- File Size: 812 KB
- Print Length: 180 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: New Authors Online (January 5, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 5, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077Q99VHN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,486 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Pure Innocence (The Extraordinary Life of Amy Winston Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is not a children's book. However, the story begins when Amy is just five days old and close to starving to death.
This is a fabulous book about love and kindness overcoming evil & malice. It is about this amazing child who grows into a wonderful young woman without a mother. Instead, she had a loving uncle and four grand protectors. The priest, Father Duncan, claims her the closest thing to an angel that he has ever known. Sadly, most of the servants and townspeople believe Amy is the child of a demon and must die, so the four soldiers not only protect her, but teach her how to protect herself.
Despite the hatred that the townspeople and servants have for her, Amy soaks in the love from all her friends, and lets the evil roll off her from those who think her a demon.
And while life does not always go Amy's way, and sometimes she's knocked off her sunny rock, Amy always recovers and climbs back up upon her rock. She always prefers happiness to anger.
I was completely thrilled to be able to get a new series from Liza. She’s always been an incredible writer and I was certain this would be no different. What I failed to realize (through no fault of the author) was that the genre included “historical”. Mind you I’m glad I didn’t know. I might have passed this book by since I’m not a huge history reader. And I would’ve missed out on an incredible book.
The following is my personal opinion and thoughts about many aspects of this book and its author.
COVER: ✯✯✯✯✯ - I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. The cover is completely perfect in every way for this book.
PLOT: ✯✯✯✯✯ - There were many twists and turns. Just when I thought things were figured out and would settle into a nice rhythm Liza sent me on another roller coaster. However, everything she did had a reason and the plot was very well planned.
WRITING STYLE: ✯✯✯✯✯ - I’m a descriptive person. I lean more in favor of lots of “flare”, but I love Liza’s style. It’s not overly descriptive...it gives just enough for you picture the scene in your mind. While I hoped for more I can’t fault Liza since I have my own preferences.
CHARACTERS: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Even with the multitude of characters I could determine the different personalities that brought them together as a collective. The strongest characters were awesomely sculpted and I found myself going further and further in love with them. And those who didn’t deserve my love...it was all for good reasons.
OVERALL FLOW: ✯✯✯✯✯ - This story flowed smoothly. I’ve read some books where the characters are in different settings and in this case different countries. However, unlike some of those books, Liza kept the reader informed and intrigued when moving from place to place flawlessly.
John’s niece was born out of wedlock. After her mother’s death and with the town rallying that Amy was the spawn of the devil, John protects and loves her beyond what could be humanly possible. And the words “humanly possible” are used for a good reason. No spoilers coming from me. With constant hatred pointed in Amy’s direction, John and other members of the family have conspiritists plotting around every corner.
I loved the “routing for the good guy” feel this book gave me. I knew going in that this was the start of a new series. I didn’t realize that it would end with a “need the next book now” effect. I personally will be hounding Liza till that next book is out so I can continue this incredible adventure that is Amy’s life. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspense story where multiple times you get the “ah-ha” moment.
Under no circumstances was I approached by the author to read or review this book. I offered without any agreement or promise for any compensation. I am voluntarily giving my opinion about this book. My only affiliation with the author is that I am a fan and want to support by reading and posting this review of my own free will.
1/4/2018 2 Comments
The Extraordinary Life of Amy Winston, Book 1
Parents are not always as good as they should be. In the case of Amy Goodheart, her “parents” are thieves who killed her real parents and took their name. Since they were being sought by the law, they kept Amy and her little brother Tom, to throw off the Bow Street Runners from finding them.
When Amy births a baby, it sends the entire town into outrage, her ‘parents’ obey the Reverand in the town to throws her out of their house.
That will save them two mouths to feed and prevent the town from scrutinizing their activities too closely.
John Winston and many of his soldiers are returning from battle when he spies the young woman pacing back and forth on the edge of an unstable cliff...
For some, Amy is an angel incarnate; for others, she is the child of Satan. In her early years, Amy learns the skills of a soldier and discovers she can heal with the touch of her hand. Upon the death of her beloved Uncle John, he stays as a protective ghost to assist the soldiers in their vigilant efforts to keep her safe. Never has a girl arrived at Madam Cousec’s School for Young Ladies with more charm, more friends, or greater protection. She’ll need them all to survive the head girl and set her future in motion.
John turned his attention back to the girl. Her dark hair was wild and matted. In the center of the mats was dried caked blood. No doubt from the stones the townspeople threw.
The girl spoke rapidly in a shrill voice, declaring she was “bad, evil, the devil’s whore, and to go away, go away, go away.”
He suspected the voice was not hers but a mimic of the people who had said these cruel words. Suddenly, her voice dropped lower in a mimic of a man and she quoted dark bible passages about casting out demons.
Dear God, was it possible these were her parents’ words?
“Tell me the name, tell me the name, damn you!” the voice bellowed.
Finally, he heard the girl’s own voice. The pain and misery it held tore at his old battle-weary heart.
“There is no name,” she cried. “There was no man. Only a dream while I rested on the banks.”
“Then it’s the seed of Satan and it’ll not be raised in my house!” her voice deepened and bellowed
Inside the bundle of cloth, she held tight to her chest, a baby’s wail rose, almost as if in protest to her words. The baby’s cry startled her and for one terrible moment, John feared she would toss the child over the edge.
Then her madness dissipated, and she transformed into a young mother fretting over her new child, soothing it with soft words, as she sat down upon the ground. She opened her filthy torn blouse and placed the baby upon her right breast, rocking the child softly while it nursed. Her face held love and adoration for her helpless infant.
John knew he must save this young girl and her baby. She was not yet lost to madness.
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More About the Author
Liza O’Connor’s favorite books are Pride & Prejudice and Douglas Adams’ four book trilogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Go figure…
Raised in the southern mid-section of U.S., Liza escaped to the East Coast once out of college. She’s worked as a journalist, a radio DJ, a security guard, a stock broker, a strategist, and a business solutions consultant to name a few of her many occupations. Again…go figure.
She learned to fly planes, jump out of planes, hang-glide, kayak and scuba dive, to name of few of her ‘let’s kill Liza’ sports. However, her favorite activity is to hike with her dog Jess among the shaved mountains of NJ.
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Ms. O'Connor tells the tale of an extraordinary girl who has the power to heal with her hands and the power to change lives with her heart.
Amy grew up lost and alone after the death of her mother. Small minded people didn't understand the little girl. Instead they punished her for things outside of her control. But their anger and hate only turned her into a wonderful person. It takes extraordinary pressure and heat to make diamonds.
I loved how Ms. O'Connor gives us a child who loves no matter what else has come her way. Amy serves as an inspiration for so many of us who have faced tough times. I can't wait to hear more about Amy and her life!