I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
CuteCardThursday #689 Anything Goes
MMM #150 Outdoor fun - the bear is enjoying the garden!
AudSentiments #276 Anything Goes
MTTC #458 Floral
C4C587 The Great Outdoors
I also have an book review for you today:
The Journey 1-3 by Glenn Trust
The first story tells of the kidnapping of a young woman by a serial murderer, who kills just for the fun of it. The story starts at a petrol station where the man has just killed the owners of the station and when he goes outside, he sees the girl filling up her car and takes her hostage to use the car. This story switches between three different viewpoints – that of the kidnapped girl, who turns out to be stronger and more aware than her kidnapper thinks she is; that of an older man who is self-employed and has had enough of his life where his ex-wife and children are constantly making him out to be the bad guy because he called for a divorce, even though the marriage was failing before this with them always arguing and making life difficult; and that of a law enforcement officer who deals with traffic violations. You get to know a little about what is going on with each of them before they eventually meet up when the stolen vehicle is pulled over. The original ending for this book is brutal and honest, but in order to create a more approachable character to use to create a series the ending was changed and the young woman (who we find out is called Alice) is changed from a murderer into somebody who has learned how to play the rough game of life.
In the second book Alice has decided to try and settle down. She is sick of the road and being on the run. She moves to Las Vegas and gets a job at a loan company, whilst living in the red-light district. She gets to know and like the people that she works with, but the younger business partner wants more than she is willing to give. However, things take a turn when her boss asks her to help him when his business partner tries to turn on him and leave him bankrupt and Alice’s new friends out of business. Alice also finds herself a lover in this story, who she falls in love with but unfortunately, he is a law enforcement officer and she cannot stay with him. She sorts out the problem, however this means that she must leave behind the new life she had started to build.
The third book sees Alice once again trying to settle down. She finds a little out of the way place on the beach where only the locals are around, and the students during Easter break briefly. Sea, sand and sun, and a relaxed way of life. There is a young lad, who Alice comes to view as her brother, and an older man who keeps to himself and doesn’t gossip. She settles into a life easily here. Meanwhile, her law enforcement lover is missing her dearly and putting his career on the line to try and trace her. He knows she is still alive and also that she loves him, but doesn’t know why she simply left without a word. Unfortunately, as is the case in these sorts of series, things take a turn for the worst when it turns out a millionaire has decided he wants the island in order to build a moneymaking tourist resort that will ‘benefit the community’. He will go to any means to obtain this piece of land, but Alice will not allow it to happen, especially when she sees the impact it has on her older friend and boss. She has a plan that will make the millionaire seem much more dubious and the council will not be willing to back his plans due to the associated scandal. However, it means that once again Alice will be having to move on. Unfortunately, this is just before her lover manages to get to her location.Overall I really enjoyed this narrative.