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Breaking and Holding: A Novel Paperback – August 2, 2016
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“Judy Fogarty has hit the sweet spot with this captivating story of winning and losing, daring and fearing, loving and letting go.” —Nancy Brandon, author of Dunaway's Crossing and Show Me Kindness
“Breaking and Holding is a sizzling summer read that offers betrayal, suspense, romance, and even tennis. The lush coastal setting of Fogarty's novel is as inviting as her prose.” —Christina Kelly, author of Good Karma
“Breaking and Holding is heartbreaking and tragic and steamy and sweet. The author spun an incredible web for these characters. Every time I thought I knew what would happen, she took them (and us) down yet another dark and twisting path.…It was so unpredictable! Right up until the very last pages, I had no idea how things would turn out for them, which to me, is a hallmark of great suspense.” —Lauren K. Denton, author of The Hideaway
“I enjoyed reading Breaking and Holding for the love story. It was intense, romantic, and compelling, but I found myself more interested in the time frame during which it took place. From a woman’s perspective, the 1970s were a very tumultuous time, a time of introspection and growth. I took away a story of a young woman breaking free, finding her unique spirit and ultimately her truth. We should all be so blessed.” —Cindy Roesel, Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and author of Viewer Discretion Advised
About the Author
Judy Fogarty lives, writes, reads, and runs on the historic Isle of Hope in her native Savannah, Georgia. She holds a master of music degree from the University of Illinois and has served as director of marketing for private golf and tennis communities in the Savannah/Hilton Head area. Breaking and Holding is her debut novel. With the invaluable support of her husband and two children, Judy’s work on her second novel is well under way.
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The story is told from the first-person point-of-view of Lynn, Jack's assistant despite being equally qualified- she is held back by her gender. The POV is broken for about 10% of the book around the 50% mark for some unknown reason (editing issues?) but works for the first and later chapters. The time when it follows Tricia and Terry (a young dyslexic tennis player) without Lynn or Jack. We learn pretty quickly that Lynn was the affair Jack had but she is confidante to everyone she meets throughout the book, despite being emotionally empty herself (everyone relies on her and she must rely on herself).
The story ultimately is about Tricia and Terry's relationship and the obstacles they face, including adultery, alcoholism, and abuse. They were each broken at a young age and help the other to piece together what they have left. Tricia gains her strength and Terry gains some sanity. This is broken again when the truth comes out and they must part. They then put themselves back together, slowly and painfully, alone.
It's really an incredible book, filled with lives of pain, anguish, and suffering. It was at the same time hard and easy to read- easy because it flows and won't let you put it down; hard because it's emotionally very heavy. Overall, it's a read that I am convinced will stick with me but one which I won't need to read again (I doubt I will ever forget this story). It is quite a perspective and journey. I would recommend this book, but be prepared to have your heart bumped and torn and pieced together along the way. It's just that good.
Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
This was a hot sexy romance yet very tender and sweet and different than any I have read before.And you see a ruthless side to her husband that was shocking and hard to believe.
This novel captivated me.
I won an e copy of this book.
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Patricia Curren had a hard childhood and Jack Curren came to her rescue and now has become a controlling husband.Read more