Conflicting Webs: Reviews
“Darlene Quinn has done it again, writing a tension-filled story that kept my attention from the very first page to the end. Conflicting Webs weaves an intense story full of intrigue, questionable motives, and unforgettable characters. A compelling storyline with a series of twists keeps the reader engaged, wondering if the story will lead to a happy ending. You won’t be disappointed.”
President, Wind Dancer Films
Author of Amazon Bestseller “Good Sam”
Michelle – “Wonderful Chaos!”
A really well written story with so many likeable characters. A perfect couple with a promising future gets bombarded with chaos right up to their wedding day and honeymoon. They truly have an unforgettable wedding and trials all in the first days of being married. They have a strong, supportive group of family and friends to help them along the way. With GOD and the power of prayer they can get through anything.
“I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.”
Tammy – “Tangled Web”
I was gifted this audio ARC from the author/ Narrator for a honest and unbiased review. Darlene Quinn is a new author to me. She did a good job writing this 15 hour book. Karin Allers did a good job narrating this story, each character was easily distinctive from the others. All is can say is oh what a tangled Web we weave when trying to succeed. Yup this is a must get. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Christy D. – “Conflicting Webs”
The story starts out with one of the most annoying characters ever! Britany is spoiled, rude and annoying. And she will have you wanting to pull your hair out and honestly you will wonder if you can even finish the book. She does get easier to deal with! But her father never does and he is just as annoying. You really want someone to put him in his place. “Spoiler alert” it never happens. Luckily the book moves around them with some other really great characters who are some of the most amazing and selfless people you could ask to meet. And somehow they all come together for a few great causes.
Darc – “Captivating!”
This is the first book I’ve read in the Webs series, and it was not necessary to read any others, as this is definitely a stand-alone. The story was quick paced and moved smoothly between unforgettable characters. Each character, both likeable and obnoxious, in the well-written novel is skillfully intertwined and connected. This story shows how an incident can have such a ripple effect on the lives of people who probably never would have crossed paths and the damage a family can do to itself and how love does heal.
The narration was one of the best I have listened to so far as each character is easily distinguishable. I would definitely love to hear more of Darlene Quinn’s books.
Kelly Lauffenburger – “Great Read”
I was gifted this audio ARC from the author/ Narrator for a honest and unbiased review. I enjoyed this book very much. Karin Allers does a great job with the narration. I will be looking for other books by Darlene Quinn.
Suzan – “Wonderful”
Enjoyed this book very much. The characters and story line are wonderful. Karin Alters does a great job with the narration too. Looking forward to more in this series. I was gifted this book with the understanding I would give an honest review.
Karen M. – “Enjoyable Family Drama”
This is my first experience in the Webs series but found it engaging from the first chapter. It can be listened to as a stand-alone quite easily and I never felt lost. The characters were very realistic – some I loved, some not so much. But isn’t that life? Conflicting Webs was quite a long listen but the pace of the story made the time fly by. It was well written and helps to show us that we all connected and that our actions can affect many others. The narrator did a great job with the different characters. I would recommend this.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review is my honest opinion.
Sometimes you sit down to read a book and are so drawn in, you feel as though you’ve come home. Rarely do I find an author with this ability and Darlene Quinn now joins my short list. I’m amazed at how she kept so many characters, with such diverse (yet connected) stories on track in a way that makes sense. I now find that there are 4 more books in Quinn’s Web Series that I want to read – this time in order. I love Conflicting Webs and can’t wait to delve into the others to learn the back story of these fascinating characters. Conflicting Webs is a great read that I will recommend to everyone.
Host of www.TheAuthorsShow.com
A mesmerizing story that will captivate you from the first paragraph and not let you go until you are done! Do not start this book at night! I knew the minute I started this book, like all her others, I would be hooked from the beginning and not be able to put it down. I found myself saying one more chapter, just one more and before I knew it I was up late every time. It is filled with believable characters that you can relate to. You will love the twists and turns, many you won’t see coming. The worst part about this was when it was over and you were done reading it. I look forward to more and more amazing books by this talented author.
Maralys Wills – Author, The Tail on My Mother’s Kite
I loved this book! If you don’t mind losing sleep because you can’t stop reading, Conflicting Webs is your story. With great skill, Darlene Quinn has twisted her plot so conflicts and characters, both good and bad, come at warp speed, making it impossible to stop reading when it’s time to do something else—such as sleep. I read “one more chapter,” and then another “one more chapter,” on and on until this rather large book was finished.
