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Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City. She lives with her husband, and is the mom of four humans and three dogs. Her two daughters keep her writing with their constant encouragement. Her two sons keep her writing with their willingness to read her books—even if they aren’t fantasy, sci-fi, or comics! She volunteers her time working with teen girls between the ages of 12-18, all of whom she finds to be beautiful, fascinating creatures. When she’s not writing, reading or answering emails she can often times be found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home. Visit the authors website at www.cindycbennett.com or her blog at http://cindybennett.blogspot.com/
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456492411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456492410
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author, Cindy C. Bennett, nailed it on the head with her title, Heart on a Chain. This book had my heart on a chain from the moment I began reading it (until I finished 4 hours later). Mrs. Bennett is brilliant when it comes to character development (You feel when they feel; you hurt when they hurt, ect.)

Fear is a burden Kate Mosley bares with every intake of breath. Life for her is filled with heartbreak and suffering. Kate's home life is full of memories of what could have been and realities of what is (an abusive, drug addicted mother and an alcoholic father). School, which we would hope to be a safe haven, is no better for Kate. She escapes one torture chamber just to enter another. Until Henry, Kate's childhood friend comes back into the picture. Henry is the light in her world that is filled with shadows. His love and devotion for Kate allows her to see beyond the pain that consumes her and gives her a glimpse of the good in the world.

What made this book so riveting for me was the realness of the circumstances and characters. It has been my life's aspiration to better the lives of at-risk youth. As a counselor at a youth facility for girls ages 12-18, I witness many similarities between the shattered girls I work with and Cindy C. Bennett's character Kate. The only difference is that their reality doesn't have a gorgeous guy and a loving family awaiting them with open arms. Cindy C. Bennett's Heart on a Chain leaves one with an array of emotions. It may make you question your own character. IT'S A MUST READ!!
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HEART ON A CHAIN has a great concept, and fairly good execution, but I did have some issues with the balance in the plot. I know Young Adult reads are often melodramatic, and that this appeals to younger readers, but this one went crazy with the doom and gloom. This is what made it stick out as a self-published book: a good editor would have helped the author find some balance in the pacing.

Kate lives with her severely abusive, drug-addicted mother, and her alcoholic father who beats on her mother. She has no food, no friends, and spends her days being bashed up by other students. There's not a single good thing in her life until Henry returns to the area and the school and takes her under his wing. The two form a relationship against the odds.

This story is definitely engaging, and Henry a dream come true. I couldn't put it down once I started. However, with things so bad, with the students abusing Kate constantly in front of the teachers, and with her walking around sporting huge bruises on a daily basis, I do not believe that there wasn't a single person in the world who didn't see anything or do anything about it until perfect Henry arrived on the scene.

I definitely didn't buy main bully Jessica's miraculous turnaround at the end - nobody's personality changes like that, and the girl should have been in prison at the end of the book, not friends with Kate again. Same goes for Kate's father - that man was a criminal, and should have been arrested and prosecuted.

Additionally, the handling of the manslaughter charges was inaccurate.

I did like the author's writing style, and suspect the success of this book will do wonders for her career.
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I received this book as gift from my baby sister, Nay, and I absolutely enjoyed it!!! "Heart on a Chain" is unlike any book I've ever read before in my entire life, that's not a bad thing though. The main character, Kathryn Mosley, has literally been through it all; with dealing with a mother who is addicted to pills and extremely abusive, and with a father who is an alcoholic, she has definitely had to grow up fast. The story begins with us learning the history of Kate and Henry Jamison; Henry Jamison is a guy that Kate had grew up with. When they confess their feelings for one another, shortly after, Henry moves away. Six years later, Henry has moved back into town and they fun, outgoing Kate he had left behind, is now shy, distant, and talks to no one. Although the characters weren't aware of it, the readers were definitely aware of Kathryn's home life, and you felt sorry for her; she had to deal with the abuse from her mother, and the bullying at school. After realizing that Henry is not like the other students, and his motives are genuine, she starts to trust him more than she has ever trusted anyone else in her entire life. In the end, things take a MAJOR turn in Kathryn's life that, in my opinion, NONE of the readers will expect. I absolutely loved this book; again, like I said, I've never read any other books like that in my entire life. To me, this book was very powerful; at times, I felt myself having to pause because the abuse was ridiculous, and the sad thing about it is that they have people out their whose lives are just like Kathryn Mosley's life...maybe not to a T, but close enough. I love the fact that Henry was her best friend and saw in her what no one (not even herself) could see.Read more ›
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