A Handful of Fire Kindle Edition
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"If you don't mind crying a little, you absolutely NEED to grab this book.The story won't leave you alone, it is absolutely beautiful, tender,endearing and it made my heart swell like no other." - Jules, Goodreads Reviewer
"Alexis Alvarez delivers a love story about not only passion, but loss, survival, and moving on." - Rochelle's Reviews
"'A Handful of Fire' left me breathless. This book grabbed me and sucked me in. I devoured this story and these characters will not be soonforgotten. This book made me feel, oh did it ever. It was eloquent andjust sensational." - Ness Reads
"Ahhh holy hot FILF. OOOO." - Once Upon a Romance Blog
"Emotional and beautifully written!" - Aaly and the Books
"My heart was physically aching. Alexis has absolutely nailed this story!" - Rhonda, Goodreads Reviewer
"Single father... emotionally attaching story...HECK YES!" -Cristiina Reads
"This book is one of those outsides of the box jewels that is nothing short of a masterpiece. This story is so compelling, so beautiful, so heart-wrenching, and so damn well-written that you absolutely must experience it for yourself." - Deb Markanton
"Alexis can write great characters and panty soaking sex scenes!" - Kim Markett
"Alexis thank you so much for creating something so vivid, poignant, and profound that shows us that we may not sparkle like a gem but we all have magical powers inside of us that is able to spark and become a beautiful flame." - Rochelle's Reviews
"This story is all about love, loss and finding out who you really are. You feel so much for the characters and I truly got Goosebumps reading this." - Once Upon a Romance Blog
"This book gutted me. It´s a heartwrenchingly, beautiful story about love, pain, loss and acceptance.I loved the characters and I loved Alexis Alvarez´s writing." - Konny
From the Author
I like to weave themes of art, poetry, philosophy and music into my books, and build secondary characters who are rich and nuanced (they think the book is about them, or they would, if they knew they were in a book.) I add in humor and fun conversations, too.
When I'm not writing, I'm often taking pictures. As a life-long sometimes-professional photographer, I love capturing images. Portrait are my favorite -- I even took the picture of cover model Shane Williams for the cover of my book Boston.
I love traveling, although I hate to fly. I enjoy drawing with my kiddo, cooking, and laughing hysterically with my sisters and brother about stupid stuff (usually inappropriate jokes - those are the BEST!) until our stomachs hurt and we're rolling on the floor because we're howling so hard. Good times.
I hope you enjoy reading my stuff as much as I enjoy writing it. Thanks for the gift of your time! Happy reading.
- ASIN : B06XT9LDHW
- Publication date : April 11, 2017
- Language: : English
- File size : 1181 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 295 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1544867492
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #910,375 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Gabriel, Michael and Shai are three characters who have wound their way into my heart and I can't imagine them ever not being there. Three souls, so utterly broken and splintered, and on a journey to mend one another.
Of course there is romance, and yes, there is the forbidden story of psychiatrist and patient's father.. which is lovely and frustrating and spark-igniting and infuriating and loving and sweet and passionate and all the other amazing things a true slow-burn relationship can be. But it feels almost secondary to the immensity of the situation and the demons all three of them have to overcome along the way. Michael, the poor 10 year old, who has lost his mother, battled cancer and thus lost his father to his work, Gabriel, who has lost his wife, has seen his son through cancer and is afraid of more loss tearing him apart and Shai who has her own demons from the past and tries to compensate for them by throwing herself into helping others. Their journey in helping one and ending up helping all is truly unique, filled with love and set backs and you cannot help but feel drawn in.
The way Shai opens up this broken family is simply beautiful. The author wrote their story with dignity, with a realness, not leaving out the ugly parts. The story is tender, and leaves you utterly raw. All I wanted to do is get a hug afterwards, and I suggest not reading this in a crowded place.. a) tears.. b) some seriously steamy scenes.
And I have to say, one of my favorite moments is near the end, in a story where over and over we are shown how important words are, this incident was utterly sweet, and nothing more than I could have hoped for, especially in the scheme of all that had happened before.
I absolutely adore Michael, he is the star of the show, in my opinion, his intuition, his compassion, once exhibited is unmatched, and so absolutely endearing. I wouldn't mind seeing more of him.
