Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Making of Nebraska Brown

New Adult Mystery
Date Published: 2/6/2014

 The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory. 

All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreigner asking for her continued love. Though he’s vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry. Juggling a new world while her old one is still M.I.A is difficult enough without the terrifying movie scenes spinning a dizzy loop in her mind: glimpses of a devastating house fire, a romance gone wrong, an unplanned pregnancy, and a fractured family – each claiming to be part of who she once was – a girl and a past somehow discarded. 

Ann Leigh must collect the pieces of herself to become whole again, but she doesn’t know who to trust especially when Tommy’s lies become too obvious to ignore. And above all, her heart aches to discover what became of the child she may or may not have given birth to. 

The Making of Nebraska Brown tells the story of one girl’s coming apart from the inside and the great lengths she’ll go to reclaim herself and find her way home.


The Making of Nebraska Brown is not at all what I expected.  The genre of "New Adult Mystery" does not do this book justice.  There is so much about Ann Leigh trying to figure out who she is and regain her memories about her past.  Plus there's this sense of mystery about almost every person that surrounds her.  It's the kind of mystery that seeps into your mind and makes you wonder what really happened to Ann Leigh before, and what is going to happen next.  It lingered in my thoughts in between times when I was able to read it. And I loved it!

Most of the book happens in Italy, which is awesome! I mean, what other reason would you need to pick it up? Ok, so maybe you need a few others, but come on... you know that there is no better setting for a book.  Italy just screams romance, but there is not an overabundance of it in the book.  

But who could forget the Italian boyfriend, Tommy.  He will make you swoon and scream with frustration.  But all in all, he is a great guy who truly loves Ann Leigh.  

My recommendation: pick this one up and let Tommy be your next book boyfriend!

About the Author: Louise Caiola

As a young girl who spent her allowance on Nancy Drew mysteries, Louise realized that one day, she might have a story of her own to tell. Maybe even more than one story. After years focused on raising her children she eventually reconnected with her passion for creative writing. She soon began to craft a large collection of short stories which were published in the inspirational online magazine, Faithhopeandfiction.com. Shortly thereafter, she authored her first novel, Wishless, a contemporary YA, released in 2011.

Louise devotes a portion of each day to honing her skills. She has several other novels currently in various stages of development. A confirmed bibliophile, Louise enjoys reading outdoors on a warm spring day and watching her pup chase leaves on a breeze. She looks forward to meeting others who share her love of the written word and invites you to visit her blog, her website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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