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Beyond the Quiet: Second Chances: The Awakening by [Hill, Brenda]
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Coffee Time Romance & More:
Reviewer's Choice Award 2009
 
Preditors & Editors Top Ten Finisher
Readers Poll 2009
 
Claire M Teeters, editor
Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror 

A great read! Ms Hill is a cross between Iris Johansen and Nora Roberts. The tension kept me spellbound until the end.

Ashley Merrill, Front Street Reviews
Brenda Hill takes her readers through a story all about Lisa and her self-discovery. She finds out what it is like to truly love someone, to truly hate someone, and all that is in between.

M. Jean Pike
Award Winning author of Waiting For The Rain

"...sensual, emotional and beautiful."
 

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Preditors & Editors Top Ten Award 2009
Coffee Time Reviewer's Award TRR Award 2009

Product Details

  • File Size: 1884 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: L. Cooper Press (December 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO5UB4
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By Mosacha on June 13, 2011
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I'm only a few pages away from finishing this book and so far not totally impressed. It was a pretty easy read and the story kept me interested. But to me a lot of what the main character does is questionable. Why didn't she report the assault by Rick at the open house?!! I thought the whole "Terry" thing very creepy. There's no way I would've jumped into that relationship so quickly...he was borderline stalking her at the beginning. Then there were the explicit sex scenes...I'm no prude...but the author went into way too much detail in some of the scenes. Overall, not too bad for a free book!
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I had my doubts about this book from the description. I usually don't go for the sad stories, but in this case I'm so very glad I read it. Lisa was my type of character from beginning to finish. She didn't just follow along with some male, she didn't fall back depend on others yet she also showed a real human side. The author showed us it's okay to be mad at the ones we love, to question everything and find out how to live and love on our own. This story had everything from betrayal to true love, all without staying in a stereotype. Loved it and definitely look forward to reading more from this author.
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I don't quite know where to start with this review because there was just so much in this book that was "off". The main character was such a weak person most of the time yet she had a co-worker that was at least 10 years younger who couldn't stand it that she wouldn't jump into bed with him? Plus a man she meets who immediately falls in love with her. She must really be something...yet she's not. She loses her husband and immediately falls "in love" with this man who keeps calling her. Yet, all they really do is have sex. All the time. In intimate detail. I really didn't need to know every little thing. People do still have imaginations although many writers, like movie producers, think we need to have every last detail of what goes on. If there was actual love between Lisa and Terry, I didn't see it.

From close to the beginning, it was obvious what was going to happen with Jenna and Marsh. Again, these characters weren't likeable or intelligent in any way.

A big deal was made about Lisa and how she dressed to look successful. She also acted proper. Yet there were a couple of times she cussed which didn't fit her character at all. It was just kind of tossed in there. And for being so proper it made no sense that she wouldn't report Rick. Plus they called 911, left her car there, and no one contacted her? There were quite a few things like that which made no real sense.

At the end, after finally settling things with her daughter, Lisa said she couldn't wait to move near her and enjoy life with her grandchild and grandchild-to-be, yet all of a sudden she switched and told her daughter to expect her when she saw her. She had things to see. What was that all about? Her daughter probably would've told her to go jump in a lake at that point!
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This story is rich with emotion ranging from love, anger, joy, happiness, sadness, disbelief, and frustration.

Lisa, overwrought from her husband's death, is pulled out of her stupor when she hears pounding on her door. It's her daughter who's come to help her sort through her late husband's belongings. In the process, Lisa finds a notice regarding a post office box that she knew nothing about. Curiosity peaks and she looks into it after her daughter and grandson head back home. She enlists the help of brother-in-law Stan who is also her friend and lawyer, setting in motion an unraveling ball of yarn and she discovers things she was absolutely clueless about.

While at an open house which Lisa was hosting, she meets Terry O'Neal, retired firefighter who forms an instant attraction to her and pursues her. Lisa, bouncing back from the recent death of her husband, returning back to work, and discovering some flooring news, is not looking for romance, while rejecting him, is fascinated by him.

While all this takes place, her daughter Shanna is begging Lisa to visit her in Minnesota and when Lisa turns down the invitation, Shanna gets upset, making this one more thing Lisa has to deal with.

On top of all this, there's a guy in the office who has been harassing her, showing up at a home-showing while Lisa is alone.

Beyond the Quiet is a story about relationships, between a man and a woman, a woman and her daughter, work relationships, and other familial relationships. It's about love and loyalty and betrayal. It's about forgiveness. It's about self-discovery where Lisa comes to terms with who she thought she was, who she really was, and who she is becoming.
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I actually loved the book and the author's writing style. The book kept my interest, to the point I couldn't put it down and wanted to find out what was coming next. There were issues I thought if I were in the main character's (Lisa) role, I would have done so differently. For example, Lisa is a woman who always had uneasy feeings about Rick, a suave, narcissitic co-worker in the same real estate office where she works. Rick doesn't like Lisa's "holier than thou" attitude and the fact that Lisa doesn't come on to him, like a lot of other women. He wants to teach her a lesson so he attempts to rape her while she is viewing a house. Although he doesn't accomplish it because an admirer steps in and thwarts the assault Lisa just let it go. She doesn't report it to the authorities, not even after she sees that Rick has quit his job and is actually following her around town.....that was stupid, and it left both her and her new lover open for tragedy. Additionally, while I understand the noble act of forgiveness I think Lisa was well within her right not to converse with her recently deceased husband's mistress, especially after Lisa finds the affair had been going on for over 10 years and during the time Lisa was nursing his terminal illness. How could her daaughter and best friends expect her to? I would definitely suggest this read.
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