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About the Author

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 (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bennett lives a most unglamorous life in the beautiful state of Utah. She is the author of several YA books in many subgenres. She's the mom of two daughters, two sons, two daughters-in-law, and a son-in-law not to mention her two adorable grandbabies. Sh has three dogs. She loves gooey cookies, dark chocolate, and cheesy popcorn. She hates housework and cooking, and has no plans to become a domestic goddess. Her favorite pastime--other than writing--is riding her Harley.

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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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There are a few things I will NEVER pass up when looking for a book to read. 1. Zombies. 2. Anything Jane Austen-esq, and 3. Stories about abuse. Now, while the first two are for very obvious reasons, (insane and obsessed) the 3rd is slightly more abstract.

I have always had this deep seeded fear of missing the obvious. Not hey-there's-a-tree-don't-run-into-it obvious, but a fear of not SEEING the person in front of me. Every morning I walk into my shop and say good morning to my guys. I then immediately ask them how they are, but instead of listening to their answer as I walk away (as most people do) I stop and actually listen. Why? Because what if this one time, is the time they have something REALLY important to say; they got into a wreck on the way to work, their mother is in the hospital, or better yet, what if it is the one time they say nothing at all but you can tell by their eyes that they are hurt. This is the reason I read so many books about abuse. So I can understand. So I don't miss signs. So if I am ever needed, by anyone of any age, I won't be too blind to see what is right in front of me. "Heart on a Chain" by Cindy Bennett is about this exact concept. 1 person stopping long enough to really see a person, who everyone else either ignored, or teased out of ignorance.

When Kate was a little girl life was beautiful. She had a loving family, a happy home life and a best-friend named Henry. Then one day... Henry moved away, things at home changed and instead of Kate growing up to be the lovely girl she could have been, she instead turns in to every-one's joke. A broken girl too kick at will in order for others to feel more powerful. But all of that is about to change. Henry comes home.
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