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An Uncertain Refuge (Kate Dalton Suspense Novels Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn J. Rose
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

(If you enjoy this book, please check out the sequel, SEA OF REGRE)

A child orphaned by violence. A woman sworn to protect and raise him. A killer come to claim him. A few deadly minutes in An Uncertain Refuge.

Kate Dalton lives by the rules of honesty and fair play until she steps between a battered woman and the man intent on killing her. Amanda Blake barely survives; her ex-husband dies by Kate’s hand. The repercussions force Kate from her job at a domestic violence shelter. Fleeing unwanted publicity and yearning to break with her past, she heads to the Oregon coast, burdened by a coerced promise to Amanda—to care for the nine-year-old son of the man she killed and shield him from the truth.

For several weeks Kate holds a tattered web of lies together. Then Way-Ray’s vengeful uncle murders Amanda, an ambush journalist tells the story, and the boy bolts in horror. Aided by a dangerous man she only half-trusts, Kate searches for the boy she’s come to love. But a sadistic killer intent on claiming his kin is watching every move.

Watch for the sequel, By the Sea of Regret, in the fall of 2012.

A portion of the profit from this book helps support the work of the Wildlife Center of the North Coast in Astoria, Oregon.


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About the Author

Carolyn J. Rose is the author of several novels, including Hemlock Lake, Through a Yellow Wood, An Uncertain Refuge, Sea of Regret, A Place of Forgetting, No Substitute for Murder, and No Substitute for Money. She penned a young-adult fantasy, Drum Warrior, and a cozy mystery, Death at Devil's Harbor, with her husband, Mike Nettleton, author of The Shotgun Kiss.

She grew up in New York's Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. She founded the Vancouver Writers' Mixers and is an active supporter of her local bookstore, Cover to Cover. Her interests are reading, gardening, and not cooking.

Product Details

  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983735905
  • Publisher: Carolyn J. Rose, Author (May 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050KKBT0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,661 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible read at any price! June 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded An Uncertain Refuge, by Carolyn J. Rose for an afternoon read on the couch, chips and ice-tea at hand. I managed to move from couch to dinner table, then back to couch, then to bed and by 11:30pm I finished this very satisfying Indy author's book in record time because I simply had to read it all without stopping.
This is suspense at its finest. Kate Dalton runs a women's shelter in Arkansas, but when an abusive ex-con husband takes a knife to his wife, Kate steps out of her comfort zone and in the altercation, he dies. Pushed by her superiors to capitalize on the incident with a sleazy movie company, Kate, without anything to keep her in this town, leaves her job for the open road, intent on starting over. Then she gets a request from the victim: Take my son with you. Kate has no husband, no children and she intends to keep it that way. But, the woman is adamant, take him, or she'll put him in foster care. In spite of her better judgment, Kate's heart softens and she agrees to take the shattered woman's nine-year old son for two weeks while the woman recuperates--at least that's her take on it, until the road trip gets to Oregon and the boy has a medical emergency and Kate must get the mother's permission for an apendectemy. The mother's phone message says to refer all questions to her lawyer. She's gone, leaving behind a sick and agitated child, and Kate, who is trying not to panic. The lawyer fixes the problem with the hospital about Kate's guardianship, but not the final question of where Way-Ray's mom has gone or why she ran.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Don't miss this book! It's a thriller, full of action and suspense. Moreover, the underlying theme, spouse abuse and exploitation of women, points out inconvenient social ills in our society--indeed, in the world. Ms. Rose's prose is riveting and her characters sparkle with authenticity. None of the story seems contrived. I couldn't put it down.

First, the story: Kate Dalton manages an Arkansan domestic violence shelter, a place where abused women go as a last recourse when the prehistoric system of restraining orders fails, as it usually does. Amanda Blake's double ex--one ex for angry ex-husband and the other for violent ex-con--shows up at the shelter and tries to kill her. Kate steps in with a few martial arts skills and ex-hubby dies by his own knife. The governing board of the shelter, led by a sleazy misogynist lawyer, wants to take advantage of the publicity, but Kate, her priority on protecting the women, doesn't, so the board fires her. She heads out of town but is detoured by the recovering Amanda who cons Kate into being her son's guardian while, like a mother bird leading the cat away from the nestlings, takes the ex-husband's equally violent brother on a wild goose chase.

