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Miss Nobody (Shaw Family Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nicole Dunlap , Peachy Nicodemus , Robert Dunlap
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How far are you willing to go for fame? Fifteen-year-old Charlene Shaw runs away from home to pursue dreams of becoming an actress. Taking a chance, she meets a truck driver with a cross around his neck. She’s always been a bit hesitant about God granting her “luck,” but takes this as a golden opportunity to get closer to her goal. On the rugged road to stardom, Charlene’s using everything in her might to erase the past and the baby she abandoned—her daughter, Raven. Just thinking about Raven sends chills of fear down Charlene’s spine.

*Now including a First Chapter excerpt from Miss Scandalous (Shaw Family Saga, Book 2)

Meanwhile, Raven Shaw grows up in her mother’s hometown, tight-knit Bellwood, North Carolina and has been dubbed “Miss Goodie Two Shoes.” She’s head of the children’s choir, but nothing can calm her rage when someone gossips about her mom—she takes up for a woman she doesn’t even know. On a mission, Raven wants to learn about Charlene, but her grandparents and people of the small town won’t reveal anything. All the while, she finds love. Now Raven knows she can’t be fully committed to the man that has her heart until she learns why her mother neglected her.

When mother’s and daughter’s path collide, Raven asks her mother two requests—two family secrets that can ruin both of their lives. Leading Charlene and Raven down the road of feeling like a “Miss Nobody.”

Editorial Reviews


"Everybody has secrets and they are revealed just when you think you have it all figured out..." ~OSSA Book Club

"The storyline was flawless... Perfect read for this rainy weather." ~Author B.M. Hardin

"Their life experiences took my emotions to the ringer... Definitely a series I'll look forward to, Kleenex in hand." ~Just Judy's Jumbles

"Engaging... The suspense builds... Dunlap carries the reader through a saga where you are constantly wondering..." ~Patricia Garcia Schaack

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"Everybody has secrets and they are revealed just when you think you have it all figured out..."        ~OSSA Book Club

"The storyline was flawless... Perfect read for this rainy weather."       ~Author B.M. Hardin 
"Their life experiences took my emotions to the ringer... Definitely a series I'll look forward to, Kleenex in hand."     ~Just Judy's Jumbles 
"Engaging... The suspense builds... Dunlap carries the reader through a saga where you are constantly wondering..."     ~Patricia Garcia Schaack

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  • File Size: 2407 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BGNZ4W
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wounded Mothers & Daughters September 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Fifteen year old Charlene Shaw is running away from small town Bellwood, North Carolina. Charlene has dreams of making a name for herself in Hollywood and she is determined not to return to Bellwood until she does. Charlene missed her bus out of town and hitched a ride with a white truck driver, Roy Timmons. Otis and Annette Shaw had not heard from their daughter in a year when they are called to make a trip to Iowa. Upon their arrival, instead of finding Charlene they discover her six month old "blue-eyed" daughter, Raven. Charlene was on her way to Los Angeles.

Dunlap alternates the chapters between Charlene trying to make it big in Los Angeles and Raven growing up with Annette and Otis in Bellwood. Charlene is working as a waitress while auditioning and trying to cope with her inner demons. Raven longs to hear from her mother but instead she hears plenty local gossip about her. Her grandparents refuse to talk about Charlene. Raven is plagued by her mother's absence and not knowing who her father is but she is comforted by her best friend Jonathan DuBois Jr. Jonathan's French mother, Elise, hates he and Raven's friendship and with good reason. Raven and Jonathan's childhood friendship soon blossoms into a love affair. They are faced with numerous challenges. While Raven grows up, Charlene finally makes it in Hollywood landing a spot on a Soap Opera. Charlene also starts some new relationships of her own one with a man, Damien, and others with valium and alcohol.

Dunlap does a great job of displaying how love can cross class and privilege boundaries. There is enough family betrayal and secrets to keep you turning pages until you get to the very end. This plot is saturated with twists, turns, and shocking revelations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Characters Stay With you September 16, 2012
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Every family has secrets and the Shaw family is no exception. Nicole Dunlap has brought her characters to life in a manner that I continue to think of them long after I have finished reading the story. Their flaws and strengths, their weakness and pride, the generosity and their greed; all of these things come together. I don't want to give the plot away, nor do I want to over-hype it. Simply put, I did not want to put the book down. It was a page turner for me. I can't wait for the sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Family Lies November 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Charlene Shaw is a teenager with big dreams. She decides to run away to LA to become an actress. Along with hopes of becoming an actress, she takes a few secrets with her as well. Having missed her bus, she accepts a ride from a truck driver. Where will this ride lead her?

Raven Shaw was abandoned by her mother. Raven is being raised by her grandparents in Bellwood, NC. She has great potential to do great things. She wants to know about her mom. After constant rejection for her mother's information, she sets out to get the information herself. Is she ready for the truth?

