No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

No Ordinary Life

Faye Martin is a mom to 3 children- Emily, Tom and Molly. Faye is a woman who does not have a lot of choices. Abandoned by her husband, Sean, Faye soon realizes that her job as a waitress is not going to be enough to keep 3 kids fed and in a home.

She heads to LA to move in with her mother for a bit- find a new job, save some money, decide what the next plan for life is to be.

Fate, Youtube and Hollywood step in.

On a normal day, a day while Faye is looking for a job- she lets the kids play at the outdoor mall. While they can’t shop- there is plenty to see- street performers and such. Continue reading

Help Suzanne Redfearn Pick New Cover/Title For Next Book!

help suzanne redfearnLast year I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Suzanne Redfearn’s debut, HUSH LITTLE BABY. I enjoyed it so much and thought Suzanne was so lovely- so when one of Suzanne’s PR contacts asked me to help promote a contest to choose her next book cover/title, I immediately agreed! Continue reading

Week 3 Discussion Questions for Book Lovers Unite: Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn

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This is the last week of questions- we have discussed and had a great time!

I hope you have enjoyed reading Hush Little Baby with Book Lovers Unite.

Please know that if you have read- but have not commented- you can still join in! It’s not too late.

Next week- Thanksgiving and Black Friday will be happening- and I wish you and your family a happy holiday. And if you go out and Black Friday shop- have fun!

 

Questions for Week 3:

1. What was your overall thoughts about the book?

 

2. How did you like the ending? Fitting? Would you like to know more about Jillian or is her story over?

 

3. What do you think- did Gordon kill Jeffrey? Was Jeffrey just in the wrong place, wrong time? Suzanne never really tells us 100% absolutely if Gordon did or not.

 

4. I asked you when we first started this book- what would you do if you were in Jillian’s place and told you to think about it. After finishing the book- are you still certain of what you would do?

 

5. A father’s love was another theme in this book. Jillian’s dad loved her and worked hard to save her. And Claudia’s dad was another father who did what he could to help Jillian. Did Claudia’s father help out because of Jillian- or was it strictly love for his daughter and Jillian just benefited?

 

 

Week 1 Book Lovers Unite Discussion: Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn

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It’s here! It’s time! This is Week 1 Discussion of Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn.

Some guidelines:

Each week (on Friday) new questions will be posted. We’ll only discuss what happens in the book during the pages designated for that week’s reading. Please know you can read ahead or stick with the group or play catch-up (just #nospoilers please!)

You don’t have to answer all the questions! Just answer the ones you want! And feel free to ask questions (if there is not something that I covered!)

Lastly, just have fun! Because if it’s not fun- it’s not worth it. #truthoftheday

To see the reading schedule, visit here.

Week 1 Questions

1. “We look like the perfect family and I’m happy to pretend.” Jillian, page 1. What does this statement tell us as readers? Did it give you a tingle of nervousness about what was to happen in the next 300+ pages?

2. Gordon is a police officer. How does Gordon’s career work against Jillian? Are wives of police officers almost always doomed in this kind of situation (if their husband is abusive?)

3. Jillian is smart. She’s confident in her work environment. Jillian is not confident as a mother, though. How does Gordon use her fears and perceived shortcomings against her?

4. “I can’t handle what I have” is a theme that runs through Hush Little Baby. What does this mean? Do you ever wonder about Jillian’s state of mind as she repeats this?

5. When Gordon speaks of Jillian’s temper to a friend- Jillian is shocked.  What was Gordon’s goal?

6. Jillian tells her friend Connor about the abuse. After seeing the bruises, though, Connor has a harder time believing her story (though he still supports her).  How does Jillian’s vanity tie her hands when it comes to Gordon?

7. This week I want you to think about what you would do if you were in Jillian’s place. You don’t have to post (if it’s not something you want to share). Our last discussion will have a question about has your opinion changed (in any way) after reading the book?

 

Thank you for joining in! Be sure and tell your mama, your book loving friends and anyone else!

 

Reading Schedule for Hush Little Baby: November Book Lovers Unite selection

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Here is the reading schedule for Hush Little Baby, the November Book Lovers Unite selection!

