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Clarity [Kindle Edition]

Loretta Lost
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Book Description

Her world has always been dark, but he might be able to change everything...

Fiercely independent Helen Winters was born completely blind, but she vowed never to let her disability keep her down. She did not expect a traumatic event to devastate her life and force her to drop out of college. Disillusioned by the cruelty of people, Helen retreated from society to live by herself as a reclusive writer in the woods, where no one could ever hurt her again.

When a brilliant young doctor shows up on her doorstep, promising her that his new research can give her the ability to see for the first time, Helen stubbornly refuses. She has learned not to trust anyone, and to rely only on herself. But Dr. Liam Larson will not take no for an answer. He makes it his personal mission to rescue Helen from her loneliness, and bring joy into her world once more; the joy she has denied herself for so long.

When Helen's demons come racing back into her life, threatening to rip her apart and destroy the strength she has carefully rebuilt, Liam is the only one who might be able to save her. Can he reach the broken girl in time, helping her to heal and see the world in a different light? Or will Helen's grief send her spiraling out of control, lost to him forever?

**********This is the first book of a three-part series.**********


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"Reading Clarity was like seeing something extraordinary happening, like the first time a bird flies. It was so touching and beautiful and charming, and is absolutely recommended to everyone, young or old." - A Thousand Lives Lived

"The interaction between Liam and Helen had those incredibly tender undertones, full of restrained longing and attraction... Liam says at some point that "Book are medicine for the soul. They heal the eternal parts of a person." This is such a book and it's a book I wouldn't want to miss." - The Book Enthusiast

"Loretta Lost, I beseech you, I beg of you, to give me the second book of this series right now... You've written a masterpiece about a woman going through emotional turmoil while standing up for herself and her values in life. I need to see Helen's happy ending." - Symphony of Words

"Clarity by Loretta Lost was a fun, action packed, story that was steeped in emotion. From frustrating, infuriating, to laugh out loud, to tender. Loretta Lost has a gift for writing human emotions that reach in your heart and bring its characters to life." Mousehead & Tales

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  • File Size: 2501 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IMF6FAO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A romance not to be taken lightly February 24, 2014
By Nicolas
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a book that honestly caught me by surprise, and not because I enjoyed it. While I normally prefer a good old-fashioned bloody adventure (I like to think of it as a guy thing), I don’t mind a good romance every now and then (I can rather be a hopeless romantic). Going into this book, I expected a fairly standard romance plot. The guy and girl meet and fall in love through some odd and random occurrence of the universe forcing them to run head first into each other. There might be a few heroics thrown in to overcome their problems, or perhaps it would take a more comedic route as a documentary of their misadventures. All of the standard, but still satisfying and enjoyable tropes.
However, this book delivered so much more. The closest thing I can associate reading Clarity to is taking a ride on the biggest roller coaster I can find. The high, light, and funny moments are incredibly funny, and the serious and dark moments can be truly gut wrenching and heart breaking. It really is a rather amazing feat to seamlessly intertwine these two radically different aspects of light and dark into a story. A less skilled author may have been able to make a coherent story out of this, but here the humor and serious tones seem to fit together perfectly. This is a promising indication of Loretta’s skill.
Clarity will make you laugh until you cry, cry until you are afraid, and find the ability to smile in your fear. The characters are memorable and layered; simplistic in their natures and complex in their interactions. Helen is a strong leading lady and gives a fairly positive view of the life of a blind woman without trying to idealize it or turn her into inspiration porn. Liam is a nice guy that shows charm and promise for being a strong leading man.
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars He spent 3 hours talking about porn! July 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Helen Winters was born completely blind, however, she has always been independent. She didn’t like using her cane because she felt like it broadcasted her disability to the world. She also didn’t have a dog or any sort of help to make her life easier. The beginning of the book shows Helen lost in a staircase in her college. A man decides to be nice and help her find her class. Unfortunately she figures out way to late that he does not have good intentions. Obviously being blind she doesn’t have any details about him except for his voice. She doesn’t tell her family what has happened to her, but she drops out of college after that.

