Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mistakes by A.M.Hayward & L.J.Holder

About the Book:

“Mistakes…Everyone makes them. After all, we’re only human. Some of our mistakes are small, like when you stay up late studying for a test that you end up failing anyway because of 
exhaustion. Others are so catastrophic, they change your life. Forever…”

Mistakes (Mistakes Trilogy)

My Review:

            When I began reading this book, I thought it would be a simple tale of two long-time best friends, Aimee and Maddison (Maddie), seniors in high school going through growing pains. One girl more experienced, and the second falling in love for the first time.
            The authors began the book with the present day and then take the reader back in time as the two friends are making plans to deceive their parents and head off for spring break on Padre Island. As the girls arrive in party town USA, they meet up with a male friend from their hometown. Making their way through the circuit of parties, they end up down a dark beach and things begin to go terribly wrong. The three end up kidnapped and taken across the border into Mexico. Aimee manages to escape, but is forced to leave Maddy behind as she attempts to thwart the kidnappers and go for help.
            Maddie is transferred into a different vehicle where she discovers another body in the trunk with her. Fingers touch and a desperate human connection is made as the two await their fate. Maddie is locked in a dark cell with Dalton McKenny, the second person in the car trunk. The two become friends  as Dalton forces Maddie to tell stories of her family in an effort to help keep her linked to reality in the darkened cell. The two provide each other with the courage it will take if they are to survive their capture.
            The first part of the story ends with Maddie held captive in a crate, as she is shipped to an unknown destination while Dalton is ransomed to his family. At their point of separation, Dalton and Maddie are led to believe that the other is dead.
            The book then shifts from Maddie to Aimee, who has managed to elude her kidnappers. She is spotted lying dehydrated by the Mexican authorities on a deserted Mexican roadside.
            Life is not easy for Aimee as she struggles to re-enter society with the guilt of having left Maddie behind. Her upper-crust mother sees her ordeal as a stepping stone to a Hollywood career and shows little sympathy toward her daughter or Maddie’s family.
            The book ends with Dalton McKenny showing up on the Turner’s front door stoop with a message from Maddie and a vow to obtain justice.
            Reading on a Kindle has an advantage. It takes a little effort to skip to the end of the book, as I was tempted to do on many occasions (I am one of those who has the horrible habit of reading the first and last chapter, and then every word in between.) The only disappointment I had with this book was as I was nearing the end, I realized that either the book was going to have a very fast ending – or I was NOT going to be finding out Maddie’s fate in this book.
            This is fiction that reads like non-fiction; and the story might be one of the headlines we read when we pick up the newspaper today.
            The authors pick you up and drop you down right in the middle of the two young lives where you befriend them, love them, empathize with them, and feel their pain and torment, and then their loss.
            I laughed and then I cried. I was held captive by the words on the pages. The only thing I did not like about the book is that the sequel was not already in my hands to read. It is driving me crazy and I absolutely sit in anticipation for the next book and truly hope the authors will let me review it.
            This book has love, suspense, and drama and I am giving it double thumbs up. If I had more thumbs, it would get more.
 “Trapped” second in the Mistakes series will be out in early 2012.

To win the first book in the “Mistakes” trilogy in e-book format,
here is what you have to do.


To win this book you must:

1. Be a follower of this blog.
2. Follow me on Face book: My Life. One Story at a Time.
3. Let me know why you would love to win a copy and please include your email address with your commentYou can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols if you prefer. The giveaway will end on May 10th and I will notify the winner by email.


Be a US or Canada resident and be 18 years old. The publisher just let me know that I can change the contest to being open internationally!! Everyone is now eligible!
You have 48 hours to reply to my email, if not I'll have no other choice but to contact someone else for the prize.
Please leave an email in the comment section so I can reach you if you win, no email no winner.

I will post the winners (5) of the giveaway on Tuesday, May 11, 2011.

Good Luck!

