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Beyond the Quiet: Second Chances: The Awakening Kindle Edition

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Length: 316 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Editorial Reviews


Coffee Time Romance & More:
Reviewer's Choice Award 2009
Preditors & Editors Top Ten Finisher
Readers Poll 2009
Claire M Teeters, editor
Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror 

A great read! Ms Hill is a cross between Iris Johansen and Nora Roberts. The tension kept me spellbound until the end.

Ashley Merrill, Front Street Reviews
Brenda Hill takes her readers through a story all about Lisa and her self-discovery. She finds out what it is like to truly love someone, to truly hate someone, and all that is in between.

M. Jean Pike
Award Winning author of Waiting For The Rain

"...sensual, emotional and beautiful."

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Preditors & Editors Top Ten Award 2009
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1898 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: L. Cooper Press (December 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO5UB4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm Brenda Hill, a California-based author, editor, and writing coach.

I love things that go bump in the night whether they're serial killers or other strange creatures. I've written about those pesky people who intrude on our lives with deadly force - Ten Times Guilty, With Full Malice, Beyond the Quiet. I'm still writing about those pesky people/creatures, but this time they're in a slightly different form.

The House on Serpent Lake is a ghost/love story - with a slight twist.

Raised in the South, I live in the Inland Empire of Southern CA, but long for cool ocean breezes, the forests and clean air of the northern areas of the States, but can do without mosquitoes and horseflies. The bonus? My son and his family. So here I stay.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mosacha on June 13, 2011
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I'm only a few pages away from finishing this book and so far not totally impressed. It was a pretty easy read and the story kept me interested. But to me a lot of what the main character does is questionable. Why didn't she report the assault by Rick at the open house?!! I thought the whole "Terry" thing very creepy. There's no way I would've jumped into that relationship so quickly...he was borderline stalking her at the beginning. Then there were the explicit sex scenes...I'm no prude...but the author went into way too much detail in some of the scenes. Overall, not too bad for a free book!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M.S.S on June 11, 2011
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I had my doubts about this book from the description. I usually don't go for the sad stories, but in this case I'm so very glad I read it. Lisa was my type of character from beginning to finish. She didn't just follow along with some male, she didn't fall back depend on others yet she also showed a real human side. The author showed us it's okay to be mad at the ones we love, to question everything and find out how to live and love on our own. This story had everything from betrayal to true love, all without staying in a stereotype. Loved it and definitely look forward to reading more from this author.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Laura on June 16, 2011
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I don't quite know where to start with this review because there was just so much in this book that was "off". The main character was such a weak person most of the time yet she had a co-worker that was at least 10 years younger who couldn't stand it that she wouldn't jump into bed with him? Plus a man she meets who immediately falls in love with her. She must really be something...yet she's not. She loses her husband and immediately falls "in love" with this man who keeps calling her. Yet, all they really do is have sex. All the time. In intimate detail. I really didn't need to know every little thing. People do still have imaginations although many writers, like movie producers, think we need to have every last detail of what goes on. If there was actual love between Lisa and Terry, I didn't see it.

From close to the beginning, it was obvious what was going to happen with Jenna and Marsh. Again, these characters weren't likeable or intelligent in any way.

A big deal was made about Lisa and how she dressed to look successful. She also acted proper. Yet there were a couple of times she cussed which didn't fit her character at all. It was just kind of tossed in there. And for being so proper it made no sense that she wouldn't report Rick. Plus they called 911, left her car there, and no one contacted her? There were quite a few things like that which made no real sense.

At the end, after finally settling things with her daughter, Lisa said she couldn't wait to move near her and enjoy life with her grandchild and grandchild-to-be, yet all of a sudden she switched and told her daughter to expect her when she saw her. She had things to see. What was that all about? Her daughter probably would've told her to go jump in a lake at that point!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Customer on October 6, 2014
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So here's the list of Lisa, the heroine's, enemies:
1. Her husband Mac
2. Her husband's life-long mistress to whom he gives everything to, including the kitchen sink
3. The annoying daughter, Shanna,
4. Stan and Maggie, Lisa's dear friends who turned out to be anything but.
5. Rick, a co-worker whose hatred of Lisa is never explained. Perhaps, since everyone hated her gratis, there's no need for a reason other than to put some pasted-on suspense on the story.
6. The author of this book for making the heroine believe at the end that maybe she was this and that and that's why Mac turned to a mistress!!

Her Friends:
1. Terry

The book starts with the heroine of the story, Lisa, a real estate agent, breaking apart the week after her husband Mac's death. She is visited by her annoying daughter, Shanna, who looks down at her every chance she gets, is sarcastic, judgmental of her mother and whiny, and thinks her mother was born to be one thing: her livie-in baby-sitter. She is continually annoyed at her for this and that but mostly for not dropping everything and becomming her baby-sitter.

Once Shanna leaves and the reader can breathe again without her oppressive presence, Lisa begins to unravel her husband's secret life, his infidelity and the fact that after twenty-five years of marriage she is left with a few pennies out of a substanstive egg nest that was, instead, given outright to his mistress and his son with her.

She meets a nice Teddy bear of a man (Terry) who is a nice break from her enemies.

Lisa turns to her hero brother-in-law, executor of her husband's will and his wife Maggie who had been her close, warm and lifelong friends and finds out they were cozy-cozy with the mistress.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By For What It's Worth... on July 31, 2011
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This story is rich with emotion ranging from love, anger, joy, happiness, sadness, disbelief, and frustration.

Lisa, overwrought from her husband's death, is pulled out of her stupor when she hears pounding on her door. It's her daughter who's come to help her sort through her late husband's belongings. In the process, Lisa finds a notice regarding a post office box that she knew nothing about. Curiosity peaks and she looks into it after her daughter and grandson head back home. She enlists the help of brother-in-law Stan who is also her friend and lawyer, setting in motion an unraveling ball of yarn and she discovers things she was absolutely clueless about.

While at an open house which Lisa was hosting, she meets Terry O'Neal, retired firefighter who forms an instant attraction to her and pursues her. Lisa, bouncing back from the recent death of her husband, returning back to work, and discovering some flooring news, is not looking for romance, while rejecting him, is fascinated by him.

While all this takes place, her daughter Shanna is begging Lisa to visit her in Minnesota and when Lisa turns down the invitation, Shanna gets upset, making this one more thing Lisa has to deal with.

On top of all this, there's a guy in the office who has been harassing her, showing up at a home-showing while Lisa is alone.

Beyond the Quiet is a story about relationships, between a man and a woman, a woman and her daughter, work relationships, and other familial relationships. It's about love and loyalty and betrayal. It's about forgiveness. It's about self-discovery where Lisa comes to terms with who she thought she was, who she really was, and who she is becoming.
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