Thursday, March 25, 2021



I have read many novels by this author and I will say that she never disappoints.  Alys Murray never wastes time pulling you into her stories, and this book is no different. This rapid page-turner will have you reading well into the night. 

Not only does Virginia leave her city behind, but all of the things of her past, for a fresh start.  She moves to Fortune Spring, Colorado for a job opportunity and the pay is free room and board for a year.  It’s exactly the new beginning she needs. After her year is up, she plans to head out to California. She meets some very “interesting” people, especially eccentric Calla who literally runs the town.  But Virginia soon realizes that residents of Fortune Springs,  are not that different from her. They too, all have a past that they would rather forget and wish that everyone in the town would forget too.  But the truth will always come out. The question is, will the truth make you a stronger person?  This is a good story with a hopeful outcome. 

I really liked this book and I recommend it.  Once you begin it you won’t be able to stop until the last page is turned.



Rating: 4 out of 4.

Author:  Alys Murray
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: March 24, 2021 
Pages: 254 
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“Young women needed for the Fortune Springs Town Improvement Initiative. One year’s room and board provided.”

I should have known it was too good to be true when I first saw the ad. It turns out that Fortune Springs, Colorado isn’t just a one-horse town, it’s a two-woman one, and this is their attempt to keep the community alive. I want to say the scheme is ridiculous, totally outdated, but I’m carrying everything I own in my canvas backpack and the greyhound I stepped off this morning is long gone. If this is my chance at a fresh start, I’d better grab it with both hands.

I know I should feel guilty about pretending to be a lonely heart willing to help repopulate this rural logging town, but all I feel is relief at having escaped the apartment in Savannah. And after all, what’s one more secret to add to the pile? I only hope I’ve hidden my tracks well enough, and that the kind Fortune Springs locals who’ve opened their doors to me will never find out what made me run away in the first place…


Hello, Dear Reader!

My name is Alys Murray and welcome to my website! Here, you’ll find everything there is to find about me: links to my social media pages, information about my books, and even some fun bonus content on my blog! If you’re looking to talk to my representation, please contact Maggie Cooper at Aevitas Creative for my literary work and Matt Felker at CAA in regards to film and television rights. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, I got my degrees at NYU and King’s College London before returning home to pursue my love of writing! I love swing dancing, romance novels, Brendan Fraser, and screwball comedies of the 1930’s and 1940’s. Tobey Maguire is my Spider-Man. Michael Bay has two films in the Criterion Collection. I’m an avid cook and baker, and have company over for big meals and parties any chance I get. If you’ve got a great recipe, please send it my way! As a kid, I was a voracious reader, devouring everything from The Princess Diaries to Great Expectations. Over the years, I started writing my own stories, plays, and fanfiction and developed a love for storytelling. Getting to write professionally is a dream come true, and when you read my books or watch my films, I hope they make you as happy as writing them has made me. If you ever have any questions, want to chat about my books or just say hello, you can reach me on any of my social media pages or with the contact form. I love connecting with readers and hope to hear from you soon! With love and happy reading, Alys

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