Understoryby Lisa J. Lickel
Lily Masters is not getting involved with any fake job scheme covering a sex trafficking operation supposedly cooked up by her stepbrother, prison guard Art Townsend. Hoping to get help at a friend's place deep in the woods of northern Wisconsin before a blizzard, Lily loses her way. At first, she doesn't realize how
When nobody loves you, you have nothing to lose.
Lily Masters is not getting involved with any fake job scheme covering a sex trafficking operation supposedly cooked up by her stepbrother, prison guard Art Townsend. Hoping to get help at a friend's place deep in the woods of northern Wisconsin before a blizzard, Lily loses her way. At first, she doesn't realize how fortunate she is to be found by Cam Taylor, a poetry-spouting former lit professor. Cam has his own reasons to hide while writing a biography of his Civil Rights activist grandparents and accidentally stirs up a cold case murder involving a potential Supreme Court judge. When trouble follows, either of them is the likely target.
Beneath every story is layer upon layer of trust and lies. Who can they believe when things go from surreal to devastating?
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Disturbing issues are brought out in the open in this suspenseful novel. Lily compares her dysfunctional family to the Borgias. The novel opens with her running away from her stepbrother, but she runs out of gas in an attempt to find safety during a blizzard at a friend's house. She doesn't succeed. Cam, with the help of his two dogs, finds her and takes her to his cabin, which has no electricity or plumbing. A former army medic, he does his best to care for the frostbite on Lily's fingers and toes. Meanwhile, while the blizzard rages, Lily fears for her nephew, who is also part of her stepbrother's dreadful scheme. Cam has plenty of his own problems. Someone has slashed his tires to ribbons. He's endured harassment which he marks down to racism. However, there's more to it and as Lily's troubles and his mushroom, they begin to trust each other despite their differences. This thoroughly intriguing story kept me riveted and is highly recommended.
From the very beginning this story grabs you and takes the reader down a fearful path into an alarming and dark place in our society. Lily fighting to preserve her own life and anxious to be reunited with her nephew, Kenny, is befriended by Cam who faces the unkindness of his community. At first she’s afraid of him and refuses to speak, but as he tends her wounds and becomes her champion the aloofness brought on by self-preservation thaws. This is a powerful story with multi layered stories and entertaining relationships. It is very well written and delves into a world few people know exist. Well worth the read.
An entertaining plot, winsome characters, timely themes of overcoming prejudice and the horrors of human trafficking...this book has plenty to keep a reader's interest--I was so engrossed I had to finish it the same day I picked it up!
This book shined a light on the evils of prejudice and discrimination. The characters were engaging, and the action kept my attention! I enjoyed the Bible verses and poetry scattered throughout the story. Through the author’s clear, precise writing, this book definitely had a voice!
A Page Turner: The heroine, Lily’s, step-brother is a corrupt prison guard, who wants to involve her in a crime. She’s fleeing him in a blizzard when she crashes in the woods of Wisconsin in a deserted area. In danger of freezing to death, she’s rescued by an unlikely hero, a former professor who has his own challenges in life. One of the few people living in the desolate area, he finds her before it’s too late. She’s too ill to do anything for herself at first and is in danger of losing her feet because of exposure to the cold. After he nurses her back to lucidity and she realizes what has happened, she remembers her nephew may be in danger. She thinks she knows someone who could help her and the child and wants desperately to find her way to that person, but can she trust him? What about the man who rescued her? Why is he really treating her? Mrs. Lickel keeps the reader turning pages in this suspenseful story as she explores the world of people who commit crimes, those caught up in their web through no fault of their own and their frantic yearning to escape. By having Lily’s hero write a biography of his Civil Rights activist grandparents, Mrs. Lickel also tackles race relations. In the midst of it all, readers will find a romance brewing. I recommend this book for all who enjoy suspense and mystery wrapped around crime and history. by Author Gail Pallotta