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Bombshells [Kindle Edition]

T. Elliott Brown
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Book Description

Three women and two girls face political, racial and personal bombshells during the tension-filled days of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Flossie Johnson is a housekeeper who wants to sit in the front of the bus instead of the back on the way to her new job at the Adams house.

Six-year-old Birdie Adams wants to run away and join the circus but guesses she’ll have to go to the first grade and hang around with her new baby brother instead. Maybe her big sister needs a little help, too. The circus will have to wait.

Twelve-year-old Melanie Adams wants her friend to stop bugging her to get her first kiss. Melanie’s already had her first kiss, but won’t spoil the special secret by talking about it.

Norah Adams is a good mother and wife who wants to keep her family safe and happy, but tucking the order form for dogtags in her daughters’ lunch boxes is a big change from the everyday bologna sandwiches.

Lola Carter wants the life her sister, Norah, has. Instead she has a factory job, an alcohol and prescription drug addiction, and an abusive boyfriend.

Even if President Kennedy prevents World War III, these women’s lives will be changed forever.

Product Details

  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984925821
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: InkOutLoud Publishing (December 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JX1KP6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something for Everyone January 29, 2012
By D.C.
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I wish the book was longer, I would love to revisit these characters.

Mellie - My favorite character - 12 year old girl coming of age during this turbulent time. She is a thoughtful sweet girl, dealing with starting Junior High, starting her period, helping her mom with a new baby. Starting to find out how disillusioning life can be.

Flossie - The African American woman that comes and works as a maid for Mellie's Mom - I LOVED her - my 2nd favorite character. In some ways she reminded me of the lead from the Help, the way she thought about the ladies she worked for. She is very wise and I love how her relationship develops with the family.

Norah - The mother dealing with a pre teen and pregnancy along with a 6 year old, and how to keep everyone safe. I really felt for her as she struggled to find control where there was none, and then to watch her deal with depression after the baby the just wasn't diagnosed back then.

Birdie - The six year old sister and seeing these events through her eyes was disarming and interesting.

Lola - Norah's sister, and a very sad character.

I loved the book,the only down side I saw was it felt like it could have gone on for longer, I understand why it did not, but it did not quite feel complete, and that is why I gave it four instead of five stars. I just was left with a feeling that everything was wrapped up.

This book was a good slice of seeing what a few months in this families life was from a variety of angles. There is some tough subject matter that I thought was tastefully handled and not overly graphic, on an attempted rape and coerced sex scene. You know it happened and there are some details but it is not lurid.

Would definitely read this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stirring read April 18, 2012
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I downloaded this book thinking that it would be a fun, bubbly read. While it did have some lighter hearted moments it was a stirring coming of age story that was beautifully written. My favorite character, Mellie was the driving force behind the book for me. I wanted to hear her story and find out what happened to her in the end. Often times in a story that is multi perspective the other characters stories can seem pale and under developed, in this book the author did well to engage the reader in all the stories. The story was a little short but in keeping with the theme of the novel it ends where it should, it also gives you a chance to conclude what you want about what happens a little further in their lives. I would love to have these women revisited and see them a few years down the line. Some relationship development through out multiple books would be amazing.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bombshells hits all the right notes January 5, 2012
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Great read that was both entertaining and enlightening. A little history mixed in with humor and human interest kept me entralled and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I'd love to see this made into a movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read! April 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I wrote a review of this book, and it seems to have disappeared into the ether.

If you check out my other reviews, you'll see that I don't hand out five star ratings very often. In my opinion a three star rating is a solid, "I liked the book". Four stars means, "I really liked it and I'd recommend it to others." Five star books are reserved for those books that I can't stop thinking about. They contain characters that live in my head long after I've moved onto the next book (and as I read an average of a dozen books a month, that's saying something).

