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Please Release Me

Published Date: June 7, 2016

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What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?

Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.

That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.

In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.

But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after …

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Rhoda Baxter

Rhoda Baxter
Rhoda Baxter writes contemporary romantic comedies. As her father’s engineering skills were in international demand, Rhoda’s childhood was split between the UK, the Pacific island of Yap, Nigeria and Sri Lanka. Rhoda studied at the University of Oxford and holds a DPhil in microbiology.

When choosing a pen name, she got nostalgic about the bacteria she used to study, (Rhodobacter species) and named herself Rhoda Baxter after them. Now her day job involves protecting and commercialising Intellectual Property generated by University research. This allows her to stay in touch with cutting edge scientific research without having to spend long hours in the lab.

Rhoda is married and has 2 children. They live together in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Robin
    Robin at

    ….This is one of those books where I can’t say too much about the story without giving away the plot. Suffice it to say that it’s light and amusing while also addressing some serious issues, the characters are well developed, the plot wasn’t predictable, and the author gave us a fresh new take on love triangles. I quite enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Robin at October Woman Blogspot

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  2. Sorcha
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    ‘Please Release Me’ is the first book I have read by Rhoda Baxter, but as soon as I finished it, I immediately ordered a copy of ‘Doctor January’ to read. Baxter has a brilliant flare with words, and I was swept into Sally, Peter and Grace’s story, and didn’t want to leave.

    This is a story that deals with emotional and tough issues, and manages to do so with smatterings of humour which doesn’t detract from the sensitivity with which they are dealt with. There is the underlying question throughout the novel which weighs on all the characters, which is; When is it right to let go of a loved one?

    I adored this romance with a twist and am excited to read more from Rhoda Baxter!

    Reviewed by Sorcha at Old Victorian Quill

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  3. Catherine
    Catherine at

    ….I loved this book so much. It is so depressing that on Sally wedding night that she ends up in a coma.

    ….This book was different feel then most romance novels I have read. The author did a really good job with this book. I enjoyed it. Very emotional and I was there with Sally Grace and Peter. It was one of those books I wanted more. By the way love the cover.

    Reviewed by Catherine at Book Reviews and Wallpapers

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  4. Anne C
    Anne C at

    I trust Choc Lit so much that I didn’t read the blurb and was startled by the unusual story. However, I did really enjoy it. It starts with a wedding and more or less ends with a funeral – very roughly! I’ll say no more as I don’t do spoilers!

    …Grace was lovely – seeing her come alive and start living again was quite wonderful. Peter seemed to be a bit of an innocent to start with, but he actually has remarkable inner strength. Sally was…..well Sally! And I was not expecting her to do what she did at all! I couldn’t have ever guessed the end – in fact I had it completely wrong!

    Reviewed by Anne at Annie’s Book Corner

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  5. Suze
    Suze at

    …I love Rhoda Baxter’s writing. It’s vivid and her stories are unusual. I like that her main characters are smart. What I also really enjoyed was the fact that Peter and Grace both have such good characters. They’re really likable in a good way. The ghost aspect is fabulous, I liked how Sally was portrayed. Everything about this book is exactly right and I highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Suze at Suze’s Likes, Loves & Dreams Blogspot

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  6. Marsha
    Marsha at

    ….Please Release me is one of those stories that shouldn’t be told to you, really it’s best if you come into this story with no preconceived ideas because you will be on a roller coaster. This is one you need to experience for yourself.

    I would recommend this novel to any reader who loves a good love story and possibilities.

    Reviewed by Marsha at Keeper Bookshelf

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  7. Connie
    Connie at

    …This was a very different plot. When Sally first appeared to Grace, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the rest of the book, but the author was quite creative in how she handled it all. I enjoyed the story very much and I believe others will as well.

    I was also quite touched that the author has agreed to donate 50 percent of the royalties she receives from the sales of the book to Martin House Children’s Hospice in the UK. She wanted to write a book that shows the positive side of hospices.

    Reviewed by Connie at B2B

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  8. Michelle
    Michelle at

    …This is certainly a unique situation and Baxter explores it with wit and candour. We get a much clearer picture of the person Sally was/is and it’s not always a pretty picture. She didn’t exactly have it easy growing up and she left home at just sixteen, determined to make her future all the things she missed in her past.

    Please Release Me is an interesting read, exploring unconventional story arcs and characters who aren’t all they pretend to be.

    Reviewed by Michelle at Beauty & Lace

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