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I was about 75% finished with this story and BrownieBoy Bunny decided my Kindle charging cable was something that he should kill, again. When I got the new charging cable and was able to charge my Kindle to finish reading I thought to take a day or so to gather my thoughts before writing the review. Well it has been almost half a year before I got around to writing this review. I had honestly forgotten until the author emailed asking me if I had a review coming. Yeah I have a review coming sorry about that. My brain totally forgot about needing to write this. I forgot to make my list and then the review was forgotten.
Today the first sentence in the book really strikes me. Currently suffering from a broken kneecap again I can totally relate to the sentence and the pain Frank has suffered.
Pain's a bitch.
Yeah Frank pain really is a bitch and it just does not want to let go. I may not know about phantom pains but my husband suffers from them. Almost 30 years ago my husband cut the fingers off on his right hand. According to him they are still happening.
The author does not state what year the book is sent but this reader took it for the late 70's to mid-80's. A story about the horror's a Vietnam Vet has seen and suffered. A story about how we as citizens here in America have let down one of the most important person, a soldier protecting our freedom.
This story brought heartache, tears, and a restless knowing that people were more concerned with not supporting the people they elected to office than a solider still suffering from a war long forgotten.
Then readers get to the part about a young mother just trying to keep food on the table for her young while wondering what has happened to her husband. A husband who packed everything and left Chloe with two kids and no money.
A young woman who has seen more than most married women at twice the age. A young woman who does not know where or how to find help.
Losing It All takes readers on a journey. A journey thru the life of two separate people until these two people realize they need and want each other.
Long after finishing the book readers will reflect back and wonder about the homeless man they passed or the young mother trying to put food on the table with no money.
The bunnies and I highly suggest this book to all who enjoy a twisting story that ends leaving readers feeling satisfied. A story that can break your heart but repair it pages later.
The bunnies and I give this book 5 carrots.
Full disclosure: this is not the type of novel I ordinarily read, and if I hadn't started skimming about 1/3 of the way through I doubt I would have had the patience to finish it. Which would have been a shame because the last 1/3 not only held my interest but uplifted my spirit.
Marsha Cornelius is a skillful writer, with a vivid imagination, but Losing it All is not great literature. It's basically a Romance novel with a highly original twist. It's the uplifting saga of the redemption of two down-and-out protagonists, Frank, a former Vietnam POW, and Chloe, a young mother of two, whose husband has deserted her.
As the story opens Frank is homeless and Chloe is on the verge of "losing it all." She and her children end up in a women's shelter, homeless and destitute. If Marsha Cornelius in not writing from first hand knowledge she has certainly done her homework. Her depiction of life on the street, and in homeless shelters, is very convincing. (As are her later depiction of life on a farm, horse training, and preparing herbal remedies.)
The characters are not drawn with a great deal of depth but are lifelike enough for us to empathize with the "heroes" and despise the "villains." The plot is well constructed, with POV skillfully shifting between the two protagonist, as their lives move in similar trajectories, briefly touching at one point, to finally intersect in a traditional 'happy ending.' The destination is predictable but before we arrive Cornelius keeps us on the edge of our seats with a series of surprising--and disturbing--bumps and detours along the road.
The dialogue is crisp and credible if not sparkling. There is relatively little humor; the tone is almost depressingly somber. This is not necessarily a bad thing. The seemingly hopeless plight of Frank and Chloe, as their lives spiral out of control, makes their eventual reunion and redemption all the more satisfying.
The book's major flaw is TMA (too much information.) Cornelius slows the pace to a crawl with detailed accounts of events that, while perfectly credible, don't move the story forward. But, as I've said, the ending is completely satisfying. With judicious pruning this novel could be topnotch.
I am giving it 4 stars, rather than 3, mainly because of it's originality.
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