Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review: Golden State by Michelle Richmond

Golden State
by Michelle Richmond

Publisher: Batnam
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Doctor Julie Walker has just signed her divorce papers when she receives news that her younger sister, Heather, has gone into labor. Though theirs is a strained relationship, Julie sets out for the hospital to be at her sister’s side—no easy task since the streets of San Francisco are filled with commotion. Today is also the day that Julie will find herself at the epicenter of a violent standoff in which she is forced to examine both the promising and painful parts of her past—her Southern childhood; her romance with her husband, Tom; her estrangement from Heather; and the shattering incident that led to her greatest heartbreak.

Kritters Thoughts: As her relationship is falling apart and she is listening to her soon to be ex-husband blast messages via his radio show, she is trying to get to and attend to her sister who is having a baby and a man from her past is holding her colleagues hostage in the hospital AND if all this wasn't enough, the state she is living in is going through a controversial vote to cede from the Union.  A whole heck of a lot of drama.

One thing I really loved was how the author used both the ex lover on the phone having her tell stories of the past and the soon to be ex-husband's radio show with disguised messages to allow the foreshadowing in the book - it was different and I liked it.  These two storylines intermingled perfectly and I really enjoyed how the story unraveled piece by piece.

I think the big thing that made me not completely fall for this book was the vote in California, there was enough drama in the rest of the plot points that this part of the plot could have been left out; it was just too much.

Rating:  enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2014 Challenge: 17 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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