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90 Miles To Freedom Paperback – July 16, 2011
About the Author
Born and raised in Aurora, Illinois, K.C. Hilton spent her childhood playing street games with the neighborhood kids. When she wasn't outside, she spent much of her time reading and getting lost in adventerous worlds and whirlwind courtships. At the age of seventeen, she moved to Kentucky and eventually began to raise a family of her own. She has always been entranced by stories of magical adventure, and though she has had to live in the practical world, running a family business as well as two of her own, she has discovered that writing is an entirely new, exciting adventure all on its own!
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Top Customer Reviews
It was started out as a family drama and then became a story about rescuing illegals from Cuba on a boat (WTF?), which was having a hard time keeping my interest. Then it became somewhat sci-fi when the story hits a reset button and undoes things that already have taken place in the story and with no explanation.
What did this story want to be? Too many things and it doesn't work.
Surprised to see so many positive reviews here.
Then, out of blue, Collin relays a convenient thought about a secret to (Probably) lend suspense. But really just seems a contrived bit to inflate word count. If it was initially the plot device the author was intending from start - was presented poorly as it was just plopped in without any real direction. But, okay, say let that go and move in that direction - maybe some meat there (however one now already knows what happened to mom and pop) . But, that bit turns out to be more family history and warm buddy fuzzier niceness. Which, given secret is just NOT believable.
For good measure, in gets tossed a first person narrative (that actually was best part of whole book) .
Then the story goes to basically a rush of unbelievable events (the "baddies" are portrayed without any believability - they take care of problems - they don't take hostages as presented - especially since they did mom and pop such manner - they had all necessary information (place lived, etc) to just take care of any issues) . And then? Season. 7 - 9 "Dallas."
That means contrived, convenient, and not believable.
Not recommended for die hard mystery/suspense readers. For those enjoying happy endings to stories that make little sense but have strong family presentations - you may enjoy this read.
The story is about immigration and centers around Collin and Joey who go through a horrible tragedy in the previous year that the book takes place. Along the way things between the brothers seem to deteriorate at a rapid place and yet the secret that one brother holds is the catalyst for the story itself and as one will see very early on the title as well.
90 Miles is a book that shows the struggles of illegal immigration and the danger that comes with the different ways to get people into the country. By the middle of the story you not only feel bad for Colin and Joey but also the friends Collin makes along the way while enduring death, and other tragic events. The only reason I took a star off was because I felt the ending was a bit abrupt but the novel itself was a great, fast paced read which tugged at my heart strings quite a bit. I was very happy to have read this novel and recommend it to anyone who likes fast paced adult novels with substance.
When I first saw the novel I, rightly, assumed there would be something about Cuba and refugees. I didn't think it would meander over 3 different plot lines that didn't seem to meet anywhere until the end and then not as believable as I would have liked.
But it does have some redeeming features. The story of the love between brothers is heartwarming and emotional. The story of a man's love for his son and the son's desire to honor his memory is very sympathetic. There is also a HEA for a few of the characters.
This is a light read. A good beach book or one to curl up with on a stormy day with a cup of tea in front of the fireplace.
Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book