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The Breakaway Paperback – May 1, 2012

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"Lush, literary, and multi-layered, The Breakaway is completely compelling. Michelle Davidson Argyle is a talent to watch!" ~Zoe Winters, author of Save My Soul

"With secrets layered upon deception, The Breakaway is a book that kept me up late into the night. It has that amazing quality that left me thinking about the characters long after I was finished reading." ~P. J. Hoover, author of Solstice

"Michelle Davidson Argyle is not only a writer of great skill, she is a writer with a very sharp and compassionate understanding of the human condition many of us fail to appreciate. I believed every word of The Breakaway. And you will, too." ~Jessica Bell, author of String Bridge

"An unflinching portrayal of a young woman's growing attachment to the criminals who kidnapped her, Michelle Davidson Argyle's The Breakaway will leave your heart broken, but your spirit hopeful. You won't be able to put it down until you've read every last word." ~Jennifer Hillier, author of Creep

"The Breakaway is a total mind-bender. This literary roller coaster ride of love, hate, right and wrong will leave readers riveted and breathless." ~Karen Amanda Hooper, author of Tangled Tides

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936850613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936850617
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,195,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Breakaway

Michelle Davidson Argyle is one of those authors who, not unlike the elusive octopus, sucks you into her stories from the get go & doesn't release you until she's finished with you. That's why I relish reading her work & look forward to beginning her books with the fervor of a child gleefully racing toward an ornamented tree at Christmas.

Let's face it - there are thousands of books out there on the subject of kidnapping - most violent & horrific. This was dealt with delicate hands; ones only Michelle could encapsulate. The Breakaway snatches your attention instantly, throwing you headlong into Naomi's dilemma & strapping you down for a most unusual ride.
I must say that Argyle's new take was a refreshing change. People get sick and tired of too much violence and it was dealt with incredibly well in this book.
Engaging & exciting from the get-go, not only was the language well-paced, but it was beautifully descriptive - right down to the art that comes when pouring a cup of coffee. That's right, I said it - art in pouring coffee.

The dialogue between the characters was moving enough to make you feel as if you are the main character. The intensity between one of the kidnappers and Naomi was exciting & dripping with such anticipation, that I hoped it wasn't just Stockholm's Syndrome.
I did not foresee the ending and it was a nice way to complete something that could have been truly devastating to Naomi. The elements from her past life and new life were tied together beautifully leaving her with a wonderful new take on who she had become. I didn't understand the title until the last paragraph. I LOVE it when authors throw in that subtle touch!

As always, it was an absolute pleasure reading Miss Michelle's work & I eagerly await her next release - Bonded. I'm sure I'll be up until all hours of the night reading that one as well!

- Ashley L. Knight author of The Fins Trilogy
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Wow. This was an intense book. It deals with some very real and some may say controversial issues. Naomi is kidnapped and the whole story centers around her and her captors and the various relationships they have. This book is masterfully done. I think Michelle Davison argyle's writing is incredible.

Naomi is very brave. I felt so bad for her throughout the whole book. She had a pretty rough life, and then of course this happens and she is basically a prisoner. The story starts off with her capture, so you don't really have a chance to know what her normal life was like. Right away, she was scared and in emergency mode, which was great. But I didn't know what she was normally like. I didn't have a baseline. But that being said, the beauty in Michelle's writing style is that she reveals all of that information throughout the vivid flashbacks. We learned about Naomi's family and her relationships all through memories and flashbacks.

Like I said before, this book is very intense. My emotions were all over the place while reading the breakaway. Her captors were their own little family, which was something Naomi felt she was lacking. I thought the breakaway was a fascinating look into the psychology of captor/captive behavior.

The relationship aspect if the book was equally as intense. Naomi was no stranger to abusive relationships. (This poor girl..- I think that was my most common thought while reading) so I think it was a little easier for me to understand why she acted the way that she did. I do have to admit that I don't think I would make the same choices she did, but then again I guess I can't really understand what she was going through. The breakaway is an intense ride, but I really liked it. It was though provoking and very rough and real.

*Disclaimer-I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my review
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~Spoiler Alert~
Do not read if you do not want to know how the book ends!
"The word normal had never described her, even now. All she had done for the last month was sleep, eat, and read. She obeyed every order. She was their perfect puppet. Her mind was in a rut like a song stuck on repeat. She was getting so sick of it she wanted to curl up and die. Had she felt like this her entire life, or did she only notice now because the situation was more intimate?" -- The Breakaway

Naomi Jensen is kidnapped and held captive, yet her captors are likable characters and start to treat her as if she were family. How do you react to that when all you've known your whole life revolves around parents who care more about their careers than their daughter? Naomi is torn between how she should feel and react in this situation. She even falls in love with one of her captors, Jesse, but is this just a residual effect of Stockholm Syndrome? Well you must read this book to decide for yourself.

As for me, I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't put it down, but of course had to as I have a 10 month old daughter and got distracted constantly! If I had had the chance this book would have been read in one sitting. It had a way of captivating me, Michelle's writing flows and is so lyrical and descriptive that I literally felt a part of the book.

Naomi's character was one that I hated and loved all at the same time...yet I understood how she reacted to being kidnapped. She felt weak and helpless and that she wasn't a brave person at all, but really who would be in that situation? I even found myself liking her captors right down to the end of the book, and was sad when they were caught. Yet, technically I shouldn't have felt that way, who wants a kidnapper to go free?
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