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- File size : 2909 KB
- ASIN : B01A5MPC1O
- Publication date : March 1, 2016
- Publisher : E.M. Abel (March 1, 2016)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 234 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,926 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Penelope didn’t have the easiest life growing up, but she decided early on to learn from her mother’s mistakes. She decided she wasn’t going to rely on a man or look for love, her greatest purpose was to accomplish her goals first. She wanted the security she never had before, but she wanted that security to come from herself.
The story is told in present tense but there are moments of reflection where we get to see her past. The first is seeing Penelope meet Derek. Derek is a sexy Marine who pursues Penelope with everything he has until she gives in. You see these swoon-worthy moments, but know things didn’t work out as planned. It’s ten years later and Penelope discovers Derek has been cheating on her.
First, there is nothing in the world like cheating. It affects people on so many levels and makes them doubt everything they knew. It affects their self-esteem, self-worth and question the trust they thought they had. Penelope’s failing marriage also reminds her of how she gave up her whole life for Derek. Her whole adult life was dedicated to being what he wanted and in the end, it wasn’t enough.
Seeing Penelope struggle and hurt broke my heart. I completely felt for this woman and as the story progressed grew to love her. As I was reading I was her biggest fan. I loved her perseverance, determination, and fire. I love how she had her moments of sadness and pity, how she mourned the loss of the life she thought she would have, but I really loved seeing her move on. Penelope is one of my favorite characters because it would be easier to give up, but she refused. She is a fighter and I admire that so much in characters and people in general.
Liquid & Ash is so much more than a love story to me. It’s more of a story of loving yourself and being the person you are supposed to be. Love shouldn’t make you give up who you are, true love supports your dreams. I love that Penelope was true to herself and I love that she found what she was looking for, peace.
I cannot recommend this story enough because I think this story is just more. It’s more than a sad story, it’s more than a love story, it’s more than a story about loss. It’s a story that reminds you to be true to yourself, to love without condition and love people where they are. This story is an emotional, gut-wrenching read, but the part that truly blows my mind is how absolutely beautifully it is written. Liquid & Ash is one of my all-time favorite reads!
Brandon Cain smolders with intensity and engulfs women with a silky confidence. He silently drinks in every scenario and partaker involved. There is such an organic, raw and unapologetic nature to him. Not an overtly middle-finger in the air, I dare you to tell me I offend you kind of attitude; more like he isn’t bothered either way if you are interwoven with his life or not.
Penelope is that one friend that we have or,for some, the very reflection that we see staring back in the morning mirror’s reflection each day. Penelope tucked herself away in a closeted memory box to fit into a mold dictated by misguided emotions. She became a perfect adaptation of the woman she envisioned would always have unfaltering love from her husband.
This story has an abundance of loss, self-doubt, self-loathing, emotional shedding, and unearned loyalty; as well as regrowth, rediscovery, self-preservation, and triumph. Pretty sure I went through all emotions during the story’s journey.
This is the first standalone book after the Breaking Free Series from E.M. Abel. When she told us that this book was nothing like what she has previously written, I really didn’t know what to expect other than I know the quality of her writing and the connections I make with her characters. They are relatable. They are people that we love and some that we hate. E.M. writes the kind of stories that we can easily see ourselves transcending into.
This book has a HEA and is a standalone with not cliffhanger.
It took me quite a while to get this read…life often interrupts…perhaps that is why I didn’t completely connect the way I had hoped with this read. I really love this author’s style and her writing as it is always a bit rough…true and gritty. I was going in completely prepared for angst, passionate drama and tortured love that I know she does so well. Unfortunately, I didn’t find my heart wrenching with the story or with the characters.
I have read through most of the reviews and found them so good, so beautiful with the images and the quotes. I wanted to have the same emotional tug. I wanted to be gutted and put back together as well. I think this is perhaps a complete case of a “ME” issue. Maybe it was the fast fall into a love…the flashbacks of a sweet first love in between the present scenes of pure relationship hell. Just as Penelope and her husband, Derek were struggling, so was I. I felt a bit “numb” to most of the beginning of the book and was desperately waiting for the big moment…the big bad. Not that the loss of a marriage isn’t bad, but it wasn’t unexpected either.
So with a heavy heart, Penelope finally puts herself first and moves on from a marriage of mediocrity and lack of fulfillment. She moves on step by step, building blocks toward a future and along the way develops a relationship all in hope of not losing herself again. Enter Brandon…he looks bad and has the rep to back it up. He may be just as lost as she it. Obviously they connect and they experience more together than either has ever had.
All sounds good and flowing. For me this read was as follows: Failed marriage leads to heartbreak and self-discovery. Journey toward more allows for taking risks and enjoying life. Intimacy is found without the sacrifice of one’s self. The drama and the angst were a bit predictable and easily overcome. Overall, the story was fine with the last 30% becoming so good. I could have stayed in the last half of the book forever! It was a true second chance at having it good. Those lovers of getting right and finding passion again will love Penelope and Brandon....I just wish it was sooner!
Top reviews from other countries
This book was spilt into two parts. In the first part we meet Penelope a woman who is at a crossroads in her life, after spending the last ten years of her life trying to be exactly who her husband Derek wanted her to be. Penelope is lost trying to find herself, whilst in a state of depression, she gave up everything to be with Derek.
So when she learns Derek has been cheating on her, she turns to pills, weed and alcohol. This phase of her life helps her realise what she needs to do to find herself again, Derek is no longer the man she thought he was and she's out to find herself again.
We see some reflection of Penelope's life with Derek before the end of their relationship,We see the signs of her journey from who she was and where she was to who and where she is now.
Part two, we see Penelope adjust to life after Derek, she's standing on her own feet helping her to find her way in life, she's got her own place, a job and is saving to realise her dream of becoming nurse. So when Penelope runs into Brandon Cain a hot tattooed, bearded bad boy bar tender, who used sell her weed.
Penelope never envisioned someone like him would be into her, but the more time she spends time with him the more she learns that she can be herself with Brandon. Her and Brandon's relationship is much different to the one with Derek, they agree to "no promises and no pretending".
You can't help but connect with Penelope and see how much she changes her life for the better and for herself, after so much healing and heartbreak. You'd think Brandon would be the perfect rebound guy, but he is more than that, he helps her become herself again, but in return she helped Brandon too.
It was refreshing to see such a relationship between Penelope and Brandon,they pushed each other to be better people for themselves. I loved how much Penelope fought to be who she was in life and be true to herself again and realise it's never too late to pursue your dreams, with the right encouragement. I also loved the ending, in that if true love is meant to be you'll find it again.
I would highly recommend this book it was such a good fascinating read on how different love could be with the right person and with yourself. I was given this book in return for me honest opinion.
Penelope's journey was a hard one, but very inspiring. After everything she'd been through and all the years devoted to her husband she finds the strength to pick up the shattered pieces of her heart and make some life changing decisions. Penny learns a lot about life, love and herself along the way.
An addictive read, I couldn't put it down!