In Conflicting Webs you will find characters whose problems ring true to real life. The author is careful not to find magical solutions for the kinds of issues, such as drug use, that have no easy answers. The plotting shows imagination, and the conflicts are invariably interesting and keep the reader cheering for the “good guys.” Sometimes you long to punch the bad guys in the nose. ln other passages I found myself wishing I could offer conflicted characters some advice. Darlene Quinn is indeed a great story-teller.
D. Hite – A good multi-generational family novel
I was surprised when I started reading Conflicting Webs. The blurb on the back of the book led to me to think the story was going to be mainly about April and Kyle. Conflicting Webs was so much more than that. It was a multi-generational tale told in multiple POVs. The story begins with Brittany, Kyle’s baby mama, not wanting their daughter Lindsay to be in April and Kyle’s wedding. This one problem sets into motion a series of events and custody questions affecting not only April and Kyle, but Lindsay’s entire extended family.
Conflicting Webs grasped my attention from the beginning. The story was quickly paced and moved smoothly between characters’ POVs. I liked how each character’s POV added to the understanding of the story, especially Brittany’s. She wasn’t a character I will ever love, but she reading her thoughts made her a little bit less of a villain to me. Even though Conflicting Webs is part of a series, I found that you could easily follow along without having to have read the previous books.
There were just a couple of things that bothered me a bit while reading. First, the dialogue of young adult characters. The way their sentences were phrased just didn’t seem natural to me. Most 20- to 40-years old, I know have a less formal way of arranging their sentences when they speak. Sometimes I forgot April wasn’t an older adult woman. Toward the end, I felt like the custody and Brittany story line were tied up nicely, but the book just…ended. I would have liked a little more. I know it needed to wrap up with April and Kyle, but I found them to be some of the least exciting characters in the book.
Overall, I really enjoyed Conflicting Webs and it’s story of conflicting commitments in a large extended family.
NJ Book Lover – Family Issues
First let me say that I received a free eBook from Net Galley for an honest review and honestly, I thought it was a terrific story. The author touches on a lot of the day-to-day issues faced by many people. Some of the topics in this story are promiscuous sex, teenagers engaging in unprotected sex, teen motherhood, psychological issues such as BPD, drug use, parenting, divorce, spousal abuse, and how one incident can have such a ripple effect on the lives of people who probably never would have crossed paths. I thought the author did a great job of “weaving” these issues together in the story. The story flows and is believable. The characters are well developed and have their own voice. In some stories there isn’t always a distinction to the character’s voices and you have to skip back to see who is “speaking”. Bravo Ms. Quinn on a great story
Arlena – A Good Read!
Conflicting Webs was the perfect title for this suspenseful intriguing fictional read that was about April who was marrying Kyle. Now you would think with all of the planning that April had done…the wedding would go smoothly however, that was not to be. Why? Issues and much conflict comes from the right and left from Brittany (Kyle’s baby mama) who happened to not want their daughter[Lindsay] to be in his wedding. Be ready for a plot that will have some twist and turns as the conflict will pull you into all the drama of it all and will definitely will keep you turning the pages to see what will be coming next. The characters were off the chart…being well developed, defined, portrayed and believable helping to give the reader a spellbound suspenseful and emotional story. The title: Conflicting Web really lives up to it name because there many conflicting commitments in this novel. So, if you are ready for a engaging wonderful story where you may be caught in the web of it all, then I would recommend this read to you.
I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Funky Town – Struggles, love and caring make for a hard to put down book
This is the first book I’ve read both in this series, and by Darlene Quinn. At the time I selected it, I didn’t realize it was part of a series, but when I did find out, after I finished the book, I was surprised. At no point during this novel did I feel like I was missing part of the story that may have come before so I am pretty comfortable in saying this (and probably the other books in the series) could be read as stand alone novels.
Most of the characters were very down to earth, caring and the types of characters that immediately made me care about them. I was immediately drawn into the novel and couldn’t stop reading because I wanted so much to find out how things worked out with April and Kyle as well as Nora, Lindsey, Madison and eventually, even Brittany. There were so many people in this novel that I was rooting for, hoping that things would turn out well that I just didn’t want to stop reading.
