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Love Claimed (A Hidden Beauty Novel) (Volume 6) Paperback – May 14, 2016
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Love Claimed by Mary Crawford is the sixth in her Hidden Beauty Novel Series. I had already read the first of this series, Until the Stars Fall from the Sky and was captivated by her style and her characters. I was certainly not disappointed with Love Claimed. It was every bit as good, if not better than the first one I'd read.
Crawford is never slow to confront evil, such as child abuse, bullying and incest head on in her stories. She doesn't shy away from the subjects, but neither does she exploit them to shock or offend. She is open and honest about the impact of these things on her characters in later life.
When I find an author's characters who espouse many of the philosophies of life, I hold dear to, I do get a kick out of that. It is clear that Crawford must be an adherent of many of the philosophies of the Law of Attraction as they flow quite naturally into her character's actions and dialogue. I really enjoy that.
About the Author
Mary Crawford has been lucky enough to live her own version of a romance novel. She married the guy who kissed her at summer camp. He told her on the night they met that he was going to marry her and be the father of their children. Eventually, she stopped giggling when he said it, and they just celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary. They have two children. The oldest is in medical school, where he recently found and married the love of his life, and the youngest will soon venture into middle school. Ms. Crawford writes full time now. She recently published her tenth book and has several more underway. She volunteers her time to a variety of causes and has worked as a Civil Rights Attorney and diversity advocate. Ms. Crawford spent several years working for various social service agencies before becoming an attorney. In her spare time, she loved to cook, decorate cakes and of course, obsessively, compulsively read.
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I didn't like this book at first and put it down a few times. But it grew on me and in the end I couldn't put it down! Donda is a single parent with way too much baggage she didn't trust men and no one can blame her after her step father abused her, then her boyfriend got her hooked on drink and drugs before getting sent to jail where he was killed, she got clean in the end, then fast forward 12 years.
Her son Gabriel is amazing and helps her find someone or rather helps Jaxon to make his mum realise that not all men are bad.
They have so many struggles to beat and family members to win around you are never sure what will happen next. I can't say any more or I will ruin it.
If you like a real love story without sex and violence you will love this book. It's not the sort of book I normally read but I will be getting the rest of the series, I'm now a fan of the author. This book can be read as a stand alone and I'm not sure if it ties in with the rest of the series with not reading them but I intend to find out. It is a very well written book and well worth a read.
On a scale of 1-5 I give it a 6
Ms. Crawford had me glued to this book! I read it in two days! I instantly felt a connection to the characters in this book. The characters are mature and the plot was well written with a lot of attention to the details. It's not what I would consider to be a light beach read, unless you like sobbing while tears are streaming down your cheeks while in public. It does have an HEA, but your heart is run over a few times before Ms. Crawford puts it back together again ❤️
You could easily see the characters being your neighbors and friends. The issues are real and it's obvious that Ms.Crawford spent many many hours on research for such hard topic as drug addiction and recovery. The hardest part for me in the book is how our heroine doesn't see how far she's really come in her life. How she didn't think that she was worthy of being loved. It's such a beautiful story and it really does draw you in from the page.
Love Claimed has all the same qualities as I've come to expect from this author. Her characters are realistic and well developed. Her plot is about so much more than the budding romance. As always the main characters have real life issues that they must deal with and overcome for any sort of normal relationship to develop. This book touches the subjects of child abuse, sexual assault, and addictions. Both main characters have been affected by one or more of these in some way. There are limited graphic description of the actual events, but, the psychological effects on the victims are covered very well. The story chronicles the doubts and fears of the would be lovers. Their actions and reactions are so realistic you feel along with Donda and Jackson as they tread the waters of recovery to discover love. As always the author helps her characters to deal with and overcome their issues to find their happily ever after. Although some of the subject matter is hard for some to deal with, Mary Crawford writes these issues with tact and compassion. Her novels are clean and have the happily ever after that romance readers yearn for. Appropriate for older teens 16 and over, only because of the subject matter.
Donda and Jaxon's story is one of redemption and hope, of two people overcoming impossible circumstances to take a chance on love. Both have a history born of pain and suffering, but are able to look beyond their past to move into a mature relationship built on mutual love and respect through honesty and understanding. I love that this story is about second chances and not letting one's past hinder the promise of the future. Mary Crawford has definitely done it again with this Hidden Beauty. Each one of her offerings show a a different heroine who finds there are still men in the world who look beyond the outer shell to find the hidden beauty each possesses. Mrs. Crawford's writing just keeps getting better and better and this book is no exception. Like all of the books in this series, Love Claimed is a stand alone book.
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