The Kidnapping of Inda Jackson

Rated 4.19/5 based on 16 reviews
From the languid old South to the dreaming spires of Oxford and finally to the burning sands of the Iranian desert, mark the journey of young Inda Jackson
A contemporary story of a grandmother’s early love affair and her granddaughter’s first discovery of love come full circle, uniting two family dynasties, springing from the early plantations of Georgia and the ancient kings of Persia. More

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About Cher Foth

Cher Foth, a native Kansan, has a B.S.B.A. from Auburn University and is a member of the American Association of University Women and the Florida Writers Association. Living and traveling throughout the world, she has absorbed the rhythm and color from these exotic places, translating them into the texture and voice of her novels. She resides with her husband in Florida, playing tennis and enjoying her granddaughters and cranky senior cats, Lucy and Cuda.

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Review by: JTHACK on Dec. 09, 2015 :
"The Kidnapping of Inda Jackson” is the first book I’ve read from this talented author Cher Foth, but I certainly hope it won’t be the last! :) I thought the storyline and the character development to be very well done and thought out. I feel like this level of complexity with the different times and places could have easily ended up badly, but instead I darn near gobbled the whole book down in one evening. Gorgeous prose and a heroine you can root for and watch grow. An impressive and original concept, especially for Young Adult/New Adult. Recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jhonni Parker on Dec. 09, 2015 :
I was hooked from the first pages of “The Kidnapping of Inda Jackson” by Cher Foth and my interest never faded for a moment! I loved the creative and strong characters and plots that continued to build and shock and surprise. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I HATE books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t. Although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play, the author brings a fresh voice and makes it all her own. I’ve read a ton of YA and romantic fiction over the years so I’m rarely surprised by anything anymore but I can say that this author managed to do it. I appreciated the descriptive details that really brought the story to life – world building is absolutely crucial in selling a story and it is done quite nicely here. Will be interested in seeing what Ms. Foth comes up with next (surely this won’t be her only novel!). Recommend for fans of contemporary romance.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Hastings on Dec. 09, 2015 :
wow, what an amazing book! Holy bananas!! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away… “The Kidnapping of Inda Jackson” by author Cher Foth is one of the most original and just flat out interesting young/new adult fiction romance’s I’ve read in ages. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was stellar. The strong word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to sink into. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. There characters were great, but at times so many I had hard time keeping them straight! I liked that there were things I haven’t seen in other books like this before, and it just felt more “intelligent” than others I’ve read. I was impressed with Cher Foth’s knowledge of the various world regions, it is clear either she has done extensive research or been there first hand. I would be remiss in not mentioning some editing issues I encountered, mostly with inconsistent pov and verb tense… at first I was really confused by it, but I just learned to overlook it for the sake of the storyline. This almost seems like it could be a movie or a miniseries… Recommend for ages 16+… but this book isn’t just for teens. I’m in my 30’s!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: LeoG009 on Dec. 09, 2015 :
I found myself wavering around while reading “The Kidnapping of Inda Jackson” by Cher Foth. At first I was immediately grabbed into the story, and became immersed in the intricate world building, character backstory, and plot development. But there were times I felt the story wasn’t as focused as I’d like, with some conversations and scenes maybe weren’t necessary and perhaps could have been eliminated to tighten the narrative some. But at the same time, the storylines were good, and there was pretty much nonstop action and some definitely crazy developments toward the end. It felt fresh and unpredictable, always a nice experience, especially in a genre that is fraught with copycats. All in all I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-written romance with memorable characters that spans over many years and continents.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Cale Owens on Dec. 09, 2015 :
3.5 stars
To be totally honest, I thought this book started off way too slow with so much ‘telling” and “set-up” that was worried I wouldn’t like it… it did take me some time to feel really invested, and there were some editing issues that were turning me off. But in the end I’d say it was worth it! I like how everything came together, and I enjoyed reading this unusual book! The author writes VERY well… very descriptive and strong and we feel like we are there almost like watching a movie or something. The editing needs some work, and was at times a bit frustrating. But I was swept away in this riveting tale of romance and danger and star-crossed lovers and destiny… Overall an interesting, if not eye-opening novel that pushes the boundaries of typical YA literature.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Brenda Maxwell on Dec. 09, 2015 :
to say this is totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before would be an understatement! I’m not sure how to even describe this book as SO much happens, and it seems to touch on so many elements, themes, and subjects. It seems almost like a nonfiction story, yet it is clearly made up, yet very intelligently so. Strong, dynamic leads and gorgeous backdrops of the South and abroad. I think that you need to take your time while reading it to really grasp everything that is going on (don’t be like me and rush through it in 2 nights!) take your time and enjoy the ride and all the crazy ups and downs. Have some tissues nearby! The author also has a great “voice” in spinning these complex and intelligent plotlines all together. Well done, Cher Foth… Oh, and I absolutely love that cover!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Stacy Decker on Dec. 09, 2015 :
From the opening pages of “The Kidnapping of Inda Jackson” I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! Ms. Foth sets of the scene and characterizations in a skillful way that not only pulls us in, but creates great visualizations and elicits genuine emotional investments. I truly cared about the characters’ fates, and was shocked and saddened at certain things (no spoilers). An interesting and diverse cast of characters, along with several intriguing plotlines interwoven against unique setting makes this a memorable read for me. Highly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: LauraClarke on Dec. 09, 2015 :
