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In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She ...more
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Published June 1st 2015 by Page Publishing Inc
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Jessica C Writes
Mar 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF- Full review will be up on my blog soon.

This book was written and edited poorly. Many grammar mistakes, sentences have no flow, and there is no overall plot.
Rachel (borntoberustic)
(Actual star rating: 1.5 stars)

I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads synopsis:

"In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks
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Boundless Book Reviews
Odessa is a young girl when she meets Nicholas at her Aunts boarding house. He is older than her and for 4 years they tiptoe around each other and the bond between them that is undeniable. Soon they find themselves on the run so as to protect their love. The past that is best left buried and a bond that cannot be forgotten lead these two on an amazing journey.

This book was really well written. It was a book that was full of mystery. It took me a bit to understand some of what was going on, but
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Al
I tried with this one, but I just couldn't get into it.
Maureen
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense
A view weeks ago I received ‘Can’t Buy Forever’ in exchange for my review. This book sounded like an interesting read so I was super excited to start reading as soon as I could.

In ‘Can’t Buy Forever’ we meet Odessa Drake. Odessa lives in a boarding house owned by her widowed aunt. Years ago Nicholas started living in the attic of the boarding house. And ever since Odessa and Nicholas had a special bond. But since Nicholas is older, nothing ever happened more than friendship. And Odessa really
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Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: June 16th 2017


"Coincidences don't add up, choices do. We build our life one choice at a time for better or for worse."

*** A copy of this bookwas kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Amy
Mar 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017-reads
A Magical World of Words

(Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review).

1.5 stars.

I love thrillers. And seeing as this particular thriller is blended with historical romance, I thought it sounded amazing.
Unfortunately, I just couldn't love this book. Or even go as far as to say I liked it...


The grammar was horrendous. I have never before seen such typos and grammatical errors. From the blurb on the back, to the author info, to the story itself, the
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Morrisa
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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Josie Jaffrey
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
*The Gin Book Club received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.*

First off, there is way too much detail on the back of this book. It needs to be massively condensed and snappier to read. Secondly, I counted 6 spelling/editing errors in the blurb on the back of the book alone, two of which were the names of the main characters, plus the author’s name is spelt wrong on the back cover AND the title of the book is spelt wrong on the spine – this is just unforgivably
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Mandy
This has to be the first time I'm quite certain I have no clue how to feel about this book. There were some things that I did really like and there were some parts I was super unsure about it. Let's just discuss the things I did enjoy first before I get into my rambling confused mess.

First off, I really enjoyed Laffoon's writing. I'm not sure what it was about the way she wrote, but I really liked her voice. It was something like a storyteller telling a story that had that kind of quality to
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Kathleen
May 28, 2017 marked it as gave-up-on
DNF: I tried. Honestly I really did.

A few months ago I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. The author had stated that this would be a book that "I wouldn't be able to put down." It turned out to be a book that I had to force myself to pick up and continue reading. Until I couldn't do it anymore.

I received this book at the end of February 2017 and 3 months later, I was only able to get to about 50% of the book. First, the writing. It is not good. Poor
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Holly
Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author in ex-change for an honest review. So here it goes...

Thoroughly I enjoyed this book, but not the beginning or the end. I'm not saying it was all bad because it wasn't. I found that the writing style was very choppy feeling and had quite a few grammar errors, which made me have to take several look backs to figure out what certain sentences were saying. Some of the other things about the writing I had qualms about such as the aspects of adding the French
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Sarah Swann
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Well, where do I start? This book had potential. I was semi-enjoying it until about halfway through when it just got WEIRD! There was such a great love story between Dessa and Nicolas, but the way Nicholas' character was taken...it made no sense. It was confusing and I just didn't enjoy it at all. He was a gypsy/Mormon/immortal??? The time period was a bit confusing too because the way it was written made me think it was set long ago, when it was actually set in the 1950s. But the characters' ...more
Stephanie
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I will be reviewing this soon
Anuk
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
If you’re judging by the title and a few first chapters you could easily say this is a romance novel set in 1950s America. However it’s not at all that simple.


The story is told by the protagonist, a girl called Odessa Drake who lives with her aunt. She describes her life as boring and uneventful except for one thing: there is a man called Nicholas who makes her days more interesting. This is a man with a limp and unknown origin, never in a mood to reveal more about himself. They fall in love and
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Minx
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, fiction
True Rating 3.5 stars

Can’t Buy Forever is a story about love, loss, and forgiveness. It also has fantasy elements, religious elements, and folklore. It was so much more than I expected. This story follows the lives of Odessa and Nicholas. At the start of the book, they have a connection that is amazing. There have been no physical actions on either of their parts to consummate the attraction because Odessa is young and Nicholas is a boarder at her Aunt’s house. Nicholas is older and works at a
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Lynne
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a delightful book. It's very different to my usual reads but it turned out to be a little gem. It's what I can only describe as part love story and part thriller with an excellent twist.