Jump forward three years and Helen is living alone in a secluded house in the words, far away from any family. She has changed her name and doesn’t tell anyone her new address. She has become a writer and still lives completely independent. One day two doctors, Liam and Owen, show up at her door and offer her the opportunity of a lifetime. They believe that a study on gene therapy drug treatment could possibly make her able to see for the first time. She is reluctant at first but she gets a call from her sister (who we will discuss in a moment), and makes a bargain with the doctors. If they take her to home, which is like two sates away, to see her sister’s wedding, then she will participate in the study. It pretty much goes downhill from here.

I have many problems with this book. One, what woman, blind or not, decides to take a more than one day road trip with two men that she has now for just a few minutes. Talk about stupidity. Then Owen decides that he is going to talk IN DETAIL about various porns for 3 hours straight! WHO DOES THAT TO A PERSON THEY JUST MET?!?! Then she starts in on it too!
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING and STARTLING March 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It took me a bit to pick this book back up after the rape scene. But I did, because I trust Loretta to bring some positive to an horrid event. I absolutely love Helen and Liam, they are so cute together. I cannot wait for the next installment, especially with the way Clarity ended! I can say with absolute honesty that Helen's distrust of people is quite common of visually impaired people, because my husband has total vision loss, he does not even have optic nerves anymore. And I have worked with a lot of blind people for over thirty years. You really nailed the insecurities of a lot of blind people Loretta. Thank you for an exceptionally well written novella. Looking forward to what's next for Helen!!!!
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no, drats! July 15, 2014
By Sar
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Clarity left us with a cliff hanger for which we had to buy the next book for a solution. I think it could have been a stand alone and still entice us to buy the sequel. Found this annoying. Not a book that I would want to buy two more.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packs a Punch March 12, 2014
By Sam
Format:Paperback
"Fiercely independent Helen Winters was born completely blind, but she vowed never to let her disability keep her down. She did not expect a traumatic event to devastate her life and force her to drop out of college. Disillusioned by the cruelty of people, Helen retreated from society to live by herself as a reclusive writer in the woods-where no one could ever hurt her again."

This book starts off with a rape that is just heartbreaking. The rape itself was not written only what led up to it but that was enough. Being able to see is something we take for granted but this author has the ability to make us feel what Helen is feeling, being blind, the panic at being lost, the relief that someone who sounds nice is there to help her only to find herself being savagely attacked. I literally got chills when he says "The things I'm going to do to you."

The middle of the book is more light hearted when two doctors find her at her retreat and convince her that they might be able to make her see. Owen is such a goof ball and Liam is so sweet. I was laughing out loud at the beginning of their car trip.

I had already guessed where the end of the book was going but reading it was far more devastating, because once again I felt everything Helen was feeling. I know that some had issues with the cliffhanger but I honestly feel like there was no better place to stop this book then where she did. It may be a short book but believe me when I say it packs quite a punch. I will be re-reading it slower this time to fully appreciate it.

I received this from the author for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars slow and saw it coming a mile away
Two hundred pages to cover one day and I saw the "surprise" coming well before it was revealed. Glad it was free
Published 22 hours ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars More!!!
leaves you wanting to know the rest of the story. very well written. I want more! can't wait for more.
Published 2 days ago by budrow
1.0 out of 5 stars Clarity by Loretta Lost
Well, the authors last name fits the end of this cliff hanger book 1. I'm sad too as now I will not get the next book. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book, couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the second book.
Published 2 days ago by Suzanne Parlett
1.0 out of 5 stars clarity
Might have been a good book if you finished the story. Leaves you hanging with no ending. First time to read a book have it stop in the middle of the story This is a ripoff to get... Read more
Published 2 days ago by shopper
3.0 out of 5 stars Good short story
It stopped short. Sort of a o Henry but it could of continued into a fabulous story.
Published 2 days ago by Grandma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved book 1...still reading book 2, and its getting really good!
Published 2 days ago by Michelle Broecker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
keeps you geussing
Published 3 days ago by BERNARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Can't wait to read the other 2.
Published 3 days ago by brittney duncan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
You want to read it all the time
Published 3 days ago by Maria Laura Ezcurra
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Loretta Lost writes for the same reason that you read: to experience all the love and excitement that can often be lacking from real life. She finds it therapeutic to explore her issues through the eyes of a different person. She hopes to have a family someday, but until then, her characters will do nicely.

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