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"Alice Black" by J. Schlenker - IHIBRP 5-Star Book Review

A Thoughtful, Introspective, & Eminently Fascinating Tale Of Self-Discovery!

Overview: Alice has always sought answers about the sudden disappearance of her father during her childhood. But when her overprotective mother disappointingly takes the secret to her grave, Alice regretfully prepares to move on... That is until cryptic messages from fortune cookies suddenly start popping up and she receives a surprise visit from a mysterious plainclothes detective.

Thoughtful, introspective, and eminently fascinating, Author J. Schlenker’s “Alice Black” sweeps readers up in a nostalgic tale of a young woman who faces her family secrets head-on when returns to New York City after the death of her controlling mother whom she had abandoned. Having run away from home after spending the majority of her youth caring for her entitled mother, and wondering about her missing father, Alice found solace and independence while living on a small commune called “The Farm” out in West Virginia. Once she receives word her mother has passed, she’s regretfully forced to leave her friends behind and return to the Big Apple. As Alice sets out on her own and takes up residence in the big city, she’s faced with having to learn a whole new set of life skills. Her first lesson—How and where to find help navigating urban life while investigating the circumstances that caused her family to fracture.

Behind the character of Alice Black are shocking family secrets and mysteries that will captivate readers right up until the very end of this poignant, hard-knocks story. Author Schlenker’s memorable and highly descriptive settings jump off the pages of her novel and into one’s imagination as she evokes a strong sense of nostalgia and belonging, and a hopeful and naive Alice shifts from the delights of living on a communal farm in rural West Virginia to untested young urbanite trying to eke out a meager existence in New York City. With every failure comes great success and readers will enjoy the rollercoaster ride Alice takes as she dares to reach out to others and journeys from a place she feels she does not belong to find the life-altering answers she seeks.

Fate, luck, and destiny play out in what is a gloriously compelling and provocative plotline where each character finds powerful and unexpected connections to each other as Fortune smiles upon them and brings them all together. I highly recommend this novel for anyone who loves a great character study, family mysteries, women's contemporary romance, destination romance, or young adult read.

Congratulations to the author on this award-winning story! This novel will be permanently featured on my website at under IHIBRP 5 Star Recommended Reads!

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