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Replacing Gentry [Kindle Edition]

Julie N. Ford
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Book Description

When Marlie attends a cadaver ball at Vanderbilt Medical School, she does not expect to actually see any cadavers. Or, that a strange apparition would issue her such a chilling message. Despite the cadaver’s warning, a year later Marlie is married to Tennessee state senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in a plantation-style mansion with two step-sons. Add to the mix her growing suspicion that something is amiss with the death of Daniel’s first wife, Gentry, and newlywed Marlie is definitely in over her pretty Yankee head.

What begins as an innocent inquiry into her new husband’s clouded past ends with Marlie facing a dangerous conspiracy.

A modern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels like Rebecca and Jane Eyre, REPLACING GENTRY follows Marlie’s precarious journey as she seeks to learn the truth about the man she married.

"I can't tell you how impressed I was with both the writing and the intriguing plot. This was my first book of Julie's and definitely not my last. I really REALLY loved this one." Rachael Renee Anderson, women's fiction author

"The plot is well crafted with so many unpredictable twists that I was left speechless. The story is beautifully written and well thought out....The characters are complex and well rounded. Marlie is just one of those characters you can't help but love." --Ever and Ever Sight

"I loved every moment of Replacing Gentry, and read it straight through in one evening." --Amethyst Daydreams

"One of the best aspects of this book is the atmosphere – a mysterious, rather dark foreboding prevails. This eerie feeling is usually subtle but is an integral component of the story. For me, it certainly helped define and set this story apart from similar books. The gothic element is constant, its intensity shifting according to the action occurring within a specific scene. It is difficult to maintain this sort of creepy uncertainty with such singular creativity but Ms. Ford did just that, with exceptional aplomb." --Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts & Reviews

Editorial Reviews


"I was taken into this story very quickly. Marlie is a spunky character who goes after what she wants, no matter the cost. There are lots of surprises and you really don't know who to trust." --Min Reads and Reviews

"Replacing Gentry is a fast read with twists and turns that kept me guessing." --Literary Time Out

"Conspiracies, secret societies and people who will kill to keep their pasts in the past, this book is the perfect women's fiction... mystery blended with real emotions as a woman tries to connect and integrate herself into a new family." --Whitney Boyd, author, Iced Romance and Tanned, Toned and Totally Faking It

"...a fun and exciting read. I'd recommend it to those who want a bit of a mindbender with a soft sidekick." --Jinky is Reading

"There's something for everyone romance, action, ghosts, and a secret society....a well-written story from a wonderful author." --Kerri Cuevas, author, Deadly Kisses

"Replacing Gentry is like a good mixed drink: add two ounces of gothic romance with three ounces of suspenseful mystery, toss in a drop of a dark secret society and a splash of contemporary women's fiction, and the end result is an intriguing read." --Reader Girls

About the Author

In addition to her primary job as a stay-at-home-mom and budding author, Julie N. Ford has worked as a substitute high school teacher, Lamaze Certified Childbirth and Infant CPR instructor, family therapist and don't forget, Parisian's sales associate. In her spare time, she loves to ride her mountain bike, practice yoga, spend time shopping, walking and listening to music with her daughters and of course reading. Some of her favorite authors include Daphne Du Maurier, Bronte, P.D. James, Michael Crichton, Linda Davies and Sophie Kinsella. She and her husband, Tracy, have two daughters and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3394 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WiDo Publishing (March 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of everything March 19, 2013
By Andrea
Format:Kindle Edition
I was drawn to Replacing Gentry by the cover and the book blurb. This story has a little bit of everything-secret groups, ghosts, romance, mystery. Although having so many elements left some room for polish, I found the story to be intriguing.

The main character, Marlie, had a tendency to be drawn to people or situations that often lead to trouble. I didn't always love or understand her choices, but her determination and desire to make the best of her situation made her quite likeable.

Replacing Gentry is a fast read with twists and turns that kept me guessing on some aspects of the story right up until the end.

There is some swearing, mention of sex (both marital and extramarital), and discovery of violent crimes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually, 4.5 stars :) April 21, 2013
By Vonnie
I was captivated by the cover of this book, which was the main reason why I wanted to read this. I had no clue as to what kind of book I was in for (I didn't read the whole synopsis). I was hooked right away and came to enjoy myself quite a bit.

I was surprised how many elements this book had: slight romance, suspense, ghosts, mystery, and drama. Right away this book reminded me of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Like in Rebecca, the heroine Marlie entered a marriage where she barely knew the man, was thrown into an upper-class world, felt the disapproval of the people around her, was always compared to the first wife, and there was a big secret behind the first wife. I found these elements intriguing as how it all came together at the end.

