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The Witness by Nora Roberts
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Aug 03, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: action, entertaining, family, family-bond, friendship, grief, hero, marriage, memories, multiple-story-lines, murder, police, romance, sacrifice
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Elizabeth is a sixteen year old prodigy. She has fasttracked her childhood, right into Harvard. Yep, at sixteen, she is going to premed at Harvard! Everything is right on track and going as planned, or more correctly, exactly as her mother has planned.
Elizabeth wants to be normal and do normal teenage things...when a never before seen impulse of rebellion decides to burst into the forefront, no one could imagine what events would unfold. Elizabeth's life is never the same. Who knew at seventeen, she'd be a target of the Russina Mafia?
Abigail is a loner. She prefers her own company or that of her trusty and faithful dog Bert. When the local sheriff comes knocking, her life starts getting out of her control and her neat and orderly existence is ruined.
Sheriff Gleason is taken with the distant and intriguing beauty from the start. Finding a reason to talk to her is difficult, until he notices she's packing heat...to buy groceries!
The Witness is action packed in the beginning, but the crux of the story is Abigail and Brooks (Sheriff Gleason). Abigail was once another person, a young girl named Elizabeth. She's stayed off the radar for so long, she doesn't know how to socialize and be neighborly, not that she wants to be. The majority of the story revolves around Abigail coming to terms with the difference between surviving and living. She realizes that they aren't the same thing, but does she have the courage to do something about it? Brooks is determined to help her, if she'll ever come to trust him.
The ending wasn't as 'big' as I'd hoped, but was still great. I'd like to have had a little more details on what happened to those that caused the life of Elizabeth to change forever...But a great read, nonetheless! Highly recommend...Great love story!
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