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Stormi's Review: Can't Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon


PUBLISHER: Page Publishing Inc

RELEASED: February 6, 2017


LENGTH: 218 pages








In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakeable bond develops. Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.


Odessa is a young girl when she meets Nicholas at her Aunts boarding house. He is older than her and for 4 years they tiptoe around each other and the bond between them that is undeniable. Soon they find themselves on the run so as to protect their love. The past that is best left buried and a bond that cannot be forgotten lead these two on an amazing journey.

This book was really well written. It was a book that was full of mystery. It took me a bit to understand some of what was going on, but as the book continued the truth came to light. The characters were complex and colorful and easy to love. The mystery that is Nicholas lends this book a great story-line. This book is filled with family, friendship, and love. All around it was a very good read.

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