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Things that happen to you in the past can mold you into someone you’re not.

Grace discovers a box in her parents’ attic that contains enough suspicious items to cause her to believe that the people she had called Mom and Dad her whole life may not have been her real parents.

After recovering from the shock of her parents’ deaths, Grace Lindroth is tor
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Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published February 26th 2015 by Florence Osmund
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Bkwmlee
This was another book that was on my list to read for the A to Z Author Challenge – it was for the letter “O” which is one of those letters that I had a hard time finding a book/author that matched. Coming up against the end of the year, this was one of the last few books I had left to complete this challenge and in all honesty, I regretted a bit saving this one until the end, reason being that if this had been earlier on in the year, I would have DNF’ed this book without hesitation. Instead, I ...more
Sara
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
One of the least believable private detectives in the history of the genre. I have no training and would like to think that common sense and good instincts would have served me better than this. On the other hand, the mystery she is trying to solve is interestingly drawn enough to keep you reading. Too much stereotyping in all the characters. Even as a light break from serious reading, you can do better than this.
Katie
May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
The plot was pretty good, but the book just plodded. I kept forgetting that it was set in the mid-60s--something about the speech patterns and language felt too modern, I think. And there were some misspellings, homophone problems, and errors in grammar and syntax. I was interested enough to finish the book, but I wouldn't really recommend it, nor will I look for the author's other works.
Boundless Book Reviews
This is a very good mystery that definitely keeps you reading. Any time I had to stop, I really hated it. I just wanted find out more.

Grace, a young PI, is on the search for clues about her past. She found some stuff after her parents death that led her to believe she isn't who she was raised up believing and maybe neither were her parents. While juggling investigative work for her Private Investigator business she is also on the search for the truth about her past and who she really
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Heather
Good mystery! Didn't feel like it was written in the right time period. But interesting. Could have done without the few swear words too.
Ange H
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is another example of a book where the author had a pretty good story in mind, but then f'd it all up with too many pages, too many characters, too many completely irrelevant details, too many scenes that went nowhere and added absolutely nothing to the plot. (I am even tired of hearing myself complain about this, but seriously don't books undergo review and editing anymore?)

After losing both of her parents in a freak accident, young Grace discovers evidence that they may in fac
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Michelle
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
The plot was intriguing with all sorts of twists and turns. However, the story seemed drawn out at times... and plodded along.
There were too many characters which became confusing for me.
More atmosphere of the sixties time period could have been conveyed via sensory details, with regards to clothes/furniture/events of the time/speech etc. This would have strengthened the story and made the setting more authentic... just a thought.
I have to say, it WAS a thought-provoking story!
Louisa Black
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was stuck in between wanting to finish this novel to find out the answers yet I didn't want it to end simply because it was a fantastic read.

This is a novel that focuses on Grace's attempts to find out who her real parents are. Yet this is not straightforward.
When I began reading this I naughtily thought 'I know how this is going to end up.' NO!!! This is by far one of the better books I've read along that vein of lost child looking for parents as I NEVER saw the twist coming, whi
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J.M. Powers
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I never wanted to be a private investigator. After high school, I'd had aspirations of becoming an interior decorator and had even enrolled in classes at Morton Community College. But when my parents died from carbon monoxide poisoning in their home three months before my eighteenth birthday, with no relatives to take me in, I was left to fend for myself. And that was when everything changed.~Excerpt from Regarding Anna

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a book, the author weaving a m
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Marley
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love mysteries that involve adoption, and this is the best I've read so far. I really connected with it. Who's the daddy? Who's the mommy? Who's adopted? Who's not? Who killed Anna and why? Then there's stolen art, the Irish sweepstakes, and more. Some of it is over-the-top,but I don't care. I thought the ending was a bit contrived, but just about all mysteries are. Tying up lose ends can be messy.
Emily Wright
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book which kept me captivated and interested throughout. I couldn't put it down and felt a real connection to the main character. I kept having to remind myself that it was only a book and that what happened to any characters wouldn't actually effect me.
Cinda Smith-lovekamp
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Solid 4 stars

I found this book to be well-written and well thought out. it had several twists and turns that keep the reader interested and guessing.
Sandra Kent
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story!

This is a fabulous read that draws you in from the beginning. I can not tell you how many times I gasped in surprise. Florence Osmund is an incredible writer and story teller. It has everything...mystery. Intrigue, love, a bit of danger, and friends found along the way. I loved it!
Loraine Bailor
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting premise, some good characters, and the often difficult cost to finding out "the truth" is explored. I enjoyed the book, and the unwinding of the tale.
Marji Morris
Engaging plot
The main character, orphaned and trying to figure out her true parentage, goes back to the 1940s to uncover many mysteries. This is not the usual bumbling PI mystery, although Grace does have her share of mishaps. As she attempts to untangle her past and that of one of her clients, she learns a lot about herself and learns to trust. I'm not sure all the plot twists were believable and Elmer and Minnie, both key players didn't quite ring true in every scene, but I liked the book and f
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Monica Laura
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Ending wasn't what I thought it would be.

