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A tragic death... A disturbing photo that can't be explained... A woman drowning in an ocean of secrets...

In 1950s Virginia, Jenna Appleton seems to have found the life she's always wanted. But underneath the shallow gleam of her bright suburban world, murky truths are waiting to surface.

On the morning that her husband dies in a tragic accident, Jenna finds a shocking phot
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ebook, 252 pages
Published July 2012 by CWC Publishing (first published May 19th 2010)
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Cassie ♥
I happened to go to see one of my favorite aunts in Mississippi at the exact same time the movie, The Help, was coming out. I had already read the book (have never seen the movie) but as I was having a wonderful visit I couldn't help but think about the fact that my aunt would have been a young bride in late 1950's. Still Waters is also about a young bride in this era. "Caring about what people think" vs. "telling your truth" is a re-occurring theme in this book.
Tina
Oct 15, 2012 Tina rated it it was ok
I was initially attracted by the fact that this book took place in the 50s in the south and promised not only romance but a look at family and even touch on racial dynamics.

However it was a fairly pedestrian book that centered around a secret baby and included a heroine that was both overly earnest and pretty annoying. I found myself skimming mostly.
Kathleen Kirkwood
Nov 16, 2012 Kathleen Kirkwood rated it it was amazing
Still Waters is a beautifully rendered tale owing to Misha Crews’ deft skills as a storyteller and her exquisite use of language. I loved how layer upon layer is peeled away as the story progresses, bringing to light long buried secrets, lies and deceptions, all laced with a good dash of mystery. In turn, the characters are forced to re-evaluate what truly matters as they make their choices and face the future.

Above all,at the heart of this book is family, belonging and transcending the past. Mi
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Karen
Sep 27, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
I read and loved Misha Crews' first novel Homesong, and I have to say, Still Waters has not disappointed AT ALL. This second book is just as compelling if not more so. She vividly recreates the world of 1950 Arlington, Virginia. A time when people were just learning to move on from WWII. And, as with Homesong, she has proven to be a writer who knows the importance of character. I fell in love with Jenna, her son Chris, her once-lover Adam, and her in-laws, Kitty and Bill. Mostly, the intricate ...more
Monica
Mar 28, 2013 Monica rated it it was ok
This book was just okay, there was nothing amazing or thought provoking about it and I was a little disappointed. To me it it just skimmed the surface of everything; the mystery, the family dynamics, the racial differences, the era, the location so as a result I found myself skimming the pages. I also couldn't bring myself to really like any of the main characters, particularly Jenna who I found selfish and annoying, not mysteriously wounded.
LLona Cunningham
Jun 30, 2013 LLona Cunningham rated it liked it
A little too much 'long suffering' for my taste.
Lynda Kelly
Oct 01, 2013 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this over a year ago now and it was in the pile on my Kindle to get to at some point. I trawl through a few free ones and then a paid one and back again. I've found some hidden gems this way and this is one. Most of it is set in the 1950's in America where Jenna is suddenly widowed. In her husband's things she had found a photo of another woman and child with him and it opens up a whole load of questions about the man she married and her family life. It isn't full of sex and ...more
Sue1958
Feb 11, 2015 Sue1958 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-and-romance


What must it be like to loose your husband, come across a photo with him in the arms of another woman? I can't imagine how that must feel.

Somehow she's managed to keep that secret to herself and carry on with life, building up a life without him.

Like all secrets though, they eventually resurface and this book is no exception to the rule.

Jenna cannot push her pass back anymore or hide or conceal it, it all comes out and much much more.

There is not such thing as Still Waters, only ripples and wav
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LisaSchaefer IndieFan CrowdPublishTV
Totally didn't expect that ending.

I believe this is categorized as 'romance.' I don't read romance. I think of romance as either pukey Snow White stories where all women are waifs, or porn that glorifies whores. Thank goodness this was neither.

I didn't see the protagonist as being realistic - an unemployed widowed mom who cleaned and cooked all day (so, it's on the waif side). Did she fool her in-laws into thinking the kid was their grandson so she could have furs & a car without providing
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Holly Morey
Romance novels are not my favorites, but this was a romance with a twist. The novel was set in the 50's, which was a time when public appearances were very important. Jenna has several secrets that could injure her reputation and that of her son. She is conflicted emotionally between her fiancé, Frank, and her dead husband's best friend, Adam. There are a few surprises in the book, but nothing earth shattering. To me the ending has a few too many coincidences to help make a pat ending. I would ...more
Ena
Oct 15, 2013 Ena added it
Firstly I love the cover which along with the blurb really drew me to this book. The still waters seem to signify a sorrow but with perhaps some hope in there too.
Did I enjoy the book? I loved it, the pace kept me engrossed all the way from beginning to end of the book.
Would I recommend the book? this one is another recommendation for my sister!

