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(The Trouble Series #0.5)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Three hundred and six days ago, Julia ran away from home. Abandoning her family, friends, boyfriend, and university plans, she fled with no explanation. She can’t hide forever, though, and now it’s time to face the mess she left behind.
Kindle Edition, 76 pages
Published April 24th 2014 (first published April 18th 2014)
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Norah Una Sumner
The boys in this series are so amazing.

This is a fast paced contemporary novel.If you've read The Trouble with Flying,you already know who Jules is and what she's done.I definitely liked Jules but I'm a bit surprised that she didn't at least tell her sisters what had happened to her.And...then we have Josh.Holy mother of macaroni,I loved Josh.Rachel Morgan writes some seriously amazing male characters.


Overall,a nice addition to the series.
Sue Holmes
I was captivated from the very first sentence “I return home under the cover of night...” I started this prequel novella late last night and could not put it down until it was finished. Luckily it was a short story otherwise I would not have slept at all last night. Note to self: don’t start one of Rachel Morgan’s books late at night!

It is so refreshing to read a well written book set in South Africa. The description of the cane fields was spot on, anyone returning home via Durban’s King Shaka I
Freda Mans-Labianca
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like Julie.
I also like Josh. The boy she left behind.
The more you read the story, the more you realize they are meant to be.
She totally has her reasons for skipping town, which you find out in the story. I think I would have done the same, to be honest.
I really love the sweet ending too. Everything I wanted and more happened!
Very short, but uber cute!!
I definitely look forward to the next in the series!
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-i-own
I picked this book up because I'm scheduled to read and review The Trouble With Flying in July and this is the prequel novella to that book. I thought it would give me a taste of the author's writing style and hopefully a bit of a background for the book coming up.

I enjoyed this story. Julia has a secret that she was willing to leave everyone she loved to protect. 10 months later she returns home for her mother's surprise 50th birthday party and walks right back to the people she left behind, hu
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jules waited three-hundred-and-six days to return home in Rachel Morgan's Forgiven. This novella sped right along. Jules is a likeable character with a haunting past she wants to leave in the past, but her secrets are about to come out into the open. Her emotions felt very real to me, and I found myself holding my breath for her. I love Jules's interactions with her sisters. Their relationships were wonderfully complex and endearing. The exotic setting of Durban, South Africa adds an exotic flav ...more
May 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Grrr...I wrote a review and it didn't save.

This was just ok for me, nothing spectacular.

I don't know if it was bad editing or spelling like British people do but there was quite a bit of it. Favourite instead of favorite. Realise instead of realize. Flavour instead of flavor.

And she was calling the car trunk a boot....

Moral Note: Romance clean except (view spoiler) No language, no violence.
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
Free on Amazon

It wasn't bad and it wasn't fantastic. I thought it was ok.

It was a quick read and there isn't really any romance. It's more so about Julia reconnecting with her family and ex.

I couldn't stand Amanda. Julia should have told someone what she did regardless if she used to be her best friend.
Julie Carpenter
Fun fast clean read. Free download from Amazon. I have also read the first book in this series and really like this author. This is a prequel to the series and sets up the different characters that will be in the other novels.

Happy Reading!!!
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novella. It was really quick and for obvious reasons not as light hearted as the rest of the trouble series. It was a good, emotional and thought provoking novella. I really liked all the characters and relationships and it was cool to see Sarah and Sophia younger and to get to know Julia more.
Pat Raab
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Most enjoyable.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did it make me want to read the series? Yes. The book did have a pretty complete story in it introducing us to some characters and past happenings.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:

I read Rachel Morgan's Creepy Hollow Series, and loved it. It was a young adult, fantasy series. When I heard about Ms. Morgan's new series, a new adult, contemporary, romance series, I was curious and excited to try it out.

Forgiven was an extremely fast paced, and suspenseful novel. It took place in Durban, South Africa. I loved the setting and learned a few new words and slang as well! This story is about a young lady named Jules, who left her life, family, and friends behind in Du
Cassie C
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5 stars

As a fan of Ms. Morgan's Creepy Hollow series, I was very interested in finding out how she would write a contemporary novel series. When I found out that Ms. Morgan was writing a novella to the series, I was excited because I figured it would give me a taste of what was to come, as well as what I could expect. Well, I am happy to report that Ms. Morgan has begun yet another winning hit series. While the rest of the series will not be following the same characters, this no
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Almost a year ago, Julia Henley ran away from her home and her family, leaving confusion and heartache in her wake. But when a family event compels her back to South Africa, Julia’s forced to face the consequences of her actions and the demons that drove her away.

A prequel to the Trouble series, Forgiven gives a fantastic introduction to the series and provides a deeper backstory and character development for the Henley family as I believe all three sisters — Julia, Sarah and Sophie — will star
Camillia (Twenty Three Pages)
When I started this novel, I was very confused because my Kindle was telling me that the book was only about an hour and a half long. I was left wondering if my Kindle was screwing up. Turns out, this book is actually a novella. So this was my first time reading a novella (obviously. I mean how noob could I be?).

The book starts out with Julia returning home after running away for months. There are many mentions to the secret that she is hiding and that kind of rushes the book along which I didn
Paige Turner
Jan 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
If you listen very carefully, you can hear me sighing loudly. If you’ve ever been at an amusement park at least once, and I’m sure you have, there’s always that one ride that kind of bothers you. It’s that single ride that has all of those twists and turns, but ends too quickly for the thrill to actually hit you. That’s what Forgiven felt like. Forgiven follows a girl who ran away from home. But she didn’t just run away from home to a town nearby, she ran all the way to London.