 

Week 1 (November 8th):  pgs 1-115 Ch 1-end of 26

Week 2 (November 15th) pgs 116- 234 Ch 27-end of 48

Week 3 (November 22th) pgs 235-end Ch 49- end of 78.

 

 

Please know a few things- the questions will be posted for that week’s discussion on Nov 8, 15, and 22- however, comment when you get a chance. Please do not spoil ahead in the discussion if you have read ahead or finished the book (it’s fine to read ahead, though!)

With Thanksgiving being in November, I wanted us to have a chance to finish before traveling happened. Take your time and read at your own pace- these chapters are VERY short, though. The plot is fast-paced as well.

 

Tell your mama, tell your friends, tell everyone! Come and discuss Hush Little Baby in November!

November Book Lovers Unite selection: Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn

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It’s getting that time of the month to announce to the next Book Lovers Unite selection!

And for November- we will be reading Hush Little Baby by debut author, Suzanne Redfearn.

Reading schedule to be posted in the next few days- just know that if you want to join in- go buy, reserve at the library, or beg a book from someone!

Comment and let me know if you are planning on joining in the read for November (I hope so!)

Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing and featuring in an author spotlight for Suzanne Redfearn, debut author of Hush Little Baby.

Today, I post my review of Hush Little Baby (and have a special treat for readers of Traveling With T!

Hush Little Baby

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Look at them. Picture perfect family. Loving. Happy. Mom-perfectly put together. Dad- loving and caring. Kids- happy and thriving. Look closer. Look beyond what they want you to see. Some monsters live under the bed. Some, though, live out in the open- living, breathing, kind and gentle. Until the door is closed, the windows are covered and the monster can show it’s true colors. This is the story of a monster.

Jillian Kane lives a life that looks perfect on the outside- she is a well-respected architect, has every creature comfort she could want, 2 beautiful children, and a husband who appears to adore her. Inside, Jill is dying a slow and terrible death- all at the hands of her wonderful looking husband. Gordon is abusive- not just physically, but emotionally. Gordon beats Jill, is horribly abusive to her- and yet Jill stays. She doesn’t tell. She hides the bruises. Why? Her 2 kids.

One day, though, Jill begins to realize that Gordon will kill her. He will kill her and he will get away with it. Jillian knows then that she must get away- she must get her kids from him. Jillian does not under-estimate Gordon on his level of violence- but his smart and cunning ways, she does. Systematically, Gordon has painted Jillian as the bad mother- he used her vanity against her, her questioning of her motherhood skills- he even used a time that he almost killed her against Jillian.

When Jillian begins to realize that she has nothing to lose, absolutely nothing- she does the thing that no one expects- she takes the kids. She runs. She knows that if she is found- she’ll not live long. Gordon will make sure her punishment is brutal and permanent. But Jillian knows that if she is to even have a chance at a happy life- she, and the children have got to get away from Gordon.

Hush Little Baby tells the story of a mother who is pushed to the limit. A mother who knows that she has 2 choices- stay and be killed or run and hope for a better life. Hush Little Baby tells the story of a mother, a woman who makes a desperate choice- a choice that was made after her back was pushed against the wall. Does Jillian live to tell her tale? Or like so many others- is her tale silenced by a man who promised to love, honor and cherish her for the rest of their lives?

 

Traveling With T’s Thoughts

Hush Little Baby is a quick, engrossing tale- a tale that will make you wonder about life behind the perfect picture. Short chapters, tension filled scenes- a book that is discussable. Suzanne Redfearn does an excellent job of showing off Gordon’s Jekyl and Hyde sides; as well as the creation of Jillian- her victim side. However, Suzanne does not make Jillian one-dimensional as only a victim- she shows the sides of Jillian that led a town to believe in Gordon and to question Jillian.

Believable, interesting and worth a read- Hush Little Baby should be put on the to be read list.

 

*Giveaway: I have 1 copy of Hush Little Baby to give to a lucky commenter! Comment on this post for a chance to win! Please leave your email (You may use the AT and DOT). Giveaway is open to US only (sorry!) Oh and did I mention that it will be a SIGNED book?! Giveaway begins October 15th and ends October 24th at 11:59pmEST. Winner will be notified October 25th.