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The Making of Nebraska Brown [Kindle Edition]

Louise Caiola
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory.

All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreigner asking for her continued love. Though he’s vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry. Juggling a new world while her old one is still M.I.A is difficult enough without the terrifying movie scenes spinning a dizzy loop in her mind: glimpses of a devastating house fire, a romance gone wrong, an unplanned pregnancy, and a fractured family – each claiming to be part of who she once was – a girl and a past somehow discarded.

Ann Leigh must collect the pieces of herself to become whole again, but she doesn’t know who to trust especially when Tommy’s lies become too obvious to ignore. And above all, her heart aches to discover what became of the child she may or may not have given birth to.

This evocative and engaging tale by USA Today Bestselling author, Louise Caiola, tells the story of one girl’s coming apart from the inside and the great lengths she’ll go to reclaim herself and find her way home.


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About the Author

As a young girl who spent her allowance on Nancy Drew mysteries, Louise realized that one day, she might have a story of her own to tell. Maybe even more than one story. After years focused on raising her children she eventually reconnected with her passion for creative writing. She soon began to craft a large collection of short stories which were published in the inspirational online magazine, Faithhopeandfiction.com. Shortly thereafter, she authored her first novel, Wishless, a contemporary YA, released in 2011.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1256 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938750772
  • Publisher: Immortal Ink Publishing, LLC (February 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IAFNF1S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 5 STAR JOURNEY YOU MUST TAKE!! March 20, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Some of us read for the escape.
Some of us read as a way of meditation - it calms them.
Others, read for the amazing characters and authors who invent them
I am a reader for the calming escape AND for the amazing
characters. I also read for the journey and THIS book took me on one super ride!!
5 stunning ***** from someone who took the journey!!!

This is a full-length stand-alone. There is no cheating in this book.

NOTE: I want to make this review as simple as possible so not to give the story-line away. If, no when, you decide to read this sensational book, you'll be happy I didn't reveal too much!!

I've got to be honest...when I first started this book, I was not a fan. You can see I gave it 5 stars...so what changed? That's where the journey come in. It was breathtaking, it moved me. Moved me to confusion, frustration, intrigue, happiness, tears, and I one point I think my heart literally stopped beating. So many bloggers, readers and even authors ask for books that are like nothing they've ever read. This, my book friends, is that book. It's a New Adult Mystery...and mysterious it is.

The book starts with Ann Leigh, AKA Ana Lisa, in a dream-like state. Reading those first few chapters was tough for me as I wasn't sure about the whole premise of the story. I kept thinking, 'where is this going? This better not end lame.' But the weird thing was - I just couldn't stop reading it! I couldn't put it down. Like all those eCards - 'Just one more chapter'. That was totally me!! Ana feels like she doesn't know who she is. She awakes from a 'nap' and she's in Italy, she knows enough Italian to get the gist of a conversation and communicate back, yet she was dreaming or having a flashback of a time in Nebraska.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligently Executed and Utterly Engrossing February 19, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
From the very first sentence of The Making of Nebraska Brown by Louise Caiola, I knew I had stumbled across one of those rare-finds in fiction: Beautifully Written, Sharply Honest, Poignant. And as I continued to read, this book proved to be every bit as brilliant as the opening lines. The delivery? Intelligently executed. The characters? Utterly engrossing. With each turn of the page I was getting hungrier to learn the truth. And the truth came, blow by devastating blow.

The story centers on a small-town Nebraskan girl—Ann Leigh— dreaming of escaping to big screens of Hollywood but destined to marry a boy with a missing nub for a finger instead. Their relationship is everything young love is: uncomfortable, uncertain and, at times, disgusting. Convenient, passionate, confusing, and foolish. But something awful has happened, and Ann Leigh isn’t Anne Leigh anymore. She’s Ana Lisa of Italy. A woman with no past. No memories. Perhaps she’d been Ana Lisa all along. As the story continues, you want to know the truth of her past. Who she really is, where she really comes from, and why she really left. But by time you learn those answers, there are new questions that have arisen. Questions that are painful to ask and even more painful to have answered.

