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She Never Knew (The Katarina Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

CJ Simpson
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When twenty-six year old virgin Kat Richards is brutally raped one month after losing her parents and fiancé to a drunk driver, she relocates far away to a small, quiet town in Lakesboro, desperate to begin a new life. Her existence as a recluse comes to a screeching halt when a tall, dark, and handsome stranger with a shady past enters her life. As she struggles to provide her young son with a normal life, she finds herself drawn to Daniel for moral support. Rescuing her time and time again as she faces one obstacle after another, he becomes a hero in Kat’s eyes. However, as she seeks more than friendship from him, he reluctantly begins to create distance between them. Unbeknownst to Kat and her son, Daniel harbors a shocking secret that could destroy any chance of them becoming a family together. When Kat learns the horrible truth, she faces her most difficult obstacle of all. In She Never Knew, discover if she conquers the final barrier in her quest for eternal happiness.


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About the Author

CJ Simpson, a university instructor, has inspired many of her students to hone their creative writing skills in class. A fan of Women's Fiction novels for decades, CJ uses her own creativity to inspire her readers. She writes on a part-time basis and is a member of Writer's Digest. A native of Albany, New York, she lives with her husband and son in the quaint seaside village of Swansboro, North Carolina.

Product Details

  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480213128
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CJ Simpson; 2nd edition (April 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Y7DIE0
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,146 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Now you know, so run, do not waste your time December 23, 2012
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This book is dull despite horrific events. It's amazing that rape, sudden deaths of loved ones and an attack by a crazed drug user can leave you yawning, but it does.

As if being raped is not enough, AND losing your parents and fiance at once in automobile accident, the book also attempts, unneccessarily, to stir additional sympathy for the heroine by telling us that the rest of her family blames her for her parents' death. It was obviously in no way her fault and she is suffering most. It was a really stupid plot point.

The big reveal in this book is, depending upon your stomach, underwhelming or disgusting -- maybe both. Its heart is in the right place, I suppose. It means to say that given the right circumstances, anything can be forgiven. I am not sure this book can be forgiven for wasting my time. I am tempted to spoil by giving away the ending -- yep, I found the book that irritating. But I won't spoil it. You may already have figured it out anyway because even from the description, I suspected it was going there. I just could not believe it would, and so maybe I have only myself to blame for reading it. The title is good and it drew me in and the cover art is well done. It is grammatical. But it does not build a compelling story and the switch in POV to the antagonist is jarring -- whose story is this? Are we in this other guy's head only so we can be sure to dislike him? Not really necessary for that. It's a bad technique in a book that is full of them.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars She Never Knew December 31, 2012
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This story was rather ridiculous. The writer needed more characters and a little more depth. Seriously, what are the odds of your rapist moving to your town after you had relocated? And that you would end up at the same church and fall in love? Way too bizarre. Or that everyone you love would die? And you would fall in love again soon after. This author does not have a touch of real life. Must be nice to be able to dream but sadly it is far from reality. Sorry, but I only gave it 1 star because you can't give anything less. Maybe the author will do better on the next book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me? December 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
So glad I did not spend money on this! 1. The idea of falling in love with the man who viciously raped you is sickening. 2. This book should be advertised as a Christian romance.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous and Boring January 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has a series of tragic events occur which is unrealistic. This book is heavily entwined with Christian beliefs which was an unpleasant surprise. According to the author you should forgive your rapist if he is remorseful and if the rape resulted in a child. Ridiculous!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She never knew March 5, 2013
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I honestly don't know what the other people were talking about in their reviews. I enjoyed this book very much. I kept turning the page to find out what happened next. The only problem that I had was that there was no epilogue. I would love read more about their life together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She never knew February 17, 2013
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Great book. I would highly recommend and the price was right. Kept me interested from the beginning of the book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! January 24, 2014
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i ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book. I could feel every word written clear to my soul. The way that Kat's faith in God and her close walk with Him was depicted was WONDERFUL. I could not put it down and I will promise you that I will be reading the other 2 books in this trilogy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supprise supprise January 10, 2014
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I am lucky enough to work in an elementary school for a number of reasons. Most of all are the students. Imagine my surprise when one of my favorite boys tells me his mother is an author... Well I had to read CJ Simpson's book "She Never Knew". I loved the book from the start. It was a great blend of mystery, and suspense. Kat Richards is a very likeable character and a strong women who would do anything to protect her son. In my opinion this is a must read. I have ordered her other two books and look forward to them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreck and drivel
How on earth this pandering mess of a novel ever got published is beyond me. It's a trite, wholly unbelievable morass of a story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lori A. Choate
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Suspense
This is a story that has a touch of romance but doesn't follow the true line of such a book. Once in a lifetime we find the perfect love for us. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lindah
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgiveness
This story unfolded in such a way that I could not stop reading. I was riveted in anticipation of what would come next. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nanalof63
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply motivational...
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Kat showed such tremendous courage in reaching out to her friends and her faith in God is unquestionable. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Krystle Luz E. Cintron
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
I had never heard of this author, and had not read any prior books by her. But now I cannot wait to get the next book in the series!
Published 8 months ago by Tamara A Heeren
1.0 out of 5 stars Didnt like this one,
Sorry but I didnt like this one. This is a hard topic to write about and have sympathy for a rapist. I think the reader was trying too hard to be a forgiving person. Read more
Published 16 months ago by burggirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Bellacalma
This story was very sad and both were victims of circumstances. Daniel was in the wrong state of mind although he will never forgive himself. Read more
Published 16 months ago by BellaCalma
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It was a very good book. It make u think about thing like that. Also there should be good people like that to talk to.
Published 18 months ago by christine
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive treatment of a delicate subject
In SHE NEVER KNEW, author CJ Simpson handles a delicate subject with sensitivity. Katarina, the book's central character, becomes pregnant after she is raped in her home by an... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rosemary McCracken
2.0 out of 5 stars Be careful on this one.
The very first page has a violent rape. I almost put the book down right there. There was no reason for it to be the first thing you read without knowing anything about the people,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by D. Beltran
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CJ Simpson, a university instructor, has inspired many of her students to hone their creative writing skills in class. A fan of Women's Fiction novels for decades, CJ uses her own creativity to inspire her readers. She writes on a part-time basis and is a member of Writer's Digest. A native of Albany, New York, she lives with her husband and son in the quaint seaside village of Swansboro, North Carolina.

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