A Life of Their Own

A Life of Their Own

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When Kate and her children step onto a bus early one Tuesday morning, she knows this is their only chance: their only chance at freedom and at a life of their own. But can she ensure their safety? Can she ensure they will never be found?

This feeling haunts Kate as she and her children begin a new life far from New York, far from their troubled past.

Little does she know that their new life will bring her closer to a different past, a life she had long given up, making her already fragile world more complicated than she could have ever imagined.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15.24mm | 258.55g
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 178132915X
  • 9781781329153
  • 3,416,936

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"Great read. The author wrote a story that was interesting and moved at a pace that kept me engaged. The characters were easy to invest in." - Cristie Underwood, NetGalley, 4 Stars; "The writing style is very good and very pleasant and fluent to read. The book has been very clearly structured and the plot is traceable and very interesting. The characters look very authentic and traceable to me. The author succeeds in writing in a very detailed way about the scenery, characters, surroundings and emotions. This story is fascinating and consistent at the same time and keeps the tension until the end." - Annemarie Seeger, NetGalley, 5 Stars; "It was a beautifully written novel by an extremely talented writer. Excellent character depiction, plus an exciting storyline make for a roaring success. Highly recommended." - Julia Shkolnik, NetGalley, 4 Stars; "I loved this heartwarming story of love and trust, kindness and patience. I would recommend this book." - Shirley McAllister, NetGalley, 5 Stars; 'I absolutely devoured this book - Kate and her children grab a bus and run from an abusive husband and father. Can Kate leave her horrible past and begin again?' - Dawn Byers, NetGalley, 4 Stars; 'Unfortunately there is a large number of women that can relate to the storyline here...escaping an abusive situation is NEVER easy. This story was beautifully and accurately written- it touched my heart that's for sure.' - Kade Gulluscio, NetGalley, 5 Stars; 'A wonderful suspense story with a few interesting twists. HIGHLY recommend!' - Janice Lombardo, NetGalley; 'The most dangerous time in a domestic violence situation is upon leaving! Kate wants out with her two children; fleeing Adam and leaving everything she's ever known in NYC for Colorado. I absolutely enjoyed this on many levels especially in regards to the ending and using those wings to fly. As a survivor of abuse I've never felt comfortable with the term 'victim' because you can always seek hope, healing, and love. Love always wins over hate! A-L-W-A-Y-S!' - D.H., NetGalley, 5 Stars; 'I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thank you for the chance to read it.' - Annette Herbst, NetGalley; "A mother's love knows no bounds. Kate literally risks her life to save the lives of her two children, Jake and Lucy. Little does she know it at the time, but she will end up saving herself. This little book is big on love, trust and forgiveness. Great read. Thank you NetGalley for introducing me to my new favorite author!" - Sabrina, NetGalley reviewer, 5 Stars; "This novel was hard-hitting and a great book if you want something that will hit you hard. We follow and mother and daughter trying to flee from domestic abuse. Very captivating." - Amber Villanueva, NetGalley reviewer, 5 Stars; "This book, A Life of Their Own, by Pauline Tait, was a truly heartfelt piece of writing. It explored what it means to put your love for your children above all else, knowing that because of your actions you might not survive, yet their wellbeing is worth the risk. Fearing for her life she flees New York leaving her abusive past behind her. She reaches Colorado and begins a new life, experiencing the first acts of kindness that she has experienced in a very long time showing that second chances are within everybody's reach. Her past hasn't totally disappeared however and does come back to haunt her, however Matthew, her former love, who she never truly forgot about defends her. This is a lovely short read yet tear jerking in parts. It shows true resilience and that love, kindness and respect will conquer evil when we're determined to succeed. It's an excellent emotional read." - Clara Carter, NetGalley reviewer, 5 Stars " I love the blurry cover of this book where I see the heroine almost in profile. It features Kate running away from home with her two children. Will she be able to keep them safe and ensure that they are never found? She wants to start a new life away from New York, starting from scratch. What she didn't know when she arrived in her new environment was that she would find herself in a life that she had abandoned long ago. A book read in one go, so much so that I hung on to the story, so moving at certain passages, captivating, full of suspense and twists and turns with very endearing characters. I love the author's writing so addictive." - Myreadbooks Reviewer, 4 Stars
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About Pauline Tait

Pauline Tait is a multi-genre author living and writing in Perthshire, Scotland. After working as a Pharmaceutical Technician for just over twenty years and then in Primary Pupil Support, Pauline is now writing and promoting her books full time. With manuscripts secretly piling up in a drawer for over twenty years, the dust was eventually wiped off her first picture book, 'The Fairy in the Kettle', and it was published in 2016. The series has since earned Pauline five star reviews. With a real passion for getting children reading, Pauline uses her past experiences working with primary school children during her school and library visits to encourage reading and writing from an early age. Now, however, Pauline is also enjoying writing adult fiction and her novel, 'A Life of Their Own', shows Pauline is not afraid to tackle a difficult subject. With another novel under way and the final instalment to 'The Fairy in the Kettle' to come Pauline is looking forward to continuing her writing career.
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Rating details

25 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 52% (13)
4 16% (4)
3 20% (5)
2 8% (2)
1 4% (1)
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