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

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Length: 359 pages Series: Kate Dalton Suspense Novels (Book 1)

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About the Author

Carolyn J. Rose is the author of the popular Subbing isn't for Sissies series (No Substitute for Murder, No Substitute for Money, No Substitute for Maturity, and No Substitute for Myth), as well as the Catskill Mountains mysteries (Hemlock Lake, Through a Yellow Wood, and The Devil's Tombstone). Other works include An Uncertain Refuge, Sea of Regret, A Place of Forgetting, and projects written with her husband, Mike Nettleton (The Hard Karma Shuffle, The Crushed Velvet Miasma, Drum Warrior, Death at Devil's Harbor, Deception at Devil's Harbor, and the short story collection Sucker Punches).

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's now a substitute teacher in Vancouver, Washington, and her interests are reading, swimming, walking, gardening, and NOT cooking.

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  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983735905
  • Publisher: Carolyn J. Rose, Author (May 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050KKBT0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Carolyn J. Rose is the author of the popular Subbing isn't for Sissies series (No Substitute for Murder, No Substitute for Money, and No Substitute for Maturity), as well as the Catskill Mountains mysteries (Hemlock Lake, Through a Yellow Wood, and The Devil's Tombstone). Other works include An Uncertain Refuge, Sea of Regret, A Place of Forgetting, and five novels written with her husband, Mike Nettleton (The Hard Karma Shuffle, The Crushed Velvet Miasma, Drum Warrior, Death at Devil's Harbor, Deception at Devil's Harbor, and the short story collection Sucker Punches).

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's now a substitute teacher in Vancouver, Washington, and her interests are reading, swimming, walking, gardening, and NOT cooking.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By RP Dahlke on 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 By Steve Moore on August 3, 2011
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 By Elizabeth Lyon on May 26, 2011
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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 By jenny milchman on 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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