following the stock market crash, Franklin Wilkes is killed; gunned down in senseless act of vengeance. The police know who did it, but the man has disappeared. It’s the height of the depression and there are hoards of nameless, faceless men living in freight train yards and back alleys. The murderer is never caught, but Laura and Emory, her father, never give up hope of finding him.
Now, twenty-five years later, Laura’s daughter has fallen in love with Jack Mahoney a policeman working crowd control with the strikers at the Telephone Company. 

Right now Mahoney is a rookie, he has little or no power, but Emory is hopeful he is the one person who can ultimately find Franklin’s killer and deliver the justice the family has long awaited.

Readers of the other Wyattsville books will welcome the chance to get to know the kind-hearted Spare Change detective as a young man about to fall in love.

My Review

I got this book for an honest review on Netgalley and it was a beautiful and heartbreaking story.

The author takes us on a real life story journey, where we get to meet some amazing people. Their lives are not easy, some may say they are not privileged, but in my opinion they were, they had a strong family and true love which is not something easy to come by.

They suffered big losses, this isn't a love story, there is love and happiness, but there's also, terrible loss and extreme sadness, the one that settles deep in the soul and changes you forever.

I have to say my favourite character was Laura, she was probably the one that suffered the most, but even in her darkest times she was there for her daughter and her family and most importantly she kept going, even when there was an emptiness where her heart used to be, she pushed through the pain. She did her best during the day and at night she retreated and suffered her loss till forever. 

This book teaches us about true love, the one that transcend life and death, the one that has no expiration date. Once you have that, your life is changed forever and even though you don't always get the happily ever after, you are blessed to have felt it. Some people spend forever looking for this type of love.

I suffered alongside these characters and I would like to believe that having met them made me a better person, learning from their stories, and realising that sometimes we worry about little things and feel like our world is ending, but when compared to this stories we can find the strength within ourselves to push forward. 
Be happy about the life we have, the people we love that are still with us, and thank our stars for the time we get to spend with them.

A truly amazing read!

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