What is your favorite soap opera?
Sooooo full disclosure… I’ve never watched one!
Unless you count a few scenes with the handsome and adorable Dr. Drake Ramoray …
Not only is Deborah Goodrich Royce a seasoned actress on TV and film, she’s now adding author to her impressive resume and I can guarantee you this book has enough twists and shocking turns to solidify her vast knowledge of all things dramatic!
⇒ Named one of the five must-read summer mysteries for 2019 by forbes.com
⇒ Named one of the top ten summer reads of 2019 by Good Morning America
⇒ Named one of the top fifty summer books of 2019 by Book Riot
One summer morning, the FBI visits Mrs. Ford at her seaside home to question her about a mysterious man – who Susan denies ever knowing.
Flashback to 1979 when Susan meets free spirited Annie, who lures her into working at a seedy night club filled with suspicious and shady characters, excessive drug use, and naive young pretty girls.
The story is told in 2 timelines and from a few POV’s – which makes for a page-turning plot you will be scrambling to figure out where it’s headed. It’s a hard one to review as to not give away any spoilers, and I promise you – you don’t want to be spoiled on this one!!
It’s the beginning of what promises to be a wild story, built up slowly, and spanning decades – only to land back on that fateful summer morning… when Mrs Ford lies to the FBI.
“Juicy and suspenseful” — People Magazine
There’s definitely something for everyone in this debut novel. Huge secrets and damaging lies, unlikely friendships, finding one’s identity, a riveting mystery, and a massive twist in the middle you will never see coming!
Thank you Suzy Approved Book Tours and Post Hill Press for having me on tour!
Get the book here!
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Post Hill Press (June 25, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1642931721
- ISBN-13: 978-1642931723
About the Book:
On a sunny summer morning by the sea in New England, Susan Ford’s cocoon of privilege is threatened when an Iraqi man from her distant past boards a plane in Baghdad to come find her.
Mrs. Ford leads a privileged life. From her Blenheim spaniels to her cottage on the coast of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, she carefully curates her world. Hair in place, house in place, life in place, Susan Ford keeps it under control.
Early one morning in the summer of 2014, the past pays a call to collect. The FBI arrives to question her about a man from Iraq—a Chaldean Christian from Mosul—where ISIS has just seized control. Sammy Fakhouri, they say, is his name and they have taken him into custody, picked up on his way to her house.
Back in the summer of 1979, on the outskirts of a declining Detroit, college coed Susan meets charismatic and reckless Annie. They are an unlikely pair of friends but they each see something in the other—something they’d like to possess. Studious Susan is a moth to the flame that is Annie. Yet, it is dazzling Annie who senses that Susan will be the one who makes it out of Detroit.
Together, the girls navigate the minefields of a down-market disco where they work their summer jobs. It’s a world filled with pretty girls and powerful men, some of whom—like Sammy Fakhouri—happen to be Iraqi Chaldeans.
What happened in that summer of 1979 when Susan and Annie met? Why is Sammy looking for Susan all these years later? And why is Mrs. Ford lying?
About the Author:
Deborah began her acting career in 1982 in the lead role of Silver Kane (sister of the legendary, Erica Kane) on ABC’s ALL MY CHILDREN. She went on to star in dozens of feature films, television shows, mini-series and TV movies.
After the birth of her daughters, she moved with her family to Paris and worked as a reader for le Studio Canal Plus. In the 1990’s, Deborah was the story editor at Miramax Films, overseeing readers, manuscript acquisitions and script development, including editing such notable screenplays as EMMA by Doug McGrath.
With writing partner, Mitch Giannunzio, Deborah won a grant from the Massachusetts Arts Council in 2002 to develop and workshop their original screenplay, SUSAN TAFT HAS RUN AMOK.
With her husband, Chuck, Deborah restored the1939 Avon Theatre in Stamford, CT. Under her leadership, the Avon hosts an ongoing series of film luminaries, most recently, Mira Nair, Richard Gere and Chloe Sevigny. The late Gene Wilder, a longstanding advisory board member of the Avon, was an early advocate for Deborah’s writing.
Deborah and Chuck have also restored several hotels (Ocean House, Deer Mountain Inn, and Weekapaug Inn), a bookstore (The Savoy in Westerly, RI), and numerous other “Main Street” buildings. Deborah serves on multiple boards, including the national council of the American Film Institute, the executive board of the Greenwich International Film Festival, and the governing boards of the New York Botanical Garden, the Greenwich Historical Society, and the PRASAD Project.
FINDING MRS. FORD is her first novel.