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Final Vows

Final Vows [Kindle Edition]

Karen Kingsbury

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When Carol Montecalvo began writing to a man in prison through a program at her church, she considered it her Christian duty. But these letters soon became her lifeline, something she actually looked forward to sending and receiving. She fell in love with Dan, the man behind the letters.

In Final Vows, #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury chronicles a couple’s unlikely romance and marriage, and what led to Carol's bloody death on her kitchen floor. It seems her husband has obvious motives for murder. But is this former felon really guilty? Or could he actually be a grieving widower, in the wrong place at the wrong time, showing the wrong type of emotions when faced with his wife's lifeless body?

Available digitally for the first time in a repackaged format, Final Vows is one of four true crime novels written at the beginning of the author’s career. These books have been re-released with new covers, a fresh edit, and a special reader’s letter from Karen explaining how the darkness in these stories became more than she could bear and prompted a dramatic career change to write Life-Changing Fiction ™.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2950 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Bondfire Books; 1st edition (31 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life's value is appreciated more from those who knew her. 8 July 1999
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It's difficult to consider this an actual book review. For me, it was a horor story. I knew the victim. I attended school with her, went to the same classes, participated in after school activities and looked up to her. She was the girl many of us wished we could be. Loved by many. Successful in anything she attempted. Always taking time out to share a smile with a classmate and never a bad word to say about anyone. She would find time to listen when others could care less. The book picks up at a time when many of us who knew and loved her lost track of her location. Few of us knew of her misfortune with her first marriage and how lonely she must have felt. How sad when she made so many others feel special; in the way only she knew how to do. And then for her to be used and taken advantage of by yet another human being who dared to profess love to her. The author conveys the loneliness of this beautiful person and the pain she held deep within her soul. Many of her classmates, including myself, are curious about the outcome of the suspect. As New Yorkers we are not familar with California law. Is there anyway to check on his status? We loved her and want anyone who reads this book to know she will never be forgotten. Please continue similar stories so other women never meet with the same unfortunate end. Our friend was a special person who deserved all the best life had to offer.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Drama, Terrible Tragedy, & Total Mystery all in one! 30 April 2004
By B.A.A. - Published on
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Karen Kingsbury manages to do what all addicts of the true crime genre look for--the ability to get inside the psyche of the principals in the case, and pull you in, as if you are right there. Murder victim Carol Montecalvo came through loud and clear as SPECIAL. She was a woman who unconditionally loved her fellow man, and never hesitated to reach out, even when it was to her own detriment. The world lost an everyday hero and inspiration for all around her the day Carol was tragically murdered. I found myself wishing that something could have happened differently, to allow Carol to get on the plane for Hawaii and enjoy the vacation she worked so hard to make happen. Since you can't rewrite the past, though, she was killed the night before that much anticipated trip. As much as I found myself admiring Carol's caliber and mourning her loss, I realized I felt equally as strongly about her husband--only in the exact opposite way. Despite Carol's obvious effort to rally round this guy, support him in good times and bad, and create a much better public image and renewed chance for a good life than he ever deserved, Dan "rewarded" her for this devotion by engaging in behavior that rocked the foundation of their marriage. Dan drinked and gambled their scant resources away, he visited prostitutes, he couldn't be bothered to do even the simplest kindness, like escorting his wife to a friend's wedding. While she worked her fingers to the bone, and gave him the gift of pure love from a woman of character, he made her miserable. For that alone, I think he is right where he should be--in prison for life! The actual reason he is officially there, though, is for being found guilty of her murder, a conclusion that is very doubtful to me, given the fact that a suspect down the street was more convincing to me as the actual culprit. At the end of the book you are left wondering if the wrong man was convicted (so fascinating was this mystery to me, that I've reread the book many times trying to figure it out in my own mind). Despite that, you also feel guilty realizing that you don't CARE if he didn't do it--the way he treated his wife is enough to make you understand how all involved in the case never lost much sleep over the outcome. In fact, I bet detectives Arnspiger, etc. feel pretty good about the outcome, as well they should. A guy like Dan shouldn't be among us! Thanks, Ms. Kingsbury for a thoroughly researched, brilliantly written, compelling look at a case I doubt I will ever forget. If someone had to tell Carol's story, I am glad it was someone like you who gave her the tribute she deserved.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Load of GARBAGE! 3 Aug 2014
By Saundra L. Mccallie Deeley - Published on
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This book is the biggest pack of garbage I have ever read! This writer did no back ground investigation on this or the book would not have been written! She red through the detectives notes and came to her own conclusions! I wrote to this writer about the book she never responded! The woman in the book is Suzan T Brown, a mental patient all her life and on medication since age 7 in Jacksonville, FL in and out of every mental hospital since age 5 more shock treatments then should have ever been allowed by law! This book is a disgrace! Suzan Brown was never in the military, she never made it through the 3rd grade of school. Suzan weighed over 325 pounds most of her life and died from diabetes and heart related issues! I can write all of this because she was my parents 1st born child, I never grew up with her, she was in a mental institution off and on all her life she never lived at home from age 7. The detectives contacted myself and my brother 10 years after this allegedly happened, (Suzan already dead) asking questions about her, did she have the capability of harming others? We could only speak on the issues of her mentally, she was mentally ill, could she kill someone? I doubt it, she could not even run 10 feet, so to kill this woman and run is not possible, the womans husband was convicted for the murder, a convict when she married him. Suzan lived in her own world and believed that Conway Twitty was her husband her entire life, whatever she saw on TV she believed it was part of her, so these people should have contacted myself or my brother before they wasted their time so DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY! Way to go for picking on a mentally ill patient, did you cops ever pull the hospital records on her in California, Florida and Georgia?! I can answer that! NO YOU DID NOT, that was apparent when you called my brother and myself!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible ending 4 April 2014
By k g - Published on
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Why did it end this way? Is he still in jail? Still alive? Lots of unanswered questions. Most times there is an end that sums up everything.... this book just leaves you hanging.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 2 Jun 2014
By Charlotte R. Pigg - Published on
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Great read. A cliffhanger, a page turner. I am thankful that Karen Kingsbury chose to eliminate the profanity used in her earlier writing.
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