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The Making of Nebraska Brown

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  58 reviews
The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory.

All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreig
Paperback, 318 pages
Published February 6th 2014 by Immortal Ink Publishing (first published February 2nd 2014)
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Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's books like this that make me wish I had the ability to cry over a book.
I don't. Which is probably worse than crying over any other book.

The Making of Nebraska Brown is an amazing book with a beautifully written story.

I also wish I could call that my review.
It left me speechless and, yet, there is so much I want to say about it.

How I managed to ever put it down I don't know; because I couldn't wait to get to the end and find out Ann Leigh's full story. And it is such a heart breaking story,
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have ever read. A great story from cover to cover.
J. Sharp
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I received an ARC of this book from the author and have given this book the review I think it deserves based on the writing.

Let's get right into what I liked about this book, and I am going to avoid giving too much away :)

Main Character: Ann Leigh was probably the most really protagonist that I have read in a while. Some of the parts of her story broke my heart. I really was on the trip with her to discover who she is and what has happened. I am very reluctant to say too much because i won't eve
Samantha LaFantasie
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off, let me be clear that this was an ARC that was gifted to me for an early review.

Second, I love, love, loved! this book. There is so much I loved about this story that it's going to be hard to think of everything and mention here.

The author's style of writing kept me engaged. It was like sitting down with Ann over a glass of wine after not seeing her in several years. I was her very best, long lost friend playing catch up in the most intriguing way possible.

Miss Caiola's writing was ver
Jorge A.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Louise Caiola's book The Making of Nebraska Brown is a great read from start to finish. Although the title sounds standard like other books, the story and how the characters unfold is anything but standard, it is a great work and well written. I was mesmerized by Ann Leigh in her quest to find herself and her future. This should be made into a movie, I haven't read a great story as touching as this in a very long time! Awesome work Louise! :-)
Heather Way
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was written very well and the story line could hook you my hardest part was jumping one year to another and the beginning!! But I did love the story!!
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Making of Nebraska Brown is so unlike anything I have read in years! It is jarring and emotional, thought provoking, and intriguing in all the best ways possible. This is my second book that I have had the pleasure of reading by the talented Louise Caiola and my biggest takeaway is that both of her books have made me feel so many things.

Ana or Ann wakes up on the ground in the middle of Italy with no memory of how she got there. Last
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

First, let me say that this is not the type of book I would normally read. I usually stick to the paranormal, contemporary or erotic romance genres, preferably those with HEAs. That said, when I read the synopsis for this book, I thought it was quite intriguing which prompted me to reply to an offer of the book for my honest review.

The author does a fantastic job of weaving the storyline, giving you pieces of the puzzle here and th
Tracey Scott-Townsend
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me intrigued all the way through. I'm always fascinated by stories that deal with identity issues, especially those involving the character's struggle to place herself in her own life. Ana Lisa/Ann Leigh is equally certain of her place in the two worlds she seems to inhabit - yet there is no explanation of how she's got from one to the other or how the two worlds are connected. Ana Lisa's body and senses are comfortable in the presence of her boyfriend, Tommy, with whom she seems ...more
Carrie Filetti
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Living in Italy with Tommy would be any girl's dream come true, but to Ann Leigh a forgotten past begins to come alive, making her perfect life not so right anymore. Flashes of America's bread belt, a boy named Shane, and a pregnancy she knows was hers drives her to find out who she really is...and then she remembers the fire.

From the beginning this story captured me with its pure beauty. It is obviously written with great love, thought and skill. What an amazing author Louise Caiola is! Too oft
Dale Rogers
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Masterfully written and wonderfully descriptive, The Making of Nebraska Brown takes us from Nebraska to Italy and beyond. This is Ann Leigh’s journey to finding herself. And as she fits together the pieces of her fragmented past, so does the reader. As the story progresses, questions become louder and we are drawn in more.

