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Clarity [Kindle Edition]

Loretta Lost
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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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: 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 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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20 of 20 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packs a Punch March 12, 2014
By Draaks
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing read March 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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26 of 30 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 Unique, Real and Powerful!
Clarity is unlike any book I have read. It is beautiful, tragic, hopeful, comical, soulful, and mesmerizing. I was completely captivated by Helen’s story. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Ally McMahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book and series
Published 10 hours ago by Sherry Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, engaging and wonderfully written
When I first came across the book I wasn't entirely sure if it would be for me, especially given that I am not usually hugely interested in the romantic genre which some of the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Skylar Greenstreet
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Amazing Story!
Clarity is a story of romance that is like no other I've ever read. The main character Helen, encountered a horrible event that had a huge impact on her life. Read more
Published 3 days ago by LifeIsGood
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Account of Misfortune and Hope For A Better Future
This book was beautiful, heart-wrenching; one of the most hard to read yet touching stories I've had the privilage of delving into. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Lone Alaskan Gypsy
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
This book was such an easy and enjoyable read. The way this book was written had me feeling so emotionally connected with the main character.
Published 5 days ago by ksy0315
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary romance with plenty of suspense and heart
This was such a sweet story.The author really managed to create something special with this book. I would have never thought that reading a book written in the first person... Read more
Published 6 days ago by David Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disapointed
I picked this book up ammong the Suspence/Thriller titles and was therefor a little disapointed to discover it should have been in the Romance section, (not my thing). Read more
Published 6 days ago by Claudia Calvis
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story
I was looking for a new book to read. I am happy I found this book. I really like the characters in the story. I am looking forward to see what happens next. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jennifer Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Transported Me Right Into It!
Clarity grabbed me when I read through the rape scene. After that, it was all automatic page turning from there-Wow! Read more
Published 9 days ago by Sunystars
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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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LorettaLost


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