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A Small Fortune
     

A Small Fortune

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by Audrey Braun
 

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“A polished page-turner. Braun writes with verve and competence in this stunning debut.”—IndieReader

When Celia Donnelly’s husband, Jonathon, surprises her with a family vacation to Mexico, the harried book editor couldn’t be happier. She is overworked and exhausted, a situation that has taken a toll on her eighteen-year

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“A polished page-turner. Braun writes with verve and competence in this stunning debut.”—IndieReader

When Celia Donnelly’s husband, Jonathon, surprises her with a family vacation to Mexico, the harried book editor couldn’t be happier. She is overworked and exhausted, a situation that has taken a toll on her eighteen-year marriage, not to mention her relationship with her teenaged son. Escaping the perpetually rainy Pacific Northwest for the sugary sands of Mexico could be just what the doctor ordered. Yet shortly after their arrival south of the border, a chance encounter with a stranger sparks illicit memories of a former affair. The moment passes, but that brief encounter proves enough to change her life forever. Hours later, Celia is lured from the beach and abducted off the street. At first a seemingly random victim, Celia quickly realizes her captors know exactly who she is. Desperate for news of her family and devastated by the betrayal of someone she trusts, Celia, along with an unlikely ally, is soon running for her life. Pursued from the balmy shores of Mexico to the steamy thickets of the jungle, to the crisp, cold mountains of Zurich, Celia will stop at nothing to find her way home.

“Nerve-grinding suspense. Strewn with jewels of beautiful writing and apt metaphors—enough to bring on a case of writer’s envy.”—Jessica Page Morrell, author of Bullies, Bastards, and Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction

“The book is absolutely unputdownable.”—Rose City Reader

Audrey Braun has lived all over the United States and Europe. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her family. A Small Fortune is her first novel.

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ISBN-13:
9780547858647
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/14/2012
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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Audrey Braun has lived all over the United States and Europe. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her family. A Small Fortune is her first novel.

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Small Fortune 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
gaylelin More than 1 year ago
I realize that the number of stars one gives a book is their own personal opinion and if your number differs from mine, that doesn't mean either of us is wrong. It just means we like different things. So, with that in mind, I give A SMALL FORTUNE five stars. This is one of the most enjoyable suspense novels I've read. The suspense is enough that it kept me turning the pages. Add to this just a smattering of plain old good S-E-X. Cecelia is abducted while in Mexico on a vacation with her husband and son. It soon becomes apparent her husband is involved. Her marriage of eighteen years left much to be desired and now she'll have to pay for an affair she had earlier. From Mexico to Switzerland, she fights to get away from the husband who seems to have turned evil without her realizing it was happening. By using their son as a pawn, the husband tries to control Celia. A really good read for anyone who likes suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't be fooled by the cover. This is not your average beach read. I read somewhere that this book was a page-turner with literary overtones. I couldn't agree more. Something is off from the very first page with this family and things just go from suspicious to down right mad, taking us from the Northwest to Mexico to Switzerland in an attempt to get to the bottom of the dangerous secrets that are driving the suspense. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first Aubrey Braun novel I am reading. I read A small Fortune three times and enjoyed every part of it. She is an amazing writer. She is so creative, brilliant, clever and witty that some of her words are difficult to forget. The book was recommended to me by a friend along with Triple Agent Double Cross and I am glad I heeded the suggestion.. While I was reading it the first time, I tried to understand why it had become so much of a talked about read. At the end of it, I understood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is EXCELLENT! I couldn't put it down once I started. It is a great book that will keep you in suspense! Great first book for this author. I can't wait for her to write more. THIS IS A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE!!!!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to tell you about this book!!! Celia Donnelly is overworked and downright exhausted, her marriage to her husband Jonathan, a bank president, has started to suffer, as has her relationship with teenage son. She is thrilled when Jonathan comes home and tells her they are taking a family vacation to Mexico. Getting out of the dreary weather of the Pacific Northwest to wonderful sunny Mexico is just what this family needs. Celia enjoying her vacation decides to go for a run along the beach. She is on her way back to the condo when she is approached my a man she met earlier at the pool. He tells her she needs to come with him, something has happened to her son. She rushes off with the man, gets in his car and very quickly feels something is very wrong. The man is working for someone else, someone who has hired him to abduct Celia and hold her hostage. Celia is not a random victim. She learns someone that she trusted has betrayed her and she needs to save herself. She partners up with a very unlikely ally and finds herself on a run to save her life. Pursued into the depths of the Mexican jungle she draws on all her strength. Nothing will stop her learning the truth and finding her way home. I LOVED IT!!!!! I LOVED IT!!!!! I LOVED IT!!!!! Yes, I know that equals 15 stars!!!!! I started this book Sunday night at bedtime, thinking I would read a couple of chapters and go to sleep. I finished the book at about 3 a.m. There was no way I could put this book down. I was tired when I started and energized when I finished. The story is so engaging, masterfully written. Suspenseful and yet so descriptive of the settings you can't help but feel you are almost watching a movie. Brilliantly plotted to keep you turning page after page after page. You don't realize time is even passing because you are completely, effortlessly immersed in the action. I believe this is the debut novel for this author and if that is the case she has a fabulous future as a writer. It takes years and usually several novels published and rejected to reach this level of expertise. I am trying to find words to describe her writing style. The literary rhythm she has attained is classic and profound. I am amazed by her talent. I can't wait to read more from this author!!! Put everything but this book into the overhead compartment,. Fasten your seat belts and get ready to Escape With This Book Today!! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the MindBuck Media. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."