Kate seeks and finds comfort in menial labor while running a motel located on the Oregon shore. She and Amanda's son (the kid is a hoot) are befriended by two of the motel workers, the chamber maid and the handyman; an older woman running an animal shelter; and a sheriff who prefers fishing in solitude but is ready to help. She begins a process of bonding with Amanda's son. But all along the brother is hot on Kate's trail. After killing Amanda in Ohio, he makes it to Oregon.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPELLING AND MOVING May 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Carolyn J Rose has a way of gripping her readers from the first line and before you know it, you're staying up into the wee hours. The plot turns on the protection of Way-Ray, the nine-year-old son of a woman whose violent husband stalks her to a safe house. The story unfolds in Kate Dalton's viewpoint, who in protecting the woman from the assault, soon finds herself in the position of fleeing with Way-Ray.

I fell in love with the heroic adult characters, who have wounds in their past that keep them from trusting themselves and breaking their isolation--until they face the greater need of saving Way-Ray. "An Uncertain Refuge" struck an emotional chord in me similar to "Pay It Forward." An innocent child awakens the adults around him to a larger truth. Way-Rae is a child in jeopardy, but other characters have their hearts and souls on the line.

Most of all, this novel has a strong pulse that drives this story with high stakes and carries the reader through to the final page.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Domestic suspense October 9, 2011
Format:Paperback
This is probably one of my favorite ways to begin a book: "Later, Kate Dalton wondered how things might have turned out..." because we know right from the very outset that things could've gone differently--and that suggests that all is not right.

All is certainly not right in the world Carolyn Rose creates, and Kate Dalton has plenty of reason to wonder. What follows is a harrowing, suspenseful journey into worlds some of us might prefer not to think about, but which Rose gives us excellent reason to know.

The promise of redemption. The difference one woman can make.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling journey!
I would recommend this to everyone. A walk through life, and all it's journeys. The traits we inherit, the results of life experiences both good & bad affect who we become. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen Crabtree
4.0 out of 5 stars An Uncertain Refuge
Compelling story kept me on the edge of my seat. Would definitely consider reading another Carolyn J. Rose novel. Good book.
Published 5 months ago by Margo Wagner
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time to read
Touching and a good read. I LIKED IT SO MUCH I READ IT TWICE. IT WILL GET YOU FROM THE FIRST PAGE
Published 10 months ago by melody ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars "You're what my boy needs now. My biggest hope is that he will be what...
Although both the opening and closing chapters, were powerful and explosive, this certainly wasn't an action packed, fast paced thriller. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Fiction Books
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Educational
This book is a smattering of nature, intrigue, emotion. Some humor. A good read for a lazy weekend, especially for nature-lovers. If it were a movie it would be rated PG-13.
Published 14 months ago by B.Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it
It's well written and will keep your attention throughout the book. Great imagination and great story. It keeps your interest.
Published 21 months ago by Nancy P. St George
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable & wordy
I have no clue why this book is rated so high by other reviewers. I found the story to be extremely predictable and the writing very wordy. I would not recommend this book. Read more
Published 24 months ago by S. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me in suspence
This was one book that kept me is suspense. I enjoyed the author's writing and this is the first book that I have read that was written by her. Read more
Published on August 19, 2012 by Patricia Leverett
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Drawn into the Characters
This book starts from the beginning to draw you into the characters, I had a difficult time putting the book aside. Read more
Published on June 23, 2012 by Gloria G
5.0 out of 5 stars An Uncertain Refuge
Good read. couldn't put it down . It starts out with and abusive husband trying to kill
his wife at a shelter ,and just keeps getting better from then on. Read more
Published on June 14, 2012 by anna
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More About the Author

Carolyn J. Rose is the author of several novels, including the Subbing isn't for Sissies series (No Substitute for Murder, No Substitute for Money, and No Substitute for Maturity), The Catskill Mountains Mysteries (Hemlock Lake and Through a Yellow Wood), An Uncertain Refuge, Sea of Regret, and A Place of Forgetting. She also penned a young adult fantasy, Drum Warrior, and the cozy mysteries, Death at Devil's Harbor and Deception at Devil's Harbor, with her husband, Mike Nettleton, author of The Shotgun Kiss.

She grew up in New York's Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. Her interests are reading, gardening, walking, swimming, and NOT cooking.

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