Author: Ashley Fontainne & Lillian Hansen
Narrator: Rebecca Roberts
Length: 11 hours 45 minutes
Publisher: RMSW Press
Released: May 24, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance; Family Saga
“Filled with powerful scenes and great characters! Brings the ’83 Old South to vivid life. One of my all-time favorite reads! Loved it”! (Janelle Taylor, NY Times best-selling author)
The summer of 1983 – the era of big debt, big hair, and big dreams. Seventeen-year-old Kassandra Lawson is excited about starting her senior year of high school. She has a crush on a local hunk, and her best friend, valley girl extraordinaire Liz Hendricks, insists on helping her snag the hot guy – for sure!
July starts out uneventful for Kee and her parents. Her father, Kevin, is a partner at a CPA firm, and her mother, Gail, works as a secretary at the police department. The small family lives an idyllic life in sunny Hacienda Heights, California.
1983 also brings upheaval and strife for the Lawson clan. A death in the family forces Kevin and Gail to make the painful decision to pack up and move to Kevin’s hometown of Daltville, Arkansas.
Each faces daunting challenges adapting to their new life. Gail and Kee aren’t quite sure they can handle the culture shock. They encounter social and racial issues they never faced on the West Coast, strange food, weird dialects, odd customs, and wicked secrets that have the potential to destroy their family.
More than just a coming-of-age story, Surviving Doodahville explores family bonds, racial barriers, and just how much a person is willing to sacrifice for others. The tale is full of humor, action and a touch of mystery, making it a fun romp into the past.
Award-winning and International bestselling author, Ashley Fontainne, is an avid reader, becoming a fan of the written word in her youth, starting with the Nancy Drew mystery series. Stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters lurking within us are her favorite reads.
Her muse for penning the Eviscerating the Snake series was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Ashley’s love for this book is what sparked her desire to write her debut novel, Accountable to None, the first book in the trilogy. With a modern setting to the tale, Ashley delves into just what lengths a person is willing to go to when seeking personal justice for heinous acts perpetrated against them. The second novel in the series, Zero Balance, focuses on the cost and reciprocal cycle that obtaining revenge has on the seeker. Once the cycle starts, where does it end? How far will the tendrils of revenge expand? Adjusting Journal Entries answers that question—far and wide.
The short thriller entitled Number Seventy-Five touches upon the dangerous world of online dating. Number Seventy-Five took home the BRONZE medal in fiction/suspense at the 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.
The paranormal thriller entitled The Lie won the GOLD medal in the 2013 Illumination Book Awards for fiction/suspense. A movie based on this book, entitled Foreseen, is currently a feature film available on video-on-demand from Amazon.
Ashley delved into the paranormal with a Southern Gothic horror/suspense novel, Growl, which released in January of 2015. The suspenseful mystery Empty Shell released in September of 2014. Ashley teamed up with Lillian Hansen (Ashley calls her Mom!) and penned a three-part murder mystery/suspense series entitled The Magnolia Series. The first book, Blood Ties, released in 2015 and was voted one of the Top 50 Self-Published Books You Should Be Reading in 2015 at www.readfree.ly.
Lillian Hansen is the proud mother of Ashley Fontainne and a grateful daughter of parents who raised her to love and respect the principles upon which America was founded. Lillian is the granddaughter of a brave young woman who immigrated to the United States from Denmark at the age of 18 without speaking any English, who built a career, a family, and became a proud U.S. Citizen.
Lillian values the diverse, life-enriching experiences squirreled away in her memory banks and is fond of all four-legged critters, especially cats. Lillian lives in Arkansas and Surviving Doodahville is her third novel.
After a career in finance, Rebecca Roberts became inspired to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an actress. Her ingenuity and ardent desire brought her to voice-acting which has rapidly grown into her thriving audiobook narration and production company, Atlantis Audio Productions. She has narrated and produced over seventy audiobooks for indie authors and major publishing houses. Rebecca delivers her stories with a mature and intelligent style characterized by a believable tone, and versatility in creating memorable and individual characters with her various accents and vocal qualities. In short, she narrates with her whole heart. Rebecca is a native Floridian, proud mother to three sparkling children, and wife to the man of her dreams.
The service was only her third time in a church. The two previous ones had been to attend weddings. The pews were packed with bodies, all wearing black, and most of the women sported huge, ugly hats and way too much makeup. The strangest part happened at the cemetery. A group of about ten black people, including Corinne, whom she vaguely recalled meeting when a child, and her family arrived last and were the first to leave once the casket was lowered into the earth. Some of the looks tossed their direction by local townspeople were downright hateful. The experience had been a strange mixture of sadness, confusion, and disgust.
How would you feel if you were told, when you were a teenager, you would have to just pack up and leave to another city? What about all of your friends? What about school and classes? What about that boy that you really like and have been trying to get to notice you for the entire year? And just like the snap of a finger, you are moving from California to Arkansas, which is a major change, especially for the 1980s. Things that were socially acceptable in California, didn’t mean that it caught on for the little town in Arkansas. In fact, a lot of things didn’t quite catch on in Daltville, AKA Doodahville. Both Fontainne and Hansen have quite an interesting story, one that readers will find themselves immersed in rather quickly.
Kassandra Lawson has been officially uprooted from her nice and cushiony life in southern-California. There has been a death in the family and in the Lawson family, everyone sticks together during a crisis, even if that means traveling to Arkansas to attend the funeral with everyone else. The deceased woman was a mother to Kee’s father, so it was kind of a big deal to go and pay their respects. Once they arrive in Daltville, Arkansas, Kee is under the impression that it is just for the funeral, but the Will says differently. Lurelene passed some reality down to Kee’s dad and it appears that the town is in real need of a cleanup. With more secrets than Kee can count, everyone is dangerous and Kee knows that she isn’t cut out for southern life right away. She didn’t need the polecat to spray her before she came to that realization. Unfortunately, she didn’t really get much of a vote. When her family decides that this move to Doodahville is the best possible decision that they could make for the future of their family, Kee is forced to agree—even if it did come a little late and after a broken heart. What lays in waiting for her in Arkansas? She is about to find out…
Surviving Doodahville, written by Ashley Fontainne and Lillian Hansen, is an interesting read. The character development is terrific, although the lingo may somewhat be misplaced according to the era. Roberts does an amazing job with her narration, allowing every character to have a different voice. While Roberts is relaying the story, her vocalization not only entertains the reader, it also provides a sense of personality for each character. The beginning and middle of the story are fantastic as far as pace; however, the ending feels very rushed and scenes clipped to the point where the reader might have expected more description. Other than these two concepts, the story appears to have been written well since Robert’s narration was nearly impeccable. The cover is also eye-catching and quite appealing. If you are a reader of women’s fiction, satire/humor, and contemporary fiction with light romance, you may want to try this one out and see if it is meant for your eyes.
This audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Surviving Doodahville by Ashley Fontainne & Lillian Hansen.
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