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Jailbird [Kindle Edition]

Heather Huffman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this paradoxical blend of light and dark, Jailbird is a warm and humorous tale about the power of hope.

Neena Allen has led a tough life. Born on the reservation, raped and unjustly convicted of murdering her attacker, she survives prison - barely. When an opportunity presents itself, she doesn't hesitate to escape. Presumed dead, she stumbles into a sleepy Arkansas town where she finds refuge with a kind family and glimpses the chance for a real home, a place to belong.

But leading a double life isn’t easy, especially when you fall in love with the town lawyer.

To complicate matters further, a tenacious reporter gets too close to the truth and Neena finds herself on the run again. With a manhunt under way and her newfound happiness at risk, Neena is forced to face the painful memories of her past to decide on her future. Should she fight for her new life or give up those she loves to keep them safe?

Editorial Reviews


"You find yourself thrust directly into the action as our heroine escapes from prison and has to find a way to survive on the outside with no one to trust.  Her story comes out bit by bit and I found myself captivated, unable to put the book down because I needed to know more." - WiLoveBooks

"This book tells a very unique story and is very beautifully written." - Confessions of a Southern Mama

From the Author

I often say that Neena Allen, the main character in Jailbird, is my hero. She has a lot of traits I love: wit, perseverance and resourcefulness to name a few.

In the opening chapters of the book, she finds herself starting a new life with nothing to her name - even the clothes on her back have been swiped from a stranger's clothesline. When she settles into a sleepy Arkansas town, her only other possession besides those ill-fitting clothes is a pocket knife, which she's used for everything from cutting her hair to digging up roots to eat.

Neena isn't the kind of person to worry about what she doesn't have; she simply does a mental inventory of the situation and what's around and then turns it into something useful or positive.  
Her resourcefulness is something I aspire to in my own life, although my attempts seldom work out as well as hers.  My chicken coop is a working example of how reality differs from fantasy - it's made from recycled parts and, while functional, it looks more like modern art than a working coop. I'm sure the chickens are hoping I succeed; I have my doubts.

Maybe I'll never reach my character's level of resourcefulness, but I can still aspire to be just like Neena when I grow up.  

- Heather Huffman

Product Details

  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (December 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend! January 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Jailbird opens in the middle of a jailbreak. You find yourself thrust directly into the action as our heroine escapes from prison and has to find a way to survive on the outside with no one to trust. Her story comes out bit by bit and I found myself captivated, unable to put the book down because I needed to know more. I found it to be a quick read. The story telling is very straight forward, relying more on action than description to move things along. This could have been a dark book, considering the topic, but it is filled with humor and light moments. Neena is a very strong, determined character and she spends most of her time pushing forward, doing what needs to be done, instead of dwelling on the hopelessness of her situation.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!! February 19, 2012
By Driver
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my second book by Heather Huffman and I couldn't put it down - Heather wastes no time getting into the action! I was immediately intrigued by Neena and found myself cheering for her throughout the story as it unfolded. I highly recommend this book to people looking for a tale with strong female personality, intriguing romance and a bit of fun!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jailbird captivates October 8, 2010
This is the first book of Heather's I ever read, and it hits the ground running from the very beginning! We meet Neena in prison where she makes a harrowing escape and ends up leading a "normal" life in a small Arkansas town. Throughout the rest of the novel we find out about Neena's past and how she landed in prison in the first place--definitely an ending you don't want to miss!! Very quick and exciting read with great characters.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming story for all ages June 24, 2012
By Marina
Format:Kindle Edition
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I received this book free as part of the blog tour.

Neena escaped from prison where she spent almost ten years. Officially, she was dead, eaten by the gators. Unofficially, she ran into a family of "angels". The Torres family accepted her as a part of their own without asking any questions. In the small town, she meets Charlie and his daughter Cara, and soon they become a family. Life couldn't be more happier for Neena.

But her happiness couldn't last forever. She has skeletons in the closet. Ten years ago, she was ordinary girl in a reservation. Until one day she was raped by someone who was member of a wealthy and influential family. She murdered her rapist, and sent to prison. There, she found out that she was pregnant. She couldn't raise her daughter in prison, so she gave her to her brother to raise her as his own.

