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Once Broken Paperback – May 12, 2016
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About the Author
D.M. Hamblin always loved writing whether it was a paper for school or college, advocacy letters, love letters, short stories or business communications. In September 1980, she was accepted to study communications at Boston University’s School of Communications to major in public relations. However, life interrupted. She became a single mother the following year instead. While raising her daughter, she went from a short stint on welfare to graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Legal Studies, and ultimately starting a paralegal career. She wrote the first manuscript of Once Broken in 1995, but abandoned it as her paralegal career excelled. She married the love of her life when her daughter was fourteen, blended two beautiful step daughters. In the early 2000’s she built two businesses in the legal industry. In the last ten years, D.M. fell madly in love with three amazing grandchildren, suffered Lyme disease for seven years, and sold her businesses –and in 2015 was blessed to find the time and resources to resume the dream of writing. After twenty years, she unearthed Once Broken, converted it from floppy disk, revised several times, found a talented editor who professionally polished the novel and launched her long awaited writing career. Once Broken was launched in May 2016 and as of July 2016 has 40 Amazon reviews and a 4.9 star rating. D.M.’s second novel, A Debt to the Devil has a target publication date of January, 2017. D.M. is also working on a sequel to Once Broken, entitled Twice Loved, anticipated target publication date of March, 2017
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Enjoyed the background facts of each era regarding the music, fashion and technology, which were right on!
Looking forward to D.M’s next book!
I would recommend Once Broken for any book club. There's a lot of fodder for interesting discussion: the progress of women's rights/visibility from the 1970s-Present, the human need for revenge and the human capacity for compassion. As a history hobbyist I really enjoyed the textural details D.M. Hamblin included from sipping Riunite in the '70s to giving up smoking in the '80s to cell phones in the '90s to 21st century texting. All the cues set times and places vividly, and I am old enough that the visuals prompted fond memories of my own. (along with a few fashion choices I now wince at.)
If you want just a taste of the author's style, flip all the way to the back of the book and read the one page memorial D.M. Hamblin left for a former colleague and friend. It's a reminder that we need not look to celebrities or captains of industry or politicians for inspiration, we can find plenty of that in the imperfect lives of ordinary people around us, and most probably in ourselves. That, ultimately, is the message I took away from Once Broken.
A really excellent first novel and I look forward to the author's next!
I honestly loved this book, it shows that many of us are human we make mistakes some are of huge magnitude. Some are small and can be easily fixed with " I am sorry". And some of the mistakes we make leave ever lasting scars. I read another book by this author and that's what prompted me to check out this one. I am glad I did.