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Rescuing Olivia

Rescuing Olivia

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by Julie Compton

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In RESCUING OLIVIA, a Florida man sets out on a search against time to find and save the woman he loves when she mysteriously disappears after a suspicious motorcycle accident.

When Olivia Mayfield first arrived in Florida, hoping to escape her rich, powerful father and her controlling ex-boyfriend, the attraction between her and Anders Erickson was immediate


In RESCUING OLIVIA, a Florida man sets out on a search against time to find and save the woman he loves when she mysteriously disappears after a suspicious motorcycle accident.

When Olivia Mayfield first arrived in Florida, hoping to escape her rich, powerful father and her controlling ex-boyfriend, the attraction between her and Anders Erickson was immediate and mutual.

To Anders, a biker who spent his life drifting and working at jobs that belied his intelligence, Olivia was a beautiful, down-to-earth woman who saw beyond his blue-collar life and appreciated his simple ways. For Olivia, the carefree Anders represented an oasis of kindness and tranquility.

But after the two are involved in a horrific motorcycle accident, Anders finds himself plunged into a terrible nightmare. The severely injured Olivia disappears from the hospital, and her father will stop at nothing to prevent Anders from discovering the truth. When he embarks on a quest to find answers, Anders uncovers not only Olivia�s traumatic past, but evidence that her very life could be in danger.

In a desperate search against time that takes him all the way from his Florida home to the quaint New England town of Olivia�s youth to the wild, haunting African savannah of her birth, Anders is tested to his limits. As he struggles to save the woman he loves, can he reconcile the demons of his own past and, in doing so, save himself as well?

At the intersection of suspense and family drama, RESCUING OLIVIA mines rocky yet compelling emotional terrain as it tells the story of two people who are forced to face � but ultimately refuse to be defined by � their painful past.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews - staff reviewer
A "[m]odern-day fairy tale about a princely Florida lawn guy who must rescue his princess from a clutch of monsters. . .Compton burrows so deeply into [the characters'] troubled back stories and dramatizes in such psychologically compelling terms the swain�s attempt to rescue his princess. . .that the result is a pleasing hybrid of fairy tale and contemporary thriller. . .[Her] increasingly pointed questions about what exactly it would mean to rescue Olivia make the journey worthwhile."
Bookreporter.com - Dean Murphy
�The psychological hurdles that the characters go through in this book will keep readers breathless to the end. With rich writing, Compton dissolves writers� stumbling blocks like piles of salt in the rain. An intriguing read with more twists than a plate full of rotini pasta, this is a five-star story of devotion as Anders questions how far he will go to rescue Olivia.�
Florida Weekly - Phil Jason
�Ms. Compton paces the story majestically, giving just enough new information in each scene to raise new questions that pull the reader forward. A fascinating cast of characters deepens the story . . . [She] also makes each of her major settings � Florida, New England and Africa � contribute mightily to the imagistic and emotional power of the novel . . . [and] does a remarkable job of portraying a flawed yet sympathetic male hero.�
Publishers Weekly - staff. reviewer.
"Compton�s intense, entertaining second novel involves a horrifying coverup and a powerful new drug . . . [She] pulls off a super-satisfying resolution to this romantic thriller."
NPR's "Florida Book Page", WGCU 90.1 - Linda Fasulo
�Rescuing Olivia is an absorbing novel, sharp, tightly plotted and sexy, with strong, believable characters and an emotional edginess that sets it apart. If the mystery/thriller genre is your forte, this one�s an absolute page-turner.�

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Meet the Author

Julie Compton is the internationally published author of TELL NO LIES, a legal thriller set in her original hometown of St. Louis; RESCUING OLIVIA, a romantic, contemporary thriller set in Florida; and KEEP NO SECRETS, the sequel to TELL NO LIES. Her novels combine the suspense of thrillers with the drama of human relationships. An attorney by profession, she now writes full-time from her home near Orlando, Florida. Visit julie-compton.com to read the first chapters of her novels and for more info.

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Rescuing Olivia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Imagine being in an accident and surviving with only scratches and find out that the woman you love is in a coma, her family won't let you see her and then after several days she suddenly disappears. He soon learns that there are secrets, secrets that lead him on a race against time as he sets his sights on Rescuing Olivia. Julie is one amazing storyteller, she had my complete and unobstructed interest from the first page and my house and family be damned, well at least until I closed the book. Her story line is imaginative yet utterly believable. She has an incredible way with words as she spins this tale of intrigue and terror. She takes us on an unconceivable trek from the Florida Oceanside to the African Bush county and her dialogue takes us on a journey for all the senses. Her characters are so well developed that they become our immediate intimates as they make us angry and laugh or cry with them. Her principle characters of Anders and Olivia are exceptionally portrayed and our hearts smiles and weeps with them in equal parts. Her supporting characters are an obvious necessity to the novel and as we realize their particular roles we learn to love, hate or fear them. There is definitely a love story here and she brings it to us through the veil of remembering as well as up close and personal and her love scenes are visceral but sweet in their portrayals. For lovers of great literary fiction don't be put off by the love story, this is not a romance, but the love story is essential. So get your senses ready for the ride of their lives in this intensely emotional piece of wonderful literary fiction as Julie takes us on a non-stop, nail biting, roller coaster, action filled adventure. An adventure filled with danger and deception but mostly filled with hope as she gives us a compelling look at just what the power of love can do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this novel very much.. a definate must read..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actively disliked the main character in this book. The book started off very slow and picked up toward end the end but not worth the time to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. When u get it u wont want to put it down.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In a remote forest in Florida, a hit-and-run motorcycle accident leaves victim Olivia Mayfield in a coma. Stunned upon learning his girlfriend lies in an intensive care unit, almost thirty Anders Erickson feels guilt and regret for not proposing. Just prior to the accident, someone stole the helmets of Anders and Olivia. Anders also considers that Olivia thought they were being followed. Meanwhile her father pharmaceutical mogul Lawrence blames Anders for his daughter's coma and wants him to stay away from her; he refuses to allow "Andy" access. Later he informs him that Olivia died. Stunned, Anders has a hard time accepting the death of his beloved and begins an inquiry that leads to her hometown of Clifton, Connecticut where he finds clues that sends him to Kenya. Clearly over the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Rescuing Olivia is a terrific amateur sleuth thriller starring a young man with issues from his childhood that match in some ways those of his beloved as both prefer to live in the present and future. Anders is a refreshing hero who rejects the premise that his beloved died as he feels he would know in his heart if she did. His efforts to find and rescue Olivia make for a wonderful drama. Harriet Klausner