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- Print Length: 572 pages
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- Publication Date: December 14, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GUYNWMS
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Finding Solace trilogy boxed set (Flawlessly Broken series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Yes, Finding Solace has love. But it’s not centered around a particular “couple”. Honestly, this story is about Sadie Warren. Period. This is Sadie’s journey. Her life. And it is absolutely awesome to read about so many of the things that we all experience.
Sadie is in college. She has a wonderful group of friends, a great family and overall a pretty great life. However, after an abusive relationship with her ex, she is (understandably) leery of trusting men. But, when she finds it in her to give someone a chance, it really is a beautiful thing.
I don’t want to give too much of what happens away, because that would just spoil the book – and it is definitely something that you should experience for yourself.
Suffice to say that Sadie is lucky enough to fall in love over and over. And you are right there to do it with her. I am not talking about jumping from guy to guy and a bunch of “insta-love” here. I am talking about all different kinds of love.
You get to feel the slow building, everlasting love of finding a new best friend.
You get to experience the kind of love that brings you from the person you were to the person you need to be – right when you need it the most.
And you get to find the most beautiful love. A truly selfless, soul deep kind of love that only happens once in a lifetime.
I know that everyone has experienced some type of love in their life, so I feel like everyone will be able to relate to this story.
I will say – there are a few times I just wanted to SMACK Sadie. Shake her shoulders and say “WAKE UP WOMAN!!”. However, when I got to thinking about it, I realized – hindsight is 20/20. And if I was in her shoes, I would be doing a lot of things the same way.
There is so much…..STORY here. And I know that my review is sparing on the details, but trust me when I say there is a reason for that. Just know that this book is full of life.
Life isn’t always pretty, but it’s always beautiful in the end. And that’s the best way I can think to describe this book.
Grab yourself a copy and settle in for lots of laughs, a few tears and a happy heart
This is going to be a long pros vs. cons, full of SPOILERS review, which I don’t do. I am hoping that the author might see this review and consider these things if she revises her book.
• I liked how the author told the story almost as the main character, Sadie, was talking to you. It made it very intimate.
• I liked the concept of having a love that teaches you to love even though that relationship doesn’t work out. We can all learn from our failures.
• While I don’t agree with the lifestyles of the characters in this book, I give the author kudos for writing it for us to read. The characters binge drink, smoke pot, have casual sex, do not use condoms sex with multiple partners, and resort to violence for any form of jealousy. Plus she had Sadie slap a pregnant woman.
Cons- I’m saving my biggest issue for last
• It could use some editing and formatting. I caught many editing issues and I’m dyslexic. Plus the way the written letters and texts were formatted was hard to read and separate from dialogue.
• The time frame of the book takes place over 3 years. That’s a lot of time to cover. While I understand why the length of time is needed, it causes huge jumps in time that are not transitioned well.
• The book is a BEAST. Its 534 pages in its paperback form. I have read books longer than that which have had me completely engrossed to the last page. I wasn’t engrossed reading this book.
• There was so much that could be cut from the book and it would be the same book. I think she wrote them to show time passing which goes back to the transitions. Many scenes didn’t move the book forward. If anything it caused the book to drag on causing you to feel irritated at Sadie, Colt, and her other friends. There are so many nights about them binge drinking that do not move the plot along. I didn’t need to read the food poisoning scene. IT’S NOT OKAY TO SLAP A PREGNANT WOMAN NO MATTER HOW AWFUL SHE IS BEING. Pregnant women are not fragile but this violence just showed Sadie’s lack of judgment in her life.
• There are many details that should have spent more time on such as Tony’s illness, mentioning Colt going to any form of wrestling meet or practice, the aftermath of Jason and Shawn’s incident, more interaction with Heather, etc. They are supposed to be this group of really tight friends but it didn’t feel that way.
• Colt’s drug arrest: He received no time/charges because he ratted some else out. While I understand this is fiction, he would have had to accept a plea of guilty, even if it was a misdemeanor, for the drug possession. That would have made the papers and criminal record which would have caused him to lose his scholarship, wrestling job or future wrestling job. No one wants to hire someone with a drug conviction for selling drugs coaching college kids.
• Finally my biggest issue: Sadie and Colt. I understand when you are younger, 20’s; you do a lot of impulsive things. You drink too much, have casual sex, spend money poorly, etc. You learn over time that these behaviors do not work for you. For two years, you read about Sadie and Colt having sex and cuddling just like a real relationship, how much she loves him but won’t tell him, then he ignores her for a period of time, treats her like crap or a jealous jerk when they finally do talk again, having him screw around with other girls in front of her (literally), and she just takes it. The one time she grew some lady balls and kicked him out, she immediately takes it back and has sex with him. This was most of the book. There were moments that Colt said profound things to Sadie to make her really think about who she was, and what she wanted but they were over shadowed by all of his other bad behavior. From what I read of the story, Colt had his issues but that doesn’t excuse his behavior or Sadie taking it. Plus her just accepting Colt’s behavior was unacceptable to me. I get that she was physically and emotionally abused, but I would have thought she would have seen this as another form of abuse and control. Then when Colt seems to quasi-rape Sadie (author’s words) when he is having an emotional time, she just takes it and gives him a pass. It all makes me sick.
When Sadie does get a good guy in her life, Asher (Ash), she makes some really stupid decisions towards him. Ash should have dumped her when she gave the “I don’t know who I love” speech on the day before she was to move in with her. Then the way she handled the pregnancy incident was appalling. Seriously, she is 23 at the time with a good job, a fiancée who has money and treats her like a princess, and living in a paid off mansion and she’s acting like her life is ruined and their parents are going to hate her.
All this drama with Sadie and Colt, I really lost interest about 33% into this beast. I would have put it my DNF pile, but my friend asked me to keep going. I guessed much of the plot. By the time Ash was had a chance to “shine” and was saying swoony things, I stopped caring that Sadie was happy and they had no effect on me. Trust me; I’m all about the swoony guy. It makes me sad that I couldn’t enjoy swooning over Ash because I was no longer invested in Sadie or the story. The only reason I kept reading was my friend and I just had to make sure she didn’t go back to Colt.
At 89%, the story ends and then Colt tells his side. I didn’t read it. Nothing the author could write could justify him treating another human the way he treated Sadie. I get that he was scared to love her and unsure of her love. I don’t need to read his POV to know that. He had other issues he was dealing with. He just didn’t love her enough to put it out there until it was too late. He was a whoring, drug dealing/using, jealous jerk.
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