I will say that the ending felt very rushed, almost as if the author decided one day that she’d written enough and had better wrap it up. I realize there will be more books in this series, but I typically like a better ending, whether happily ever after or not, just some type of ending that feels like it fit both the story and the way it happened. For that reason, I’d rate this 4.5 if Amazon allowed 1/2 stars.
I would like to thank the author, publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to read a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. I will be checking out the first novel in this series and going from there, I think, because I’d like to know the back story.
George Wilder Jr. – Highly Recommended!
Darlene has done it again, this novel is loaded with diverse characters that leap off the pages and into your hearts and mind. She creates a fictional world of characters that are as real as the streets they walk on. She is such a writer of quality fiction that we love her work. Quinn brings an eye for detail and that is one of many reasons why we keep turning pages. Enjoy. Highly Recommended.
Lisa – Darlene Quinn’s latest enjoyable read Conflicting Webs continues the saga …
Darlene Quinn’s latest enjoyable read Conflicting Webs continues the saga of the Toddman clan centering around April Toddman’s impending nuptials to Kyle Clark, the usual stressors that accompany a wedding escalate in this tale. Due in part to Kyle’s baggage April Toddman is a candidate for sainthood facing that and other obstacles with poise and maturity.
Darlene is an expert at building tension and creating compelling storylines weaving topical social issues throughout pushing the reader along. As with all her books I read late into the next few nights until reaching it’s satisfying conclusion.
Barbee Heiny – All Webs Books are Good!
“I love her books! They are very entertaining and since I live in Southern CA, the information about the stores is extremely interesting. I love the fact that her chapters are short so I can read a few and then come back. Though I never seem to be able to stop, they are so good! I have read all her books and this is the most exciting. Thank you, Darlene! Keep them coming!”
“Having read somehow in a very short period of time Darlene Quinn’s books from Unpredictable Webs, Twisted Webs, Webs of Power and Webs of Fate I have now just finished, and I must say, in record time her latest “Conflicting Webs”. Her undoubtedly great strength lies in the extensiveness of her research and in how her main characters all fit together in the web of life. It is fascinating to turn page after page and see the author weave the threads of the story line in and out of each of the characters depicted in the story. Her true to life family problems and predicaments, her real life story telling, and her ability to incorporate things that touch us all – like how she examines the condition of Nora’s Lupus and her daughter’s personality disorder, and with an accident that destroys and kills your loved ones, all these things touch us and bring forth our empathy because in our lives we have all gone through some trauma, some illness or mental instability ourselves or with those close to us.”
“I love the format of the book too, with short Chapters you just know where to stop and start the next day even without a bookmark.”
“The story is complex, it keeps the reader on his/her toes wanting to learn more of what each page offers, it is extremely well-written and many of the characters are lovable people you even wish to meet, yet again some you do not! The author knows how to blend in sadness, happiness, emotion, guilt, intrigue, charity, complex moments, anger, but most of all LOVE. With a story of a child without a mother, a wedding without a honeymoon, a mother without focus and a woman that lost nearly everything it is no doubt the author has the ingredients for success in yet another of her novels. There are some loose ends in this tale which hopefully may appear in another forthcoming novel, a sequel, I am most certainly looking forward to what else is on offer.”
“I know you would never buy a car without testing it first, well after reading this review you must know what book YOU should be reading next, I do indeed recommend it! Happy Reading.”
—Sonia Golt BEM
Author of “Feelings,” “The Colours of the Soul”, “Echoes of the Heart,” “Love Letters I never Mailed,” Children’s Dreams are made of this” and “Paradise Bound.”
Peggy Kuntzelmanon – Another Thinker
“I titled this review “another thinker” because like previous book by Darlene Quinn it makes you stop and think of what you would do faced with the same situation or in this case situations. I mention the previous books in this series because I have had the pleasure of reading them all but thanks to the author this book is very much a stand alone book also. Conflicting Webs introducing a lot of new characters to this series and the characters that are brought forward from the previous books you are given enough back story so you are never lost as to how they fit into this series, or in my case your memory is refreshed about how they fit into the series.
While I know the main character in Conflicting Webs is suppose to be April Toddman Clark, I found myself more interested in the stories of the reluctant mother, Brittany and the grieving mother, Madison. I enjoyed following the process of how Brittany made the transformation from being totally irresponsible to finally realizing she needed to take charge of her life. It wasn’t rushed and certainly didn’t happen overnight.
