Monday, February 23, 2015

Not Forgotten Review

Not Forgotten

By Donna M. Zadunajsky

NOT FORGOTTEN was awarded Indie Book of the Day, September 6th, 2014. 

Twenty-six years later, Deanna Iris and her son Brent move back to the town she grew up in--back where her secret began and when her life changed forever. 

As she is unpacking boxes, she receives a call from Officer Bates stating her sister and son have been taken to Mendota Community Hospital after being critically injured in a car accident. Sitting with her son who is unconscious and her sister Sheila who is in a coma, Deanna meets their doctor who reminds her of someone she once knew. Could it be possible that Dr. Sheldon is her daughter, who Deanna was told died minutes after being born? 

After meeting her old friend who knew about her secret, and is later found murdered, Deanna receives a note in her mailbox telling her to leave town or she will suffer the same fate. What transpired all those years ago and who is the mysterious woman she spots as she drives by her sister's house? 
Will Deanna ever allow herself to be loved and to let go of the past? Or will searching for the answers lead to her death?

After Deanna buries her newborn daughter and moves away, it takes her many years to put it behind her. Now that she has returned to her hometown, an accident causes a chance meeting with her teenage son’s doctor, who she believes, on impulse, is the daughter that she buried so long ago. This sets off a chain of events that uncovers more than a few family secrets.

I really liked Deanna’s character, and how independent she had become by the end of the book. The many twists kept me guessing and trying to figure the mystery out. I was beyond shocked when I found out the truth about Deanna’s past trauma. I don’t know that I would be able to handle her life, or the aftermath. This story will stay with you for a long time.

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Donna Zadunajsky was born and raised in Bristolville, Ohio. She is 41 years old and currently lives in Homer Glen, Illinois. Ever since she was a teenager, she had an interest and a dream to write books. Six years ago that dream came true. She has written seven children's books that are about her daughter and all the adventures that she has done in her young life. They are currently on the Barnes and Noble and Amazon website and at Available in eBook and paperback. She has also started writing short stories as well as a novels. She published her first novel, "Broken Promises," June 2012, and "Not Forgotten", in May 2013, currently working on her third novel.

Besides writing, she enjoys spending time with her twelve-year-old daughter and her husband, their two dogs and two cats. She enjoys reading and working on crafts and scrapbooking. She has currently graduated from The Institute of Children's Literature. 

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