I didn’t lik
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Normally, I try to steer clear of novellas. Too many have left me feeling unsatisfied…wanting more. However, when I found out that Rachel Morgan was starting her series with a short story, I had to make an exception. I loved Ms. Morgan’s Creepy Hollow series and was curious now that she’s entering the contemporary romance arena. I was not disappointed!

Although short, this story was filled with very likeable characters and a storyline that kept me reading. Jules felt like a girl I could call a fr
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Normally, I try to steer clear of novellas. Too many have left me feeling unsatisfied…wanting more. However, when I found out that Rachel Morgan was starting her series with a short story, I had to make an exception. I loved Ms. Morgan’s Creepy Hollow series and was curious now that she’s entering the contemporary romance arena. I was not disappointed!

Although short, this story was filled with very likeable characters and a storyline that kept me reading. Jules felt like a girl I could call a fr
Reads A-Lot
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
“My heart starts jumping around in my chest like it wants to get out. I understand. I want to get out too. Out of this car. Out of this country.” (Loc 27) Don’t we all know the feeling?

“I can’t joke my way through an explanation for why I left. Why I stayed away for so long. Why I still don’t want to be here.” (Loc 40) So, right away, I’m intrigued.

The story kicks off to Julia’s return to her home after being away for 306 days (for some reason, that number is very specific,) but we know nothing
Amanda (Born Bookish)
Mini Review: Likes/Dislikes


Clean new adult. IT IS POSSIBLE! I was starting to think otherwise. Everyone who knows me knows about my extreme dislike of the NA genre. I honestly can’t wait for the fad to be over and NA books to drop off the face of the earth. Was that too harsh? Oh well. It’s basically a genre where authors can get away with putting loads of sex, swear words, drugs and other objectionable content in what would otherwise be regular young adult books. As soon as I heard this n
Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
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Actual rating 4.5

I found this when I went on one of my many free-book-downloading-sprees. I was specifically looking for novellas as I like the quick burst of story they give to break up the day so I was eager to start making my way down my pile.

This was a short read but filled with a lot of drama. I liked that although there weren't many pages the author hid what had happened to Julia and why she had run for the majority of the story. The first c
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I Liked
I liked the fact that we didn't know for sure what had happened until closer to the end. The author did a good job of keeping that a secret, though I suspected it was something along those lines. The writing style was really easy to follow and at no point did I stop to think Oh, that's kind of wierd (as far as the writing goes). I loved the idea for the story and it was well expressed.

What I Didn't Like
The book just ended. It was as if the author was working hard to get up to the cl
 reading_angel13 (Vishalya)
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was truly AMAZING! That word doesnt even describe it! It made me laugh, cry and get all gooey with Josh and Julia's relationship. I loved the plot and everything that happened and really think it was well written. I loved that the story was based in South Africa because it makes it easier to imagine the story. I really wish there was a stirling park though in real life. My favourite part of the story was the end! I loved that they finally got together and love Josh's character because ...more
Christine Rains
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nearly a year ago, Julia ran away from home and from something horrible she couldn't face. Now she's come back, and everything she's tried to avoid is crashing down upon her.

A good, clean YA romance. Though the reason why Julia ran away was simple to figure out, it wasn't about that incident. It was about her coming back home, dealing with the people and the consequences of what happened. The story would have been the same if we had known why she left at the beginning, and I think a little more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a short prequel novella, The story goes with the series The Trouble Series written by Rachel Morgan.

This is the 1st book in the series, I have read it 3rd, this book is also free on these books can be read out of order.

What I liked about this book is it seems so real, Julia, she ran away from home, and is now coming home after being gone for three hundred and six days. She doesn't know what is going to happen when she returns home and she is scared. She doesn't know if they
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-must-read
Being a South African and having this amazing author write a book set in Durban, South Africa gives me all the more pleasure and excitement to read this novella. Rachel has used her immensely creative imagination and has created such wonderful characters with such "real-life" personalities. The relationships and emotions the characters have with another feel so real and I know, I could really relate to the pain Julia was going through, coming back home after leaving abruptly for 10 months. I cou ...more
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english, ebooks-read, 2014
What I thought would just be another light NA romance turned out to be something completely else. I mean, it was still a romantic book and all, but it was much darker than what I was expecting.
306 days ago, Julia ran away from home. Now she is back home, but her past is haunting her.
Despite the pagecount, this book is a pageturner! I had no idea what she was running from, and I just wanted so bad to find out!

The characters of this novel were really well written. I liked Julia's sisters as well a
Jennifer Zamboni
A very sweet introduction to a series I look forward to reading! I applaud the author in the change in voice & tone from her fantasy series.

edit: This is my second visit to the trouble series. Yes, they're fun enough to read more than once! I'd already read the available Creepy Hollow books, when I found this introductory novella to the Trouble series. I love Rachel Morgan's writing style, and her personal values that shine through. I love a good romance, but I feel intrusive and weird if a book
Raven R. (AvalonReadsBooks)
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great little novella, captivating and interesting, but I guessed right away what had happened to her to make her run.

It was cool to see a book based in South Africa and not have it being about diamonds or drug trades or something violent and bloody. I loved the happy ending and I would love to know what Josh wrote at the bottom of her cast.

I was a little pissed that there was no retribution. Amanda should have got something and so should Jack... but I guess it was all about forgiveness and I g
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Rochelle Morgan is the contemporary romance pen name of author Rachel Morgan. When Rachel isn't writing about fantastical magical worlds like Creepy Hollow, she steps into her contemporary romance shoes and writes about first love, embarrassing moments, cute kisses, and memorable characters figuring out their place in the world. ...more

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The Trouble Series (4 books)
  • The Trouble with Flying (The Trouble Series, #1)
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