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Burnt Promises (Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles: Book Two) Second Edition Kindle Edition
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Brooklyn was raised to live a life of integrity, and had endeavored to do so all her life. Never did she for one minute think she would ever be `the other woman.' It wasn't in her psyche. She wasn't a cheater, a Home Wrecker.
Brooklyn never planned to get a divorce, hurting those she loved and sacrificing relationships in the process. But something changed in her when she struggled with a near fatal illness. Life was short, why live on eggshells and just exist? Why be afraid and unhappy? She never thought she would exchange security for the unknown either. But sometimes, security comes at too high a price. And for Brooklyn, this was exactly the case. Home Wrecker II delves deeper into the whys, showing the reader just how shattered her marriage really was.
For me, loving Bo and Brooklyn was easy. I found myself rooting for them. They both seemed to be paired with not only the wrong people, but to ones that were harming them to their very core. Brooklyn was married to a angry, controlling man and Bo was married to a very unstable, selfish woman. As they try and start a new life together, the all consuming trial in their lives is Bo's ex, Ruth. Her emails and calls to him only go to show a very embittered woman who is quickly losing her grip on reality.
This story serves to remind us that there are two sides to every situation. For Brooklyn, she continues to examine her motives and her actions; that after living through much heartache and oppression, she finally is able to stand up for herself. She is now in charge of herself as a person. She fully accepts her own actions, both good and bad, and is working on forgiving herself. I look forward to the next book and to seeing the growth that both of them go through.
Within the first few paragraphs of HW2 I was drawn back into Brooklyn's world. Her hopes, her fears and frustrations, her disappointments, her triumphs, her heartbreaks and her new lease on love -complete with all the roadblocks and potholes on the road thereto- are there for the reader to share. I came to envy Bo the company of this wonderful, open, and honest lady. In offering such an intimate and in depth look into Brooklyn's life, mind, and heart, Brenda Perlin is showing a level of trust in her readers to see past Brooklyn's foibles and mistakes and to embrace her as the woman she has become.
Often as I read, I felt like I was having a conversation with an old friend as she caught me up on her life over a cappuccino at a local coffee shop. Brenda has created a memorable character in Brooklyn, and I will miss her when the HW Chronicles conclude.
The story of Brooklyn and Bo is complicated to say the least. They are finally together, but cannot seem to get away from the hatefulness of Bo's soon to be ex-wife, Ruth. Maneuvering through the legal system, Bo is faced with many obstacles in his pursuit of freedom from his crazy, over the top wife. How long will it take before the divorce is final? It could be years - from Brooklyn's perspective.
Brooklyn gets assaulted by Ruth at the gym where Bo and Brooklyn first meet. Ruth gets away before the police come. Brooklyn gets a restraining order on Ruth. Brooklyn must also endure Ruth's anti-semitic verbal attacks through out the course of the divorce proceedings.
In Burnt Promises, the reader is taken on a roller-coaster ride of emotion and I found myself wanting to scream at Ruth for her stubbornness, craziness and all out hatefulness. The woman was scorned, I get that, but sometimes you just need to cut your losses and move on.
I felt empathy and compassion for Bo and Brooklyn, they found their soul mate in each other and just want to live happily ever after. Hopefully they can do that when Ruth finally lets go of the marriage that has been broken for years and she allows Bo to move on.
Brenda Perlin has a wonderful way of weaving an emotional, thought-provoking tale. I thoroughly enjoyed this second installment of the Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles and have already read the next book, Fractured Vows, which gives a great perspective of the story from Bo's point of view.
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