In my opinion a whole book could have been devoted to Madison and her recovery from the physical injuries due to a terrible accident and learning to deal with survivor’s guilt so that she could move forward. This is one of those situations where you stop and wondering how you would handle it. i did enjoy that Madison was finally able to sit down and talk to the character of Ashleigh from this series who herself had gone through a situation where you wonder how you would handle it yourself.
As with the previous books in this series I really enjoyed the Author’s Note at the end of the book. I find it interesting to learn things I did not know about the retail world along with things I have observed myself and wanted to comment on.
So I would definitely recommend Conflicting Webs to anyone who wants to read a fast paced, intriguing, character driven novel. I love the short chapters so you can put it down if you need to go do something else, however that is easier said than done.
“Darlene Quinn is an award winning author who never disappoints. When I was approached to review her latest book, Conflicting Webs, I could not wait to get reading. Conflicting Webs is the latest book in the addicting Toddman-Taylor saga! When Conflicting Webs arrived I only wanted to skim through a few pages to get an idea of the book but much to my surprise and 50 pages in to the book, I realized it was going to be very hard to put it down. The complex plot of family dynamics, family secrets, lies, deception, and betrayal will keep you intrigued with every page turn.
Be sure to catch up on all of Darlene Quinn’s attention grabbing books! Conflicting Webs, Unpredictable Webs, Webs of Fate Twisted Webs, Webs of Power and Sizzling Cold Case.”
“Intriguing premise. Rich, beautiful, successful April is marrying rich, handsome, successful Kyle. April has planned the perfect wedding and Lindsey, Kyle’s daughter, is set to be the flower girl. One hitch. Lindsey’s mother, Britany, back from a three-month rehab, does not go along with this idea. Britany has not previously shown much interest in her daughter, but her resentment toward Kyle and, in particular, April, surfaces in one frightening act.
What follows is disturbing and tense with custody of Lindsey at stake. Nora, the grandmother who has temporary custody of Lindsey, is a reasonable voice in the fray while her ex-husband Howard does his high-handed best to turn this into a battle. April, despite being in the throes of her upcoming wedding, does what she can to mediate the mess.
The conflict pulled me in, and the dramatic scenes kept me turning the pages except for a few places where the story dragged a bit. Compelling characters. Steady, understanding Nora who despite having lupus, always rises to the occasion. Pampered, self-destructive Britany, who has Borderline personality disorder, considers herself a victim. Little Lindsey, who shows she has guts and a mind of her own. Level-headed April, who tries to help even when it affects her own wedding plans.
This book left an unresolved question about Nora, the grandmother, who has lupus. It is referred to on numerous occasions, how she feels dizzy, unwell and has to make a big effort to appear okay. Her lupus lurks like an undercurrent but never comes to the surface. It left me wondering, what is the story reason for Nora’s lupus? Or will we find out in the next Webs book?
This is the first book I’ve read in the Webs series. While it’s a stand-alone book, it has wet my appetite to read others in this series.”
Jessyca Garcia: Reviewed for Readers’ Favorite
“I absolutely loved Conflicting Webs by Darlene Quinn. Conflicting Webs, which happens to be a stand-alone story, is the fifth addition to Quinn’s Web series. The Web series contains four other books. This is the first book I have read in the Web series so I was happy that Quinn fills the reader in on some of the things from the other books. This book focuses on the wedding of April Toddman and Kyle Clark. It also revolves around a custody battle for Lindsay Levin. There is also a lot more that happens, but I will not spoil it. This story is filled with just the right amount of drama and everything that occurs is believable. The characters are mostly lovable and all of them are unique.”
“Conflicting Webs contains a large cast of characters. At first, I felt there were too many characters to focus on, but when I continued reading I appreciated that Quinn tells each character’s side of the story and point of view. Every character has a reason for being in this book. I also like how every one of Quinn’s characters, no matter how bad they are, all have a little good in them. I liked the character of April Toddman because she is a strong female who always tries to do the right thing. I hated Howard Levin, but so did everyone else in the book. Nora Levin is a saint for putting up with him and not hiring a hit man. Lindsay Levin is the character my heart went out to the most. She is surrounded by love but no one can really take care of her.”
“Overall, I really loved Conflicting Webs. It reminded me of the television show Brothers and Sisters in that everyone is related or their paths cross in some way. I liked that Quinn wrote about Survivor’s Guilt. It helped me to realize that people in my own life are suffering from it. I will be looking into reading the rest of the Web series as well as Quinn’s other books. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys drama and family stories.”
