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Stephanie D.   4/5

“You Can Run” by Gloria Antypowich, Book Two of the ‘Thompson Family Trilogy’, is more than a feel good story, although that is what it also is. Shauna Lee has undergone some very unpleasant experiences in her life that have left her vulnerable, and an emotional mess. She feels good by working excessively hard and bringing men home for one night stands, telling herself that it is all she wants and needs. But Brad Johnson enters her life, and he knows better. He can see that Shauna Lee is trying to bury something and he knows she’ll be able to heal and move on only if she can let it out. He takes this on as a challenge, but Shauna Lee is not necessarily grateful or appreciative. However, he is nothing if not persistent but Shauna Lee is stubborn and very self-willed. What is going to happen with two such immutable opponents? There is a lot of depth to this book. You are drawn right into the characters’ complex lives (and can only admire Brad’s iron self-control)! You get to know the whole of them. The author has a highly readable and approachable style, and can turn her hand equally to sensual romance, thrilling suspense, bleak suffering and hate-filled violence. The plot is interesting with unforeseen twists on the way. And there is completeness in the story as certain things turn full circle. The writing is well-paced, entertaining and also informative. You get to see inside ranching, which is a fascinating extra. Like a ranch, this story is a dusty, gritty slice of real life.

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Alice D.

5.0 / 5

Shauna Lee Holt is a good friend of the Thompson family and runs an accounting and bookkeeping service in the Thompson family’s town of Swift Current in Saskatchewan, Canada. But Shauna Holt’s real name is LeeAnn Bergeron and she has a past that is closed off from her present life. When Colt Thompson’s friend, Brad Johnson, moves into town, he and Shauna become close, despite the fact that she is used to picking up men for weekend sex and nothing more. Brad calls Shauna “Tweetie Bird” and gets her to open up bit by bit about the horrors of her younger life. She watched as her father ran over her younger brother with a tractor and then shot Shauna’s beloved horse as he expressed his fury and sorrow. She lived with a man who murdered their developmentally disabled infant son. Then Colt hires a man called Patch and Shauna’s past comes rushing back. “You Can Run…”, the second book in the ‘Thompson Family Trilogy’, is well-written and will draw the reader into the events in the lives of Colt and Frankie Thompson and their family and friends in the town of Swift Current. The main character Shauna Lee Holt or LeeAnn Bergeron is totally believable as a survivor of a horrific young life. The supporting character of Brad who Shauna comes to love, trust and eventually marry is created believably and works nicely as a friend with the Thompsons and fits well into the theme of life in western Canada. Readers will love this second volume in this delightful series and then will clamour for the third and final book in the trilogy.

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you can run….” (Book Two of the Thompson Family trilogy.)

is a sequel to my first novel, Hearts At Risk.  It is the second book in the Trilogy of theThompson family at Thompson Land and Cattle Company in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Shauna Lee Holt, Colt Thompson’s former fiancée, has taken center stage in

“you can run…..

     Shauna Lee Holt is an intelligent, successful, outgoing business woman; a workaholic who owns Swift Current Accounting and Bookkeeping Services in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.

But her professional persona is not reflected in her personal life which is lonely, closed and sterile.  She has no intimate relationships: no family and no friends.  Life has taught her that intimacy and commitment bring loss and pain: but she still craves companionship and human touch.  She assuages her loneliness with the “company” that she brings home on the weekends; men who live for the moment and want no lingering ties.

Then Brad Johnson comes into Shauna Lee’s life.  He is not like the men she is used to.  He sees beyond the surface.  He wants what she is certain she cannot give him; love and intimacy.

She has secrets; deeply hidden, painful secrets.  She clings desperately to the safety of anonymity: she is afraid to let anyone breach the walls of the facade she has built.  She is living a lie to protect herself.  She can run….

But can she hide?

“you can run…. continues to follow the lives of Colt and Frankie Thompson as their lives intertwine with Brad and Shauna Lee.  Frankie and Colt seem to have everything.  Their family grows; their relationship deepens.  After the birth of their twins and three years of marriage they are still discovering new things about each other; however, during the journey they have to face the fact that even wonderfully happy relationships are sometimes subject to painful adjustments that come with the ebbs and flows of life.

This is a story of second chances and unconditional love; a tale of secrets, lies, tormented lives, rage and murder.

I hope you enjoy following Frankie and Colt’s life and Shauna Lee and Brad’s new story in this sequel to my first novel, Hearts At Risk by Gloria Antypowich, which is available at Amazon.com in both paper back and Kindle format.  Hearts At Risk  is also available at Smashwords in a variety of ebook formats including Kindle and Nook. The ebooks are available for .99.