The Abduction of Mary Rose

The Abduction of Mary Rose

by Joan Hall Hovey


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Following the death of the woman she believed to be her mother, 28-year-old Naomi Waters learns from a malicious aunt that she is not only adopted, but the product of a brutal rape that left her birth mother, Mary Rose Francis, a teenager of Micmac ancestry, in a coma for 8 months.

Dealing with a sense of betrayal and loss, but with new purpose in her life, Naomi vows to track down Mary Rose's attackers and bring them to justice. She places her story in the local paper, asking for information from residents who might remember something of the case that has been cold for nearly three decades.

She is about to lose hope that her efforts will bear fruit, when she gets an anonymous phone call. Naomi has attracted the attention of one who remembers the case well.

But someone else has also read the article in the paper. The man whose DNA she carries.

And he has Naomi in his sights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771452137
Publisher: Books We Love, Ltd.
Publication date: 09/08/2011
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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The Abduction of Mary Rose 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite To say The Abduction of Mary Rose starts off a little on the heavy side would be an understatement but it is an important part of the story we learn even before our heroine, Naomi, does. Shortly after losing her mother to a battle with cancer, Naomi finds out the truth behind her birth: her biological mother was raped and left for dead and she was adopted by a woman she couldn’t love more if she were her own mother. If that isn’t bad enough, Joan Hall Hovey introduces us to the vindictive aunt who revealed the truth…in a very public obituary. The suspense only heightens from this point because, of course, what is a 28-year-old woman to do when she finds out her Micmac mom was in a coma her entire pregnancy and died shortly after giving birth? She hunts down the perpetrators and seeks justice, that’s what! The Abduction of Mary Rose is not the story of some plucky young woman who stumbles into some hidden truth. No, Joan Hall Hovey has created a character of tremendous depth and fortitude who feels a strong connection to the mother she never had the privilege of knowing. The author has created characters of extreme light and darkness, ratcheting up the suspense until the battle of good versus evil is finally decided. Hovey seems to have a knack for getting into the mind of a twisted rapist and murderer without losing the hope and light that is Naomi. The Abduction of Mary Rose is definitely a one-sitting read because your mind just won’t rest until you know the whole story and how it ends.
desitheblonde More than 1 year ago
The year of 1982 the kids are going to get out soon or they hope to.Lisa and her friend was listing to the radio and planning on doing things together but it never happen Mary Rose was kidnapped and raped and were is she now. Now the story go up to 21 year old Naomi and her mom she is staying at the hospital with mom she dying of cancer and then she pass.Now Naomi read the obit and said she adopted but how and what going on see Naomi was the daughter of MARY ROSE she was raped and had a baby and died. Now Naomi has dream or are they dream a bird tell her to find out who did the rape of Mary Rose the story goes on and Naomi does what she need to rest and find the rapist I can say the story will keep you in suspense and then i will be a surprise to see what happens in the book
Staffer_Coffee_Time_Rom More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this novel. At times, I felt it moved a little too slowly and my attention wandered; especially in the middle section. However, by the last third of the story I became fully engaged and could not put the book down. The story is told in understated, contemplative prose, with enough descriptive detail to set the mood vividly. Naomi is driven to find the men who killed her mother. The author realistically portrays the biased attitudes and basic obtuseness of a community inclined to hide from and ignore the ugliness within. Here is a chilling reminder that, as a society, we all become easily smeared by the brush of intolerance when we turn a blind eye to crimes perpetrated upon those who exist on the fringe. Laurie Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More