Ginnie Wilcox: Delightful!
“Another delightful page turner is Darlenes Quinn’s newest novel with suspense and intrigue returning favorite characters from prior novels as well as introducing new characters who have more than their share of quirky traits. She skillfully engages the reader’s attention mixing the desires and ambitions of the rich and the poor as the classes come together.”
“Conflicting Webs is excellent and fast reading. I liked remembering the characters now grown up from Darlene’s other books. This book is full of exciting events and wondering what is going to happen next? The end is wonderful.”
“A beautiful wedding is planned. An entitled young woman plots it’s ruin. Terrible loss for a young wife and mother, as a tragic accident leaves her broken. A gracious, but mysterious stranger offers comfort.
I truly enjoyed the evolvement of the characters of the Web Series. Webs of Conflict brings familiar forces and places, together with new characters in this hard to put down novel. Hoping for volume six. There is so much more intrigue to savor. Weave more Webs for us!”
Nanci G. – Long Beach
“Like to Stay up Late? This one’s for you!
Conflicting Webs by Darlene Quinn is another page turner by this prolific author. Pulling known characters from her best-selling Web series and pairing them with new personalities in intriguing circumstances is designed to enthrall the reader and keep you reading!”
“A young girl unwanted by her drug addicted mother, but adored by her grandmother; a young couple’s wedding just days away face decisions that may include postponement. A close friend is the victim of a horrendous crash that has left her disfigured, a widow, and the survivor with only one of her three children.”
“You want more? Mix in the conflict of a manipulative grandfather trying to force his daughter into motherhood of her child while positioning the grandmother into the background, setting demands that jeopardize the affairs of all. Add a mysterious stranger who happens on the crash scene only to appear later at the hospital offering help and advice. Who is the man, and what could he possibly want?”
“Romance, intrigue, deception, self-serving actions and futures at stake: pick up this book at once! But it comes with a warning: you may not be able to put it down! Thanks Darlene Quinn – no conflict here – just enjoyable and exciting reading!”
“I truly enjoyed the latest installment in the “Webs” series. As with all of her books, Darlene Quinn breaks new ground with fresh characters, relationships, and surprising events while preserving the threads of the original plot and well-loved characters. Her skillful way of balancing life’s curses and blessings – loss and redemption, sadness and joy, beginnings and endings – kept me eagerly reading until well after bedtime. I feel like these characters are my new friends and family! Very entertaining and left me anxious for more.”
PJ Colando: Author of Stashes
“Roiling, boiling, toiling! This book has a wealth of characters and schemes within its Conflicting Webs. Multi-layered and emotional: each rapidly read chapter ends with a movie-worthy cliffhanger. Much is said about you can’t judge a book by its cover, as well as how terrific it feels to hold a print book in one’s hands. The look and feel of this book help to assure that you won’t be able to put it down.”
“The cover of Conflicting Webs is beautiful and the characters are so convincing. The clothing descriptions are so fashionably elegant too. There are so many creative solutions to the characters’ problems in the book. Conflicting Webs has such an optimistic ending which leaves me completely content and wanting to read more.”
Dolores Ayotte: Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer
“Wow…another intriguing fictional novel by talented Author Darlene Quinn. Adorable four year old Lindsay Levin is the product of a one night stand. Precious to the core and dearly loved by her doting grandmother, Nora Levin, Lindsay becomes a pawn in a custody battle by her irresponsible mother’s reckless behavior. Kyle Clark, biological dad to Lindsay takes full financial responsibility for her well-being but finds that he comes to love this precious daughter more than he ever dreamed possible. Soon to be married to loving bride, April Toddman, the unthinkable happens just a few short days before the wedding ceremony. Britany Levin is released from a drug rehabilitation facility before the upcoming wedding with just enough time to wreak havoc with their nuptial plans. With Lindsay as flower girl, Britany along with fellow drug addict Chloe, work at disrupting the wedding. Many unforeseen complications ensue…”
“As if this isn’t causing enough stress for April…Madison Monroe, her lifelong friend and matron of honor, is late for the ceremony. Unbeknownst to the bride, a horrific accident is about to rob April of the usual joy a wedding day brings. Bill Boyd a passing stranger is witness to an incredible car accident which involves Madison and her family. He subsequently manages to become deeply involved in their physical and emotional struggles for reasons of his own…”
“Each character in the well-written novel is skillfully intertwined and connected in such a way that nothing short of a miracle will make it all work out. Likable personalities combined with obnoxious ones like Britany’s dad Dr. Levin, add to the realism of this down-to-earth captivating novel. Although fictional, I always enjoy a story with a plausible and uplifting plot. Conflicting Webs is another fantastic read by Author Darlene Quinn. At the end of it all, it left me with a “feel good” experience. It is always a pleasure to read and review her books!”
