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Lost Soul: AJ's Burden (Healing Hearts Book 4) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B076P8HB53
- Publication date : October 22, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2391 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 268 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #592,722 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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This is a book full of self harm, shame and struggle, but also a book that shows that no matter how hard it gets there's still a light at the end of the tunnel if you're brave enough to look for it.
The AJ we got glimpses of in Soerens book is no longer just using drugs and selling himself, he's so far gone that if nothing changes he's not going to make it.
Trystain knows exactly what it's like to have nothing left and how much you need someone in your corner and when he finds AJ literary on his doorstep he wants nothing more than to help him.
Both AJ and Trystain are broken souls and even if Trystain is further along they have been through the same things and after years of being lonely and and hurting in their own ways they find that spark of love for another person again in each other.
Trystain is an drug addict, and now helps teens who are now in the position he's been in before. He discovers AJ outside his door one night, high and completely out of it. Trystain isn't one to not help others, especially when he can see them struggling like he once did. He takes AJ into his home and offers him a lifeline. AJ doesn't like the man he's become, but he's been relying on drugs to survive for so long, he doesn't know how to be sober and function without them.
A hollowness, a gaping void where the exit was no longer marked and he couldn't get out. He was utterly lost.
This book is difficult to read. We see the book from a first-person perspective of both AJ and Trystain. And reading about AJ using or trying to come off the drugs is definitely not an easy read. This story is heartbreaking. Knowing what AJ's been through and seeing him in such a bad way at the beginning of this book? If you're a fan of this series, I just say you'll need to mentally prepare yourself to read this. It's not sad in the way that No Regrets and New Beginnings: Abel's Journey was, but it will do it's best to break you.
I adore Trystain. He's selfless and only wants to help others. He's been a lot and using his knowledge and experiences to give kids and teens the help they need to turn their life around. Aj is a sweetheart and I adore him. His one goal (besides getting clean) is to search for his younger sister. They've been separated for many years now, ever since he ran away from his foster home as a teen and left his sister behind. They've had no contact for years. I want to say the ending was the big moment that made me cry. It's a happy ending, in its own way, and I only wish these characters the best.
A few issues I have did kind of rub me the wrong way? First, this is a story about a drug addict and his sponsor falling in love. The message there seems kind of like a conflict of interest in AJ's case. And as much as I love Trystain, the basis of their relationship seems wrong somehow? Not that it probably wouldn't happen in real life, just that their lives seemed to become too woven together in a (dare I say unhealthy) codependant relationshp? Or at least on AJ's part. I'm not sure he could make it on his own without Trystain and, in that aspect, I'm not a fan.
A second issue is that AJ's mother is schizophrenic and lost her rights to taking care of her two children. AJ spends more than half the book terrified he has schizophrenia, whereas Trystain is convinced it's just affects left over from the drugs. Spoilers. So highlight to see the rest. The portray of schizophrenia just kind of rubs me the wrong way, because it's kind of... like this huge sigh of relief by the characters that ~OH THE DRUGS WERE MAKING ME HEAR VOICES. I'M NOT LIKE MY MOTHER AFTER ALL. The whole situation just didn't quite pan out like I thought it should have, I guess?
Overall, the book is a raw and emotional read. It's not a light-hearted novel, but definitely works as a standalone. This a story about overcoming great odds.
Top reviews from other countries
so many of my friends had been recommending it, that l knew l had to check it out.
The writing was flawless, it sucked you into the story , and did not let go.
Trystain and AJ's life took me on a roller coaster of emotions,
at times my blood would chill as my mind tried to conjure up the images the author gave us in spades.
As a mother, my heart ached so much that there are so many vulnerable
and lonely broken souls out there in the world, struggling daily.
The author brought to life so well the dark side of life that many know about but prefer to ignore.
Sometimes you read a book , that kicks you in the stomach, and leaves you so breathless
that you wish it should be given as a lesson,to all the people delving in to drugs
for recreational use, thinking that they are in control.
As a reader that does not normally read dark books, l found this one hard to digest,
totally from a personal view, l found it beautifully written, brilliant and heart wrenching.
l'm so glad that the characters got their HEA , now l'm happy.
Although this is the 4th book, it is 100% standalone.
AJ is an addict drowning in his addiction to drugs. There doesn't seem to be a light at the end of his tunnel. How far does he need to fall before he realizes that he needs to do something??
Trystain is an addict. He is five years clean and now helps others who find themselves slave to drug use.
Trystain literally stumbles over AJ and being the person he is, Trystain does everything he can to help AJ.
You can lead a horse to the water, but you can't make it drink. This is especially true with AJ.
These guys stole my heart from the very first page.
Nicky James is such a great writer that I felt that I was in the room with AJ, going through all the emotions with him... all his lows and all his highs.
This book comes with a trigger warning as it deals with drug addicton, however, I must commend Mrs James on a very well researched and written book.
I received an ARC from the author for my honest review, however, I loved the book so much, that I purchased a copy for myself.