2018 Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) President's Awards in Humor and Chick Lit! In this entertaining first novel set in rural Pennsylvania, a young woman from San Francisco searches for her birthparents while beginning her first job as a home-health speech pathologist. She soon learns how hard one job can be as she navigates the backwoods of Tungston, ("Tungs") trying to comply with the needs of her quirky patients, all the while being stalked by a violent fugitive, and finding herself unexpectedly falling for the charms of a small-town, including one hot fireman. Through no fault of her own, she exposes a criminal who has been safely hidden in the thick forest, and now as he tries to stop her from exposing him, her patients' lives, as well as her own are in jeopardy.
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Interestingly intriguing This is the first book I've read from this author, but it was quite suspenseful and engaging. The characters were real and had a depth to them. The story follows a speech therapist and her journey about her life, bringing her into a mystery. The story wasn't predictable and it was a great story. I do have to say that the cover doesn't quite fit the story but I never judge a book by its cover.
Free book for honest review. juliesbokreview.blogspot.com The title is not mis-spelled. It’s an example of the author’s playfulness and understanding when it comes to words. Tungs is the shortened form of Tungston, the setting for the story. The novel is like a film-within-a-film. It is written from the narrative POV of a speech therapist. Words are the cornerstone of the story and words are the foundation of all novels. In that way “Speaking in Tungs” can be thought of as a film-within-a-film. It helps that the author is herself a speech therapist whose love of words and word games is evident throughout. Being engaged in a story being told by a speech therapist, both fictional and real, seemed unlikely at first but engagement did happen for me. Initially it is quite apparent that Karla Jay has a way with words. Her sentences are well-crafted. The main character of the novel, Marleigh Benning, is more than engaging. We find out early on, that the primary reason she comes to Tungston is to find out about her biological parents. Her adopted parents die in an airport accident without ever telling her that she is adopted. She learns she’s adopted cleaning out papers she finds in a safe. A genealogist tells her her biological parents lived in Tungston. So off she goes to find out who she really is. The cast of characters she meets as the Therapist on Wheels in Tungston is funny, soulful, abused, aged, young and deceitful, not to mention hunky. During her search for identity she is physically abused. Therein lies a mystery. Who is the abuser? There are several possibilities. We are engaged to read and find the answer. Puzzles abound in this novel. Some are word puzzles and some are people puzzles. If you like solving puzzles this is an excellent read. 4 1/2 Stars Bill Snyder
Great characters, great atmosphere, great ending! I received this book as a prize in a drawing. It's not the genre I usually gravitate toward, but I'm so glad I read it because I really enjoyed the story. I felt like I was right there in Tungs with the characters--the author nailed not just the visual imagery of the region but the sense of place and atmosphere, too. I felt like the characters were my friends and acquaintances, and they've stayed with me after I finished the book. I liked learning about what a speech therapist does, but was thrilled that the information was trickled in rather than info-dumped--I never felt like I was getting a "lesson" but rather like I was learning little bits here and there from a friend who has that career. And finally, without spoilers I can tell you that the author did a terrific job with the ending! If you enjoy a story with memorable characters, beautifully described setting, some mystery and some romance, I definitely recommend this book.
It's rare that I find a laugh-out-loud book and Speaking in Tungs was exactly that! But it's more. The characters, although quirky, are very much real and I found myself looking forward to the next page, toward the next chapter, to see what they were all up to. The mark of an excellent story is that it sticks with you after it's over. And that's where i am - thinking about my enjoyable time in "Tungs" and hoping Ms. Jay let's us journey there again!