Estelle Prebilica, the daughter of devout Croatian immigrants, is desperate. She�s abandoned the tenets of her strict, old-world upbringing to pursue a forbidden outsider, and now her husband is gone and her parents are dead. With no place to go, she turns to the person she hates most, her mother-in-law�the Madam of a thriving brothel. The na�ve teenage mother stumbles headlong into a terrifying journey through the lurid world of organized crime�drugs, prostitution, and murder. Her escape drives her into the arms of the charismatic Jerry Bradley and finally the mysterious Frank Moretti, but is it rescue or a trap more dangerous than the one she left behind? As her life spirals out of control, Estelle drags her innocent children along with her. Can anything stop the fall?
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About the Author
Linda Howell Betz is a descendant of Croatian immigrants who settled in the community of Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kansas. As a child, she loved visiting her grandparents� home and listening to stories from the �old country��her grandparents were captivating storytellers. Linda enjoys spending time with her family and adores her four children, seven grandchildren, and the others she�s taken into her heart and claimed as her own. She currently resides in Raytown, Missouri.
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Freefall based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Freefall, Linda Howell Betz's debut novel, reads well with its compelling story line. The lead character, Estelle, takes the reader on a decade long ride through her life where they see her hit bottom and recover, only to see her hit bottom again, this time dragging her young family down with her. Estelle's story seems a little over- the- top at times, but that over- the - top feeling is what provides the building blocks for the interesting and lovingly crafted restoration story by the author. There are a great many characters within this novel, almost too many to keep track of, but on the whole, the characters that matter are nicely fleshed out and the reader finds themselves rooting for a story book ending between Estelle, her kids and Frank. This is a novel that emphases the restorative power of faith and love, and underlines the idea that no one is beyond God's redemption. I would recommend this novel and hope that this might be the first of an `Estelle' series. Chrinda Jones author of `Darkness Knows Me' and blogger for `Readers Unbound'
Freefall, by Linda Howell Betz is the story about a young girl Estelle, starting when she is 15 and at the age of crushes and exploration, and follows her through her life until she is around her thirties. The story begins in 1947 in Kansas City and I think the time period and age of Estelle makes this piece strong, instead of if it were set now. It would still totally work set in today's time as well, but Betz did a great job of using the past to her advantage and showing the hardships that a young girl, who is a little lost, winds up going through at that time. Estelle's life is rough, and she faces hardships that most people cannot imagine. This story shows the pain that people can go through, but that there is always someone there to care for them, to reach out to, to open up to, so that they may not need to go through struggles alone, and that having the strength to fight back will be worth it. No matter how hard things get, there is never reason to give up hope. I have to say, I LOVED this book. Sorry for not making that clear right away, but I loved it! I picked it up the other night and read more than half of it, in one night. I hardly ever read that much in one sitting anymore, but this book pulled me in. It was very well-written and the characters were so strong. Strong in that Betz molded them perfectly. She had us invested in them, or hating them (depending on the character), understanding their motives and decisions, and rooting for them the whole way. I was truly impressed with this book and I believe Betz did a wonderful job with this story. We watched Estelle and the people in her life grow and change, some for the better, and some for the worse. We saw heartache and love and pain and hope. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a powerful read, something that will hook them in and not let them stop reading until they finish the book. This book does teach a lesson of hope, and it is great for anyone who may see pain or struggle or feel hopelessness in their life. It's a reminder that all is not lost. I am very glad I read this book!