Many times when a book starts off so remarkable, it is bound to lose momentum. But not so with The Making of Nebraska Brown. Louise Caiola’s story is a steam roller of emotion, and the tension builds ever further with each turn of the page. Suspenseful, engaging, the story pulls its cloak around you and wraps you in Ann Leigh’s plight. You are so immersed in this story that you are drowning in it. This story is an ocean, and you are underwater and everything outside of this place is muted.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Loved This! February 6, 2014
Format:Paperback
First off, let me be clear that this was an ARC that was gifted to me for an early review.

Second, I love, love, loved! this book. There is so much I loved about this story that it's going to be hard to think of everything and mention here.

The author's style of writing kept me engaged. It was like sitting down with Ann over a glass of wine after not seeing her in several years. I was her very best, long lost friend playing catch up in the most intriguing way possible.

Miss Caiola's writing was very good about keeping me on the edge of my seat. Her ability to paint pictures with the descriptions made me feel like I was truly standing with the character, following her along as she went on an emotional journey to figure out who she was and what had happened to her memories.

This book pulled at my heart strings. I laughed in parts, cried in others, and I felt close to the character. I suspected with her, searched with her, and even came to terms with her.

I'm astounded by the writing and the story. Love, lost, betrayal and lies, hope, fear, discovery, all of these are elements within The Makings of Nebraska Brown. When it ended, I was sad. I wanted more. I wasn't ready to let go of Ann's story. This story is definitely one that will stay with me for quite some time.

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves active and engaging reads that grip you from the first word, and never leave you once the last word has been read.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story
This book is wonderfully unique.

It mixes in a mystery with a poignant journey of self discovery.. Read more
Published 9 days ago by KHLee
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read for someone who would like to know more ...
THE MAKING OF NEBRASKA BROWN is a delightful book, spinning the tale of a woman who just can’t decide where she fits. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting story line, a little far-fetched but had a believable ending.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Stanwood
3.0 out of 5 stars A mystery about identity and trust
Ana wakes up in the Botanical Gardens of the Palace of Portici in Campania, Italy, with no memory of who she is and what she is doing there. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cecile Sune
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you or a great read!
This book took my breath away. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, BOOM! There's more added to the plot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeanine Palinkas
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the honesty of the characters!
I thoroughly enjoyed The Making of Nebraska Brown. I found this book impossible to predict, and I liked that. I just had no clue what was going to happen next. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
This book sounded interesting. I love amnesia mysteries. This book was so much more than I expected. I was pulled into this multi-layered experience at full force. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. PARSONS
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait for the next one
A captivating read! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait for the next one!
Published 3 months ago by Alexandra Besso
5.0 out of 5 stars and I felt like I was joining Ann/Ana on her journey of self-discovery
To be honest, I read a LOT more YA than adult books due to teaching middle and high school; however, Louise Caiola was a new author to me! Read more
Published 3 months ago by hi
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book. It was a page turner and full of suspense. It is about remembering who you are and being that person. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BGT0990
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More About the Author

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR LOUISE CAIOLA, has authored several works of genre fiction, including WISHLESS, released in 2011, and THE MAKING OF NEBRASKA BROWN, an Amazon bestseller released in 2014. Her two-book short story collection PETIT FLEURS and VIGNETTES will be released in October 2014.
Louise has just wrapped up work on the first installment of a romantic fiction series, LITTLE MAY BIRDS which is repped by TZLA Literary. She has also begun crafting another contemporary mystery entitled COUNTING SNOW DOVES. Earlier this year Louise delved into the world of the paranormal with her YA mystery novella WHAT TRULY KNOWS. This sojourn roused a quiet craving toward all things magical in nature. If you want to impress Louise, just toss a bit of well-placed illusion her way.

Louise loves getting better acquainted with her readers and invites you to visit her at http://www.louisecaiola.com/ or at her blog http://louisecaiola.blogspot.com/.

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