Haunting, lyrical, and heartfelt with no punches pulled, The Making of Nebraska Brown covers the full spectrum of human emotions as Ana Lisa struggles to understand where she c
Carole Lanham
What a head game! I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at The Making of Nebraska Brown before it's release and I feel like such a lucky dog. This beautiful book is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. Atmosphere, mystery, romance - it has everything I love in a story! Best of all, author Louise Caiola gave me a heroine to root for with all my heart. I'd heard the novel described as Under the Tuscan Sun meets The Wizard of Oz. I can't think of a more apt c ...more
Linda Brendle
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading The Making of Nebraska Brown by Louise Caiola was an experience that ended all too soon. I read it as fast as I could to find out what happened next, but I was sad when I was finished. Caiola’s characters seem like real people from the beginning, and I cared about what happened to them. Her writing style appeals to the reader’s senses and emotions, and also to the writer’s ear. Phrases like we rode in a silence saturated with the unsaid. It was unbearably loud, made me pause and think I ...more
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I fell in love with the cover and was so happy when the author sent me an ebook to review. It took me less than 2 days to read this because it was so good. The characters are so well-written and the story is so heartfelt. I can't say enough good things about this book. I wish it would have just gone on and on. Beautiful story line, amazing settings, amazing characters....this all makes for an amazing book! Well worth your time!
Adrienne Paganelli
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
" I loved this book! The way it switched back and forth through her memories to the present really made you feel like you were inside her head. I was on the edge of me seat every time she remembered something more and was so close, almost within her reach. Definitely a page turner because I couldn't guess how it would turn out until the last minute!
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I was lucky enough to receive this novel through the ARC program and was enthralled from the first page. A coming of age novel that spans international lines and drives you to turn page after page until you know all the answers. Highly enjoyable, perfect book for a cozy night in!
Michelle Schroer
Some of us read for the escape.
Some of us read as a way of meditation - it calms them.
Others, read for the amazing characters and authors who invent them
I am a reader for the calming escape AND for the amazing
characters. I also read for the journey and THIS book took me on one super ride!!
5 stunning ***** from someone who took the journey!!!

This is a full-length stand-alone. There is no cheating in this book.

NOTE: I want to make this review as simple as possible so not to give the story-line a
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to this book by the blurb, which got me very intrigued, but the actual book is much more than I could guess. It got me wondering all the time what had happened with Ann Leigh! I was actually scared that the end wouldn’t hold up to the story. Oh, but it did. It was perfect. I was so invested in the story and it all seemed so weird that I was almost expecting some major proportion conspiracy with alien abductions or something, but it wasn’t. The explanation was very logical and even pl ...more
Cate Knox
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To start off, I’d like to say that I absolutely adore the cover! When Rebecca first sent out the news for the tour, I stared at the cover for a good two minutes; it is definitely my favourite of…at least the past year.

Onto the review!

Wow. Well, let’s see if I can make at least partial sense. As I’ve already mentioned elsewhere, this book needled every available feeling…several times over.

In short, Louise Caiola has done a magnificent job telling Ann Leigh’s* story. Now all we need is the tale of
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Secrets, lies and memory loss:

An unusual story from Louise Caiola, ‘The Making of Nebraska Brown’ had me hooked straight from the beginning. At first I thought this was a story about a young woman who appears to have suffered from memory loss, but there is a lot more being offered in this narrative.

Ana (Italian version) or Ann Leigh (Nebraskan version)? The main protagonist feels completed isolated from those around her in what is apparently her life in Italy. Everyone else knows her but she doe
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This author being new to me, I thought I had received this book as an Early Reviewer copy through Library Thing, however now I'm not so sure! When I started it I had no idea what it would be about or what style it would be in, so for me it was a wonderful surprise, in some sense mirroring the story.

