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penance. [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Buhl , Michele Ziemer
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The first book in the standalone Bohme series.

What readers are saying:
While reading "Penance" I never once thought that Sarah Buhl was a new writer and this was her debut novel.
Words cannot express how beautiful this story is. I loved every single word of it. The author shows so much depth in this story. The truths, the ugly and the beautiful ones. The pain, the emotions, all of it.
The story line is not my usual preference but after reading it, I found that it was one of those books that will gut you and then put you together.

Demons of past mistakes haunt her. Mistakes of past demons haunt him.

Strangers cross paths every day. Moments are shared with a smile — the opening of a door, a nod of hello, or help with directions. Most don’t listen to that quiet intuition telling them that something different can be found in this stranger. There is connection and understanding in their eyes. There is truth in their smile. There is an entire life waiting to live. What happens if that intuition isn’t ignored and strangers begin to listen?

It happens every day, someone, somewhere, chooses to listen, and love begins.

This is the story of two strangers who made that choice.

Haunted by the passing of her sister and believing she was the catalyst to cause it, Hannah Anderson lives a walking death. Afraid to embrace life and burdened by guilt, she refuses to accept more than just getting through every day. She believes she doesn't deserve happiness.

Consumed by anxieties and self-depreciation from childhood, Wynn Hawthorne shelters himself from the world. Content to live behind his camera and within the quotes that comfort him, he avoids people. He holds himself back from experiences because people always disappoint.

Together they learn that their pasts do not define them and that forgiveness is the hardest thing in the world to accept.

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  • File Size: 2032 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KCP54M2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steady as a heartbeat 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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Written and Psychologically Healing! July 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect love for imperfect people 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars
It's story about loss, abuse and broken souls. I struggled a bit at the beginnibg, but then I could get into the rythm and enjoy the writing. I loved Wynn's character. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Anjena
5.0 out of 5 stars Would definetly recommend.
A captivating story of suffering and healing. Would definetly recommend.
Published 2 months ago by Deborah M. Skibitsky
5.0 out of 5 stars wow.
Am amazing story. Recommended byou a friend an I am so glad I read it. It touches every emotion & captivates. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful
This has to be one of the oddest, yet absolutely beautiful books I have ever had the pleasure to read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rachaeldancer
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
I started out really liking the book. But as it went on it seemed unbelievable, and really sappy. I can't imagine someone with issues like Wynn's overcoming them from one day to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Loves good books
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Unique
Beautifully written and unique, I fell in love with this book and characters. I fell in love with Sarah Buhl's words. I highlighted and read parts out loud. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SUE MCCLELLAND
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome characters. Love survives all sorrow
Deep book. Awesome characters. Love survives all sorrow. I liked it a lot.
Published 4 months ago by onyxtouch
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, poignant & powerful!
Words cannot express how beautiful this story is. I loved every single word of it. The author shows so much depth in this story. The truths, the ugly and the beautiful ones. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. Bianco
5.0 out of 5 stars So much detail you feel as though you are living the story
This is the first book I have read from this author and I will be following her and reading all of her work. This book sucked me in and held me until the end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miranda Shanklin
4.0 out of 5 stars she must have been in a painful place at some time for which I am...
I see from how the author writes about herself, she must have been in a painful place at some time for which I am sorry. It adds to the telling of the tale. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kristan Geissel
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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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