Bombshells is just such a novel. Written in the multi-narrator style famously done by Jodi Picoult, one of my favorite authors, Bombshells delivers believable characters, each of whom have a unique voice and personality. I was born after the Cuban Missile Crisis, but while reading the book, I was there, in Florida, in the 1960s. From the hair styles, to clothes, to the music of the decade, I was there with Mellie and her family. I am eager to read other books by T. Elliott Brown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great novel August 9, 2013
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A well written novel set during a stressful time in American history- the Cuban Missle crisis. Like another reviewer stated- a mixture of "Mad Men" and "The Help" would be a great visual depiction of this novel. Told through the eyes of a 13 year old, a 6 year old and a black maid- we see life as it once was during a time of when life was innocent but not so innocent at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect snapshot into 1962 May 6, 2012
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Brown does a great job of taking the reader to 1962 in her book Bombshells. Period details serve as the stage for the characters to play out their personal dramas. It's a coming of age tale of Melanie and Birdie, but also an adult drama. Set during the Cuban missile buildup, the story contrasts the personal crises with the international crisis. Very well written, very engaging.

I was a teen during the Cuban missile crisis and remember the terror and tension of the time. It's comically depicted in the film Matinee, which I also recommend. Like the film, Bombshells relives that time in our history, but on a more serious note.Matinee
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read January 4, 2012
By Maegie
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I enjoyed this book very much. Brought back a lot of memories. The descriptions are so vivid I felt like I was back in 1962.
I recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Bombshells has exploded! February 18, 2012
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Emotions, situations, maturation, history and a good story to be told grace the pages of this novel. Each character carries the book though their own personal reflections and "growing". From the first narrative, you are hooked with "the need to know". T. Elliot Brown craftily weaves the unsettled time of the sixties, particulary the Cuban Missile Crisis, into the ever universal story of people. There is an identifying moment in this book for everyone.
All topics, even the sensitive ones are handled with taste and good description to let your mind do the imagining.

You will love the southern family that it follows. They have all the requisite normalities and dysfunctions to keep life hopping.

I am a child of the sixties, so many scenarios brought back lots of memories.
I am an avid reader and loved this book.
I am encouraging you to check out the website with so many goodies on it related to the book.
I am recommending you download your copy...right now!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Was like reliving the past history, but still a good book.
Published 6 months ago by wilma madison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great baby boomers' book
I really enjoyed this book. The characters really came to life. If you grew up during the era when elementary students had "drills" where you practiced sitting under your desk so... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written story
T. Elliott Brown moves seamlessly among her characters - first penning the angst of young love when telling Melanie's story to the self-absorbed world of 6-year-old Birdie to the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by JaxJournalist
5.0 out of 5 stars Female Points of View
Great historical fiction. This novel ties together the stresses of the Cuban Missile Crisis with a family. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book
I really enjoyed this book. The author was very good at summoning back the fear of an adolescent during the Cuban Missile Crisis; I was the same age as the protagonist, Melanie,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sioux Warfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story
A truly wonderful story that I couldn't stop reading, but did not want to see it end. It captures the time and the voices of all the diverse characters. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
This was a good read. It took our book-club only two weeks to complete as we are either working, school or busy.
Really enjoyed

Published 19 months ago by ShaSha
5.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise!
I couldn't put it down! The character development is done in a very interesting manner, and I was so caught up in the story I couldn't believe when it was finished! Read more
Published on March 12, 2013 by Tennessee buyer
4.0 out of 5 stars I can relate...
I really enjoyed this book. I grew up in Jacksonville, Fl and all of this was so familiar during the Cuban crisis. The only problem is that the story ended too soon! Read more
Published on September 30, 2012 by roxi
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful coming of age story
A beautiful coming of age story; but be warned. It is an earthy tale in a Steinbeck vein and therefore conservative readers might be taken aback.
Published on July 2, 2012 by legalbeagle
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T. (Teresa) ELLIOTT BROWN was born in Atlanta, Georgia and has lived in Florida for most of her life. After traveling with her husband's band for the first ten years of their marriage, she studied creative writing and poetry at the University of Central Florida and has published poetry and literary criticism. She lives in Orlando, Florida.

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