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Friday, April 20, 2018

Somebody's Daughter by Rochelle B. Weinstein - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Emma and Bobby Ross are happily married and have an easy life. They own a hotel on Miami Beach and are blessed with twin daughters, Zoe and Lily. They have many friends and are well loved by the hotel guests. Everything is perfect, until Lily and Zoe's fifteenth birthday. A private moment at a party between Zoe and a boy from her school is shared among her friends. Zoe is mortified this video is going around and she had no idea she was being filmed. All of a sudden people gossip about the Ross family and everyone has an opinion. Can they stop the video from being spread and what will the effect of this horrible act be on the family?

Emma wants to be there for her daughter, but witnessing Zoe's pain brings back a lot of unwanted memories. There's a secret Emma should have dealt with years ago, something she's done that is still eating away at her. Emma has her own demons to battle and while she's trying to help Zoe with her problems, it becomes apparent that she has to make a decision. Telling the truth could break her family. Will she risk changing the tight-knit union they used to be to ease her pain and can telling her story help her daughter? What should Emma do?

Somebody's Daughter is an impressive thought-provoking story. Rochelle B. Weinstein describes the emotions of every member of the Ross family with understanding, empathy and great care. She clearly knows her subject well and I loved how she handles this difficult matter. I admire that she's written a story about cyber crimes against teenagers. She describes the judgement, the hatred and the humiliation of being exposed in a fantastic manner. Zoe becomes the victim of a terrible deed and my heart ached for her because of everything she has to go through. It's terrible when one moments will chase someone forever because it's been filmed and shared. It's something that put tears in my eyes and finding out how the Ross family would handle the problem kept me glued to the pages.

Rochelle B. Weinstein writes about a mother and daughter who are both struggling. There are similarities, but there are also differences. Emma wants to be there for her daughter and tries to fight Zoe's battles for her, but Zoe can stand her ground and doesn't walk away from hardship. I admired Zoe's courage, she's a strong girl and handles the situation really well. The circumstances are awful, it's terrible that anyone can be exposed because so many people have access to cameras. Reading about the repercussions made me admire Rochelle B. Weinstein's choices even more, because she fully understands all of them and makes sure she's covered each motivation, feeling and consequence. This makes Somebody's Daughter a terrific gripping story, an amazing compelling book that I highly recommend.

Advice

If you love a good family story you don't want to miss Somebody's Daughter. 

About Rochelle B. Weinstein


USA TODAY bestselling author of What We Leave Behind, The Mourning After, and Where We Fall.

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida amongst the chaos of three siblings: Randi, Robert, and Ron. I am the baby "R"of the brood and like it that way. After graduating from the University of Maryland, I moved west to Los Angeles, California. There I launched my career at the LA Weekly, where my advertising and promotion responsibilities included hosting film screenings at various studios around LA.

After a colorful few years, I returned to Miami and became an Account Executive at the acclaimed Beber Silverstein & Partners. Later that same year, I landed my dream job through an ad in The Miami Herald. Yes, it can happen. For the next ten years, I managed the advertising, marketing, and promotion for every record label in the country at The Box Music Network. Ensconced on South Beach, our offices were the hub for musicians and record executives worldwide. Work consisted of meeting talented superstars and listening to great music. Fun, right?

My husband and I were married in 1997 and the twins arrived soon thereafter. The Box moved to New York and I opted to stay in Miami. The boys were terrific nappers (don't hate me) and I sat down one afternoon and began to write. 110,000 words later became the raw, unedited version of What We Leave Behind.

Sometime in between PTA meetings, carpool, flag football and basketball tournaments, writing freelance, cheering on the Dolphins and Heat, and volunteering at organizations near and dear to my heart, my second novel, The Mourning After took form. Both explore the human condition, heartfelt emotions, and conclude with a signature twist. Where We Fall, my third novel (Lake Union Publishing), is now available, and I'm so excited about this moving story set in my favorite place: the mountains of North Carolina. Look out for Somebody's Daughter, releasing in Spring 2018. A modern-day scandal which uproots a good family.

Life has a funny way of happening this way. Doors open and close. Avenues await. One path leads to another. I thought life was fun before, but nothing is more fun than this.

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Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself? 

Hi there, and thanks for having me! I’m a women’s fiction author of four novels, and I’m currently editing my fifth while writing my sixth. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, I’m happiest spending time with my husband, twin sons, and our two noisy dogs. I love to read, hike, spend time on the beach, and write books that matter.

2) You’ve written a story about a nightmarish situation for a young girl and her family, how did you get the idea?

