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Distraction [Kindle Edition]

J.L. Campbell
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Three Jamaican women walk a tightrope of decisions when their lives are derailed by
blackmail, deceit and infidelity.

JUSTINE CHARLES--sensible and self-contained--is sidetracked by romance outside of her marriage. Despite livingwith domestic abuse, she battles an addiction that threatens to destroy her home, reputation and relationship with her daughter.

DIONNE JONES, an aggressive go-getter, is obsessed with financial freedom. Her fixation leads her down a path that few women have the courage to tread and cuts a trail of devastation
through her family life and business.


KYRA MILLS--struggling single mother--is crippled by debt, bad judgment and destructive choices. The drama never ends, thanks to a liaison with a man determined not to let her go, even if it means putting her life at risk.

Can two of the long-time friends survive startling revelations involving their partners?
And will the other push her obsession to the point of danger?


PRAISE FOR DISTRACTION


J. L. Campbell's Distraction is a read as enticing as the honey and caramel-skinned feisty women whose intertwined dilemmas are spiced with dialect and pinched with a generous helping of tropical Jamaica.
~ Caroline Kellems, The Coffee Diary

Distraction is an exciting, unforgettable story of love, betrayal and secrets.
~ Diana Hockley, The Naked Room and Celibate Mouse

Distraction is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of three women, each with their own distinct set of problems. I fell in love with the exotic Jamaican setting which seemed to me, another character. Campbell's writing is compelling and she doesn't fail to deliver with Distraction.
~ Jeanne Bannon, Invisible

Distraction is an insightful look into the hearts of three women who break society's rules in search of happiness and completion.
~ Nancy DeMarco, Finding Sara


Product Details

  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Little Prince Publishing (June 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00892AWEK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty out of tough times July 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
J.L. Campbell is an excellent writer, and proves it in this novel, where she takes some difficult and sometimes taboo themes (adultery, addictions, domestic abuse, sexually transmitted diseases) and writes with beauty and compassion about them. My heart went out to these three women and their lovers and families, who live through an exciting soap opera of problems as this novel develops. Though this is "women's fiction" rather than "romance"--because the romance genre often doesn't dare touch said taboo themes--there is plenty of romantic interest that had me sighing and cheering and feeling bereft as the relationships twisted and changed. Take for example Xavier, a serious distraction to the married Justine: he's tall, gorgeous, patient, understanding, *and* can play guitar and sing. Yeah, I see how she got distracted. Yum!

Best of all was the flavor that the setting lent to the whole story. Campbell excels at sprinkling enough Jamaican dialect and cultural details (foods, plants, gorgeous beaches...) into the novel to make me feel like I got to know the island, without it ever being confusing. Since I've never been to the Caribbean, and wasn't sure what to expect of the culture, that was especially interesting and fun.

From the teaser chapter of the sequel, at the end of this novel, I get the impression there'll be more coming from these characters, for which I'm glad. I want the soap opera to go on! Great beach read, whether you're anywhere near the Caribbean or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable look into the lives of three friends June 30, 2012
By Sharif
Format:Kindle Edition
DISTRACTION follows the lives of three friends, Justine, Kyra, and Dionne. Justine is cheating on her husband, who has become emotionally cold and secretive with her. Kyra keeps allowing her on-again, off-again boyfriend into her life; he's a moocher who won't let her go, even when she finds the real deal in another man. For the sake of business, Dionne has an affair that threatens to ruin her solid family.

This novel deals with friendship, family, motherhood, infidelity, domestic abuse, and sexual abuse issues among these three women. I've read other works by Campbell and she always creates such emotionally detailed characters that it's like taking a glimpse into the lives of real people. This book is no different. DISTRACTION is more character-driven than action-driven; the suspense is there, but it was a slow simmer as I became acquainted with Justine, Kyra, Dionne, and their respective problems. At the end of the book there are a few pages of RETRIBUTION, the sequel. I'm eager to pick up where I left off with these three friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Tangled Web We Weave June 24, 2012
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The women in this book are definitely distracted from their families and their work. The strongest relationship in the book is the one between the three friends. These are not the typical novel heroines. They are flawed like we all are; they have trouble making the right decision and suffer for their inability to do the right thing. Nonetheless I found myself liking them and rooting for everything to turn out.

I very much enjoyed the Jamaican setting and colorful proverbs sprinkled throughout this story. My only criticism is that the struggle part of the book went on a bit long, and the reward for getting to the end was too brief. Too many surprise twists were delivered too quickly compared to the long buildup. Having said that, the book still delivers on a lot of levels. It's a book that showcases the strength of friendship despite personal imperfections, and that's a theme that everyone can relate to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Page-turner June 23, 2014
By Paula
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I was hooked from the first page! The twist and turns keep me glued to the very end. It had a surprising plot twist...exceptional! Shocker!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read May 31, 2014
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I was able to identify with the main character Justine, although our lifestyles are completely different. The author provided so many details that the story came to life. Definitely a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it May 4, 2014
By goldy02
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I found myself reading this book every chance I got not is well worth it and then some. I am happy I bought it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 9, 2014
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I'm not much of a reader, but this book caught my attention. can't wait to read the sequel. Great story
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4.0 out of 5 stars Distraction December 10, 2013
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My kind of book. Loved the characters and their drama... I also liked the Jamaican morality clauses..Hey, Where is Warren???
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars On the edge
Distraction kept me right on the edge of my seat. This prompted to buy the next book.
Published 19 days ago by Kendall E. Reaves
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2.0 out of 5 stars Distractions, distractions distractions
This was not a good read. These women had to have these men in their lives as a distraction. Too many affairs, not enough living with the lives of their families. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Patterberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I loved the book each story line for the characters were suspenseful and a mouth dropper in the end. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This was a wonderful and exciting storyline. Plot and characters kept me turning pages! I also read its sequel Retribution. Nice!
Published 14 months ago by stusshie T
4.0 out of 5 stars Good vacation read
I enjoyed reading this book while on vacation. I found the ending a little off putting, I guess I was writing my own ending as I was reading. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Besorene
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Story
When J.L. Campbell sent me a an e-copy of Distraction I was so excited. Not only had I finally found a local author blogger but I also got a free copy of her novel. J.L. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sheena-kay Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Distraction was a good read!
I enjoyed Distraction because it was a good read and included topics that are timely. The characters had a lot going on in their lives.
Published 14 months ago by Marilyn Y. Gore
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More About the Author

J.L. Campbell is an award-winning Jamaican writer, who is always on the hunt for story-making material.

She writes romantic suspense, women's fiction and young adult novels. Campbell is the author of A Baker's Dozen-13 Steps to Distraction, Anya's Wish, Chasing Anya, Contraband, Christine's Odyssey, Dissolution, Distraction, Don't Get Mad...Get Even, Kicked to the Kerb, Retribution, Taming Celeste, Saving Sam and Hardware (written under the pen name Jayda McTyson).

She also writes non-fiction and is a certified editor.

Visit her on the web at http://www.joylcampbell.com

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