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Why are strangers suddenly appearing in a sleepy North Carolina town? What do they have to do with widow Olivia Roberts? Why is her neighbor and friend Bill Horton so dead set against her traveling to Dallas, Texas? When she journeys from her North Carolina home to Dallas in search of answers to questions from November 22, 1963 she learns more than she ever expected. “View ...more
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Published October 18th 2014 by Amazon
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Mark Fine
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Alternate History literature I was in my element reading Elizabeth Newton's imaginative and provocative tale of those tragic events--on that mind numbing day, November 22, 1963, But that's merely the capstone on which this fine story is based; it is the aftermath rendered in richly human terms that makes this story so original and compelling. It's a special writers' gift to take a much vilified anti-hero and inexorably, page by page, rehabilitate him into a most sympathetic and admir ...more
Gisela Hausmann
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciated this book because it presented a few great concepts we don’t see too often.
After the sudden passing of her husband Livvy has a bit too much time on her hands. Not wanting to hang around her children she is looking for things to do. Just spending time with her girl friends is not enough.

“… Helping choose a mother of the bride dress fell to me. I thought I had lucked out. After all what could be so complicated about finding an appropriate dress for a winter wedding?
I sat with
Suzi Albracht
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Novel Ripe with Life and the Question of What Might Have Been

A funny thing happened to me as I was reading this novel – I became a convert, at least for this author. I’ll be honest. I don’t go out of my way to read romantic novels, novels where the main characters are in their twilight years, or conspiracy novels. Newton shattered all my thoughts on these types of novels. I loved her book. Let me say that again – I loved her book.

As I began to read, Newton convinced me that a romance novel doe
Charlie Flowers
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, cards on the table- I'm a massive JFK conspiracy fan. So I approached this intrigued- would Elizabeth Horton-Newton be able to pull off a new slant on the massive Kennedy assassination scene? And I think she has. What starts as a weird hybrid of middle-aged romance cum road trip, turns into a paranoid thriller in the style of The Parallax View, and gets faster and faster to a breathless denouement.
Full marks also for accurate descriptions of spies' "tradecraft". Loved it.
Marc Secchia
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
The assassination of JFK is fertile ground for conspiracy theories and Horton-Newton does a great job of painting that in this story, which for genre we shall have to say is a thriller/romance/whodunnit that for the most part moves at a lively pace. The opening is shaded nicely except for authorial comments which kept creeping in, foreshadowing the events to come, and I found those annoying. Yes, it's a bit of a technical nitpick as a writer, but the mood was coming along nicely (stormy night, d ...more
S.P. Aruna
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
69 ratings with a 4.5 average on Goodreads, and 4.4 average rating with 85 Amazon reviews, 71% of which are 5 stars, I would say is pretty impressive for an Indie author.

I also think it's pretty courageous to explicitly declare Oswald's innocence through a novel, (although Don DeLillo already did this very successfully in Libra.) There is a risk in presenting such a controversial political view, but I applaud it. I cannot say with 100 % certainty that Oswald didn't do it, but I am very sure he w
Dave Adair
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very clever tale filled with twists and turns that you think you are able to predict, but you somehow come up short each time. I enjoyed getting to know the main characters and felt that there was always something else going on with them, and was anxious to find out the truth.

The conspiracy angle, combined with the growing depth of the relationship between the two main characters, kept me interested and wanting to learn more. I rooted for Livvy each step of the way as she reached outs
Michelle Medhat
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
View from the Sixth Floor is an amazing read. It starts out a story about loving, kind people in their twilight years, looking out and caring for one another, but accelerates rapidly into an incredibly adrenalin-fuelled ride that one could never have imagined these characters embarking on in the first few pages of easy going, homespun delight. These characters – Olivia and Bill – are wonderful to read. Through the superb writing talent of Elizabeth Horton-Newton their lives leap from the page an ...more
N. Gosney
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I wasn't sure what to expect from this book initially. Firstly I'm not American, so my knowledge of JFK's assassination is fairly limited, and I was born 20 years after it happened, so although I obviously know a little about the subject, it's not something I'm terribly familiar with. I guess I thought I was going to be reading a book that is fairly politically heavy, perhaps focusing on the government or members of congress...something like that. So I was very surprised (and, if ...more
Neil Newton
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A view from the sixth floor” is a first novel by Elizabeth Horton Newton. This book is very cleverly constructed to give the reader an optimal reading experience. The book begins as a seemingly homey tale of two senior citizens in a small North Carolina town.

