Synopsis:

Juicy and suspenseful.”​​-PEOPLE MAGAZINE.

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?

My Thoughts:

I am on tour today for the paperback release of Finding Mrs. Ford with Suzy Approved Book Tours and Author Deborah Goodrich Royce.

The book starts out with the FBI knocking on Susan’s (Mrs. Ford) door.  I love it when the FBI is involved!

The chapters alternate between 1979 in Detroit, Michigan and 2014 in Watch Hill, Road Island.  I liked Susan’s character. It’s the summer before her last year of college, and she is caring for her ailing father along with an in-home nurse.  Life is good, and her goals are attainable. Then she meets Annie on the first day of her new job. I knew from the second they met things would not end well.  I just didn’t know how bad it would get. Annie sealed Susan’s fate when she quit the department store to work at a disco club, and Susan followed.

Susan’s pages end with the biggest twist of all which caused my jaw to drop! Annie’s story is next! 

What an entrance to her story.  Annie did not have a good home life.  Her mother married a cop who liked to beat on her, so she lived with her grandma.  Her worst life choice was going from the department store to the disco club. Her life spiraled from there.  Thankfully, Susan had seen what was becoming of her and they distanced themselves from each other. Only for a little while until one night everything changed!

This book!  Wow! When I first started reading, I had no idea where it was heading.  The title Finding Mrs. Ford didn’t make any sense to me. It took awhile to figure it out, and even then I didn’t see it coming!  The author throws in some really good twists!

Book Rating: 4/5

For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.