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Beneath the Scars Paperback – November 2, 2013
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BENEATH THE SCARS, by Author Ottile Weber, is the story of one woman’s courage as she puts her own life aside to care for her sister. Eponine faces a case worker determined to terminate her custody rights, a would-be lover getting even because she won’t date him, and earning enough money to support herself. Riley is a war hero, but the burns he suffered while on duty and the way people stare at him when he leaves his apartment make him feel like a monster, so he hides under a hoodie and avoids going out. Told in alternating points of view, we get a glimpse of Eponine’s and Riley’s thoughts and lives.
Ottile Weber has written a story of family and love. BENEATH THE SCARS is also a story of looking at the person, not just what we see on the outside but the beauty that is on the inside. Ms. Weber also touches on the challenges and dangers our military men and women face each day. This is a novel that will touch your heart and perhaps make you more aware of the sacrifices paid by those that are defending our country and its people. It has me.
When Eponine and Riley first meet, they are both suffering from past events. Riley is struggling with the events of everyday living with the mental and physical scars of war. Eponine is struggling, having to grow up too quickly after the death of her parents and becoming the sole guardian of her younger sister. Readers get to live through the journey of each of these characters as they learn how to get on with life beyond these life-changing circumstances. This story is touching and relevant to our world today where so many of our country’s brave heroes are suffering the physical and emotional injuries from war.
Eponine makes a great role model for young women. She’s responsible and she doesn’t give in to peer pressure, but is able to formulate her own opinions and decisions using her well-crafted common sense and instincts. I would recommend this book for teens and adults alike.
This is a clean and heart-warming romance story that would be suitable for readers of young adult fiction as well as fans of the genre looking for something sweet yet grounded in realism. The characters are really well written and their interactions believable. There are a few good dramatic twists to the story and also some lighter moments while Eponine's attempts at breaking through Riley's defences begin to work and they start getting to know one and other.
I'm not generally a fan of romance novels but having read one of Weber's stories previously I was impressed by how believable her characters were and this was what made the story so engaging for me. They feel like real people and this made the book hard to put down! The romantic side of things was very sweet and resulted in a satisfying, feel-good ending.
Overall this is a realistic and heart-warming romantic tale and I would recommend it highly to fans of the romance genre!