James Gottesman - Author

    My third book is here. Yikes. Took forever. --


     Can't Forget

                   Hayley Green's life is on edge, not knowing how long she might live.

                    Ben Hunt's life is over the edge. But try as he might, he can't get back.

                    Sheer coincidence brings them together.

                    Sheer courage and determination saves both....or does it.

                   You won't be able to put it down.

        First Reviews of Can't Forget.....

                   Your writing has a fluidity that makes you want to keep reading.

                    It has been really difficult to put down your book even

                    when I know I have too, you just think one more chapter. I do

                    love your characterisation and description when setting a scene.

                    You also made me cry twice which doesn't happen when I read. I

                    enjoy characters but don't normally invest in them -



    First book received incredible reviews --

     The Road Back Isn't Straight

                   Funny, poignant and rich with compelling characters,

                   The Road Back Isn' t Straight is an engrossing tale

                   of deep sorrow and salvation

        Reviews from Amazon.....

                   This story grabs you from the beginning and really makes

                   you care about the characters. I really enjoyed the book!

                   By Fletch

                   This is a page-turner. Dr. Gottesman has a gift for story telling

                   and character development. I am eagerly awaiting his next book.

                   By BK


    Second book received even better reviews --

     The Search of Grace

                   Grace Grace Pine's life is not easy.

                   Raised in a Montana orphanage, she is tormented that no one wanted her.

                   Incredibly, Grace stumbles onto obscure clues about her family.

                    From there, a search for her roots begins, a search that will test her

                    endurance and courage.

                    Riveting but tender, The Search of Grace will captivate you

                    from the first page.

        Review from Chanticleer Book Reviews (http://www.chantireviews.com) September, 2015....

                   Marketing Blurb: A woman’s desperate search for her biological family threatens to imperil all she holds

                   dear as she battles her own PTS demons.

                   In November, 1972, the sisters of St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Missoula, Montana were stunned to find that a

                    small child, approximately two years old, had been left on their doorstep in the middle of the night.

                   Though she appeared to be in good health and had clearly been well cared for, she carried no identification.

                   After six weeks of attempts by the orphanage and the police to discover who she was, the sisters decided to

                   name her Grace Helena Pine, and to give her a birth date of January 1st.

                   This incident was the first of several that led Grace to believe—as many orphaned children do—that no one would ever

                   truly want her. Her biological parents, an absent yet silently malevolent force in her

                   life, had never wanted her; potential adoptive parents who loved her were forced to give her back to the orphanage.

                   And once she turned eighteen, even the orphanage asked her to leave.

                   Through luck and no small amount of determination, Grace eventually meets and marries a young doctor, has children,

                   and achieves her own professional success as a professor in linguistics.

                   Years of counseling and hard work have paid off in terms of a reasonably normal life with a family she deeply loves.

                   But she remains haunted by the traumas of her childhood, many of which are similar to those suffered by children in her

                   circumstances. Deep down, she understands that she will never be completely whole until she knows where she came from.

                   Through serendipity, her daughter and her nephew both see a woman on the news who looks so much like Grace that both

                   children think she is Grace. The woman even has the same unique mannerisms. Grace decides to investigate, and as

                   she slowly unravels the truth about her past, she unknowingly threatens the lives of others as well as her own.

                   Someone very powerful doesn’t want the truth revealed.

                   A former oncologist, James Gottesman uses his extensive medical knowledge as well as detailed research into the

                   psychology of abandoned children to craft a fascinating suspense novel. He accurately portrays the plight of

                   illegitimate children in the late twentieth century, institutionalized by wealthy and powerful families afraid

                   of the potential stain on their good name. Gottesman also shows how such an emotionally fraught situation can cause

                   the biological family members to react with denial and suspicion, making it difficult for the child to ever develop a

                   meaningful relationship with them. However, as Dr. Gottesman reminds us: genetics are irrefutable and will almost always

                   cause the truth to come out.

                   Gottesman’s characters are engaging and well-developed characters; his story builds on itself as the tension heightens

                   and suspense builds. Highly recommended for those who enjoy women’s fiction novels with literary complexity, but that

                   are still page turners. The Search of Grace is a riveting and satisfying read.

        Reviews from Amazon.....

                   This is the second book of his that I've read. Both books have been great stories.

                   In fact, i was reading "In Search of Grace" on a recent flight and I had about 20%

                   to go when we started our descent. It was one of only two times in my life that

                   I wished the flight was a little longer so i could finish the book. Really good

                   stories...look forward to another book

                   By LB

                   Author Jim Gottesman writes another great story. An interesting story of a woman's

                  search for her personal history, demonically taken and hidden from her by people she never

                   knew. A must read. Gottesman develops both his story and his characters very well.

                   By CS


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