I really enjoyed this book. The intrigue of trying to work out what had happened to Ana Lisa/Anne Leigh for her to become who she now was kept me captivated from the start. I too often thought I had w
Lynda Dickson
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
The last thing Ann Leigh remembers is climbing the water tower to get away from Shane Kirkland, the man she is reluctantly supposed to marry. Somehow she wakes up in Campania, Italy, able to understand and speak Italian. She finds out that her name is Ana Lisa Carcossi (as evidenced by her passport) and that she lives with her boyfriend Tommy, who is also her boss. She has dreams of her past as Ann Leigh. But are they dreams or memories? With the help of Tommy and her friend Renata, Ana sets out ...more
Kimber Wheaton
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Making of Nebraska Brown is a new adult mystery that drew me in and kept me guessing until the end. I had numerous ideas for Ann/Ana's memory loss, but the actuality threw me for a loop. This story is an emotional ride, full of heartbreak and some tears. It must be so hard to lose basic memories and be stuck in a foreign country with a man you don't remember.

Ann is one confused girl. There are huge holes in her memory, in
Stefania Mattana
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it

First of all, let me say that one part of the success of this book from my point of view is because of the Italy scenario. I don't know if Louise has never been in Italy, but as Italian myself I can only say well done to her.

The Making of Nebraska Brown is quite an introspective book. I read it as I was a teenager again and I can sympathise with the main character Anna Lisa. As an adult person, anyway, I found the behavior of the protagonist quite irritating and selfish. Kudos to author Caiola w
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I have not read many New Adult mysteries due to the fact that I am more of a fantasy/fairytale girl. That being said, I was very surprised by the fact that this book was able to capture my attention so easily. All in all, I really enjoyed reading The Making of Nebraska Brown. The main character AnnLeigh is trying to remember who she is after waking up in a garden in Italy. I got teary eyed at parts and even cried a little (what
Noree Cosper
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
This isn't my usual genre. As all of you who come to my blog know, I’m more a paranormal type of girl. However I found the story to be highly engrossing. We have a whole mystery to discover who Ann Leigh or Ana Lisa really is.

Ann Leigh has quite a few flaws. She’s spoiled, impulsive, and a bit brash, but I still liked her. She wasn’t going to let herself be sidetracked by the honeyed words of her boyfriend Tommy, especially when she suspected something was wrong. Tommy himself had me on ups and
Joana Arteaga
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Making of Nebraska Brown starts off a little confusing. Ann Leigh doesn't remember her past, doesn't remember who she is or even why she can't remember! What I loved about that though is that when you read a book you get to know the characters and with Ann Leigh it felt like we were both getting to know her and about her life at the same time. That made me feel more connected to Ann Leigh's character and when she was frustrated, upset or anything it was very easy for me to feel the exact sam ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
When you can't trust your own mind, what can you trust. Anna wakes up from a 'dream' and finds herself in a foreign country. How did she get here and why does she understand the language? Slowly she begins to remember how she fits into this Italian world, but with those memories come other memories of another life.

This book had me intrigued from the very beginning. More than once, I thought I had 'cracked' the mystery. I was wrong. Very wrong. The twists and turns that Caiola creates in getting
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
You have to hand it to Ms Caiola, she knows how to write a good mystery. This book kept me flicking, and I read it in about 5 hours this morning. You have to feel sorry for Tommy, he really loved Ana Lisa. I think he was just a victim of circumstance.
And I can't help but loathe Anna Leigh. She really messed up a few peoples' lives, and selfishly kept pushing, even when it became obvious what had happened.
All in all, Ms Caiola has weaved an insane story that makes so much sense in hindsight. I wo
Dermot Davis
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly engaging read that had me puzzled as to how a young woman from Nebraska found herself in a small town in Italy with more questions than answers. The fact that she didn't know either was doubly mysterious. I really liked how real the character of Tess was, right down to her bad decisions about her choice of mate where she seemed to settle on convenience rather than heart, which is all too human.I was right with her as she tried to piece together her missing past which read just like a ...more
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Louise Caiola, former administrative assistant and small business owner, has authored several works of genre fiction, including WISHLESS, released in 2011, and THE MAKING OF NEBRASKA BROWN, an Amazon bestseller released in 2014. Her two-book short story collection PETIT FLEURS and VIGNETTES will be released in September 2014.
Louise has just wrapped up work on the first installment of a romantic fi

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