I am so sad. The library where I got my Hoopla books decided to cancel the renewal of anyone’s library card that wasn’t living in the county the library was in. UGH. That is so frustrating to me. Our small town libraries can’t afford Hoopla so I can no longer use it. I’m so bummed. I do have another free online option but so often I have to wait for 2-6+ months for a book that I put on hold. It’s really frustrating. Because of that, I opted to renew my Audible subscription. Luckily Audible has a free catalog for people who subscribe to their services so I went through the catalog and downloaded a few of the books. The book I’m telling you about today is one of those books.
The book I got found was The Girl from Blind River by Gale Massey.
This is the story of a troubled family who was in the depths of dysfunction and Jamie, the main character, struggles to get out of it. The book was pretty good…the story was believable and not wildly far-fetched with unbelievable happenings. The story tells a lot about gambling and playing poker. It’s Jamie’s ability to bet on the right hand that gives her the chance to leave her old life behind and have a shot at a new life…
Here is what Amazon has to say:
Everyone says the Elders family are nothing but cheats, thieves, and convicts, a fact nineteen-year old Jamie Elders has been trying desperately to escape. She may have the natural talent of a poker savant, but her dreams of going pro and getting the hell out of the tiny town of Blind River, New York are going nowhere fast. Especially once she lands in a huge pile of debt to her uncle Loyal.
At Loyal’s beck and call until her debt is repaid, Jamie can’t easily walk away, not with her younger brother Toby left at his mercy. So when Loyal demands Jamie’s help cleaning up a mess late one night, she has no choice but to agree. But disposing of a dead man and covering up his connection to the town’s most powerful judge goes beyond family duty. When it comes out that the victim was a beloved athlete and Loyal pins the murder on Toby, only Jamie can save him. But with a dogged detective on her trail and her own future at stake, she’ll have to decide: embrace her inner criminal, or defy it; and face the consequences.
Amazon readers give the book 4.3 stars. I would have to agree. It was a pretty good book but not one that I would scream from the rooftops that you really must read.
If you are interested in reading this book, you can find it HERE.