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Length: 348 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 2032 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KCP54M2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sarah Buhl. Sci-fi expert. Self-professed TV and IMDB guru. Gamer. Dreamer. Mother. Wife. Friend. Author of novels.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hummingbird Girl on May 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

This book was absolutely wonderful! The writing was beautiful, and the characters' story was heart-breaking. Hannah and Wynn are two characters that will be on my mind for a while, because their love story touched me deeply.

This debut novel from Sarah Buhl, is on par with the works of much more established writers. Sarah truly has a gift because this story affected me greatly. She created a piece of art that made me FEEL severely, and infected me with the emotions of fictional characters that are a real as you and I, because the experiences they've endured are very real.

I'm still very much reeling from this emotional book, so this review isn't going to be very detailed, or even very eloquent. I have to say that it's not dialogue heavy, and you'll spend a lot of time in Wynn's and Hannah's head, so if you like rapid paced books, this isn't for you. But, if you like books with more hushed, emotional moments, then you'll love this. This book doesn't make a lot of noise, but it still resonates. All I can say is READ THIS BOOK. It's a gem! I'm pretty sure I highlighted half of it, the writing was so beautifully moving.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages on May 21, 2014
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The synopsis got my attention immediately. It totally set my standards way high for this book. And Sarah? She exceeded them. Penance. is such a beautiful story. I was not ready for it to be over.

So. I have this issue with New Adult male leads. I usually get really pissed off really fast because of the way they act. Abuse is usually a glaring problem for me in NA. Wynn, on the other hand, made me so happy. Whenever he snuck into an abandoned building to photograph it? Well, there went my heart. I loved his character. He was perfect. I mean, obviously he wasn't. He was flawed. But I love him because of those flaws. The same goes for Hannah. I adored her. They're both very complex. Sarah is a genius at building characters. I was just not ready to let them go whenever I finished this book.

Their romance made me so happy. It was believable. It was sweet. It was everything I wanted it to be. It wasn't cliche. It wasn't instalove. It fit with the characters. I'm so glad that Sarah stayed true to Wynn and Hannah and let the romance develop the way it did.

This is a beautiful book. Sarah has so much talent as a writer. She tucked away all of these hidden gems into the story. She told the story of two people who fall in love against the odds. Am I gushing? I think so. I don't know how else to tell you guys. You should read this book! It's not like the usual offering of NA books, and I think that fans of the genre will love this different perspective.

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Sarah Buhl.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan D. Kalior on July 24, 2014
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This book completely captured me. Every human at times struggles with self worth which often catalyzes much drama in our lives. This story delves deep into the inner workings of the human heart through two characters that on some level represent us all. The authors attention to detail in using body language to express thoughts and feelings was phenomenal. I was blown away, especially given I used to be a psychotherapist. It wasn't just the story, but the brilliant way it was written that made me cry with sorrow and joy. My heart got a work out with a positive spin to see these broken characters find a way to heal themselves. I also feel this story can be a pathway for any person who wants to begin making peace with themselves. This book was amazing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bryan young on July 17, 2014
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If there was such a thing as perfect conceptulization about imperfect people, this would be it. While reading "Penance" I never once thought that Sarah Buhl was a new writer and this was her debut novel. The exquisite elegance and spot-on raw emotion with which she wrote with led me to assume that she was a seasoned pro with several bestsellers under her belt already.

"Penance" is primarily about two people who are so damaged that it takes the miracle of finding and accepting each other to realize they are not only capable of loving but also deserve to be loved unconditionally. But more than that, this dramatic masterpiece is about as far away as you can get from the over-done melodrama reminiscent of teenage angst-ridden shows like "Dawson's Creek" as a book can get. Don't be quick to judge this book as another love story whose happy ending is impeded more by the love interests' getting in their own heads too much than anything else.

Hannah and Wynn have good reason to distrust the world and not have any faith in humanity. They have both suffered pain on a level that would cause most people to be consumed by despair long ago. But they exist. And when they learn to trust each other, the eventually learn what it is to live and live well.

Sarah has a gift for articulating feelings, emotions, gestures, and responses that I did not think was possible. This is also not your typcial love story because Hannah and Wynn don't sleep together right away and discover their love for each other through their physcial intimacy. Quite the opposite, every touch is cherished and Wynn even refuses to kiss Hannah until he is sure it will be special enough to be worthy of her.

I cannot say enough good things about "penance. a love story". If you want to grow as a person and enjoy a wonderfully human story that (thankfully) Hollywood won't pick up anytime soon (hopefully never), then read this book.
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