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Out of Focus

(Adams Grove #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,563 ratings  ·  120 reviews
**A woman is caught in a web of deception as she desperately searches for her missing son.**

Kasey Phillips thought her biggest problem was deciding whether to photograph Cody Tuggle’s honky-tonkin’ tour, until an accident on Route 58 claims the life of her husband.

Hurricane Ernesto threatens the region. In a desperate race against time they search for Kasey's three-year-o
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 14th 2011 by Crossroads Publishing House (first published November 11th 2011)
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Two-haiku review:

Husband dies, son gone
She goes on country star's tour
Trying to find son

Didn't fit series
Bunch of things didn't ring true
I didn't feel it

Just got to book 4 of series. Same chick! So the end of this book was a total lie. She gets a different guy later. What a cheat!
Marilou George
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The small town of Adams Grove is home to Kasey Phillips a freelance photographer. She is concluding her shoot of country music star Cody Tuggle and can't wait to get home to her husband Nick and son Jake. On the day of her return home she learns that she has lost her husband in a terrible accident and her son Jake, who was with him, is nowhere to be found.

Kasey is destroyed by the news and is frantic to find her three year old son. Her dear friends Von and Riley stand by her side during this ter
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I will honestly tell you what I thought of this book. Amazing. Yes, and that is rather a light word to use in this case. Amazing indeed. Why? Well, I will tell you. Because, Ms. Naigle is able to literally touch my emotions with her dialog, storytelling, and the ability to make me 'fade' out of my home and 'fade' into the story itself.

I found myself gasping for breath as I suddenly 'realized' I had tears pouring down my face and this was page eleven. I actually had to put the novel down and get
Diana Hockley
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Naigle’s Out of Focus, in spite of its emotive subject matter is a charming story, with genuinely nice characters – except for the perpetrators of the crime!

Nancy’s style is laid back and easy – I read it in one night. Her small town settings work well with the story of a young professional photographer who loses her husband and three year old son in an accident. However, all is not what it seems; the child’s body is not found.

The story follows the months after the accident, the search, th
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
My friend won this as a goodreads giveaway and gave it to me to read. Three pages in and I knew I would give it give 5 stars. The author masterfully weaved a suspenseful, believable story. The title was appropriate in that in photography, some things are out of focus in a picture and some things are crystal clear.

I thought the biological father was the culprit initially. He was mentioned in the story and yet ambiguous throughout. I began to get suspicious about the family caretaker towards the e
Amy R
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I seriously enjoyed this book. I was nervous because I am a wimp when it comes to reading about realistic bad things that can happen to me. Meaning, my family can be in a car accident and my children could be kidnapped, however, the chances of me getting mixed up in something like an international terrorist coming after my husband because he killed the terrorist’s brother is pretty slim. So, with that being said I was hesitant to start this book. I read Nancy's Sweet Tea and Secrets and enjoyed ...more
Amarilli Settantatre
Finire un libro e chiedersi: ma cos'era?
Un thriller, un romanzo d'introspezione sull'elaborazione del lutto, una specie di romance/seconda chance?
In realtà non è niente di nessuna cosa, è qualcosa che si sviluppa e che procede, senza mai decollare.
Giri le pagine dicendoti: adesso ci sarà una spiegazione, adesso lei si darà una mossa, dai, non può essere così ovvio, ci sarà altro. Si capisce cosa è accaduto a metà libro...
Ma niente. Finisci e... boh.

Intere parti (ad esempio la scena dell'arresto
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Out of Focus revisits Adams Grove and this second in the series is a taut, emotional journey. Nancy outdoes herself beginning with the snappy, fast-moving opening, to the struggle of a mother, suddenly a grieving widow, searching for her lost child. No spoilers here, but if you loved Sweet Tea & Secrets (as I did) you won't be able to put Out of Focus down until the end.

Kudos to a wonderful, emerging author. How long before we get another trip to Adams Grove? Hopefully, it will be soon!
Bette Hansen
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story! Filled with emotions from heartbreaking to heartwarming. The losses Kasey Phillips has to face are unimaginable. Her strength, character, and belief are the only things that get her through. I definitely recommend this one!
Caren ~ the misfit geek
I really liked this book. It was a little more focused on mystery than romance. It is the second book in a series but could really have been a standalone book. The first book introduced us to Adams Grove and I expected to spend more time there. I was a little disappointed that I had to wait until almost halfway through the book to find any connection or mention of Adams Grove. I was also disappointed not to have been able to see more of the characters in the first book in this one.

That being sai
Hilleary Peterson
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. The depth of emotions with this book was outstanding. You could feel and understand what Kasey felt; especially in a scenario where you don't really know how you would deal with it until god forbid it happens to you. And there is enough romance but not too much given the events of the book. It was an excellent mix of mystery, heartbreak, and romance.
This is such a good way to start the Adams Grove series, you are introduced to Adam's Grove as a new person to the com
Pamela Barrett
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Nancy Naigle’s second suspense-filled Adam Groves romance/mystery is a “couldn’t wait to find out what happens” Virginia thriller. It starts with photographer Kasey, a wife, mom, on a photo shoot with one of Countries biggest and hottest male singers. There’s a lot of sizzle and flirting going on between them, but Kasey loves her husband and little boy too much for anything more. She can’t wait to get home, only before she gets there, something terrible happens to her husband and son. She soon f ...more
Jeanie Jackson
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Just finished a wonderful story by Nancy Naigle. Out of Focus is one of the books in The Perfect Ten collection. I thought I had finished all the books but discovered that I had a couple to go. I will be reading the rest of the Adams Grove Novels by Naigle!!!

