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June 8, 2024

A Fantastic Page Turner with Mystery, Suspense, and Love

by Susan Roberts 

An achingly romantic novel about chance meetings, buried secrets, and the multiple facets of love and family bonds.

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book cover of women's fiction novel Find Me in California by Kerry Lonsdale
June 2024; Lake Union; 978-1662514821
audio, ebook, print (331 pages); women's fiction

It's always exciting when there is a new Kerry Lonsdale book to read.  I've read every book that she's written and I think that Find Me in California is my new favorite.  It's got mystery, suspense, family, and maybe even a love story between two basic strangers who find themselves working to solve the same mystery.  It's also about friendship and family love - loss and forgiveness.  And it's definitely a page-turner.

There are four main characters in this story with Julia and her grandmother and Matt and his grandmother.  This is a dual timeline story with the earlier timeline about the two grandmothers and the recent timeline about Julia and Matt while their grandmothers are in a memory care unit.  Both Julia and Matt had been raised by their grandmothers but their attitudes toward their grandmothers is totally different.  Julia loved her grandmother and couldn't imagine life without her.  She worked long hours to make enough money to pay for her grandmother's care.  Matt was raised by his grandmother but she basically ignored him from the day he came into her house at 10 until he left at 18.  He basically has no contact with her and is reluctant to help her out with expenses at the home she is in.  Matt and Julia meet on the phone and she convinces him to come to California to meet with his grandmother.  He basically agrees but runs into a strange situation on the way.

Will the two grandmothers lose their home in the memory unit?  How will Matt and Julia feel about each other when they finally meet?  Be prepared to get so involved in the lives of these four well-written characters that you won't want to put the book down until the last page!

All four main characters are well-written but I have to admit that my favorite was Julia.  She basically gave up her own life and happiness to take care of her grandmother because her grandmother had taken care of her since she was a child. She is the one character that I was really hoping would get her happily ever after ending.  You won't get the answer to that until almost the end of the story but it's well worth the read to find out.

This is a book about family and secrets with well-written characters and a mystery that will keep you turning pages.  Don't miss this fantastic new book by Kerry Lonsdale.

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.   

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