Jessamyn Picton: Don’t start this book at bedtime…
“I have to admit this was my first Darlene Quinn book in her Web series, but I assure you, it won’t be my last. I loved the page turning twists and interesting characters that kept me reading nonstop until the book was done. An intricate story woven in a very clear and easy to follow way. I was swept away by the surroundings and the people—living thoroughly “in” their world from beginning to end. Bravo, Darlene!”
“The characters in this one are so believable. The descriptions of the family dynamics are right on target. The author gives us a good look into the lives of her department store families. The original characters are aging gracefully and the younger one are growing up as you read on. I became so engrossed that I wanted to tell one of the characters to go away and grow up; to tell another to mind his own business and stop enabling one of the family members. This book is easy to read and I can’t wait for the next one to see what happens.”
Steven Jackson: Thrillers Professional Writing – Author of The Zeus Payload
“Conflicting Webs is a winner. Whether you’ve read the four previous books in the series, or are just starting, you’ll be captivated and entertained by a master wordsmith who has the inside story on the ins and outs of department store intrigue and drama. The characters are likable and believable. The story grabs you and doesn’t let go. Get caught up in The Web.”
Kathy Porter: Author of “The Gray Guardians” Series
“The fact that this is a series was not enticing to me as a reader at first because I wasn’t sure I would commit to read an entire series. Okay I’ll admit I was wrong. This is more than a series ~ it’s an addition!
Darlene has managed to hook me as a reader into a suspenseful second reality, and I was pulled in deeper with each turn of the page.
I love the fact that there are old and new characters in Conflicting Webs so when I settled down to read this newest addition to the Web Series I was at home.
For those of you that haven’t read the entire series don’t hold back from reading Conflicting Webs, which is a stand-alone novel. No need to have read the rest of the series, but certainly should be added to your ‘must read list’.”
“I truly enjoyed the latest installment in the Webs series. As with all of her books, Darlene Quinn breaks new ground with fresh characters, relationships, and surprising events while preserving the threads of the original story and all of the well-loved characters. Her skillful way of balancing life’s curses and blessings – loss and redemption, sadness and joy, beginnings and endings – kept me eagerly reading well after bedtime. I feel like these characters are my new friends and family. Very entertaining and left me anxious for more.”
Ben West – I finished reading Conflicting Webs last night and really enjoyed it. Darlene is getting better with every book …
I finished reading Conflicting Webs last night and really enjoyed it. Darlene is getting better with every book she writes! If you have only read her first “Webs” book, I would encourage you to jump in here. It was a great story with a creative and fast-moving story line. It left me wondering what was going to happen to some of the new characters introduced in this book. Hopefully, they will be a part of her next story.
Susie Q – Conflicting WEBS
Conflicting Webs by Darlene Quinn is a fast paced read about a soon to be married young couple, who face several unpredictable challenges and how they deal with them. The story shows the reader how one can confront challenges in a positive way. The author did a great job with the character development. April, the young lady about to be married is such a caring and positive person; I would like to emulate her. Britany, a young girl trying to grow up, frustrates the reader but at the same time, I found myself pulling for her to confront and solve her problems. Then there was Bill. It took me quite a while to figure out if he was the good guy or the bad guy. I liked the suspense. This book is the latest in the “WEB” series. It can be read as a stand-alone book or if you have read the series, you will enjoy re-meeting many of the characters and catching up with their lives. I would recommend this book along with the other books in the series. I am patiently waiting for the next one.
Penelope on GoodReads
“This is the first book I’ve read in the Webs series, and it’s definitely a stand-alone book.
Intriguing premise. Rich, beautiful, successful April is marrying rich, handsome, successful Kyle. April has planned the perfect wedding and Lindsey, Kyle’s daughter, is set to be the flower girl. One hitch. Lindsey’s mother, Britany, back from a three-month rehab, does not go along with this idea. Britany has not previously shown much interest in her daughter, but her resentment toward Kyle and, in particular, April, surfaces in one frightening act.
