Family Ties

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Stories told by word of mouth can get twisted or lost. Abby grew up hearing about her great-grandmother Emma, a royal who left that life to come to America. Yet when Abby takes a summer job with her best friend Cory, she feels eyes on her. When she is kidnapped after leaving work, Abby learns there may be a hidden part of her family tree...
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Stories told by word of mouth can get twisted or lost. Abby grew up hearing about her great-grandmother Emma, a royal who left that life to come to America. Yet when Abby takes a summer job with her best friend Cory, she feels eyes on her. When she is kidnapped after leaving work, Abby learns there may be a hidden part of her family tree...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781489535269
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 5/30/2013
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Ottilie Weber grew up in Wall, New Jersey, not far from the beach. She always has a book in her hands or nearby, despite her dyslexia. She graduated from The College of New Jersey, earning a degree in History Secondary Education. Ottilie has a passion for writing, where she is ready to take on the next project. Her family and close friends are there to help her take on the bumps or potholes in the road.
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  • Posted April 29, 2011

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    This book was AMAZING!!!

    OMG! This is officially one of my favorite books, its right up there with Twilight! I loved the different POVs especially the POV of Emma so we can see how it was in her situation and also so we could see the parallel between Emma and Abby. I absolutely loved the relationship between Cory and Abby and how they turned out. Very cute :). This book gets really intense at times with the kidnapping and how that situation turns out. I felt really bad for Abby and was really mad at Wilhelm! I don't want to give anything away but this book is really good and I suggest you buy it right now!

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    A generation old story replayed

    Family Ties is a great story for all the happily-ever-after-fairytale lovers out there.

    While her friends hang out at the beach, Abby and her best friend Cory work in a restaurant. Doing the same thing everyday makes Abby wish for something exciting in her life. When she's kidnapped at an attempt to 'correct' her great grandmother, Emma's 'mistake,' Abby learns to be more careful for what she wishes for.

    It took me some time to get into the story, but once I did... wow.

    From sweet, clueless yet fiery and passionate Abby to steel minded Cory, the author creates a wonderful cast of characters. My favorite character was probably Emma, or Abby. They're alike in a lot of ways. As well as both being in the same problem, both are extremely determined, both always keep a surprisingly clear mind, are headstrong, and have great friends.

    The plot was good, and original. Ms. Weber's style was smooth, and didn't wander away from the point. We didn't have any un-needed scenes, and everything was vividly described to all senses. I liked how Abby and Cory's friendship/relationship evolved gradually, instead of abruptly, or overnight.

    However, words tended to be repeated multiple times in the same sentence. I feel that some of the words could've been replaced with better ones, and it would've made the writing smoother.

    The plot, though well delivered, I feel it could've been drawn out longer, and more scenes on Abby's time in the castle would've made the story more interesting.

    I'd give it a 3 out of 5 stars. Though it did have a couple flaws, the overall story was enjoyable, and I liked it. Thank you to the author for letting me read her book. And to everyone else, this is a book you might want to take a look at.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    Captivating YA...with a little historical fiction tossed in...

    Family Ties
    By: Ottilie Weber
    ISBN: 9780982981696
    Available Format: Paperback, ebook
    Published April 1, 2011 by Buck County

    My Rating: ????? (3.5 rounded up! ?)

    A long, long time ago Emma was a young German heiress with a fiery will of her own. When she was told she was to marry the arrogant, abusive Wilhelm, Emma decided to take her fate into her own hands and escape to America. Several generations later, Abby, the first female child of her great-grandmother's line, is living her normal, ho-hum teenage life in small town New Jersey. Just when she thinks her biggest problem is her best friend ogling the slutty waitress at the restaurant they both work in, Abby is kidnapped and taken back to her great-grandmother's homeland to pay a debt from the past. She gets to experience firsthand what Emma endured so many years ago. Will she also be able to escape or will she pay the ultimate price?

    While I enjoy the shifts of POV between Abby, Emma, and Cory, Abby and Cory speak so similarly. I just would have liked for Cory's voice to be a bit more distinct and more masculine. I think Emma's could also have been taken a bit further since she was alive in a time and society where things were much more formal and stiff.

    The manuscript needs a bit of polishing to really make it shine. The bones are definitely there; it just needs a little dusting and fluffing. There were some moments of repetitiveness-words and thoughts. Occasionally there were sentences that could have been left out or reworded so they flowed a little better. If I turned off my critical eye, however, the underlying story was absolutely unique and riveting.

    The overall plot was fantastic. I'm a big historical fiction fan, so Emma's bits were my favorites. I love the fairy tale quality of the story being interwoven with the modern day, and Miss Weber does a terrific job putting them together. There is no doubt she has a talented, creative mind, and I think she will only improve as her writing career continues.

    Ottilie will be the guest author on JournalStone's Blog Talk Radio show, JournalJabber, this Tuesday, September 13th at 8PM CST. You'll find me keeping the chat room straight. Tune in to hear all about Miss Weber, her writing, and probably toilet snakes.

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