this was the first book I’ve read by this author Cher Foth, but I certainly hope it’s not the last. She has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many rookie authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative of every other YA book out there, but instead like a new niche of action and romance that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie-cutter genre (in my opinion). I did notice some editing mistakes that could be handled with a good proofreader, but overall the entire novel was one that I thought was well-crafted and delivered an emotional win in the end. Recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: GillianHancock on Dec. 09, 2015 :
wow, “The Kidnapping of Inda Jackson” By Cher Foth was awesome! I haven’t read anything like that in a long time. For once it seemed like the characters were anything but the stock, ordinary typical hero/heroine, and I like how many different subplots there were – the romance element was definitely there, but it wasn’t the sole focus of the novel. Inda really comes into herself and I liked seeing her overcome her tragic past and events and be so strong. And I thought the Persian aspect was pretty cool too. All came together to create a fresh-feeling novel that was out of the ordinary and kept me hooked throughout. This was a standalone novel (not a part of any series, it appears), but I hope the author Cher Foth writes more like this in the future. I’d be reading it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Essieh on Dec. 09, 2015 :
"The Kidnapping of Inda Jackson” was a compelling read, and one that will definitely appeal to fans of young adult and new adult romance novels. Cher Foth blends a unique mix of family, multi-culturism, romance, adventure, and shocking twists. The story itself was fairly even-paced, but I thought the beginning was a bit slow until things started to pick up. The practice of the characters constantly saying each other’s name in conversation was annoying and unnatural-sounding, but other than that they flowed well and moved the plot forward nicely, sparing us of the dreaded “telling” that so many authors tend to do. We feel like we are a part of the book and I recommend for fans of YA romance who’d like a new twist on that same ol’, same ol’.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Darla Ortiz on Dec. 09, 2015 :
This book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were incredibly well-crafted and not predictable, and the mid-east infusion was a new angle for me. It is clear that the author Cher Foth has done her research and knows what she’s talking about in regards to the different cultures traditions and personalities. The characters were all interesting and fully realized, and although there were some grammatical and punctuation errors, it wasn’t anything that really bothered me. I’d love to read more from this author in the future!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Steph Coleman on Dec. 09, 2015 :
"The Kidnapping of Inda Jackson” by Cher Foth has many of the elements I look for in a good book: genuine, fleshed-out characters, well-detailed locales and settings, a complex, but believable plot, and some emotional engagement. For the most part it was an easy read that held on to my attention, although at times I did feel the pace was perhaps a bit too slow and lacked the necessary thrust to make me *have* to keep reading – but this was more in the beginning where there is more backstory and setup, and I feel it got better as it went along and the pace picked up. It has a very “big” feel to it, which I liked – it spans over many years and different parts of the world and with a wide cast of characters. So even for a shorter book it still has that ‘epic’ feel, which is nice. Could benefit from an editor as there are serious POV breaks that were actually pretty confusing at times. But once I realized what was happening I was able to stay in the rhythm of the story, but this is something that really should be fixed, in my opinion. A good story that will appeal to fans of YA contemporary romance.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Karen Matthews on Dec. 09, 2015 :
Just a heads up -- when starting this book make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off with a dramatic beginning and just keeps going from there. The characters of Inda, Lydia, and Philip (and all the others) were genuine and believable, and I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate, like a close friend was telling me this really awesome story that I didn’t want to stop listening to. Loved the fact that it had the different locations, from Savanah to the Middle East, and the various timeline romances… very cool. Great action (more towards the end) and character development. Suitable for teens and adults.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jenna Brewster on Dec. 09, 2015 :
I really enjoyed this book, “The Kidnapping of Inda Jackson”. I thought it was unique, and excellently written (a few editing things aside) and kept my attention from the dramatic, heartbreaking opening to the fulfilling finish. I was wondering how it was going to all tie together and I wasn’t the least bit disappointed! It is a relatively quick read, one I finished in the course of a few evenings. I think the narrative prose was lovely, and I was genuinely surprised at a few things that happened. It could have used a bit more tension and higher stakes though, but I will definitely be looking for more works from Cher Foth in the future. Definitely recommend reading for fans of YA romance and literary drama.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: DarleneCupp on Dec. 09, 2015 :
3.5 stars
Excellent plot…some writing issues. The good part was that this is an excellent novel that captured my attention from the beginning and never once let it go. Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and well developed, and I enjoyed the characters. The descriptions were good and I liked Ms. Foth’s attention to detail. The ending gave me the emotional satisfaction I look for in a book. All in all a wonderful story with a great message that kept me eagerly glued to my Kindle. The only problem that I found were the many instances of grammar and punctuation errors that could have been cleaned up with a good editing/proofreading job, and the jarring and confusing POV breaches, and the jump from being written in 1st person, to 3rd, back to 1st…. it didn’t make sense and was distracting. But even with that said, I really did enjoy this book and would read more from this author. She has a natural gift for writing a well-thought out story and developing positive, memorable characters.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Anabella Johnson on Dec. 09, 2015 :
This novel by Cher Foth is one of the most original and well-crafted novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the different scenery and locales, and her attention to detail. It struck me as being very different from much of the typical YA/NA fare out there these days, and it seems like there is something of everything… romance, mystery, action, drama, history, and I enjoyed the multi-cultural element a lot. This book seems like it is a standalone but I would love to read more from this author in the future. Recommend for teens on up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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