Nicole Dunlap gives readers just enough info to keep them on edge. Everybody has secrets and they are revealed just when you think you have it all figured out. The ending gives the hanging for a great start to a nice sequel. "Miss Nobody" could have been a 5-star read, but there were many grammatical errors that caused me to lose focus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner... March 7, 2013
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Ms. Dunlap wrote a wonderful story that would keep you wanting to know more about each character. For those of you who are part of a book club, this book would lead to great discussions. I look forward to following the characters in future sagas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read June 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Miss Nobody is honestly the first book I've read since having my son two years ago. I was immediately engaged in the story line and could not stop turning the pages. The Shaw Family Saga definitely reintroduced me to the realm of reading and showed me exactly how liberating books can be. I look forward to what will be in store for us in part two of this series. Congrats to the author Nicole Dunlap on this wonderful publication!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well -Seasoned Dish May 26, 2013
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Now I truly understand what it means when Nicole Dunlap describes herself as the "gumbo-genre" author. On the outside of every relationship everything appears one way. But when you dig deeper, there are so many varations of the "truth".

Nicole has done a tremendous job in this opening book of the Shaw Family Saga series. I originally believed that Miss Nobody would solely focus on the relationship between Charlene -a runaway mother, and Raven - the child she left behind. Little did I know that it was just the icing on the cake. So what did I discover? Everyone has at least several secrets and that are not always the obvious. Every character in this book, especially Annette, Charlene, Raven, Elise, Jonathan, and Jon had (and have) rather challenging journeys. Sadly, the truth was scarce whenever possible; I've learned this quite well and look forward to how Nicole will further taunt us readers with this saga. Please be certain that I purposely give no spoilers because the tale needs to be experienced first hand.

Nicole has done a fabulous job of seasoning up, layering and serving out a terrific opening novel of drama-drama-drama! Keep up the great job! I look forward to her next "dish".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama, Suspese with a Touch of Romance May 25, 2013
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This is a story following the lives of two women, Charlene and Raven Shaw; woven together by blood, but separated and haunted by circumstance, the dark inner secrets, personal struggles, concealed demons and uncovered skeletons that taunt them and tore them apart.

Dunlap does a wonderful job of integrating drama, suspense, history, with a touch of romance while interweaving the effects of irresolute, psychological and emotional upheaval that creates turmoil within. You will become deeply involved with the lives of the Shaw family with each turned page. The end will leave you expectant and desiring more. I look forward to reading more from this prolific writer. I was pleasantly surprised of the multi-layered suspense and drama derived from the plot. Great read and definitely NOT your typical, cliché urban fiction novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Elise and Jonathan Sr were horrible parents and unfortunately Jon Jr...
The Shaw's verses the DuBois's and more folks in the business. Charlene was messed from a young age thats why folks have to be careful when talking with children around. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Editing
I enjoyed the book and am reading the second one now. Incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation are pet peeves of mine. Does noone edit books before they're published anymore? Read more
Published 8 months ago by MARGARET MARTIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new writer!!!
Prepare to get hooked on the characters and how their lives play out! Ms. Dunlap makes you care about these people and want to know them better. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Madelyn C. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
I found the book very interesting. It deals with some real life issues. I can't wait too read the next installment.
Published 10 months ago by Elberta
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable!
Ms. Dunlap pulled me into this multi-generational family saga immediately. I had never read any of her work and was intrigued by the concept of wounded mothers and daughters... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Emma McKnight
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
I loved it! Good story plots, and interesting characters. I had a hard time putting it down. I felt each of the character's emotions as I read. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Carole McKee
3.0 out of 5 stars A fairly good book
This book is well written but seems quite slow. The plot lines to me were not that easy to follow.
Published 12 months ago by sunshinegal
5.0 out of 5 stars PHENOMENAL
Published 12 months ago by MS. TONIA
4.0 out of 5 stars New Fan!
Loved this. The author recommended this to e months ago and I'm so glad that I made time to read it. Except fir some editing and continuity issues, this book was great. Read more
Published 13 months ago by F. Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and Drama!
Charlene Shaw is a young lady from a small town with big dreams. As she tries to escape her overbearing parents and small-town life, Charlene finds out that the world is much... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ms. Christy
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More About the Author

Nicole Dunlap holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Child Development, and a Masters Degree in Educational Counseling from Azusa Pacific University. She lives her dream of counseling in the inner city of San Bernardino; motivating teens dealing with depression, pregnancy, gang membership and abuse. But, she admits to two passions-writing being her first love. She has been self dubbed the "gumbo genre" novelist, because books shouldn't be lightly seasoned... Her stories revolve around family and relationships, women's issues, drizzled with drama, peppered with suspense, and finished off with aromatic notes of romance. The Shaw Family Saga pays homage to dysfunctional mother-daughter relationships, with well developed characters that readers can root for; love them, hate them, cry for, and most of all, yearn to flip through the pages to the end of that character's journey.

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