Olivia Roberts has lived quietly in the same town for years with her husband George. Their neighbor Bill is a quiet man who becomes George’s best friend and confidant. When George passes away, Olivia turns to their neighbor Bill for help an
Molly Gambiza
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

View from the Sixth Floor is a great story, every word is carefully written. I felt as if I was watching a good movie, a movie i wouldn’t mind watching over and over again. I like the way Elizabeth Newton selected her characters, they are not too many, they are easy to remember and the parts they play in this great story is believable. The relationship between Olivia and Bill is an eye opener….Wow!!!! It was all nice and smooth until they set off for Dallas and it was at this stage when I hated
Kathy Broggy
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Horton-Newton is an amazing story teller. This book is written in the first person and once you are into the first few pages you almost feel as if you are listening to someone in the room with you, and within a short time she is someone you really care about! I remember well the actual events of that November but after reading this book I am left with so many what ifs that I find myself thinking about these people frequently. I have gone back and read it a second time, and then I have ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A feel-good suspense novel

Attracted by the interesting cover and curious about a plot that would overturn much of what we know about the Kennedy assassination, I left a comment online to the author, and to my surprise, she sent the book to me as a gift!
Not an avid reader of romantic novels, I was delighted to find myself all wrapped up in the “View from the Sixth Floor.” The fluid writing, the arresting images, the plot that gripped and held me, and the beautiful love story, made it a feel-good
Shirley McLain
Stayed up most of the night reading this excellent conspiracy, mystery book that is a real page turner. I liked the story line concerning the Assassination of President Kennedy, all of the little details that was put into the story. It took me back to 1963 all over again. The characters were strong and believable and the dialogue excellent. Even contains some romance. I felt it was good writing from start to finish. I didn't pick up on any problems. If you like intrigue and suspense I highly rec ...more
Bridget Ryan
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome! I read it this weekend, couldn't put it down. Now I am haunted by questions about something I haven't ever really thought about! This book started off easy and slow paced, and I wondered where we were going than bang! off we went on an amazing adventure. I have looked for other books by this author but I can't find any! I hope she is writing one, I can't wait to read it! Excellent story! Well told! Loved it!
Lavern Winters
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book grabbed me and didn't let go. I was completely immersed into an intriguing plot and interesting characters. The first person narrative was superbly executed. This a "what if" fiction surrounding the conspiracy theories about the assassination of JFK. Fifty years after the assassination someone knows what really happened that day and it isn't what anyone else thinks. Well done! Good plot, good character development and an over all good read. Appropriate for ages 16 plus.
Geoff Nelder
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One Thursday after school six of us teens met up outside the Gaumont in Cheltenham. With the exuberance of youth we giggled our way in to watch The Village of the Damned, a film adaptation of John Wyndham’s science fiction novel, The Midwich Cuckoos. I was mad keen on science fiction and eager to see the film and to hold the hand of Elaine (surname withheld to protect our blushes.). Sadly, Colin wasn’t so keen on the film and might have imbibed too much under-age cider. He kept tickling the girl ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
View from the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale by Elizabeth Horton-Newton is an alternate-history, romantic, thriller. I know that sounds like a lot to throw into one book, but Newton did it, and she did it well.
View from the Sixth Floor takes place in 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of Kennedy's death. The story is told in a first-person narrative by recent widow, Oliva Roberts. The tone has a chatty feel like that of a cozy mystery. She becomes obsessed with the idea of traveling to Dallas to learn
David Jarrett
This book combines elements of a mystery with a romance between two seniors, a North Carolina widow and her deceased husband's best friend, an enigmatic character who has a long-buried connection with the John F. Kennedy assassination. The story takes place in 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of Kennedy's death.

