#BookReview- Simple by Anita Dawes #Suspense @jaydawes2


SHADES OF DELIVERANCE MEETS THE WALTONS…
Simple’s life is a painful nightmare.
He is one huge bear of a man, but with the heart and mind of an innocent child. He suffers terrible abuse from his vicious and uncaring backwoods family.
Together with his half-sister Leanne, they are hunted like wild animals and suffer the terror of nearly being burned alive as they try to escape.
Will they ever discover the joy of freedom?

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My Review

Life in the backwoods of Eastern USA is not easy. The hardscrabble country folk live by their own set of tough rules and there is a price to pay for breaking them.

Leanne’s family are as much a part of the woods as the trees and carnivores of the forest. They are rough, cruel, and frightening except for Simple, a big brute of a man with a soft heart and the mind of a child. Leanne would have run away long ago, but she was too scared of what her Uncle Jimmy would do to Simple to leave him behind.

When trouble comes to the mountain, Leanne is forced to make decisions for her and Simple or die.

This is a gripping suspense with intense scenes and complex characters who practically leap off the page. Uncle Jimmy, Jack, Granny are all people I would NOT want to meet in a dark alley!

Favorite Lines

When Simple got worked up his words stuck, stretched out like an echo rebounding around the woods before finding the end of it.

Simple- Anita Dawes

Putting on a face, Gran always said, don’t mean you can hide what you are.

Simple- Anita Dawes

I fell asleep, listening to the rain and Simple’s mind spilling out on to the dry leafy floor.

Simple- Anita Dawes

This book is the haunting story of one young girl’s journey to a new life. It is the story of survival.

I give Simple 5 lovely kisses- Unpredictable!

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50 Comments

  1. olganm says:

    Great review and the book sounds fantastic. Congratulations to Anita!

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    1. jenanita01 says:

      Thank you so much, Olga… Simple would thank you too if he could…

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    2. It’s different from a lot of books I’ve read, Olga. Leanne is a survivor!

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  2. jenanita01 says:

    Huge thanks, Jacquie. You have made my day with your lovely comments about Simple!

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    1. Stellar writing, Anita- truly!

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      1. jenanita01 says:

        You have made Anita’s day, Jacquie. Thank you so much!

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        1. It’s a pleasure. I’m so glad I took a chance on this book!

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    1. Thanks for the share!

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  3. A great review Jacquie. Many congratulations Anita.

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    1. Thank you, Brigid!

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    2. jenanita01 says:

      Thank you so much…

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  4. Annika Perry says:

    Jacquie, a superb review of a book which I found incredible and has stayed with me! You capture its spirit brilliantly here and it is one I recommend highly. It’s not often I find a book has nail-biting final chapters but this one did – intense. The characterisation is amazing with a tight, compelling and surprising storyline! I enjoyed reading your thoughts on Anita’s book here!

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    1. It was intense, Annika! I’m glad I picked it up. As you mentioned, it’s a book that will stay with me for a long time.

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    2. jenanita01 says:

      Thank you for such lovely comments, Annika…

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  5. Love your review and favorite lines, Jacquie! Eeek to Deliverance!

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    1. Lol, it’s definitely scary in places!

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    2. jenanita01 says:

      It is a bit eeek in places, but one hell of a story. This is Jaye by the way, and I love all of Anita’s books!

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  6. Darlene says:

    A fantastic review! I love that you included the quotes.

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    1. Anita did a wonderful job with this story.

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    2. jenanita01 says:

      Yes, I thought the quotes added to impact of the wonderful review, Darlene…

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  7. Staci Troilo says:

    I love that you pull great lines for your reviews, Jacquie. You shared some really good ones this time. Great review.

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    1. Hi, Staci 🙂
      This story is often brutal, but lines like these really caught my eye.

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    2. jenanita01 says:

      Thank you so much, Staci… Anita’s still bouncing!

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      1. Staci Troilo says:

        As she should be!

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  8. Teri Polen says:

    What a fantastic cover – and wonderful review, Jacquie. Like Staci, I also love how you pull quotes from the book – they can really hook a potential reader.

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    1. I love fresh writing. This book has some really great lines!

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    2. jenanita01 says:

      We are both in awe of the wonderful job Jacquie has done for Simple…

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  9. This sounds really good. RT

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    1. Thanks, Jacqui- it’s an excellent read!

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    2. jenanita01 says:

      Thank you, Jacqui…

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  10. Mae Clair says:

    Wow, that last quote really blew me away! This sounds like an intense but amazing read. Congratulations to Anita!

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    1. It is, Mae. Uncle Jimmy is one scary guy!

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    2. jenanita01 says:

      Thanks for your support and comments, Mae. Much appreciated!

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  11. The cover really caught my attention. It looks like something you would see in the woods. And the line about the rain was a good one. Nice review, Jacquie.

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    1. Thanks, MIchele. Yes, that cover attracted me to the book, as well 🙂

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    2. jenanita01 says:

      Glad you liked the cover and the review, Michele…

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  12. petespringerauthor says:

    Shades of the Waltons meets Deliverance—now that is a hook! Good luck to Anita with this one.

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    1. Lol, I’ll never be able to think of John-Boy the same way again 🙂

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    2. jenanita01 says:

      Thanks Pete…

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  13. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    This sounds like a great read, Jacquie. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Anita did a wonderful job with world building in this one, Denise. It makes me think of the show on TV where they’re making stills and outrunning the cops 🙂

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    2. jenanita01 says:

      Jacquie’s review and presentation of Simple was amazing and we are very grateful…

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    1. jenanita01 says:

      Thank you so much for sharing Jacquie’s wonderful review, Sue…

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  14. Congratulations to Anita Dawes for receiving such a great review.

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    1. What a great book!

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    2. jenanita01 says:

      Thank you, Stevie…

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