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Friday, September 19, 2014

Life Discarded by D.E. Haggerty (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Reading Addiction Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book release day blitz event for Life Discarded by Author D.E. Haggerty!

Life Discarded by D.E. Haggerty
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: August 24,2014 (Paperback) / September 1, 2014 (eBook)
Format: Paperback - 220 pages
              Kindle - 1178 KB
              Nook - 284 KB
ISBN: 978-1500829810
Genre: Women's Fiction / Suspense Thriller

BUY THE BOOK: Life Discarded

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours.

Book Description:

Why would a woman who has it all throw her life away? Morgan has the perfect life. She married the man of her dreams. Daniel is smart, gorgeous and successful. Everything she has always wanted in a husband and the father of her children. But he’s also domineering, overprotective and jealous. Is living with him enough to drive Morgan over the edge? Or does something more treacherous lurk beneath the façade?

A gorgeous, sweet woman that is oblivious to her own beauty. She’s shy with men, but a rock to her friends. A librarian in a small town in the mid-west. She’s been waiting a long-time to find the one.

An accountant in the city who will do anything to be the youngest partner in his firm. He always gets what he wants and he wants Morgan. He will pursue Morgan until she submits.

They rush through a courtship and marry within a year of meeting. Morgan’s life is perfect. She has a job she loves, a best friend for which she would do anything and a husband that completes her. But things are not often as they appear. Behind closed doors the loving Daniel that Morgan married is jealous and overprotective. Sometimes he’s even domineering.

Morgan runs away – destroying everything in her path as she disappears. What made this good girl go bad?

Book Excerpt:


Shaking hands steer the car to the nearest full service gas station. Only one or two gas stations in town still offer full service, but she had done her homework and knew this one did. Not only did full service guarantee that someone else would be pumping her gas, but its expense meant that there’s never a wait. Maneuvering the car to the furthest full service pump, she waits, hands clutching the steering wheel, for the attendant.

After what feels like an eternity to her fevered brain, the attendant finally notices her and saunters over to her car. Her eyes follow him, silently urging him to quicken his pace. Come on, come on. “Fill it up,” she squeaks at him when he finally reaches her car. She grabs her over-large purse and jumps out of the car, nearly tripping in her haste. Looking back, she whispers “I’m sorry” to the oblivious attendant before continuing around the building.

When she reaches the rear of the building, she frantically scans the area. Finally she spots the large garbage container, not in its usual spot. She jogs to it and squats behind it; shrinking into herself and covering her ears. Just in time. A loud bang shakes the earth below her feet. Looking up, she sees flames shooting into the sky.

Time to get out of here. She stands on shaky legs, taking a moment to calm her erratic breath before walking in the opposite direction – refusing to look back.

My Book Review:

If you are looking for a riveting women's fiction with a suspense thriller twist, then Life Discarded is the book for you. Author D.E. Haggerty weaves a dark, intense, and drama filled tale that follows the disintegration of the complex and dysfunctional marriage of Morgan and Daniel.

Morgan thought that she had found her prince charming in Daniel, that they could have the perfect life together. But does one really ever know another person's true colors? Things are not as they appear, and behind closed doors Daniel's true colors come out, forcing Morgan to face the dilemma of whether their dysfunctional marriage is worth staying in, or should she run as far away as she can.

Life Discarded is an intriguing story that easily draws the reader into Morgan and Daniel's lives from the very beginning. Author D. E. Haggerty weaves a complex tale that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride. This story is full of enough drama, suspense, and surprising twists and turns, you can't help but keep turning the pages just to see what would happen next. It's the kind of story that is realistic and believable, it is also thought provoking and makes you wonder what would you do if you were in Morgan's shoes. Life Discarded would make a perfect Lifetime television movie, it is the kind of story that will stay with you for a very long time.


About The Author

D.E. Haggerty was born and raised in Wisconsin but thinks she’s a European. After spending her senior year of high school in Germany, she developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. After high school she returned to the U.S. to go to college ending up with a Bachelor’s degree in History at the tender age of 20 while still managing to spend time bouncing back and forth to Europe during her vacations. Unable to find a job after college and still suffering from wanderlust, she joined the U.S. Army as a Military Policewoman for 5 years. While stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, she met her future husband, a flying Dutchman. After being given her freedom from the Army, she went off to law school. She finished law school and moved to the Netherlands with her husband and became a commercial lawyer for more than a decade.

During a six month break from the lawyering world, she wrote her first book, Unforeseen Consequences. Although she finished the book, she went back to the law until she could no longer take it and upped stakes and moved to Germany to start a B&B. Three years after starting the B&B, she got the itch and decided to pull the manuscript for Unforeseen Consequences out of the attic and get it published as an e-book. Deciding that she may have indeed finally found what she wanted to do with her life, she went on to write Buried Appearances. After moving to Istanbul, she started on Life: Discarded, her third book.

Between tennis, running, traveling, singing off tune and reading books like they are going out of style, she writes articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, reviews other indie authors’ books, writes a blog about whatever comes to mind and is working on her fourth book.


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  1. Thanks for hosting my blog tour today and for reading my book! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    1. Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book tour event. :)