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4.50  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition of ASIN B00GFY34NA.

Jayda Parrish struggles through life one painful day after another, working a menial job in the lower-class part of town, despite her natural talents that could have afforded her a better future.

Desperate to change her life, she plans a calculated escape from her abusive, alcoholic boyfriend, which inc
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Kindle Edition, 451 pages
Published May 2014 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (first published November 3rd 2013)
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Sheri
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finding Jayda by Samantha Johns

Jayda Parrish, a middle class young woman from St. Louis decides to finally leave her alcoholic/abusive boyfriend to start a new life. She is desperate to flee and even fakes her own death. Her life is about to change. The police are slowly tracking her down but she does meet some nice people along the way.

As she tries to figure out what to do with her life, where to settle down she finds herself falling in love. Will her life ever be normal? Will she be able to
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Eric Shoars
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the opening scenes of Finding Jayda I was nervous it was going to be a clichéd "woman fakes death to escape abusive boyfriend but intrepid cop and abusive boyfriend know she's faked her death and then find her in new life". Wow, that is so not this book. Finding Jayda is a compelling story with real characters and more twists and turns than one would think possible but it's all presented in a way that is credible. Samantha Johns does a wonderful job of weaving a story about the main character ...more
Books&Dreams
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Book Worms gave this book 5 stars.
Review left by Leigh a Book Worms reviewer, thanks Leigh.



Jayda Parrish is hoping for a change in her life. She has been in a long, abusive relationship with Carson Liddell for years. She works at a fuse factory and makes minimum pay. She has planned an escape from her life for a while but is just ready to put it into action.

She decides to fake her own death to escape her horrible life and start a new and better one. She moves to another city far away in hope
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D.S. Schmeckpeper
Wow! What a ride! This book was a true emotional rollar coaster all the way through, experiencing the many highs and lows of life as the titular character struggles with dealing with what life throws at her after a risky escape from an abusive relationship. The author masterfully shows us the fears, growth, healing, and hopes of Jayda, as she attempts to escape her past and embrace the possibility of a better life. I found myself being able to relate to Jayda, despite never being in any of her c ...more
David Wolstenholm
At first this book seemed like just another typical romantic book. But that is far from the truth. There are some great twists and turns that you wouldn't expect. The book is quite long though. You can't read it in one sitting. The chapters are a bit long too but they are broken up into smaller sections that makes it easier to read. The overall book is well written and organized. If you are looking for a great read then this is the book for you.
Victoria
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was amazing! It was such an emotional rollercoaster ride. All I wanted the whole time was a happy ending for Jayda. It was a long book but it never got boring. There was always a new twist waiting right around the corner. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!
Wendy
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicola's 5 Bare Naked Stars Review

I really don’t have any idea how to start this, and out of all the books I’ve read and reviewed, ‘Finding Jayda’ is definitely the only one I have found hard to write. I have wracked my brain trying to think what to write without giving away any spoilers. But its bloody hard.

This book has so much that happens within is pages that it’s hard not to reveal anything, even by mistake.

What I will say is that Samantha has really delivered a magnificent story full of su
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Nic Spears
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
** Review for BareNakedWords **

I really don’t have any idea how to start this, and out of all the books I’ve read and reviewed, ‘Finding Jayda’ is definitely the only one I have found hard to write. I have wracked my brain trying to think what to write without giving away any spoilers. But its blood hard.
This book has so much that happens within is pages that it’s hard not to reveal anything, even by mistake.

What I will say is that Samantha has really delivered a magnificent story full of suspe
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Red Cheeks Reads
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book actually started out for me with my “bore hackles” up but I was very wrong. Jayda fakes her own death to get out of an abusive relationship with her cheating,alcoholic boyfriend. I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy that ride, but I did !! Very much so !! There are a lot of twist and turns as Jayda takes her new path, all the while being hunted down, by the police, her ex … her own emotional roller coaster. She meets some great people along the way. Jayda, on the whole, I didn’t care for ...more
Alex Prosper
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a harrowing and hopeful tale. I'm a big fan of Samantha Johns' writing, having loved all 3 books in her "Repentant Demon" trilogy, so I trusted I would find similar high-level plotting, story and character development in Finding Jayda. I was richly rewarded! The writing soars, and the character of Jayda is a winning, well-defined woman we come to relate to, root for and suffer with throughout the novel. Along the way there are great scenes including romance, courtroom drama, and relati ...more
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Wow! This book was amazing! I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. Finding Jayda was a little different type of read then I am use to but I absolutely loved it.

I was hooked right from the beginning. It starts with the police investigating whether Jayda's abusive boyfriend has killed her. It's clear that she has set him up to take the blame for her death while she runs away. I immediately thought that she would somehow form a romantic relationship with the police officer working on her cas
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Georgiann Hennelly
I was given a copy for free in exchange for an honest review.Jayda Parrish , is a middle class young women from St Louis, she finally decides to leave her abusive / alcoholic boyfriend to start a new life. Desperate to flee she fakes her own death. Her life is about to change. The police are tracking her down slowly but along the way she meets some nice people. As she tries to figure out what she wants to do with her life , where she wants to settle down, she finds herself falling in love, Will ...more
Joy Whiteside
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read that I finished in one sitting.

It had a great story, that will keep you interested from beginning till the end, has amazing characters and moved along at a great pace.

This is a must read. You will not be disappointed.
Sherry
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book by Samantha Johns. From the first page until the last it held your interest. The characters were well thought out & kept you involved in what was going to happen to them. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Romantic/Suspense.
Simone Smith
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*ARC received in return for an honest review

This is the first book I have read from author Samantha Johns and, to be honest, it is not the typical read I would usually go for. Like most bloggers we are given the chance to review and experience different stories from authors we would not normally try and, with this said, I am truly grateful to each and every author that gives us the chance to review their books. I have delved into many a story with my eyes closed (excuse the term) but so many of
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Christi Lofton
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the author, I was allowed to read an ARC of this book for an honest review. This is an intriguing story that has many twists and turns along the way. The book covers quite a large amount of time and the main character, Jayda, faces many challenges during this time. This book covers a wide array of intense subjects, such as abuse, murder, Christianity, abstinence, prison, jury trial, pregnancy, PTSD and childhood cancer, just to name a few. Needless to say, with this many subjects occur ...more
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