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Miss Scandalous, The Second Book Of The Shaw Family Saga By Nicole Dunlap

March 21, 2013

51f0ZddmkOL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-70,22_AA300_SH20_OU03_When I read Miss Nobody, the first book in the Shaw Family Saga, by author Nicole Dunlap, I was not prepared for the ending.  It shocked me.  One of the protagonists was left alone with an unborn child that had not yet entered into the world.  She was hit with the reality that the faith she had placed in one man had been quickly shattered by envy and hate.

The lives of these two young people, twisted and tainted with lies, were clothed in incest––but did the falsehood have validity?  A curve ball made up of intrigue and murder was then thrown into the scene and an ocean literally separated the couple, and the reader was left hanging with the question, what happens next?

My conclusion to the first book was that Miss Nobody was excellently written, but I could not help  thinking Ms. Dunlap had nailed herself into a corner.  It is no secret among writers that it is difficult to pick up in a serial that has a dramatic ending in the first book and then build upon it, but Dunlap does an outstanding job of gathering up the pieces and weaving a thread of suspense that makes it hard to put the second book down.

Miss Scandalous, the second book in The Shaw Family Saga, is superbly written. Dunlap captures the reader’s attention by adroitly dealing with three protagonists, Annette, Charlene, and Ravin whose emotions are a continuous bath of hatred and love mixed with misunderstandings and untruths.

Miss Scandalous reveals the struggles between mother, daughter and granddaughter. It shows the effects that secrets and hidden truths have upon the past. More than that, it demonstrates the effectiveness of inner emotional destruction by living a lie.  Lies will destroy as so poignantly pointed out in the relationships of some of Ms. Dunlap’s  characters in Miss Scandalous.

Suspense builds up throughout the book, and I marveled at how Dunlap increased this tension by bringing in different antagonists at the appropriate time.

51f0ZddmkOL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-70,22_AA300_SH20_OU03_Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter. Three generations of women bound together by secret hurts and wounds that they dared not mention.

  • Will Charlene open up to Annette?
  • Is there peace for the tortured and disappointed teenage girl that lives inside of Ravin?
  • Can reconciliation occur after forgiveness?

These are questions that run throughout Miss Scandalous, and Nicole Dunlap gives us the answers through her characters.

Again I come back to one of my favorite Bible Verse that so appropriately fits the first and second book of the Shaw Family:

Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children unto the third and fourth generation.

Miss Scandalous by Miss Nicole Dunlap is an excellent book to read. It will hold you spellbound.

Congratulations Ms. Nicole Dunlap on a job well done.  I applaud you.

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Pat Garcia

Miss Scandalous  the second book in The Shaw Family Saga can be purchased at as well as all of Amazon international websites.

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  1. Pat, I loved the review of Ms. Dunlap’s books. I suspect there may be a link into Ms. Dunlap’s life, but the story connects with me too because of my life. I’ll have to go check these books out as you have ME hooked in. Excellent!


    • Hi My Dear Gwynn,

      Thank you so much and a special thanks to you for faithfully following my blogs and supporting me. I passed your comments on to Ms. Dunlap and she has also written you on my website.

      Love you, Lady.


  2. An excellent analysis of a moving novel that deserves a large readership. Thank you, Patti, for bringing Nicole into the limelight. She is a powerful young voice and your own does her justice.


    • My Dear Sister,

      Thank you for your words of encouragement. I think you know some of my inner thoughts and beliefs so when I say it was a pleasure to promote Nicole, you will understand that the words that I wrote came from my heart. Unlike what others may think and are busy promoting self before others, I know that the pie is big enough for all of us, if we would only stop putting ourselves as number one and reach out to others with loving kindness and the willingness to help. All I am doing is practicing what I preach, doing the best I can to walk my talk.

      I love you Sis.



  3. ndunlap09 permalink

    Great review, it is awesome reading others’ depiction of my writing and Pat, you’ve shown by far what I’m trying to relay in a fiction story about families and abandonment issues. I hope you check them out, Gwynrogers, even if you take a chance on the first one which is on sell, I’d like to know what you think. Marta, I appreciate the words, I hope my stories reach out to people 🙂


    • Good morning Nicole,

      Thank you. It was a pleasure reading Miss Scandalous and an even greater pleasure writing the review. I wish you the very best with your books and whatever I can do to help promote them, I will do it. Just ask me. It may take some time but I will not forget you.



    • Nicole, I’ll go buy the book. I posted my email on Pat’s other review or you can ask Pat for my email address. Thanks for caring about kids.



  4. Excellent review Pat! I’m putting this on my to read lbehind latest Alex Cross and 12 Tribes of Hattie)!


  5. So iPhone is problematic today! But that is on my to read LIST, lol. Can’t wait to start both books and thanks for info 🙂


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