The book may be purchased through the following links:


  1. Wow, such a rivetign review. I almost felt like I was in the book just reading it. Sounds like a good story, and I just love a book with sequals!

  2. I am intrigged and now adding this book to my list to be bought. Thanks:)

    Ps. I have followed all steps ;) llbilbrey(at)aol(dot)com

  3. I am thrilled that you entered for the give away! Good luck. It was a great book.

  4. Great review! I hope I'm the winner :-)


  5. so is this book the first in a series? If you don't find out Maddie's ending then will there be another book? The story sounds interesting and heart wrenching.

    I found you on facebook and am a follower on this blog now.


    Lisa B
    modokker at yahoo dot com

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  7. I am so excited about this book - the authors are brilliant ladies & I can't wait to read it... I just hope the 2nd book gets out EARLY 2012... I really need to know (already) that Maddie will be ok!
    Here's hoping anyway...
    Good luck ladies - what an exciting time in your lives with this book!!!!

  8. Oh, this book sounds really good! Great review, really. I'd like to enter!

    New follower on the blog and facebook!

    E-mail: rebgeo@hotmail.com

  9. Hello Donna, thanks for entering my giveaway at Book Eternity, Guess what? you won, please email me back by checking my email on my blog before the 6 midnight to claim your prize because after that I'll pick someone else.
    Thanks for the follow, Great blog you have,.

  10. Re: Natalie's comment:

    Donna, you seem to be on a winning streak! This is the second win in one day! Congratulations!

  11. Thanks everyone for entering. I am on a winning streak. Look at everyone who has entered to win the ebooks! The book is the first in a trilogy and I am hoping that the second book will be out January 1, 2012. I'm hoping big!!!

  12. This book sounds so good, but I don't have an e-reader yet :(
    Congrats on your first giveaway. I AM FOLLOWING YOU ALL OVER :)

    Putting this book on my wish list!!!

  13. Hi Donna!

    First, thank you for this interesting review.
    Secondly, thank you for coming by and visiting my blog.
    I'm a new follower of your blog and also liked your FB page.

    Last, but not least, thank you the giveaway!

    inga from http://www.ingasilbergbooks.com

  14. The way you discribed the book didn't give to much away but just enough to want to read more and even though I haven't read it yet I am already looking forward to the sequal. Thank you for the review and good luck on the contest..
    mdlbarry (at) yahoo (dot) com

  15. :) I would love to add this to my collection because it looks like a book that would capture my interest.
    i followed you on network blogs
    friend on book blogs

    earthsbooknook at gmail dot com

  16. WAHOO...I found it, if it was a Doberman it would have bit me.Remember in order to know where you're going ,you need to know where you're at. Anyway the site is awesome, you did a nice job and I love the family photos, nice touch. Have a Beignet for me please, we don't have them here..

  17. Hi Donna, thanks for stopping by my blog. I am not attempting to enter, just saying hi!

  18. I would love to read this book, your review was wonderful!

    I'm a new follower to your blog via Google Connect & Networked Blogs. I'm also a fan of your FB page as well.


  19. Very nice blog and I enjoyed the review. Sounds like a good read. I'd love to be entered. I'm a new followed and I liked your FB page too. Thanks for dropping by my blog and entering Keta's giveaway. I look forward to becoming friends.
    Laurie lauriej170@gmail.com

  20. Thank you everyone for the reviews of my review! lol And, for entering to win one of the copies of the book. I was hoping not to give away too much of the book and according to all of you, I haven't. I can breathe! Good luck to everyone. Check out the previous post for the author information.

  21. Hi, again, Donna!

    Just wanted to say that I loved your review! I wanted to enter this giveaway, but...I don't like ebooks. I prefer books that I can hold in my hands, cuddle with, and lovingly turn the pages of! But this book's plot seems so intriguing that I'll look it up on Amazon to see if there's a print version.

    Good luck to all those who entered! : )

  22. Pick me! Pick Me!
    follower on Fb & your lovely blog ;)


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