The protagonist, Olivia Roberts, after watching several television programs about the assassination, becomes convinced that the accepted explanation of how it occurred might not be the trut
N.W. Moors
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book was good, although I had a pretty good idea of the big reveal early in the book. But the book was very slow to get there and then never really delivered. It was way too vague in the details of the conspiracy, maybe on purpose as Bill didn't want Olivia to know, but it left me hanging and slightly bored.
I probably would have given this book three stars, but it badly needed a proofreader. There were almost no commas in the entire book and it really interrupted the flow of
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Why are strangers suddenly appearing in a sleepy North Carolina town? What do they have to do with widow Olivia Roberts? Why is her neighbor and friend Bill Horton so dead set against her traveling to Dallas, Texas? When she journeys from her North Carolina home to Dallas in search of answers to questions from November 22, 1963 she learns more than she ever expected.
“View from the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale” is a story of “what-ifs”? What if the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on No
Karen Mossman
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
This is a really entertaining book, quite different from what I have read before. The heroine in the story is 60 - ish - and yes it is a romance story, too. I thought that would have put me off, after all aren't the main characters supposed to be young? Well no, as it happens, why should they? Olivia was a great character that went through an incredible experience.

The story is an alternative view - what if Lee Harvey Oswald, who shot the American President in 1963, didn't die? It's a great thril
Boundless Book Reviews
I have to say that this book earned the 5 stars. From the first page I was sucked into the story and the history. It was a great book filled with history, romance, intrigue, and conspiracy. It was very well written and had a great storyline. It was a work of fiction, but books like this can really get a person to thinking about the time old question of What If? This is one of the best historical books I have read in a while and will highly recommend....Stormi

Michael Lynes
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars and well earned! I read this book in the kindle edition and finished it in one sitting. It was well written with a clear strong narrative voice and with a near perfect blend of detail, inner/out thoughts and dialogue that brought the reader into the developing mystery/thriller/romance in a well paced and very enjoyable manner. The plot has been well summarized in many other reviews so I will merely add that I enjoyed this book thoroughly and I recommend it highly to those who enjoy go ...more
Benedict Martin
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read. I'm not into conspiracy theories, and tend to stay away from romance type stories, so the fact this managed to suck me in shows what a great job the author did weaving this tale together. Olivia and Bill make a great couple. I'd like to say more, but I'm afraid of giving away the plot. (There's some secrets in this story, let me tell you) All in all, this was a fun read and I look forward to reading more from Elizabeth Horton-Newton.
C.A. Sanders
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting a bit more of a thriller when I picked this up, but the sweetness of the plot kept me reading. It's actually a low tension book, so if you're looking for a high octane spy novel, this isn't it. Instead, it's a charming October romance between a widow, Liv, and her late husbands best friend, Bill. On a trip to Dallas--Liv has become obsessed with the Kennedy assassination and Bill reluctantly accompanies her--Bill's secret past comes into focus as their friendship becomes love.

Carole Parkes
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I read it quite a while ago, but the story remains fresh in my memory. I liked it so much I also read another of this author's books. Looking forward to reading more.
Jessica Wren-Wilson
Since the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, countless conspiracy theories have emerged. Many of them center around the fact that Lee Harvey Oswald was, at the very least, not the lone gunman. Looking into it myself, I have read that some even claim the fatal shot was fired accidentally by one of JFK’s own bodyguards. Regardless of what actually happened that fateful day, November 22, 1963, it doesn’t change the fact that America lost one of its most memorable presidents. It also doesn’t ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes conspiracy theory books
Recommended to Ekta by: the author
A woman fascinated with the assassination of John F. Kennedy visits Dallas for the 50th anniversary of his death. When a friend accompanies her, the woman learns new facts about that day in history and discovers how tough she is all in one trip. Author Elizabeth Horton-Newton offers a fresh take that will encourage readers to ask their own questions in the thoughtful novel View from the Sixth Floor.

After the death of her husband, George, Olivia feels a little lost. She’s doing her best to work t
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a story that you can't exactly put in a genre box (not that one HAS to do so). It has elements of Romance, then kind of like a Cosy mystery, then a dash of Suspense/Thriller. As anyone can glean from the sub-title, the assassination of JFK plays into the plot.

Told in first-person from the point of view of Olivia (Livvy) Roberts, we quickly learn that she is widowed from her husband of many years (George) and that George's best friend (Bill) and close neighbor has sworn to watch over her.
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Elizabeth Horton-Newton has been called the Seductress of Suspense because she draws readers into her stories, builds the suspense, and just when the solution seems to be obvious, she pulls the rabbit out of the hat and reveals a dark truth. Her lifelong interest in the Kennedy assassination conspiracy resulted in her first novel, "View From the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale". With the release of he ...more

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