The Zeppelin Bend

Unraveling the Knot of Deception

Romance - Contemporary
270 Pages
Reviewed on 01/02/2019
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Author Biography

DonnaLee worked as a critical care nurse or 20 years before pursuing a studio art degree from The University of Texas, Austin, TX in 2005. Her passion lies in finding ways to mix her art with words. Her contemporary fiction novels , THE KNOT SERIES, are a trilogy that gives a voice to women’s issues that are frequently hushed. All three novels follow the same characters. The Zeppelin Bend : unraveling the knot of deception is the second novel in the series. The first novel, The Trinity Knot: releasing the Knot of silence was published in April 2018.

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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Zeppelin Bend: Unraveling the Knot of Deception by DonnaLee Overly is the second book in the Knot series, a novel with a strong appeal to fans of women's issues. Gabriella “Gabby” King has just found out that she is pregnant by her ex-boyfriend who is now running for the US Senate. What is most disheartening is that she’s just started dating Brett, the country club tennis professional, and has been feeling awesome about it. She decides to run away from Texas so as to hide the pregnancy. Can she find the emotional and psychological support she needs in her step-brother, Stan? How will she break the news to Brett? Follow her story as she considers different options for the pregnancy and what ultimately trumps everything.

The Zeppelin Bend: Unraveling the Knot of Deception is a compelling story that explores one of the dilemmas that millions of women face across the globe daily — the question of unwanted pregnancy. It’s also a story that clearly illustrates how vulnerable a woman can be when choices are forced on her. I loved the way DonnaLee Overly captures the emotions of the protagonist, allowing readers to feel her pain, to understand her dilemma, and to connect with her from a place where she feels deeply broken and weak. Character development is impeccable and readers will enjoy how a single event — an unplanned pregnancy — can change everything in a woman’s life. The writing is beautiful and the narrative feels so real in the present tense. The powerful descriptions, the skillful use of the stream of consciousness, and the realism injected into the narrative make for an enjoyable read.

Natasha Jackson

The Zeppelin Bend is a unique story that follows the life of artist Gabby as she deals with an unexpected pregnancy, while the father of her unborn child is starting on a new journey of his own in the shape of the United States Senate. Scared and with no one to turn to, Gabby flees town and heads to the home of her stepbrother Stan, where she hopes to come to a decision. DonnaLee Overly does a great job of twisting a plain tale of love, pregnancy and second chances and taking it to the next level. While trying to figure out if she should terminate her pregnancy, raise the baby as a single parent, or seek out adoption alternatives, Gabby must keep her secret while accepting support from those around her.

DonnaLee Overly has written a story that you’ll go in expecting to be the same old story, but The Zeppelin Bend is not that story. It has layers of complications that render the simplest of things impossible. There is a villain and it’s a pretty good one because it’s not your typical villain, and that only makes the story more interesting. When the love of her life, Brett the tennis pro, enters the picture, she has to decide whether to trust him and have everything she ever wanted, or fight this battle alone. That right there is what makes The Zeppelin Bend such a compelling read. This story unfolds at a sedate pace that makes the big reveals all the more effective. DonnaLee Overly is a new author to me but this installment of Unraveling the Knot of Deception is definitely a great read!