Now, her past is after her. Police is after her, reporters are after her, her nine years old daughter wants to meet her, the baby is on the way. She has to survive and fight for her life and happiness.

Jailbird is a warm story for survival. A story for hope, for family and friends. For people who stand by your side no matter what. Remember that saying: "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear"? Your friends and family are always there for you when you need them most. Neena was all alone in that wood. She found friends and a family when she needed them most. She fought her past, for her children, all three of them, for her family, for her right for happiness.

There were also some humorous moments. Neena's daughter had to teach her how to silent the cell phone. Nine-year-olds are really smart.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a snoozer...... February 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really wanted to like this book given all the 5-star reviews. The beginning was pretty captivating and I found myself quite curious as to what the next turn of events would be for Neena. I was really into it until the 'escaped pregnant wanted felon' decided to turn heroine and not only solve her husband's debacle with his ex-wife but also managed to rescue the blonde bully who made no qualms about disliking her so much. And really? She could eat in so many diners and stay in so many motels (with horses and a child I might add) and not be caught? I skimmed and glossed for the last 10+ chapters, not able to quit but praying for a quick ending.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, but it doesn't deliver. September 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book has the foundation for a good story but it missed several opportunities to pull me in emotionally. Neena has a very powerful story to tell. She's an escaped convict who was wrongfully jailed for murdering her rapist. The problem is that she never really tells it. The reader gets the gist of it through bits and pieces of conversations that she has with other characters but we never hear her full story from her.

This is also one of those books where unrealistic things magically happen that conveniently wrap up the story in a neat little package. For example, she's an escaped convict and while on the run she meets a family that take her in with absolutely no questions asked. She also meets a lawyer in town, a single father raising a young daughter, who also accepts her with no questions asked. Not only that, he marries her after a whirlwind romance (that the reader doesn't really get to see unfold). When she tells them the truth, it doesn't matter to any of them. Her 10 yr old daughter, who was born in prison and then raised by her uncle, has never seen or known her real mother. When she is reunited with her, the girl accepts her and even runs off with her to hide from the authorities. These people are a little too good to be true, in my opinion.

Then there is also the notion of how a person who is wanted is able to live such a public life for so long without being caught. I can understand being able to hide out in a small town, but she is also in constant contact with her loved ones (by cell phone and in person) and she even goes out in public to dine. I found it hard to believe that the authorities were not watching her brother and therefore would not have been led straight to her very quickly. I like the idea of redemption and love with no strings attached...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Easy read, very average story, not much drama.
Published 11 days ago by carolqld
4.0 out of 5 stars From where I stand
I loved this book it is a perfect love story you could let just about any one read mother, aunt ,daughter ,there really is good people still out there
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good book
The story kept me glued to the book. I felt that it was very well written. I would definitely read more books by Heather Huffman.
Published 3 months ago by K. Braun
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Good Fun, with a Great Female Lead
This was one of those books offered at a great price by Amazon, and it turned out to be quite fun and interesting. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Camp Runamok
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Love Heather's books!
Published 7 months ago by Brenda A. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the fun
Because I love the book even though the ending was not my favorite. I would recommend this book to any hopeless romantic like me. I love this book!!! Read more
Published 8 months ago by E.Radford
5.0 out of 5 stars very well written
I enjoyed this book so much. Fast paced, great, easy to keep up with characters, and very well written.
Published 10 months ago by Judith McGlasson
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read...
This book was an enjoyable read. I did not like the cact that it lacked deep conflict. There were certain instances where the author could hve developed something into a bigger... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ayenix
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Book is all right. It was a quick read. Good for passing time but didn't really suck me into the storyline.
Published 12 months ago by Aprile
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
My best friend recomended this book to me, and I have to say I don't know why I wait so long to read it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Heather Huffman calls the beautiful Missouri Ozarks home. When not writing, this homesteading mother is busy raising three boys or tending the family's myriad of animals, which includes goats, chickens, dogs - and a horse for good measure.

Huffman's optimistic and somewhat quirky view of life often finds its way into her novels. Heather is the author of ten novels, including: Throwaway, Ties that Bind, Jailbird, and her latest release, Waiting for You. Find out more about her family's adventures as they strive to live off the land, as well as her writing and charitable work, on

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