by Stephanie Abrams


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ISBN-13: 9781479763757
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 12/29/2012
Pages: 346
Sales rank: 1,076,344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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RUMORS 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
QBR and its review led me to this incredible story full of mystery and twists. It totally caught my full attention since the beginning. One of those books where you just can't stop reading. Can't wait for a brand new story!!! Here I copy the review for those who need a little push to get involved in RUMORS. "Review by Ellen Stokes- Thomas "The more people I meet, the more I love my dog..." What does life look like when the facade of propriety is wrenched away? What happens when one's skeletons and secret desires are exposed by the people you most entrust? Stephanie Abrams' Rumors addresses how malicious, and often unfounded, gossip can tear apart even the most stable of relationships and communities. And it always begins with self-interest. Allison, mother of three and married to Dave, has fallen in love with David. After much internal anguish, she agrees to meet David at a New York City hotel to tell him that she cannot...will not...leave her family. Unbeknownst to Allison, she is spotted by a community member who begins rumors of a tryst between the star-crossed pair. Allison's life, the stability of her marriage, and her standing within her community begin their downward spiral. And there are many other lives impacted by rumors in Abrams' moral page turner and the many are, at times, challenging to keep in order. Smartly, the author 'closes' and recaps each individual or couples' misadventure in her final pages. The writing is smart, humorous and at times witty. The author does especially well in moving the story forward through dialogue between her thoroughly-shaped characters. Even when not in conflict, tension is palpable: "What do you do when you're not on your flower crusade, Melanie?" "What do you mean?" Melanie asked, affronted by David's lack of focus on the subject at hand. "Well, you've just made a very persuasive argument and an enthusiastic presentation about something completely inconsequential in the scheme of things. Nonetheless, you motivated me and, apparently, the rabbi, or you wouldn't be here now... So my question is, what do you do with all of those skills when you're not worrying about flowers?" "I'm not sure whether to be flattered by your interest or insulted by your ignoring why I came here to see you," Melanie shot back. Closer to home, an African American family is about to integrate the neighborhood and stereotypical fears are roused in an attempt to muster community resistance. In attempting to portray the "greater good", the author chooses one family archetype over another while allowing the `haters' to remain all too human. With the exception of one, the burden again weighs on black shoulders to disprove the naysayers. This community lives in harsh judgment of itself and others. Certainly an entertaining read offering an insider's view of 'community' Rumors reaches beyond the surface of closely guarded fears, exploring that peculiar human condition that has ones' neighbors publically grieve the misfortune they, themselves, bring. Ellen Stokes-Thomas is a freelance writer who works so that she may write. She lives with her husband and two sons in the Cincinnati área."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading your book, Rumors. I found it very interesting. In fact I couldn't put it down! The only thing I didn't like was what happened to the life of one of the characters because of a silly rumor that was very unkind. Other than that it was a well compiled story. You certainly have a vivid imagination. I look forward to your next book. PattyK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it twice! What a fun read, great for the beach. Loved the characters, the intrigue, and the human foibles so aptly described. Charmingly written with surprising twists and turns, this book is just a pleasure to read. Margaret
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read with colorful characters. I got to know each one and I felt as if I knew each one as a personal friend by the time the book was over. The personalities certainly came out during the book. I read it right to the last page and never saw the ending coming. I felt as if I wanted to read more about these people. Thanks Stephanie, keep up the good work. Cheryl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For her first book,Stephanie has done a great job at holding the readers interest.Once you start to read it you are hooked and will find it hard to put down. The story flows smoothly.The characters are realistic and as their personalities develop you can picture them in your mind.You can relate to their love feel for don't like some. Wow to the ending.A possible sequel???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Rumors" describes how ordinary people become involved in extraordinary situations. Ms. Abrams does a wonderful job sharing the characters' lives and their personalities. She colorfully illustrates how good things happen to people with bad intentions...and how bad things happen to people with good intentions. In addition to making a great TV experience, "Rumors" would be very entertaining as a stage production. It was an enjoyable adventure!
Bonnita More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read mysteries, but a friend recommended a new book entitled RUMORS, and I knew why before finishing the first paragraph. Not since ROSEMARY'S BABY have I been given a book I could not stop reading. Gripping plot, well written ("Hilda's southern Tokyo Rose voice"), visual descriptions and with characters women can relate to and care about. RUMORS would make a great movie. I googled the author, Stephanie Abrams, and was surprised to see that she was the radio show host of a Saturday and Sunday travel show. But Stephanie being a travel expert explained the expansive world view evident in many of the chapters. RUMORS is completely engrossing, yet not difficult to read. The book is perfect for a long flight, bedtime after a stressful work day or for those lucky enough, a day at the beach. In fact, when a friend emailed saying she needed to run away to Tulum for a week, I ordered a copy of RUMORS to be delivered before she left--partially a selfish act, as I know she will think of me fondly as she reads.
JohnnyU More than 1 year ago
This wonderful author brings her characters to life. As real as maybe your next door neighbor, the postman who didn't ring twice , the corner pharmacist or yes even your favorite uncle! Before you finish this (I can't put it down ) work of unbelievable or believable art, you will feel certain that you have joined this unique cast of characters. I look forward to enjoying Stephanie Abrams' next masterpiece, whether in writing or in a made for television mini series. RUMORS gets two thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!!
StephanieAbrams More than 1 year ago
Author, actor in films, stage, television, and humorist, Malachy McCourt, who is a great friend and clearly knows me quite well, sent me the following sentences to share with you about me and my first novel, "Rumors." Malachy is currently in the film "The Fitzgerald's Family Christmas" and plays Father Mike. He comes from a very talented family which includes his brother, Frank McCourt, who wrote the Pulitzer Prise winning memoir, "Angela's Ashes." Among the most popular of Malachy's books is, "A Monk Swimming," which got its name from his confusion as a child reciting the Hail Mary and jumbling the words that were supposed to say "Blessed Amongst Women," so his book has nothing to do with monks or swimming! My first novel, Rumors, is the tale of web woven from conspiracies, lies, secrets, loves and rumors that swirl around all of that creating intrigue and unexpected events that probably shouldn't have happened if it weren't for the rumors, lies and deceit. Here's what Malachy McCourt wants you to know about me and Rumors. . . . From Malachy McCourt: Stephanie Abrams is a world traveler in full possession of sharp ears, of sharp eyes, of a sharp tongue, and of sharp senses. She is an acute observer of life and it's no surprise she has penned a novel. Read it, folks, and give yourself a free trip to Mysteryville. I give everything that Stephanie Abrams does 5-stars! I hope you follow Malachy's recommendation and that you enjoy the ride that Rumors takes you on. Stephanie Abrams