This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In Broken Inn by A.W. Baldwin, Hailey, a fledgling journalist with the Red Rock Sentinel, has just arrived in town from Seattle when she is witness to an execution-style murder at the remote Broken Inn. Even though she reports the crime to the local sheriff, the suspect remains a free man. When she discovers the potential murderer also has strong ties to her editor, she must investigate the crime secretly. Hailey persuades Ash, the newspaper's photographer, to help her gather evidence and bring this seemingly influential criminal to justice. The duo is caught in the basement of the Broken Inn and manages to escape into the safety of Bitterbrush canyon. They meet Relic, a local recluse and vagabond, and with his knowledge of the canyons, they are able to evade capture as they search for the truth. Together they uncover illegal organized crime and secret barrels concealed deep inside a uranium mine. Hailey, Ash, Relic, and their adopted stray dog must avoid capture, solve a murder, and possibly stop a potentially fatal environmental catastrophe. As they reach out to the one person they think can help, they discover that not everyone has been completely truthful about their identity.
Broken Inn by A.W. Baldwin is a compelling action-packed story from the outset. The characters are strong and created with a great deal of care and consideration. I absolutely adored Relic; his positivity and down-to-earth view of situations and the world, in general, was admirable. He not only had a kind and caring personality, but he was also extremely funny at times. This was one of my favorite Relic statements: "One guy can be pretty stupid all by himself, but nothing beats teamwork for some genuine, certified stupidity." The relationship dynamics between Hailey, Ash, and Relic were amazing, they worked so well as a team. The twists and turns of the plot were brilliantly executed. I loved the obstacles the trio and the wonderful dog, Chance, had to overcome as they were relentlessly pursued by the criminals. The action and adventure were absolutely gripping and, at times, there was heartstopping excitement. The ending was quite emotional as Hailey evaluates what is important to her, comes to terms with losing her mother, and realizes what path she wants her life to take.