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Plain Like Vanilla: An American Tale by Janna Cattano Welborn





Plain Like Vanilla is a gripping tale of murder, betrayal, and awakening.

Charlottesville, Virginia.

Vanilla Hamilton has lost herself. She doesn’t even know her own name. Reviving from a coma after a freak car accident, the university student is horrified to have no memory of the fiercely protective Grandmama sitting by her hospital bed. While she struggles to reclaim the past, she’s aghast to learn members of her prominent family have been dropping like flies.

To speed recovery, Grandmama admits her to an exclusive rehab center. Vanilla’s hope for refuge turns desperate when her treatments grow more and more severe. Disturbing fragments from her former life begin to emerge in the shadows of her mind. Her deceased brother. Her accident. A conspiracy targeting her family. Is she merely a paranoid patient? Or is something more sinister afoot behind the traditional halls and locked doors of The Center?

Forced to confront her identity head-on, Vanilla begins to suspect that The Center’s treatments have another motive. And the more she resists, the greater pain she must suffer. . .

Described as Stepford Wives meets Dead Poets Society meets Agatha Christie, Plain Like Vanilla is a chilling New Southern Gothic suspense.

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4 out of 5 (very good)

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Vanilla has been in an accident. She has woken with no recollection of who she is or has been. She has tried everything so far to try and jog her memory so her family resort to the only thing they have left the center. Maybe she will discover a lot more than herself.

I found this a very interesting story. There were a lot of things happening. I like the way that we, as a reader, go along with the same amnesia that Vanilla has, and that we follow every step that she takes in her discovery to find out who she is. There are a lot of heartaches involved and some of the stuff she finds out is gut-wrenching but it makes it more interesting and gives more motivation to find out what has happened.

I recommend this.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book; the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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