Sadly, digital nightmares have crept inside communities across the globe. I’ve witnessed the ripple effect and how one incident can destroy individuals and families. I knew I wanted to address this timely issue with an added component. The one of “it could happen to any of us of at any time—even the best parents.” 

3) Social media harassment plays an important role in your book, what inspired you to write about this subject? 

Digital oversharing of explicit materials has become epidemic. Families—kids and teens—have no understanding of the psychological and legal consequences, and there are many. I hope Somebody’s Daughter starts the important dialogue and sheds light on long-term repercussions. 

4) You write about a few minutes that later have a huge impact. How did you prepare to write the difficult and deeply emotional parts of your story? 

This novel poured out of me. I felt so strongly about the dangers associated with the digital world and the stigma associated with “messing up” that I really believed at times I was the mom, Emma. As the mother of twin sons, I channeled those deep emotions onto the page. I felt every single feeling in this book as a mother, as a daughter, and as someone who wants nothing more than to shield their child from pain. There were quite a few tears.

5) Somebody’s Daughter is a story about family, can you describe the Ross family in a few sentences? 

Bobby and Emma are the loving parents to fifteen-year-old twin daughters Zoe and Lily. While their lives appear anything but normal—they reside in the penthouse of the Miami Beach hotel the family owns—they could be any of us, a good family living in the age of social media. 

6) What does family mean to you? 

As cliché as it sounds, Everything. 

7) You’re helping aspiring authors to improve, how did this start and what is the most common mistake new writers usually make?

Great question. I started hearing from authors after the success of my first novel What We Leave Behind. It’s a motivating story as the book was rejected across the board, and after I self-published, it hit the USA Today bestseller list. I’m all about karma and giving back; paying it forward and helping others. Publishing is tough. Established authors shared their wisdom with me, and I’m pleased to return the favor.

The one mistake I see over and over again with writers involves expectations. Be honest with yourself about what you want out of your writing. The other is giving up after rejection. There are many ways to get into print today. One door closes and another opens. The difference between you and a published author is never giving up.

8) You love to read, where does your love for books come from and what kind of books do you like to read? 

Now you’re going to make me cry. My love of reading comes from my beloved mother. I used to steal her Sidney Sheldon and Danielle Steel books when I was in elementary school. She gave me a gift that changed the entire course of my life. I wish she could be here to see Somebody’s Daughter.

I’ll read any genre with the exception of Fantasy or Sci-Fi. 

9) Secrets are an important part of your stories, what makes writing about them so interesting and how do you come up with a good secret to build your story around? 

Who doesn’t love a good secret? For me, a secret is a great way to build tension and keeps readers turning the pages. My husband and I take long walks several times a week and we hash out plot lines and compete with one another for the best plot twist. He’s really good at it!

10) What are your plans for the future?

Our twins head off to college in the fall so I’ll be an official empty nester. There are tremendous emotions associated with this milestone so I’m counting on them to turn into some heartfelt stories.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a paperback copy of Somebody's Daughter by Rochelle B. Weinstein.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

19 comments:

  1. Such an important topic that you've taken to hand, thank you. There is way too much of bullying going on these days, whether via the internet or at school/work.

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  2. Somebody's Daughter sounds like a relatable, poignant and extremely important story in the social media age.

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  3. This sounds like a wonderful family story, looking forward to reading this.

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  4. It sounds like an emotional family story and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  5. Sounds good; thank you for the review and giveaway!

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  6. It sounds like an amazing story.

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  7. enjoyed reading these answers
    jan

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  8. It sounds a very emotional book. I would be glad to read it.

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  9. Sounds like a great book

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  10. Sounds like an emotional read and I love emotional stories.

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  11. I love what Rochelle says about her mother giving her the gift of reading. It was my Mum who nurtured my love of books and it lasts a lifetime.

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  12. Will be interesting to the discover the author and her book. Great post.

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  13. Bullying has got worse since Social Media happened (OK I know I spend a lot of time on it but even so). It's an awful thing to happen and although there are novels about bullying it's very much a real problem. I was bullied in Junior School (nearly 40 years ago now) and the same person still calls me the same pathetic nickname he called me at school. I've learnt to ignore him but it's hard (he means me because the last time he shouted it I was the only person in sight). Can't imagine how bad he would be in the world today if he was at school and the iphones etc were about. Wish I had said something sooner in High School too as I was badly bullied then, It took a teacher to see a class-mate whack me across the head for no reason before they believed all the stuff I had told them. Sorry for the long rant and it's definitely not a "poor me" or a "sob story" just me rambling on as usual.

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  14. Looks like a very thought-provoking book, would love to give this a read!

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  15. This sounds like a really interesting read

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