Hypocrisy, half truths and lies. The China Doll by @dnkboston #romance #saga

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The China Doll

The New Pioneers

Written by Deborah Nam-Krane

Genre(s): Family Saga, New Adult Romantic Suspense



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Hypocrisy, half truths and lies... 

Sick of being treated like she's going to break, Jessie Bartolome is back to her old ways and calling everyone on their hypocrisy. Sheesh! One little breakdown and even easygoing Martin Shepard thinks she's too fragile to handle their age difference. Good thing her older and equally yummy teaching assistant Robert Lester thinks otherwise…right?

After spending so long cleaning up after everyone else, Jessie's cousin Richard has never had the time to start a life of his own. However had he managed to find his girlfriend Zainab? So what is Richard going to do now that everyone else has grown up? Marry Zainab and start a family? Things have never been that easy for a Hendrickson…just ask his cousin Michael.

Richard's mother, Lucy, is one of the most powerful women in Boston... so when is she going to put a stop to the blackmail ruthless Alex Sheldon has holding over her for years? And if Richard knows more than he's letting on, why hasn't he gone after Alex himself? The question is, how much does he- or anyone else- really know?

Welcome to the Bartolome/Hendrickson family.

The China Doll is Book Three of The New Pioneers series.

An excerpt from

The China Doll

Jessie threw her notebook onto the desk and sat down into the chair. She absently rubbed her pen between her hands. Why did she still feel guilty? She’d made breakfast this morning for Richard, Zainab and Miranda. Miranda said thank you. Miranda smiled. Miranda gave her a kiss on the cheek as she left, just like she always did. Jessie sighed. Always, as of two years ago. Before that she hadn’t come out of her room. Before that she’d been tormenting herself with her own loneliness. Miranda, who had always been so good to her, who went to the mat with Alex and Lucy. To protect her from Michael.

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Fans are saying

This is one of my favorite series!

Once again, I'm completely blown away by this series! Deborah's characters just pull you in and never let go, and this book is definitely the best one so far. In the first two, you get a lot of background, flashbacks, and various points of view.

This third installment ties up a lot of loose ends and lets loose with a fury once it gets going. There's also quite a few twists and turns, and one specific scene that literally left my jaw hanging barely above the ground. I will definitely be on pins and needles waiting for the next one!

5 stars (but I'd gladly triple that if they'd let me) =)

A new Pioneers mystery!

Mystery, family drama, forbidden love… The China Doll has it all! The third instalment of The New Pioneers series starts off exactly two years after The Family You Choose ends. It’s Helen Louise Graham’s second birthday! Emily and Mitch are parents… God help us all! I’m not judging, but I don’t think they’re coping very well.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. This time, the story revolves mostly around Jessie Bartolome the once youngest member of this family until Helen’s arrival. She’s old enough to vote now and goes to university.

After all that happened to her in the last book, you would think that the author, Deborah Nam-Krane, would give her a free pass, but that’s not how genius work. Jessy is in for the ride of the life because whether we like it or not, she’s in the centre of it all. How about that for mystery! (No spoiler)

Of course, there is drama, enormous, jaws dropping, eyebrow raising, Oh no, he didn’t! saying drama. Mitch is being is usual self, and I love him for it! Classic Mitch…

Emily is always in other people’s businesses, classic Emily…

Miranda is still dealing with her very unhealthy love triangle, classic Miranda…

Then you have Zainab and Richard to soften or harden the blows… or not, classic, classic and classic.

It’s great to have the whole cast back and finally getting to the heart of their issues, while creating or rekindling new old ones… classic Pioneers! I love this series and I have been recommending it to everyone. I will keep doing it so until the words best sellers are attached to it!

Author Bio

Deborah Nam-Krane

Deborah Nam-Krane was born in New York, raised in Cambridge and educated in Boston. You're forgiven for assuming she's prejudiced toward anything city or urban. She's been writing in one way or another since she was eight years old (and telling stories well before that).

She first met some of the characters in The New Pioneers series when she was thirteen years old, but it took two decades- and a couple of other characters- to get the story just right.

Things you might want to know:

First crush: Peter Pan... until she realized he wasn't real. Then she moved onto Captain Kirk, then Mister Spock (and there she's stayed).

What makes her write: a character that needs to have his or her story told.

How much time does she spend writing: as much as possible! Sometimes one hour a day, sometimes four.

Inspired by: People she watches on the street, conversations she listens in on, current events and developments, a really great nonfiction book

Favorite author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Favorite book: Too many to choose from! But Lolita, The White Goddess, Sexual Personae and The Tenant At Wildfell Hall are definitely on the list