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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 2507 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: #274 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 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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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING and STARTLING March 2, 2014
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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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20 of 22 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing read March 10, 2014
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The author manages to implement a taboo topic into the story and do so in a way that shows readers the emotional repercussions of rape. I think with a topic such as this one either it can be handled exactly correct or be a muddled mess. The author was able to successfully build a story around this situation and do so in a way that was realistic and kept me engrossed in the story.

I also liked that the author managed (again successfully) to have a main character with what many term a “disability” and give us a story from the character’s perspective which gave me a lot of food for thought regarding how being visually impaired affects a person.

I found this story to be very well written with an obvious attention to plot detail and the crafting of the characters.

I definitely will be looking for more books by this author.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Clarity brings to light the long term affects a senseless crime can have on an individual. The topics covered by Loretta Lost are heart-wrenching and life changing.

I found this book to be an outstanding reminder on how lucky I am to have my sight. I sometimes forget about the little details that a blind person would not know. Things that seem so simple like colors, shapes, etc. are things I have taken for granted, but after reading Clarity I will now appreciate greatly. Thank you for that.

There were parts of this story that made me hold my breath, laugh out loud, and at times shake my head. The story was well written, but seemed to drag on in parts. I understand the reasons behind the cliffhanger ending, but I feel it could’ve been avoided by cutting out some of the lengthy scenes. There are so many loose ends at the conclusion of book one and it would’ve been nice to have one part at least partially finished. Knowing that book two is available helps with the frustration from the ending of book one. I am anxious to dive in and have some of my lingering questions answered.

3.5 stars
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 13 hours ago by Iesha Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I loved this book. I think you would like to read all 3 book. I don't think you will go wrong. Loretta Lost is just great.
Published 1 day ago by sylvia
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the story so much I had to buy the ...
I was hooked from the very beginning! I had this book on both my Kindle and my Kindle app on my phone. I loved the story so much I had to buy the next two books in the series. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sara Robedeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!
Published 2 days ago by debbie zelt
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarity is amazing!
This was such an emotionally charged book with a lot of passion and a wonderful story. I could not put it down and when it was over...I couldn't wait to read more. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Booklover
3.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't get into it and didn't like the cursing
I couldn't get into it and didn't like the cursing...for me, that takes away from a book. I didn't really see that mentioned in the reviews, so I just wanted other readers to be... Read more
Published 4 days ago by JM
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
This book is absolutely amazing. I can't wait to read the second and third book. BREATH TAKING, I could not get enough
Published 5 days ago by Breanne Collins
2.0 out of 5 stars What about the end?
This is a good book, but it ends before it's supposed to. The writer just developed the characters, which are good, and before there's resolution of the initial problem, which is... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Nickie McNew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
I am writing a review for all three books but putting it on the first book. I think it is a great story. I haven't read anything like it. All the characters have flaws. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Lynette Cutrufello
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Loved the book, but it became a cliffhanger. Can't believe it stopped right at a most vital part. I thought I somehow messed up my reader. Unbelievable.
Published 8 days ago by babcia
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More About the Author

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.

Website: www.LorettaLost.com
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