Odessa Drake meets and falls hopelessly in love with a mysterious man called Nicholas who rents a room in her Aunt Flo's boarding house. Nicholas discloses little about his past and when events take an unpleasant turn, Odessa and Nicholas are forced to flee across the country to safety.

This book is
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Emily Davies
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
We’re kicking off the February reviews with ‘Can’t Buy Forever’ by Susan Laffoon, an historical romance meets thriller. This book was different from my usual genre, so I was very excited to read it – and I wasn’t disappointed. I completed this book in two sittings, I honestly couldn’t put it down. Something I really enjoyed about this narrative is the way Susan’s writing constantly kept you on your toes. You open this book expecting a romance and leave with something much more.

Full review can be
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Emily
Oct 17, 2017 added it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, opinions, and ramblings are my own.

Can't Buy Forever is the story of nineteen Odessa Drake (who hates her name: one part Swan Princess, other part ugly duckling), living in 1950's upper New York state, with her aunt who runs a lodging house mostly occupied by workers from the nearby mine. Odessa, despite thinking herself an ugly duckling, from her description and the way other
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Katherine (KWBookReviews.com)
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I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. Make sure to read more reviews at Katherine's Book Reviews.

Can’t Buy Forever is a young-adult romance novel by Susan Laffoon. It stars Odessa Drake, who is known as Dessa. She is a teenage girl who is surviving a tough home life during the 1950s. Dessa takes a chance and moves away from home to work in a boarding house and be with her aunt. In her aunt’s home, there is a miner named Nicholas who ends up staying in the attic
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The Logophile
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Blog: https://thelogophile.wixsite.com/blog

* I received a free ebook copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review *

I started this not knowing where it would lead. I was thinking, "this isn't usually the type of book I would go for". Well, what did I know?!

Do not be fooled. If you were to judge this book on its first few chapters, you would be forgiven for believing it to be an historical romance. However, you will be far from correct.

The book opens in 1950s America with the story of
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Anthony
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can't Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon

Love and fate go hand in hand in the romantic period drama Can't Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon. A tale of romance, family feuds and unexplainable
power, this incredible story takes readers through the post World War II mid-west American setting to tell the story of two star crossed lovers
that must fight to be together. Here is the official synopsis:

In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance
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Jackie Maloney
May 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Title: Can’t Buy Forever
Author: Susan Laffoon
Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Thank you so much Susan Laffoon for sending me a copy of your novel for review!
This is a spoiler free review

Summary:
Odessa Drake, a.k.a. Dessa, is a young woman living in the 1950’s at a boarding home full of an eclectic group of people. Dessa takes interest in one resident in particular, Nicholas, who has been a mystery to her for the past four years. Suddenly, there lives are entangled together and they form a bond stronger
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Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz
The summary of this book sounds wonderful. The cover looks great too! I was immediately intrigued and excited to read this book. I jumped into the first chapter and liked it pretty well, although when you read this book you are kind of thrown into the story without much of a backstory.

As I continued reading, a few things started to bother me. First of all, the writing style was a bit hard to follow. It was pretty choppy and it jumped around to the point that I would feel like I missed something
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Gilly
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it

The Blurb

In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little
...more
Gordon Long
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story starts out like a simple Young Adult romance: Girl meets Boy, Girl loses Boy, Girl gets Boy. But very early we get hints that all is not as it seems. We are gradually eased into realizing that there are deeper waters flowing, here. This author has a deft touch with the supernatural, and uses restraint in allowing the story to be about the feelings of the characters, not about playing with magic.
Other strengths of the story are the likeable and interesting characters, who keep us
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Clare
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was sent a copy for review by the author.

I found myself skip-reading this a great deal. Whilst I liked Odessa and some of the side characters (Elise was a great one) I didn't fully connect with them - much of which I feel was down to the writing style which I just did not enjoy.

I wanted to like this a lot because there was potential for a good story in there and the romance was sweet but ultimately I struggled with it. It was hard to follow the writing at times and I found myself going back
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James W. Robison Jr.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
An Adirondack Tale

So many unexpected twists and turns throughout this story..
Brings back wonderful childhood memories of growing up in the Adirondacks.
Stuart Aken
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Listed as Teen/YA romance and mystery, this is a book in a genre I wouldn’t normally read. However, I was approached by the author for a review, read the blurb, and decided to give it a chance.
I’d actually classify it as fantasy romance, but that’s a personal judgment based on how I view the content. That it was written for a younger readership is clear from the innocence of the main relationship and the avoidance of sexual references. However, the book does cover some of the darker side of
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Alysa Hansen
May 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
** I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. **

I agreed to read and review this book because the description intrigued me. I was doing well reading and following the plot until approximately page 80. Things started to get confusing and I hate to say it, weird, and I just couldn’t follow. I hate to DNF (did not finish) books so I plodded along until Chapter 9 (pg. 132). I left my bookmark wedged between the pages, indicating that I would make another
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