I didn't like the ending. It felt as if the author just wanted to end it, and she did...quickly. Blah!
Deb Quinn
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an intriguing story, that has twists throughout the story. As the main character unravels details of her past, and becomes aware of people who played important roles in her life, the story remained engaging, and made me wonder what she would discover next. I was not aware that the setting was Chicago in 1965 until I was reading the story, which added flavor to the story for me. The author made reference to locations and people that would be familiar to someone who lived in the area at th ...more
Chelsea Gomen
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book really annoyed me. The main character claimed to have gone to school to be a PI, but was severely lacking. Her character wasn't consistent. One minute she would comment that she knew someone wasn't being honest with her, and the next, she would completely miss the obvious clues that someone was lying. (view spoiler) ...more
Ogz
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The story of Grace and her life with her parents was very eventful even her job as a PI. I found the story consistent yet captivating and it had something new to offer. A very good read.

The events leading to Grace finding out who are real parents were got her new friends and a family as well as a home. Her interesting life, got people interested in her both in a good and bad way.

Very simple but intriguing story, a good read
Susan Baker
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this suspenseful book, but I was confused about the setting at first. The protagonist was likable.The story mostly believable. I would read her other books.
RJ
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
An interesting story line. The time period just did not make sense. The main character was likable but clueless.
Margaret A Register
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Good

The book is good, however there are many characters (as the story unfolds), so I found it a little difficult to keep track of everyone.
Gail
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Well written enjoyable story. Lots of twists and turns kept me reading this mystery trying to figure out how all the characters fit together
Kathryn
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the story of Grace, a 23 year old PI, who is nearly broke and struggling to make ends meet. She has cases that bring income, but is working on her personal case as well. When she was 14, her parents were killed by carbon monoxide in their home. She had no other family and was rushed out the house as the bank sold it. While collecting things to move, she found papers that indicated that they were not her parents. She stumbles upon information about Anna who was murdered but there is no de ...more
Stephani Fannin
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just love when free books turn out to be really good! I'm a sucker for any book about solving family mysteries, so I immediately downloaded this with high hopes.

Grace, a young Private Investigator, is juggling several small cases while trying to solve her own personal one. After her parents' deaths four years earlier, she discovered documents and pictures in the attic which led her to believe she was adopted and her birth mother was murdered. Grace meets several interesting characters and fol
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Ivy Bambenek
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This book took me awhile to read but I liked it! I agree with many of the reviews that say that there are too many characters and it gets confusing. The "twist" ending was a surprise that I did not see coming and for that I have to give it 3 stars. Oh that and the fact that there was no love interest for ONCE! I liked that it focused solely on the story of this young woman trying to figure out who she is. Another minor complaint I have is the time it is set in (1960s) it doesn't really add to th ...more
Debra
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel wasn't bad but I just kept forgetting that it was set in the 60s. I guess that just shows this novel could be set in any time period but I want to see references to time sensitive people, lingo, places, etc if the novel is set in a particular time period. The characters were interesting and well developed and had to keep guessing and put things together many times to solve the mystery of how all the characters and events were related. That helped to hold my interest throughout the nov ...more
Ken Orton
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Overall a very entertaining read with lots of twists and turns. You can read the synopsis all over but the main thing I liked was that I could see the characters. I think it would make a good movie. Basically, a young woman begins work as a Private Investigator and finds that everything that affects her is not an accident, it's by design. Adopted as a baby, she investigates her cases in her new profession while simultaneously trying to solve the mystery of who were her real parents, what happene ...more
Denise
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Denise by: The author
Wasn't really expecting to enjoy this book so much but I did! I couldn't put it down. The characters were so charming and real. I loved Minnie's spunk, Tymon's sweetness and Gracie's heart. These characters came to live and created a beaufiful story. I was rather surprised no how it ended. I'm so glad I stopped at the booth at LitFest 2016 and talked to the author. I will be passing this onto my mother to read as she will love it too.
Shirley
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books, mystery
I quite enjoyed the mystery in Regarding Anna. Many twists and turns to keep up your interest - but the writing itself was very simplistic. There were many grammatical errors, etc throughout, but in spite of that this was a good story. The young private investigator is trying to discover if her parents really were her biological parents. To get there she gets to know many characters that may have been a part of this mystery. A simple read that kept me coming back for more.
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After more than three decades of working in a business career, Florence Osmund retired to write novels. Her notable website is dedicated primarily to helping new authors—offering advice she wishes she had received before starting her first novel. All of Osmund's novels have earned the BRAG Medallion, an honor awarded to less than 15% of books submitted. She currently resides on a tranquil lake in ...more
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