While she was doing a shoot with C&W star Cody Tuggle, Kasey could not even begin to imagine how her life was about to change. Within hours she has lost her heart and soul when he husband is killed and her three year old son disappears.
Michelle Steffen
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first in the Adams Grove series I very much enjoyed the storyline about Kasey, a photographer, who was widowed by a car accident to her "soul mate" Nick, also loosing her 3 year old son (Jake) in that accident. Kasey feels her son is alive and with the help of friends who believe in her feelings a search for little Jake begins. A wonderful story that begins with tragedy but takes you through not only the healing process for Kasey's grief but also hope and belief and the forming of new friend ...more
Tobi Forget the Housework, I'm Reading...
First thoughts after......
Can't wait to dig into the next and skip back to Sweet Tea and Secrets. (Yes I could kick myself....I read out of order....)

How distracted did I get?
Out of Focus is a must read for all my romantic suspense followers! I felt the emotions Kasey was feeling and don't even want to imagine. Along with rooting for her through to the end and still wanting more of her story. The men supporting her are nothing to snooze at. I'm loving Cody! I hate to do it but I'll have to wait
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, mystery, romance
Kasey Phillips is a celebrity photographer who has pretty much everything, the perfect husband, an adorable son, a job she loves...things couldn't be better, until a seemingly random accident changes her life forever.
This was my first novel by Nancy Naigle, but most certainly not my last. Her writing grabbed me in the very begining and kept me right till the end. Endearing , believable characters, the type you would want to be friends with.. all set in a town she makes you want to visit.
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Can I just pack my bags, and move to Adams Grove? It seems like a really nice place to live, if you are not facing the kind of situation poor Kasey had to deal with. After her husband and son are taken from her, she is left having to find a way to put her life back together. With a few surprises and twists, she hits the road with one of the biggest concert tours ever, and then ends up in Adams Grove. I don't want to give anything away, but Kasey's story was a good one. It was very interesting an ...more
Shanon Grey
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Out of Focus grabbed me from the first. I love Adams Grove and this story is full a sense of small town suspense. Kasey was very real and I wept with her and got angry and determined when she did. I found Nancy's secondary characters totally believable and wonderful additions to the story. Everyone wants a friend like Riley. Then there's the hot Cody. And who can leave out Sheriff Scott. I could go on and on, but I think the book speaks for itself. It's one to read and keep.
Mary Edwards
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely story. It was about the loss of true love but new love found. A tearjerker at the end. I was on an airplane and had to fight the tears. This is a feel good book. I want to read all of the Adam Grove novels. You will like the characters and want to know more about them. Read it and you will agree.
Shanon Grey
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Kasey's nearly perfect world falls apart, friends--old and new--surround her with love and try to guide her through the disaster that has befallen her. But, there's a mystery to solve and she won't rest until she knows the answer.

I love this book--the rich characters and, of course, Adams Grove. Thank you, Nancy Naigle, for another Adams Grove winner.
Shannon Lovejoy
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book through First Reads. I wasn't familiar with Nancy Naigle's books but now I'm a fan. Out of Focus is intriguing and easy to read. The descriptions are enough that you can visualize everything without getting lost in detailed wordiness. This is a great book to curl up will not want to put it down.
Linda Smatzny
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a book in the Adams Grove Novel series. The main character is Kasey Phillips who takes professional photos for a living. Her husband dies suddenly and her three year old son goes missing. The story follows her search for her son and a new life. All of the characters seemed like real people and people you would want to be friends with. Can't wait to read more of the books in the series.
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
loved this second book of adams grove series.. reading this book had me feeling as if i was right there in the middle of adams grove.. once i finished the second book i couldnt wait to start the next and i am already anticipating the next in the series..if you are looking for a good read then do not hesitate to pick up this series..
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Nancy Naigle, I loved the book, it kept me reading way past my bedtime. It had a great story line, sad, sweet & heart wrenching. I'm glad it ended the way it did
Jody Adams
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how Ms Naigle does it but within a few pages you will become completely overcome with heart wrenching emotion for the main character. AWESOME story line filled with twist & turns & don't forget the smoking hot Mr Tuggle!
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an adams Grove story..It was bittersweet as there's a heartbreaking story along with a mystery and good friends story..I did have some questions at the end that weren't answered and hoping to find out in the next book..I highly recommend this book..
Mar 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ok not what i expected. After the first book in series i expected a romance with a little mystery but this is not a romance.
Tracey Devlyn
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Naigle's second trip to Adam's Grove was just as enjoyable as the first in SWEET TEA AND SECRETS. Naigle does not let the reader down when it comes to unforgettable characters. Another winner!
Glenn Harris
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice cozy about a mother's search for her missing son.
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USA TODAY Bestselling author, Nancy Naigle, writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense.

With a career spent on the cutting edge of technology in the banking industry, she never let go of her dream to write. Now she works full-time writing stories that are a calming blend of community, family, and the simple things in life. She writes the kind of stories she hopes will provid

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