Also, I found myself quite frustrated when reading Replacing Gentry. The emotions that Marlie went through as a new bride, who was ignored by her husband and criticized by the new people in her life, were very apparent to me. I wanted to yell at her to get herself out of her situation and tell her that she deserved better. The constant threats and undermining that she went through really got to me. I had to stop reading a few times to let my anger dissipate a bit. Is this a bad thing? No. I think Julie N. Ford did a fabulous job in bringing these emotions out, which sets the tone of the story. So, I did not mind it as much as I thought I would.

I quiet enjoyed this book. I liked the mystery behind it and the sudden changes of my emotions.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Wow. I finally got around to reading "Rebecca" a few years ago and was entranced. This modern-day re-telling had me captured from the start. Full of twists and turns and strange happenings. Wow. I thought it was a great version!

Marlie is a California girl who attends a Cadaver Ball with her best friend from the South and ends up in a whirlwind relationship. Previously divorced (with her husband dying shortly afterward), Marlie's not sure she wants to jump into anything too quickly.

I liked Marlie. She was able to speak her mind and do things for herself, but soon realized that's not how she was expected to be. Still, she fought to stay true to herself. I got to where I didn't know who to trust and what was going on. Strange things, that's for sure. But so intriguing.

Content: that I can recall, there were just a few swear words; a little violence; some innuendo and mention of intimacy after marriage, but not too detailed; an instance of teens getting caught with drugs/beer.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay story, not my favorite April 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What do you do when a cadaver tells you to get out of town? Why marry the State Senator who comes to your rescue and take up residence in that very town!

Marlie doesn't fit into the mold of a typical Southern lady. She's outspoken, opinionated, and snoopy. When the people around her act oddly it just sparks a desire to hunt down the answers to the mystery: what really happened to her husband's first wife, Gentry, and why is her husband so secretive?

Marlie discovers her husband, Daniel is involved with a secret society and then learns her first husband, Finn who `apparently' died, was also involved in the same society. Coincidences abound that just fuel the fire of Marlie's investigations.

For a mystery it plodded along okay. The secret society that is trying to take over the world goes about it in a weird, unbelievable way so that hurt the story a bit for me...but considering today's technology and medical advancements, maybe it is possible.
There were also weird scenes that just didn't make sense. Marlie ends up speaking alone with Johnny, the man people thought Gentry was having an affair with before she died. It's never made clear why this is such a huge issue and why Marlie ends up having a friendship with this man, considering every time she speaks to him in the story except at the very end she is nasty and sarcastic to him.

I can't say I really cared about the characters either. None of them jumped off the page for me. Overall I'd rate this book as okay, not my favorite.

3 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this novel for an honest review
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Du Maurier has nothing to worry about. July 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this because other reviews claimed that it was reminiscent of Rebecca. The opening premise did resemble that famous novel; however, the plot became absolutely outlandish by the time the "mystery" was solved. I was deeply bothered by the large number of misused words. Supposedly the author has a degree in English literature, but her use of vocabulary indicates otherwise. Apparently she wrote with a thesaurus rather than a dictionary, which would have indicated exactly how the words should be used. Many words were used as the wrong part of speech, while others simply do not exist. I was extremely disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could splurge on the latest best sellers for 12
Rarely do I leave a review, though I have read many, but this one deserves a very honorable mention, so here it goes. Read more
Published 3 minutes ago by P. J. Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Poorly written with excess detail.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a strange book although entertaining..........
It definitely was not what I expected (although not sure what I expected), it was a bit unrealistic (but maybe not), I was kept in suspense, parts made no sense, but all in all,... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kathy York
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacing Gentry
Loved this story. You kept the suspense rolling throughout the entire book. I loved you characters so much and the twins were great.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
Interesting twist on science fiction with romance. Gives one pause to think about the involvement of political parties and their power in candidates' lives.
Published 2 months ago by L.C.Kahnert
3.0 out of 5 stars Julie Ford
Not what I expected in a mystery. Very different and did not keep me on edge like most mysteries. Will try again on Ms. Fords' books.
Published 2 months ago by Ann M. Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Sucked me into the story!
Caught me from the first page! The end surprised me too. Contains a little bit of romance and a lot of mystery. Definitely a must read! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paj Kub
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Replacing Gentry draws you in from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the last page. The writing style is engaging, and the author penned her characters in a way that made me... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sarah Beard
4.0 out of 5 stars Replacing Gentry
Had a few twists and turns. Had me guessing! Enjoyed the suspense. Easy and quick read. Does she have others?
Published 6 months ago by Ann C. Packard
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Different Story
I honestly did not know what to expect from this book when I started it. I enjoy mysteries, and I have always been a fan of the story "Rebecca. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ruth A. Hill
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More About the Author

Julie N. Ford graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a Marriage & Family Counselor. She is the author of two women's fiction novels, The Woman He Married and No Holly for Christmas, published in 2011. In addition, she wrote a romance/chick-lit novel, Count Down to Love, also published in 2011. Count Down to Love was a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. Her next novel, Replacing Gentry, is due for release April 9th, 2013.

Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one baby hedgehog.

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