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Halt at X

(North of Boston #1)

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How long will you stand up for what you believe when your world unravels?

Lucinda Tyne Beck, VP and uber college fundraiser, uncovers illegal use of donations by her boss, Frank Wickes, the flashy new President of her alma mater on the rocky North Shore of Massachusetts. As her 17-year marriage to artsy photographer Bart Beck unravels at a betrayal Lucinda can’t deny—much
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 16th 2015 by Sally Ann Sims
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Clare O'Beara
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this four and a half stars as a women's fiction novel with elements of suspense and horses, with the proviso that it won't suit every reader equally. The plot is well worked out and fleshed out with adult characters and motivations; there are two distinctly individual horses, a rescued bald eagle and some pets.

Lucinda made a mistake with a roguish horseman, and the affair was over long before her husband got to hear of it. Obviously, this indicated that her marriage wasn't perfect in
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Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Halt at X
Sally Ann Sims

One of the perils and pleasures of reviewing is that one can find oneself reading things one would never normally choose to pick up. For me, one such book is Halt at X by Sally Ann Sims. In this case, a peril became a pleasure, as I became engrossed in the intrigues surrounding fundraising activities at a New England college with its sights set on university status. At the end of each day, I looked forward to my next instalment, and read in bed long after I should have sto
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Carol Davison
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finally a novel with a female protagonist to admire. The likable heroine of the novel, Lucinda, carries herself with dignity, strength and ethical professionalism. She is someone I would like to know. The flow of the story is wonderful and the writing has an almost rhythmic quality to it. The author has done a great job of detailing Lucinda's work life and clearly has a grasp on the complexities of academic fund raising. The story weaves together Lucinda's professional and personal life with the ...more
Kathleen Ruby
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Halt at X is an impressive first novel. In addition to being immediately drawn in to the story of Lucinda Beck, a confident, competent college administrator embroiled in work-place conflict and personal crisis, I was amused by the subtle humor and completely transported into Lucinda's world by the author's descriptive style. Lucinda travels from her office in the coastal "Ivory Tower", to lavish parties courting donors at mansions, to the Puffy Muffin snack bar on campus, always making time to v ...more
Mary Campbell
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Halt at X is a captivating read. The protagonist, Lucinda, is a complex, well-crafted character: academic administrator, wife in a troubled marriage, New Englander with a background and continued interest in horses. The author has managed to blend all of Lucinda's pursuits into a suspenseful plot full of twists and turns that show Lucinda's struggles to lead her life with integrity and purpose. She's a modern-day heroine I enjoyed getting to know as I read her story.
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Loved the book. Felt like I was in Plumcliff. Loved the characters. Prose crisp and so descriptive. Felt like I wanted to adopt the pets.
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Sally Ann Sims is a writer and scientist with an MS in conservation biology. Her fiction combines contemporary, historical, suspense, thriller, and romance elements.

Sally's first novel, Halt at X: A North of Boston Novel, explores the intriguing world of philanthropic fundraising and clashing ambitions at a fictional college on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

Sally's second novel, Yellow Sky, Eme
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