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City of Redemption

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Flower power ignites into firepower when a lonely young woman entangles herself in a treacherous plot and murder during the Summer of Love.

It is 1983 and Liz MacKay waits for parole for the murder of former roommate, Ricky Martinez. Is she guilty? Or is she serving time for another’s crime?

In 1967, partly to blame for her young son's death and abandoned by her husband, L
Paperback, 137 pages
Published July 28th 2012 by June Aehrn (first published May 8th 2012)
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Aug 25, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
Interesting plot, had a little too graphic sex for my taste. political stance not mine, lived in that time and the black panthers were just violent...peace won the day and the time. don't imagine reading this author again.
May 11, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
I have found the new mystery writer for me! June Ahern has done it again! Another hit, another super read! This is the second book June has written that is about the 1960s. Time that I lived through in my youth. She has incorporated all aspects of the times.

Elizabeth (Liz) MacKay has had her bad times in Scotland with her mother and husband and has lost her son Patrick. At one of her lonely drinking nights in a Scottish pub she meets up this of all things an Irishman, who trys to help her. He ex
May 25, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
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I enjoyed reading City of Redemption by June Ahern. It is a story which spans an interesting and eventful time in world history, from the 1960s through to the 1980s, although most of the action takes place in and around 1967.
The story tells the story of Liz McKay - of her tragic life as a wife and mother in Scotland; of her eventful time in San Francisco during 1967 and her incarceration in an American jail. As well as the protagonist, the characters are an interesting mix - some Vietnam veteran
May 13, 2012 Jerry rated it it was amazing
June Ahern's "City of Redemption" brought back many memories of Summer in the city '67. She nailed it with the place and time that meant so much to me. Strong story about life in the hippy days - Summer of Love 1967. Liz McKay is a bit self absorbed young mother and wife. Her vanity and belief her needs are greater than the safety of her son results in a tragedy. She moves to San Francisco to start a new life and meets up with some really interesting characters, one being Toni a Black Panther wo ...more
Darla Alves
Jan 06, 2013 Darla Alves rated it it was amazing
City of Redemption is a really good story about the times and events of the late 1960's in San Francisco's Summer of Love. I lived in the city at that time and the author, June Ahern, wrote about it so vividly and real I felt I was right back in that time. Each place, the commune, the rooms in the flat and the styles of clothing and language supported a great plot. I wanted to hurry up and read quickly to find out what was going on but I forced myself to pace the reading enjoyment. This story wi ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing
I like this author's writing style. And because I'm Scottish, I like reading about her Scottish characters.I wasn't part of the 1967 Summer of Love, but had teenagers that were. I lived in San Francisco most my life and June Ahern completely brings it back to me so vividly. All the places and how people were at that time. This book is very different from her 'The Skye in June' novel. Still, the author captures the places, and give life to the characters that once again, I couldn't put the book d ...more
May 21, 2014 Erin rated it liked it
I won this book from a goodreads first reads giveaway. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Liz's story. Liz loses her son in a horrible way because she wants to make it home before her husband. Liz's son goes down to the corner store to buy fish and chips for dinner and never males it home. Once Liz's husband learns that Liz knew where their son had been and lied about it he is furious. If Liz had been honest from the start her son could possibly have still been alive. Liz later moves to San Francisco ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't quite understand the four and five star reviews that others gave this book. It's a good storyline, but I thought the writing was just OK. I found a lot of the dialogue to be choppy and there seemed to be gaps in the telling of the story. It's the story of a woman who made a selfish, stupid decision that ended in tragedy and the loss of her family and friends in Glasgow. She moves to San Francisco to start over and gets mixed up with the Black Panthers in their heyday. She finally finds r ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book so much I couldn't put it down. The author has a way of making the reader feel as if they aren't reading the story but living it.
It has multiple references to drugs and they are a key part of the story but when I think back on the book I think of a story of a battered woman who found redemption not a story of drugs.
This was the first book of Ahern's that I have read but look forward to reading more.
Oct 15, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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Jan 27, 2013 Patriciacabral rated it it was amazing

Just finished your book. Well done, ....I really enjoyed it so much I read in one sitting as I didn't want to put the book down. Sooo many memories of that era popped in my head.. the music the events, and the places. wow...I felt like I was one of the "flatmates" watching and listening from my own little room...:)
Jun 01, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
The author did a fantastic job of telling the story from a very specific time and place in history - the sensory details really drew me into San Francisco in the late '60's. The protagonist is complex yet likable, the supporting characters colorful and interesting. A real page turner, very hard to put down.
Jan 03, 2013 Sherry rated it it was amazing
Author June Ahern writes an outstanding tale of intrigue, murder & redemption set in San Francisco during the Summer of Love. This book has all of the elements I look for in a good book. Good storyline, distinctive characters, and colorful dialog. This book is a page turner. Once I opened the book, I was hooked and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book.
Sarah Avory
Feb 02, 2014 Sarah Avory rated it it was amazing
City of Redemption is not the usual sort of book I read, but recently I've been trying out different genres. All I can say is... really enjoyed this one. For me personally, a great read from start to finish. No hesitation in giving 5 stars.
Dec 08, 2013 Diana rated it it was amazing
Wow. Compelling story. Love isn't about what you get, but what you give. It took a heartbreaking tragedy for Liz to learn that lesson.
Dusty Cox-Medina
May 21, 2013 Dusty Cox-Medina rated it really liked it
The ending was a bit rushed but everything fell into place. I enjoyed reading it.
Sep 30, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Could not put this one down - good thing it is a quick read !
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Jul 01, 2015 Sandra Stiles rated it liked it
Once again the author has written a story that starts in Scotland and ends in San Francisco. Liz married at an early age and had a son named Patrick. She loved to shop, even though her husband had asked her to stop spending so much money. One day her husband makes her promise she won't go out. She breaks her promise and takes her son shopping. They rush to get home before her husband. When her son claims he's hungry she sends him to the corner market and rushes to her apartment to hide her purch ...more
Patricia Ibarra
Nov 15, 2013 Patricia Ibarra rated it it was ok
This is the story of Liz Mackay after her little son died. In an effort to soothe her pain and relieve the guilt for feeling responsible of Patrick's death, she flees to San Francisco, where she lives with a bunch of hippies and drug addicts. I was not hooked by this book. I think that the author wanted to deal with many different topics, such as guilt, treason, lies, friendship, the 60's, but all of them were treated very superficially. I felt that the story could have been told in 50 pages. I ...more
This was an intriguing story but I'm not sure if I liked it all that much... The characters and plot are alright but I didn't really identify with any of them or find them someone I wanted to know more about. The way the flashbacks happen throughout the book as almost every other chapter was really a bit confusing at first. I guess you can give this book a try if you like "realistic" fiction but its not a great mystery or anything like that.
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