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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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

LOVED IT!!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Ties: The Bonds are Permanent to be better than the print version?

Always is!


What other book might you compare Blood Ties: The Bonds are Permanent to and why?

Well its a mystery....but I dont want to compare it...it was super great on its own!


Which character – as performed by Rebecca Roberts – was your favorite?

Karina!!! she rocks...she is a kick but detective and her mom Liann!!


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh quite a bit...and I cried a little when Karina's dog got hurt!!


Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

Karina is a detective and her mom Liann is a retired police woman....they move south form Ca to help her grandparents....while there a friend of theirs in a retirement home needs help and they decide to investigate...well they uncover a whole mob conspiracy that almost ends up deadly for them all...the narration is awesome and I loved it! I will continue this series and recommend it highly!!!

Thank you Audiobookblast(dot)com

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- anne

Book Details

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