What follows is disturbing and tense with custody of Lindsey at stake. Nora, the grandmother who has temporary custody of Lindsey, is a reasonable voice in the fray while her ex-husband Howard does his high-handed best to turn this into a battle. April, despite being in the throes of her upcoming wedding, does what she can to mediate the mess.
The conflict pulled me in, and the dramatic scenes kept me turning the pages except for a few places where the story dragged a bit. Compelling characters. Steady, understanding Nora who despite having lupus, always rises to the occasion. Pampered, self-destructive Britany, who considers herself a victim. Little Lindsey, who shows she has guts and a mind of her own. Level-headed April who tries to help even at the cost of her own plans.
This book left an unresolved question about Nora, the grandmother, who has lupus. This is referred to on numerous occasions, how she feels dizzy, unwell, and has to make a big effort to appear okay. Her lupus lurks like an undercurrent, but never comes to the surface. I was waiting for something to happen, but nothing did. It left me wondering what is the story reason for Nora’s lupus. Or will we find out in the next Webs book?
I was the recipient of an ARC and this is an honest review.”
April and Kyle are getting married and so much is happening and we are along for the ride. Secrets, lies, deception, betrayal, and ultimately a happy ending. This book is fast paced and with a lot of characters and told from many points of view. The characters are very believable and even if you have not read the other books in this series you are able to keep up and know not be lost at any point.
**Received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Dr. Wilson Trivino – Adventure
Can you have the happily ever after? In Conflicting Webs by Darlene Quinn the happy couple to be come together to start a new life. April Toodman and Kyle Clark seem to have it all. However twist and turns and the reality of life’s obstacle come down hard to these love birds.
It is a turbulent ride that will take the reader on a wild odyssey. The book makes you think that life is an adventure and no matter what happens, time keeps moving on.
A fun suspenseful book.
Becci Casey – Believable and captivating story!
Once again, author, Darlene Quinn, has written a book with a compelling storyline. She has developed interesting characters caught up in relationships and events that are believable. The books begin with the impending marriage of Kyle Clark and April Toddman. What should be a wonderful time in their lives, is fractured by tense and compelling events. Kyle has a wonderful little daughter, Lindsay, whom he loves dearly. However, there are ongoing conflicts between Lindsay’s mother, Brittany and Kyle, who had a one-night stand resulting in the pregnancy and birth of Lindsay. The plot has many twists and turns that had me almost unable to put the book down. I was spellbound by the suspenseful, believable, and at times emotional plot. Her characters as very true to life and at times left me feeling frustrated and anxiously reading to see what comes next. I have read all of Darlene’s books and though each one could stand alone, I recommend that you read all of them. I have wonderful memories of the characters and impelling storylines.
Lori – “Conflicting Webs”
While the story was entertaining, engaging and enjoyable overall, it took me a while to really get interested and be pulled into the story. It just wasn’t holding my attention in the beginning. Once I was pulled into the story (a couple of hours in) it kept my full attention until the end.
Even though this is the 5th book in the series it is the first book that I have listened to in the series. Each book can be listened to as a standalone. I might have enjoyed the story a bit more had I already been familiar with all the characters many of which have already had their own books in the series. The connection to the characters wasn’t there for me like it would have been if I had read the previous books.
Great well rounded cast of characters. Both likable, unlikable, annoying, selfish and obnoxious. The characters and their actions were very realistic. It was easy to relate to many of them.
Life never goes exactly as planned. It’s unpredictable. You have this perfect picture in your mind then fate steps in, throws you a few curve balls and your life is never the same again. Unfortunately, how some choose to deal with their issues has an affect on everyone around them. Some people choose to create chaos just to satisfy their own agenda regardless of who it hurts in the process or if it’s the right thing to do. This is definitely a tangled web of events and circumstances that surround the characters in this story.
This is the first time I have listened to Karen Allers narrate a book according to my records but her voice sounds familiar. Overall, she did a really good job. There was something a bit off for me with her narration I just can’t put my finger on it. I think maybe it’s that her narration seems a bit flat at times. But then again, she did a really good job with the narration. She has a pleasant voice. She has some really good character voices, others(male) could uses a little work. Her narration is clearly spoken with a nice smooth pace. As the story went on whatever was “off” for me faded into the background. This just may be a case of it’s me not the narrator. I would definitely listen to her narrate other books.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.
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