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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Charylar Press (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615695256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615695259
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,289,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Charity reads like a wild cross-country ride at Rolex, Kentucky, complete with twists and turns, stomach-lurching drops, and the steady thrum of adrenaline...Riders everywhere will respond to the underlying theme of horses as the touchstone of Jessica's life, even when it spirals out of control, but it's the thrill of the unraveling mystery, a hint of romance, and a terrifying glimpse into the clandestine terrorists in our midst that will keep readers glued to the pages of this thriller." 
- Massachusetts Horse Magazine, "A Wild Ride" Horseperson Profile

"I was blown away by how good this book is, from the storyline to the pacing to the writing to the character development. I hadn't felt so engrossed in a thriller since I read the "Girl with Dragon Tattoo" series two years ago. And there are similarities: a young woman hero (although a Boston blue blood instead of a young punker), a dark wintery setting (Boston and the Kentucky mountains instead of Stockholm and Swedish islands) and a male establishment helper (a Boston DA instead of a Stockholm journalist).

The book did what the best books do: it took me on a journey into several worlds I know little about (Boston IRA terrorists, horse breeding/racing, Kentucky small-town living) and left me feeling like I had been in the middle of those worlds."
- Lee Carlson, author of "Passage to Nirvana"
"I enjoyed the plot and the twists it took along the way... I appreciated the horse tie-ins that were neither corny nor forced. It's rare for a mainstream novel to seamlessly incorporate an equine element, but Hambley did just that."
-The Chronicle of the Horse, Bookshelf Review

From the Inside Flap

Jim Wyeth downshifted and accelerated around a turn, trying to focus on the pull of the engine and the grip of the tires. It was no use. He could still see the powerful body of his horse, Worldwind's Dark Irish, hurtling across the finish line at Suffolk Downs, well in front of the lathered pack. Jim had no time to be happy in his victory when, seconds later, Dark's right foreleg crumpled, pitching his jockey onto the muddy track.
 
Jessica Wyeth could not have known that her father's victory was the beginning of ruin nor could she fathom a connection between IRA bombings in Belfast to her privileged life in a wealthy suburb of Boston. She was unaware of the behind-the-scenes power that manipulated her family until she was accused of murder. Forced to run from the life she loved, she learned to hide behind stolen identities until she was recognized by the one thing she could not change - her innate ability with horses. Jessica must race to clear her name and her family's reputation before she disappears again.

Set in the rolling hills of Kentucky and the streets of Boston, The Charity will keep the reader in its grip until the last page is turned.

More About the Author

Connie Johnson Hambley grew up on a small dairy farm just north of New York City. On St. Patrick's Day in 1965, an arsonist burned her family's barn to the ground. From that experience grew the story that became "The Charity."

Hambley writes about strong women from their perspective in situations that demand the most from them. No special powers, no gadgets, no super human abilities. Just a woman caught up or embroiled in something that she has to get out of, hopefully alive.

Every bit of personal experience is used to create a story that is as believable as it is suspenseful. Using her law and investment background in ways unique, creative, but not altogether logical, Hambley has enjoyed robust professional pursuits that include writing for Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Nature Biotechnology. Experience at a major bank in Boston introduced her to clever schemes dreamed up to launder money.

Hambley writes page-turners and "The Charity" is the first in a series. Look for updates and information on facebook.com/thecharitythriller and thecharitythriller.blogspot.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Christie on October 28, 2012
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"The Charity" is well conceived, well paced, well written and a pleasure to read. It's great to read a book that absorbs you into its world. Definitely worth reading. I loved every second of it. Hambley is an incredibly talented author!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kent johnson on October 17, 2012
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I loved it ! The author has the ability to describe characters and situations in such a way that one feels he/she is actually there. It keeps you in suspense.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hilary on October 3, 2012
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By the end of the book- I couldn't put it down. The story is engaging and suspenseful, with great plot twists. By the 27th page I was intrigued by the story, by the 125 page didn't want to put it down and by the 300th page I couldn't put it down and chose to finish it rather than sleep that night. Hambley brought the world of horses and terrorist groups to life. The story is about one particular terrorist group but it could apply to any of them, past or present. It is a great read- highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lee Carlson on January 17, 2013
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Full disclosure: this book was written by a friend of mine. However, I'm probably going to say something right up front that won't make her very happy: I didn't expect much from this book. The author was a lawyer and banker, now a homemaker, and since she had never been a writer in any form (journalist, copywriter, etc.) I just didn't expect it to be that good. Probably my own bias as a professional writer.

BUT... I was blown away by how good this book is, from the storyline to the pacing to the writing to the character development. I hadn't felt so engrossed in a thriller since I read the "Girl with Dragon Tattoo" series two years ago. And there are similarities: a young woman hero (although a Boston blue blood instead of a young punker), a dark wintery setting (Boston and the Kentucky mountains instead of Stockholm and Swedish islands) and a male establishment helper (a Boston DA instead of a Stockholm journalist).

The book did what the best books do: it took me on a journey into several worlds I know little about (Boston IRA terrorists, horse breeding/racing, Kentucky small-town living) and left me feeling like I had been in the middle of those worlds.

I found myself both rooting for and identifying with the main character (even though the main character is a woman and a horse person, and I am neither of those). I also found myself hating the bad guys, rooting for some other good guys, and kept having to remind myself that these were just fictional characters, not real people. There are a few times where a character seems too stereotypical or cartoonish, but those are few and far between, and to be expected from a first-time author. Overall the characters are real.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Daunheimer on October 19, 2013
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This book was so hard to put down! It has everything---suspense, very well-developed characters, and the beauty of the settings, both Hamilton and Kentucky. I always love books that are set in "my own back yard", and this book also teaches the reader about the fascinating world of horse racing. Great book, Ms. Hambley!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret A. Purcell Alberg on May 3, 2014
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From the minute I started reading, I was thoroughly engrossed! Very hard to put down. This clearly rivals any of the great and best selling legal thrillers out there. Will be recommending it to everyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Kahrs on April 25, 2014
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I am an avid reader, and when I find a book that I love, I ignore everything else going on in my life (within reason lol) and just read!! This was true of The Charity. I usually read mysteries and thrillers and this is right on par with Sue Grafton, one of my favorite writers! There was lots of twists and turns and I really did not know what was coming until I was almost finished. I don't like a book that is too predictable and this one was not. I am really looking forward to the next book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Inquisitor on April 15, 2014
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If you love good suspense stories, don't miss this one. It is a keeper to read again to read later when you hunger for a Good book again.
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