Review: The Making of Nebraska Brown by Louise Caiola

The Making of Nebraska Brown

The Making of Nebraska Brown
written by Louise Caiola
published by Immortal Ink Publishing

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Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book:
A little.

I like the idea for the story. It’s kind of like a classic Cinderella; except the prince falls in love with the ugly stepsister. Disappointing.

The characters destroy this story. They range from unbelievable to unlikeable. Anna Leigh aka Anna Lisa aka Nebraska Brown is brash, selfish, and bratty. She is incompatible with the two men who fall hopelessly in love with her. Both men are too good to be true; and certainly too good for her.

I really want to like this story. It captures my imagination. But I dislike the main character so much that I can’t cheer for her so by the end I stopped caring about her conflict. Did I mention disappointing?

Also note: The copy I received for my e-reader has just enough typos and formatting issues to be annoying.


Would I recommend it: Not yet.

Will I read it again:  I’d love to see this story revised to make the men more believable or at least the main character more likeable.

About the book: 
The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory.

All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreigner asking for her continued love. Though he’s vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry. Juggling a new world while her old one is still M.I.A is difficult enough without the terrifying movie scenes spinning a dizzy loop in her mind: glimpses of a devastating house fire, a romance gone wrong, an unplanned pregnancy, and a fractured family – each claiming to be part of who she once was – a girl and a past somehow discarded.
Ann Leigh must collect the pieces of herself to become whole again, but she doesn’t know who to trust especially when Tommy’s lies become too obvious to ignore. And above all, her heart aches to discover what became of the child she may or may not have given birth to.
The Making of Nebraska Brown tells the story of one girl’s coming apart from the inside and the great lengths she’ll go to reclaim herself and find her way home.



  1. Angel @ Spare Reads says:

    The blurb sounded super interesting :/ It’s a shame the story isn’t at all promising. I’m surprised you even finished this book, I would have probably DNFed it considering how annoying the main character is and how implausible the whole plot seems to be. Nice review though 🙂

  2. Diana Little says:

    I LOVED this book! Ann Leigh/Ana is one of my all time favorite characters! but I also love hearing how other people feel about the books I love. Thanks for sharing (: I think you received an ARC though because I bought the book direct from Amazon for my kindle and the formatting was GORGEOUS and I only found one missing word in the entire work, no typos at all. Those ARCs really can be buggers, huh? ):

    • The thing is, though, is that Belinda’s copy wasn’t labeled as an ARC. Maybe we got a bad one. Who knows?!?! I’ve heard a lot of people loved this book. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. ~ Chrissy