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Shona: Every Small Town Has Its Secrets...

By: Vicky Jones,Claire Hackney
Narrated by: Barbara Henslee
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Summary

Shona Jackson is a stranger in town. Would YOU let her stay in your home?

Everyone has a secret. Hers could get her killed...

Mississippi, 1956. Shona Jackson knows two things - how to repair car engines and that her dark childhood secret must stay buried. On the run from Louisiana, she finds shelter from an unjust world in the home of a kindly old lady and a job as a mechanic. But a woman working a man’s job can’t avoid notice in a small town. And attention is dangerous, especially when it comes from one woman in particular....

Free-spirited Lucy is new in town too. At 21 years old she is only now starting college. But her heart is just not in it, and when she meets Shona, something inside her begins to stir. The only thing standing in her way is Frank.

Frank’s life is a mess. Three years after the Korean War, his father still writes but hasn’t come home. His bar business is in danger, and he’s desperate for cash. And everyone he knows is stockpiling the sins of his past against him.

When Frank brings a raucous fair to town to stay afloat, Shona fears the added attention will shine a light on her past. If the truth comes out about her, she’ll lose everything - maybe even her life.

Can Shona outrun the perils that threaten her, and finally settle down?

Or will her new, unexpected friendship with Lucy attract a different kind of danger?

Captivating from the first minute, Shona is the first unforgettable novel in a mesmerizing, heart-wrenching historical fiction trilogy. If you like small-town secrets, courageous heroines with turbulent pasts, and remarkable women overcoming impossible odds, then you’ll be enthralled by Vicky Jones and Claire Hackney’s beautifully written and tear-jerking tale of desperate lives.

For fans of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, The Color Purple and The Help - listen to Shona now.

The Complete Trilogy:

Book 1: Shona

Book 2: Meet Me at 10

Book 3: The Beach House

©2019 Vicky Jones (P)2020 Vicky Jones

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Secrets in the small community

I listened to these stories back-to-back, having received free copies for review of this book series.
What is interesting is that you can see where the story goes, even years later in the final book of this 3-parter series. We set up the main character of Shona but done so in a small town drama manner. Again dealing with very topical topics, in the case of this book Feminism.

This book established the foundation of the larger series and the later books are definitely more gripping than this small-town drama. But overall there are some really good moments I will not spoil and it is worth the journey that the later books will drive into.

Would recommend and you will begin to also listen to the two follow ups.

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The narrator Barbara Henslee did a good job.

The insights into social world of 1950s and the small town relationships was so well written. Shona running from her past. 1950 small town prejudices , corruption , poverty, race. An amazing book

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Read this if you can - the narrator ruins it.

The narrator, Barbara Henslee, really spoils this series of books, which in themselves are interesting, tell a good story and highlight important issues. However, many of the characters speak with Southern US accents, which Ms Henslee tries to copy but fails very badly. Some of the voices she gives the characters are really dreadful, cringe worthy or laughable and every now and then she gets in a muddle, giving the wrong voices to characters.

It is difficult to understand why the producer, author Vicky Jones, did not hire an actress with the ability to speak with a convincing Southern accent to narrate this series of books. Unfortunately Henslee's shortcomings often make it difficult to concentrate on the story, or take it seriously, because the the bizarre voices she uses are such a distraction.

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  • Supriya Salunkhe
  • 25-09-21

A journey you want to be a part of..

Shona Jackson is a strong and honest woman whose story will touch you on deeper levels. She is determined to move on from her traumatized past and build an honest life for her. This book is heart warming as much as it is heart breaking. NExt I'm going to listen to 'Meet Me at 10' to know what happened in Shona's life after this chapter in her life.

I highly recommend listening to Shona's story and supporting the amazing authors.

Narration: I loved Barbara Henslee' voice, her accent and the narration. She read very clearly and added appropriate expressions.

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  • Diana Tucker
  • 27-08-21

What an amazing glimpse into the past

I really enjoyed the 1950s world the authors built. The insights into social norms of the time and the small town relationships was very insightful. There was such an incoInnocence to the time but such corruption to and the authors did an amazing job of weaving those storylines I am building out the characters and what they had to struggle through to find their happiness.

The narrator did a good job with her performance and added to my enjoyment of the book.

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  • Becky
  • 19-06-21

Small town in the 50's.

I was gifted an Audible version of this book from Story Origin. This is my voluntary review.
A full length novel prequel introducing Shona. A girl running from her past. 1950 small town prejudices. Sticky subjects. Women,LGBDQ, poverty, race. Very well told. Lots of feels.
The narration was easy to understand and contributed to my enjoyment.