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Distraction [Kindle Edition]

J.L. Campbell
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 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, battles an addiction which could destroy her marriage, reputation, and relationship with her daughter.

DIONNE JONES, an aggressive go-getter, takes risks that cut a trail of devastation through her family and business.

KYRA MILLS, struggling single mother, is crippled by debt, bad judgment and destructive choices.

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?


Product Details

  • File Size: 602 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: #343,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mina B.
Format:Kindle Edition
Distraction by J.L. Campbell is an incredible, all-consuming tale about friendship, love and betrayal. Distraction features three Jamaican females who go through their adulthood, dealing with their own personal trials and tribulations. It wonderfully intertwines the lives of Justine, Dionne and Kyra so that the reader gets a front seat into their distracted lives.

There were three aspects to this novel that kept me pondering it for weeks if not a month after I read it. Those aspects were friendship, real-life drama and consequences and perseverance!

Friendship
Justine, Dionne and Kyra are close-knit friends who meet often to bond and even vent about their lives. Their unconditional friendship was the first aspect I enjoyed. In life, it's often challenging to find friends that will accept you despite your faults. And trust me, these women had their faults, but was most refreshing was their willingness to support each other regardless of their life choices. And isn't that what friends are for?

Real-life Drama & Consequences
All three of these women are uniquely flawed not only by their circumstances, but their decision-making. As the reader, we get the birds-eye view how their situations evolved due to lying, infidelity and sadly physical and emotional abuse. Not everyone deals with these issues in their everyday life, but unfortunately most of us know someone that is dealing with it right now. There were somber moments within this book that were griping. Justine, Dionne and Kyra like TNT know drama and WOW was it intense.

Perseverance
There's something to be said for the three heroines that persevered during adverse times. They each had to find strength to deal with their personal lives and eventually move forward.
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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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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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like drama, deceit
APB REVIEW PERSPECTIVE:

If you like drama, deceit, infidelity, secrets, and suspense, then you will want to have this read. Read more
Published 9 days ago by MidnightAce
3.0 out of 5 stars TOO MANY AFFAIRS!!
AN APB PERSPECTIVE:

This was an okay read for me. I really don't enjoy everyone cheating on everyone (especially husband and wife). Read more
Published 1 month ago by LovelyLeo
5.0 out of 5 stars Distraction
I really enjoy this book. About to get retribution now, she gives an insight into real life in her book . Read more
Published 3 months ago by Audrey McFarlane
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 4 months ago by Kendall E. Reaves
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Page-turner
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!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tonya Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I found myself reading this book every chance I got not is well worth it and then some. I am happy I bought it
Published 7 months ago by goldy02
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I'm not much of a reader, but this book caught my attention. can't wait to read the sequel. Great story
Published 10 months ago by linda d stanback
4.0 out of 5 stars Distraction
My kind of book. Loved the characters and their drama... I also liked the Jamaican morality clauses..Hey, Where is Warren???
Published 12 months ago by Butterdiva
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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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