Would I read a book 2? I'd take a serious look at a Bk2

Would I read other books by this Author? I think I'd take a close look at any other books availabl
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Sandy Dearman
Jan 20, 2014 Sandy Dearman rated it it was ok
This book was just ok to me. The description drew me in; however, the book failed to deliver until the last 4 chapters. I was irritated most of the time with the lead character and her fickleness. I'm glad I only paid $2.99 for it.
Barri Bryan
Oct 12, 2012 Barri Bryan rated it liked it
The heroine in this book was difficult to understand. The hero was long suffering and patient, too much so, at times. The plot started off with a bang, then lost much of it's steam. The ending stretched my 'willing suspension of disbelief'.
Mary Beth
Jun 06, 2014 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
An excellent read set in the 1950's. Historically, it's a time that I've never really understood. The whole "women's roles" and "separate but equal" business is hard for me to wrap my head around. A whole new meaning to the passage, "the truth shall set you free".
Gin Tadvick
Mar 07, 2013 Gin Tadvick rated it really liked it
Very Interesting. Written about an area that I know well - the geographical area that I grew up in. The author really brought that to life. The premise behind the story was also interesting.
Shell
Jul 24, 2013 Shell rated it liked it
An easy read with a few surprises along the way. Slightly predictable ending but never the less, a few tragic moments throughout the story line - worth 3 stars in my opinion.
Rebecca
Feb 05, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-free
An interesting and rather emotional story. But the number of perspectives is overwhelming.
Laurie Grove
Jul 31, 2013 Laurie Grove rated it it was amazing
This is an engrossing, high quality romance/family drama that drew me in right from the beginning. I was interested in the personalities of both the primary and secondary characters, and I appreciated the many detailed descriptions of things like clothing, hairstyles, interiors of homes, and the like, since this was primarily set in the 1950s, and the mention of well known people of the day, such as Jack Kerouac and Miles Davis, added nicely. You will not be disappointed with this fine, well ...more
J.T. Bock
Jul 28, 2013 J.T. Bock rated it it was amazing
Set primarily in the 1950s, Still Waters is a romance where the farther you read into the story, the deeper the characters and plot becomes. Crews sets up believable obstacles that keep the main characters apart. She also doesn't shy away from social issues happening during that decade and how these issues affect the characters, who are well-drawn and realistic. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a good story about friendship, lies, family, true love, and how the truth really can ...more
Jan Lewis
Feb 08, 2016 Jan Lewis rated it it was ok
I didn't particularly care for this book. Jenna Appleton, the main character, is maddening. She's indecisive, cold and cruel. Her back and forth relationship with Adam will drive you crazy. The only thing you will ask yourself is why would he bother to want a relationship with someone so lacking in emotion and honesty. The book is based on lies told by every character in the book. I muddled through and found the ending with Jenna's "fiance" to be strange and unbelievable. A number of editing ...more
Jo Notary
Feb 15, 2016 Jo Notary marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
252pgs, contemporary romantic suspense, on the day her husband dies in a tragic accident, she finds a photo of him in the arms of another woman. The deeper she dives for answers, the darker the water gets. How will she find happiness for herself and her family, when every move she makes toward the strange and awful truth seems to lead her right back to her own home shores?
Vicki Scullion
Jan 05, 2014 Vicki Scullion rated it really liked it
I read this novel in one sitting. The characters were interesting, and the prologue hooked me from the beginning. The historical details, especially the social difficulties experienced by interracial couples, added a level of complexity to what seemed to be a fairly average plot about a widowed mother in the 1950's. The conclusion was satisfyingly intense. Overall, an enjoyable read.
Tamara
Jul 17, 2013 Tamara rated it liked it
It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it wasn't bad. I enjoyed the author's writing style & the extra secrets thrown in by Kitty. It ended just a little too neatly though - everything tied up in a pretty little bow. Considering the time period of the story, it shouldn't have been so simple.
Beth Balberchak
Sep 27, 2012 Beth Balberchak rated it it was amazing
Still Waters is rich in detail, history, twists and turns, and characterization. You will love the characters from the very beginning. Add this one to your collection.
Linda Branich
Oct 09, 2013 Linda Branich rated it really liked it
Family secrets--lots of them, and forbidden love--so many twists and turns--make this a book that is hard to put down.
Melinda
Jun 02, 2014 Melinda rated it liked it
an OK read. The delve into the past was interesting, but most of the plot turns were too predictable. the ending needed some work.
Lynn
May 15, 2015 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The heroine of the story was very unlikable to me. Very. But I did like the story and I was completely surprised by the ending.
Susan Cooper
May 04, 2014 Susan Cooper rated it really liked it
I liked this book. Definitely shows you that the sins (or secrets) of one can effect so many. Good read.
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Raised in a family of book lovers, Misha's mother first encouraged her to read by offering to pay her two cents per page of Hop on Pop, by Dr. Seuss. At first Misha was happy just to be raking in the cash, but before long she traded the pennies for the riches of the written word, and since that time she’s seldom been seen without a book in her hand.

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