Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Means to an End by Elizabeth Romero Review

This fast-moving story starts out in the mountains of North Carolina and quickly moves on to exciting New Orleans. Ashby Devereaux is a young woman who spends the first seventeen years of her life in an abusive home.While running from a murder , she finds love in the arms of my dashing hero, a Judge from New Orleans. Will he love and protect her or be her undoing? The real story unfolds amidst adventure, romance and an interesting group of supporting characters.
When Marie Broudreaux, the  beloved daughter of wealthy and prideful Louisiana Cajuns finds herself disgraced, pregnant with twins and abandoned by her family, she is forced to save the family name by becoming the wife of Garrett Devereaux, who unbeknown to her father is a cruel and abusive man. Both twins, Ashby and Danny along with their now drug addicted mother struggle to survive in the backwards mountains of North Carolina. Abused at home, taunted and bullied by class mates Ashby still finds young love with the most  popular boy in school. Will she travel down the same road as her mother? Watch the transformation as the circumstances of Ashby’s life turns a once timid girl into a survivor regardless of the cost. Escape to a better life for Ashby seems impossible as long as Garrett is alive….  Alone and running from the authorities Ashby assumes a new identity and hides out in the New Orleans of her mother’s stories while searching for her runaway twin. Secreting herself amongst a group of interesting characters and with the law nipping at her heels Ashby unwittingly catches the attention of a local Judge but will he still love her when he finds out the truth or will he turn her in? Has that been his plan all along? In this story you will meet a unique character you will not soon forget!
Having lived most of my life in the bayou country around New Orleans I have a love for the city and feel that my readers will love both the city and this diverse group characters by book’s end.

About the Author

Elizabeth Romero was born the third of four children in a rural area of North Florida .In her early teen years she relocated to Louisiana where she remained for the greater part of her life. She married at a very young age and after four years found herself a divorced mother of two sons. Armed with an entrepreneurial spirit and great deal of tenacity she made a life for herself and her children in the field of real estate. Her interest in writing started with reading as a child when books would whisk her away to wonderful places. Her own novel was always waiting for just the right time.
When hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to wait out the economy. It was there that the time was right and she started her first novel which was on and off the back burner for several years.
In 2010 she retired to Florida to write full time.
Elizabeth is single and lives on a lake in Miami with her canine friend, Charlie. ‘Means To An End’  is her first novel in a Trio of novels based on this character and the next‘The Watched’, a psychological thriller is in the works.
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What a wonderful time I had during the writing of “Means To An End‘! I have enjoyed writing as long as I can remember. I have been asked many times how one goes about writing a story. My first instinct was to give the usual answer …just sit down,start writing and do it every day for a set amount of time. Ok that is true,however I have found that there is a formula that makes the process less confusing. I would like very much to share those findings with student writing groups or book clubs. For information about speaking engagements please email me at
My Review:
This was a great thrill ride. I was waiting for the cork to pop any minute. The generations of women that this author wrote about was very intriguing. I could not believe all the twists and turns. From long last relatives, to mean grandparents, to dead parents everything is this book was really great. I had to read this book word for word, and I LOVED the ending. Not to mention the love story that was in this book as well. I feel as though whatever I mention will ruin some of the plot because all of the subplots are interwoven beautifully into the main plot. I found myself interested in the past of the characters as much as I was in their present and future. This is a keeper. It is going on my "special" bookcase!
I am giving this book a 5/5 because I can not rate it any higher. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

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