by Melissa Kendall
My rating: 4.5 stars
Publication Date: May 21 2015
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Genre: NA Dystopian Romance
Hundreds of years after an asteroid slammed into Earth and sent it into a new ice age, what remains of the human race lives on in underground sanctuaries. Now, as the bicentennial anniversary of the impact approaches, a new leader prepares to take her place at the head of the government. At least, that’s what she thinks.
Bethanie Greene’s life has been planned out for her since the age of thirteen. Beautiful and intelligent, she’s spent the last twelve years training to become the next Matron of the underground nation of Oceania. But when Bethanie is kidnapped by rogue extremists just six weeks shy of taking office, her world is turned upside down by the handsome stranger who rescues her.
Howard James’ life has been the polar opposite of Bethanie’s. Struggling to survive in a world where those in power wished he didn’t exist, he harbors a deep-seated resentment of the government and all its representatives. Together with his unconventional family, he shows Bethanie a life she never knew was possible, while at the same time, opening her eyes to the injustices of the government she is meant to lead.
But can she trust a stranger? And can a few days change everything she believes and desires? Against all odds, Bethanie must decide if her heart and her duties can coexist.
Matronly Duties by Melissa Kendall
She trained for years to be chosen as Oceania’s Matron, their leader, but weeks before she was to take her position Bethanie is kidnapped by the rebels who fight against her people, only to be saved by a man that takes her breath away. What follows is a nightmare of truths, lies and political machinations that give her new insight into the reality of life and of truly living as her heart and mind are opened to more than she ever knew existed. Matronly Duties by debut author Melissa Kendall is a dystopian, post-apocalyptic journey through the world of the underground survivors of a meteor hit on Earth over 200 years before.
Bethanie has been fed the political Koolaid and lapped up every drop, every day of her life. The Outsiders are evil, thieving and murdering thugs, period. And, heaven help us, they fornicate, in the flesh, while the civilized world practices in vitro insemination, on a schedule, limit two per customer. All she has known is the underground world she has lived in built with good intentions that have been twisted and tortured into the controlling entity it is today. When she meets her rescuer, Howard, she learns the truth of life outside Oceania, that the people are poor, but hard working, they love, they hurt and they are fierce proponents of equality for all, and they regularly make their presence known as a group called the Trads become a thorn in the backside of Oceania’s controlling regime.
Returning to her world, more lies and pain will find her as her conscience dares her to do the right thing for all people, no matter what it takes, she is determined to find answers and most importantly, the truth. Is Howard as wonderful as he seemed? Is he the hero she thought him to be or is there another side to him that he has kept hidden? Can she trust anyone? Both her heart and her life are in danger and the real enemy is far closer than she realized. One leap of faith, a lot of luck and true love are the start to make the world a better place.
Melissa Kendall, say it a couple of times, remember her name. I have the feeling we will be seeing and reading more from her in the future! Brilliant writing, twisting and winding down a dark path of danger, intrigue and discovery as innocence and blind following are replaced with a strong conviction to do the right thing for her main heroine. Evil characters rear their ugly, manipulative heads, lies are shattered and life will forever be changed in this amazing new author’s debut book. Questions do remain unanswered, there are still billions living underground, and someone has to get them out…Please tell me Melissa Kendall is working on that!
I received this ARC edition from The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House in exchange for my honest review. 4.5 Stars