Blood Ties: The Bonds are Permanent : Magnolia

  • by Ashley Fontainne, Lillian Hansen
  • Narrated by Rebecca Roberts
  • Series: Magnolia
  • 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

LiAnn Tuck and her daughter, Karina Summers, are settling into their new life, enjoying the small farming community of Sheridan, Arkansas. The slower pace, compared to the craziness of Los Angeles, is a welcome distraction for them both. Taking care of her aging parents and their small farm is just what LiAnn needs to forget her 25-year career as a detective. And Karina's new love interest brings back the smile she lost from years of undercover work and her cheating ex-boyfriend.
The bonds...
Their idyllic lifestyle changes the minute a family friend, Cecil Pickard, pays a visit. He lives at The Magnolia, an independent living facility in Hot Springs, and believes someone is stealing from him. LiAnn and Karina offer to investigate, and they suddenly find themselves inside a living nightmare.
...are permanent.
Theft isn't the only criminal activity taking place inside the historic, stately walls of The Magnolia. Organized crime has infiltrated Hot Springs, and what they're after is not only money but life itself. As LiAnn and Karina dig deeper, they might just be digging their own graves.

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I highly recommend this audiobook

One retired detective, one retired PI; both are a mother and daughter team with tempers and a loyalty that many have come to fear. LiAnn Tuck and Karina Summers are moving from California to Sheridan, a small intimate farming community in Arkansas. Expecting to care for LiAnn’s aging parents; both women are expecting quiet sunny days after having worked a joint investigation into the vile and evil thievery from invalid old folks in nursing homes.

The two women are enjoying themselves – new love interests and a blood bond so strong and complete, no one can break it. Someone tries, someone with a different set of blood ties and a will to do evil and murder for profit. The women find themselves knee deep in a conspiracy that could get them killed.

Ashley Fontaine and Lillian Hansen have created a story that is close and dear to most people’s heart – aging parents. They have crafted a tale woven of words and emotions that will hook the reader completely and have them sitting on the edge of their chairs until the end. Vivid and rich in details, the readers cannot help but feel placed in the story. Fontaine and Hansen skillfully tug on heart strings, eliciting gasps of horror and fear from the reader. Well written with excellent character development, Blood Ties is a must read!

Blood Ties: The Bonds Are Permanent (The Magnolia Series Book 1) is the first in a series. Given Fontaine’s past successes, I have no doubt that this series will be popular and remain breathtaking.

Rebecca Roberts did an excellent job of narrating, capturing the personality of the characters and the thrilling plot.

RMSW Press did an excellent job on production – there were no errors, distracting noises or issues.

I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys suspense and thrillers.

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A great thriller.

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I have loved every book I've read or listened to by Ashley Fontainne and while this was really good, it wasn't my favourite one of hers. All of her other books had a uniqueness to them that was mesmerising, but I just found this to be a little predictable. Now don't get me wrong, I still flew through it, I just didn't love it.

Anyway, character wise we have mother and daughter LiAnn and Karina whom are moving back to look after LiAnns parents. While there, they agree to look into some happenings at a retirement home. Karina isn't looking forward to this because her last job involved abuse at a similar home and it hit her hard. But this job is different and both of their lives are in danger
as they delve into the world of mobsters.

I loved both these characters! Both are strong females who take no prisoners. They have such a strong bond and, for me anyway, that was a plus. My own mother wants nothing to do with me so I love seeing a proper mother/daughter bond in books, the way it should be. These girls are tough, strong and sassy!!

The plot was something I've heard a lot about lately, mistreatment of people in assisted living. It's horrible, but unfortunately something that does happen. The authors do a great job of showing compassion for the characters and showing Karinas passion for stopping this from happening. It's a fast paced and intense read though predictable at times.

I did enjoy the mobster aspect of it and Caesars' descent into madness, though in such a small town, it was hard to see that level of mobster activity.

In all, while it's not my favourite, it's still an incredibly well written and developed story. This author never fails to deliver and she is an automatic buy for me. She captivates with every word and I'd highly recommend her work.

Rebecca Roberts did an amazing job with this book. She brought each character to life and gave her all to the performance. This is my first book narrated by her, but it won't be my last.

*I received this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-08-2015
  • Publisher: RMSW Press