If you don't mind crying a little, you absolutely NEED to grab this book. The story won't leave you alone, it is absolutely beautiful, tender, endearing and it made my heart swell like no other.
I have always been fascinated by the whole idea of being a therapist; of understanding what was going on in people minds and somehow knowing the best way to help them talk about it and overcome any obstacles that keep them from living their best lives. Having recently lost my father to Cancer, the idea of reading about a therapist who specializes in children who have, or are in remission from it really made me want to jump right into this. Throw in the taboo aspect of that same therapist engaging in a relationship with one of her patient's fathers and I'm completely sold.
I expected this story to break my heart a little bit, I didn't expect it to ignite all these various emotions that I can't even seem to verbalize effectively right now.
This book was so much more than just a romance between Shai and Gabriel. It was the heartbreaking reality of a grieving father trying deal with the emotions and love for his son who he came so close to losing. It's a tale of a brilliant, witty and sometimes angry ten year-old boy, Michael, and how a disease made him grow up so quickly. It's about breaking and healing, of loving and forgiving, and about acceptance, growth and letting go.
I feel like I'm not giving you much as far as character explanation and plot line information but I truly feel like this is a book you need to go into pretty blindly. Alexis Alvarez did a great job of pulling me into the story and making these characters so believable and relatable that I had to stop reading at times I collect myself. When I mentioned to her that I could tell she was going to break my heart, she agreed but promised that she'd put it back together again. I can verify her promise to you. If you can just spare a couple of hours of your heart to Michael, Shai and Gabriel, I promise that it will be worth it in the end.
by Alexis Alvarez (Goodreads Author)
Wendy Hodges's review
Nov 13, 2017 · edit
it was amazing
I read a snippet of this at the end of another book, I got hooked and when it finished I immediately went and bought the full book. I am so glad I did. This story starts with a young boy who has lost his mum and then battled a rare cancer, struggling with all life has thrown him he is anti everything. His father advised to get his son a therapist, and even though its something he doesn't feel helps, he agrees. What follows is sometimes a bit sad but very inspirational and uplifting as well, Shai does a fantastic job of understanding and redirecting Michaels anger as well as helping improve his relationship with his father. In the process though she travels her own journey, reliving a painful event in her own past and coming to some understandings of her own. Learning to forgive herself and others for things that happened. I could empathise with all these characters I read this with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat at various parts, so involved with the story it felt real. The pain, fear and misunderstandings all completely believable. It shows that even a child genius finds it hard to understand or handle certain events that life throws them no matter how easy they find it to google or look up things they want to learn and understand better, sometimes it takes someone giving them a different way of looking at something or how another would react to the way they are behaving, how it comes across to them. This book is well written and thought out, it is deep and powerful full of emotions and feelings, thoughts both good and bad made sense. I loved how in the end Michael became his age again and not so eaten up in the rage he couldn't enjoy his life for life's sake. I think all the characters learnt form each other, each benefitted in some way by being linked together by meeting Shai. Awesome read and worth more than 5 stars.
Top reviews from other countries
Shai is an award winning child therapist so Gabriel will stop at nothing to get her to work for him and his son, money is no problem for Gabriel so when Shai starts the treatment she finds herself not only working with Michael, but also Gabriel. With Michael responding to her method she is drawn into their lives more and you can see both Gabriel and Shai like each other, but any sort of relationship would be wrong and they should remain professional, but you can't help who you fall for, no matter how you try.
I did enjoy the story and felt for Shai at times, Gabriel could be a bit of a douche and I could have punched him, I understand he's had a hard past, but he could have had more compassion towards her past and after all, she was great at helping his son.
Shai is hired by Gabriel as a therapist to help his son deal with all his issues but what she doesn't realise their little union will not only heal him but also them both. I would say Shai knew exactly what she was doing as her attraction to Gab is off the charts but totally unprofessional. She throws caution to the wind but this also brings everything down like a house of cards. And there's a young boys mental state in the balance. Find out how this plays out by reading this story.
This was a difficult read at times & in parts quite verbose in relation to Michaels treatment. However while I may have given some of the story away there's actually quite a depth to it, so in effect I've just touched the surface. It's not a simple tale as Shai also has demons which also play out & perhaps why she did what she did.
This is a very touching emotional read.