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Bleeding Heart (The Heart's Spring Book 2) by [Stokes, Amber]
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"From first word to last, the characters, the story, the premise of Amber Stokes's debut novel captivated and intrigued me. This was no simple romance. Bleeding Heart speaks to anyone who has ever loved and lost."
~ Elizabeth Ludwig, Author of No Safe Harbor

"A tender, heartfelt story with a maturity and emotional intensity well beyond that of a debut novel, sure to please readers and reviewers alike!"
~ Laura Frantz, Author of Love's Reckoning

"Bleeding Heart has a whole lot of broken hearts all over the place, except for the reader's--a solid debut novel for Amber Stokes."
~ Michelle Griep, Author of A Heart Deceived

"Bleeding Heart is a moving tale of open wounds, desperately broken hearts, obsessions that derail multiple lives, and the love that heals all."
~ Serena Chase, Author of The Ryn and Contributor to USA Today's "Happy Ever After" blog

About the Author

Amber Stokes has a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a passion for the written word - from blogging to writing poetry, short stories, and novels. After her brief time at college in Oregon, she is now back home among the redwoods of Northern California, living life one day at a time and pursuing her passion via freelance editing and self-publishing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2736 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Seasons of a Story (July 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E5YG416
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Bleeding Heart" by Amber Stokes is self-published. There is a huge stereotype against self-published works, but I want to go out there and say that "Bleeding Heart"'s writing outshines many traditionally-published books in the world. Amber is a master of her craft, and each beautifully-worded sentence shows how much time and effort she has put into her novel. I loved her careful, vivid descriptions of the wild natural beauty of the setting, and how her characters related to it.

One thing I particularly loved was how she sprinkled allusions to actual historical events and people throughout the book. She didn't explain them, but left it to the readers to research it and discover for themselves. This book was told through the eyes of people who lived in that time; and realistically, what's history to us was life to them. Would they, in their thoughts, replay certain events that they would already know by heart and which would be as day-to-day to them as taking a shower is to us? So I enjoyed Amber's challenge to her readers to go out and explore history for themselves through the dropping of interesting names and hints at certain events.

Another aspect that was well done was the curve away from the usual historical romance novel in the Christian market. Many of those are humorous and lack any thought-provoking events. There are sweet moments in this novel, but it is definitely darker and more for those who realize and understand that life isn't one big cupcake. Christians love and lose and doubt. I can't tell you how many times I've wondered in real life why God would 'allow' a good Christian man to be ripped away from his wife, or a little girl to be murdered.
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I did read the book through, and it was entertaining enough to keep my interest. But... I felt there was too much lacking in character development, I just didn't love the main character, and in fact felt quite annoyed by her weaknesses. She loved three different men, but didn't really know them. She was a prostitute, but didn't suffer many consequences from that life choice, other than having many different men falling all over themselves to capture her interest and devotion. The writing itself was very good, but the story needed work.
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Have you ever heard a song of the bluegrass genre? This type of music flows like pure dew. It is as adventurous as hills and mountains and it deeply explores the haunting emotions a soul can feel ― from pain, to tender hope, to nostalgia and melancholy, all in such an accurate manner, notes of some songs linger in the heart long after the first listen.

It's no wonder bluegrass is the genre of music the author chose as 'soundtrack' for her debut novel and I, for one, thought it be interesting to listen for a while as I read. I not only found the genre fitting for the book but the more I read as I listened, the more it seemed to me like the book itself was also comparable to a bluegrass song. Bleeding Heart. A unique voice. A cry that is a conglomeration of complicated feelings and a good part of it involving pain and fragile hope. Poetic, adventurous but above all, strikingly human from the very first page to the last.

With this debut, Amber Stokes boldly signals her presence in the literary world. Her book is peopled with complex characters and the twist and turns in the story leave no clues as to where the adventure will lead. But most importantly, the heart of this story will surely speak to anyone who's had to pick up the broken remains of their dreams at one time or another. You will find yourself into the characters one minute and frustrated by them another. The story will leave you cheering for them to get a happy ending, then standing still as you watch their wings being clipped before they could even begin to fly, free and renewed with hope. Especially Sally. My word, what a fragile, fragile soul.

Human. That's what this book is - through and through.

I will, however, confess liking some parts of it more than others. Especially the beginning!
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4.5 stars

Bleeding Heart is Amber Stokes' debut novel, so I had no idea what to expect, but, since the description sounded good, I thought I might like it. Well, I ended up really enjoying the book and am so glad I read it!

Bleeding Heart was a fairly short and quick read, but, let me tell you, it was emotional and unpredictable. There were a couple times I was completely shocked by something that happened and I loved the suspense thrown into this historical novel.

I really felt for the characters - Sally, especially, but also Joe, Myghal, and Seth. There were some very sad scenes in Bleeding Heart and, I'll admit, I got a little teary-eyed/emotional.

Overall, Bleeding Heart was a wonderful historical read! I'm hoping Amber writes future books with these characters. I recommend this book if you enjoy historical novels, but, be warned, this isn't a "light" read.

*I received an ARC eBook copy of this book from the author for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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