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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935961306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935961307
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,469,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

About the Author

Heather Huffman lives in Missouri with her husband and their three sons. In addition to writing, she enjoys spending time with their growing alpaca herd, the family horse, and their pack of rescued dogs. A firm believer that life is more than the act of taking up air, Heather is always on the lookout for an adventure that will become fodder for the next novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 alpacas, goats, chickens and ducks. 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. You can 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 http://www.heatherhuffman.net.

Customer Reviews

Characters were very well described.
Marina
The notable lack of character development also meant that I cared little about their romance and found all the mushy bits a bit overwrought.
differentheather
Great book kept you wanting to keep reading.
AWRSunshine

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By WiLoveBooks on 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 By Driver on February 19, 2012
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 By Amazon Customer on October 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
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 By Marina on June 24, 2012
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 By Kindle Customer on February 29, 2012
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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 By Long Island Lady on September 15, 2012
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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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