Human Blend, the first book in this enchanting trilogy, is an intriguing tale of a young woman trying to live a "normal life" after an escape from vicious captors.
The main character, Laney, chooses to start fresh in small town Marion, Virginia. With knowledge of the seedy world she's recently escaped from, she changes her look and identity to that of Julie Miller, hospice volunteer. She is different from everyone else, beautiful and gifted in ways that make her extremely valuable in the wrong hands. Julie wants to figure out why she's so different, having been orphaned as a small child. A puppet for criminals, she's been left with endless questions and no answers. The thing that makes Julie happiest is helping people feel better...and she's exceptional at her work.
She befriends two locals, Austin and Eli. Austin is a charming young man of 18 years who wants nothing more than to go to college and become a teacher, all the while tethered to his mother's laundromat legacy. Austin becomes quite smitten with a guarded Julie. He knows she's running from something and he wants to protect her. Eli, a surgeon married to his work, observes Julie's special talents at the hospital and wants to help her. Both men are magnetically drawn to Julie. She is equally drawn to them which creates fascinating interactions and leaves the reader anticipating what is to come.
Lori Pescatore gives her characters wonderful depth and personality that make this such an easy story to fall into. The storyline twists and turns creating an exciting, powerful tale that will keep you riveted to your seat from start to finish. A highly recommended read!
- Samantha Firefly, Ohio.