Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Lisette Brodey – a contemporary novel All That Was Taken
About the book
All That Was Taken is a contemporary fiction novel that delves deeply into love, loss, and healing but comes with a suspenseful twist.
For eight years, John Hennessey has lived in near-solitude on Catalina Island. He keeps his world small, for every precious thing in his life has been taken from him. But when his peaceful existence is threatened, he buys a cottage farther up the California coast in the sleepy town of Teal Beach.
There he meets Sunny Harrison, owner of the Teal Beach Sundial Inn where he stays until his cottage is ready for move in. The connection between them is magical, though both are surviving painful pasts and are afraid to trust … especially as an undercurrent of darkness dwells in their midst.
In no time at all, their quiet lives explode. Sunny receives ominous phone calls while John grapples with his own unsettling communications. Their bond strengthens as dangerous enemies threaten.
New guests at the hotel appear to have ulterior motives, and with each passing day, more and more feels eerily out of place. As tensions escalate and the enemy comes into focus, John and Sunny know they face grave danger from people with no conscience. Yet, they have no idea what diabolical plans lie in wait for them.
One of the early reviews for the book
Daisy Find Your Comfy Reading Chair. Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 16, 2023
A talented writer knows how to gift a reader a powerful story that owns us from the first to the last page. Author Lisette Brodey has a reputation for delivering such gifts. Her latest book, All That Was Taken, is a poignant and highly charged story that taps into the dark night of the soul. The setting of Teal Beach on the California coast provides the ideal backdrop for a narrative wrapped in pulsing suspense, tentative romance, and pure literary excellence.
Seldom do characters in a story grab me as John and Sunny did in All That Was Taken. As readers, we experience their complexities of life’s twists and turns visited upon both. We journey with them as their relationship unfolds, all while others who live in tormented darkness look to cause John and Sunny harm. Craving solitude, they’re forced to confront the unknown forces conspiring.
The supporting characters keep the tension building until the last few chapters. Realizations and connections come as a total surprise and will keep us gripping our chair’s arm. We, as the reader, can’t abandon John and Sunny even to have our lunch. And isn’t that the ultimate compliment to exceptional storytelling?
Head over to buy the book at this Universal LInk All That Was Taken
A selection of other books by Lisette Brodey
About Lisette Brodey
Lisette was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. She spent ten years in New York City, and now resides in Los Angeles.
She’s a multigenre author of eleven novels and one short story collection: Crooked Moon (General/Literary Fiction); Squalor, New Mexico (Coming-of-Age/Literary Fiction); Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! (Women’s Fiction/romantic comedy), The Desert Series: Mystical High; Desert Star; and Drawn Apart (YA paranormal/magical realism), Barrie Hill Reunion (Literary Fiction); Hotel Obscure: A Collection of Short Stories (Literary Fiction), Love, Look Away (Women’s Fiction/romantic comedy), The Sum of our Sorrows (Contemporary Fiction/Coming-of-Age), The Waiting House: A Novel in Stories (Literary Fiction), and All That Was Taken (Contemporary Fiction.)
In addition to her eleven novels and one short story collection, two more of Lisette’s short stories are published in an anthology: Triptychs (Book 3, The Mind’s Eye Series.)
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books… Sally.