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Please Release Me (Choc Lit) by [Baxter, Rhoda]
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This story has twist and turns, lies and truth, reality and possibility all messed up in a delightful tale at moments sad and others laugh until you cry. There are no limits on emotions in this one. And by the ending you will have experienced a unique love story that will stay with you long after the final page. (Keeper Bookshelf)

This is a story that deals with emotional and tough issues, and manages to do so with smatterings of humour which doesn’t detract from the sensitivity with which they are dealt with. There is the underlying question throughout the novel which weighs on all the characters, which is; When is it right to let go of a loved one? I adored this romance with a twist and am excited to read more from Rhoda Baxter! (Sorcha O'Dowd, Old Victorian Quill)

About the Author

Rhoda Baxter writes contemporary romantic comedies. As her father’s engineering skills were in international demand, Rhoda’s childhood was split between the UK, the Pacific island of Yap, Nigeria and Sri Lanka. Rhoda studied at the University of Oxford and holds a DPhil in microbiology. When choosing a pen name, she got nostalgic about the bacteria she used to study, (Rhodobacter species) and named herself Rhoda Baxter after them. Now her day job involves protecting and commercialising Intellectual Property generated by University research. This allows her to stay in touch with cutting edge scientific research without having to spend long hours in the lab. Rhoda is married and has 2 children. They live together in the UK in Yorkshire.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3148 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (September 10, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013SY9CCG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By M. Thornburg on September 10, 2015
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Having previously read two of Rhoda Baxter's romantic comedies, I thought I knew in general what to expect from this one: a unique but absolutely believable situation, intense chemistry between three-dimensional characters who develop and grow as the situation unfolds, witty writing – lots of laugh-out-loud opportunities, in fact – and plenty of exciting ups and downs. In other words, a real reading adventure, unusual enough to be intriguing and at the same time satisfyingly romantic. The book delivers all these things and more – much more. I had no idea just how unusual this adventure would turn out to be!

If you've read the blurb for Please Release Me, you already have some idea of the situation. While many romance novels can be expected to end on, or at least near, a wedding day, that's where this one begins: a perfect day, a beautiful and happy bride, a handsome new husband who's obviously head-over-heels in love, and only one small flaw – an uninvited guest. But Sally, the bride, takes care of that flaw in short order, and it's time for the honeymoon to begin. But at that point all expectations fly out the window in high-speed traffic on a crowded highway. There's an accident. Sally is badly injured and put into a medically-induced coma. She doesn't come out of the coma.

Anything else I could say about the plot would be a big spoiler, so I'll leave it there, except to say that, by way of a strange (but still plausible and quite convincing) turn of events, Sally remains a central character. She acts and interacts, her actions influence the other characters, and they influence her. Meanwhile, as I learned more about them all, I was truly hooked and drawn in by the developing story and its romantic/friendship triangle.

I love all the surprises in this book.
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Please Release Me, written by Rhoda Baxter, is truly an amazing story! This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it definitely won't be my last.

Sally Cummings dream is finally coming true...she is getting married to Peter, the love of her life. On the wedding day, something horrific happens, and Sally ends up in a coma and is placed in hospice. Peter is the perfect husband, and visits Sally every day. He sits with her, talks to her, reads to her, and continues to hope that she will come out of her coma. Whether it is guilt or devotion driving him, he never gives up on her.

Grace has lost her parents, and goes to hospice every day to visit a friend of her mother. She is basically a lost soul in some respects. When she meets Peter, they become a kind of support for one another, as well as a comfort to one another.

Sally may be in a coma, but yet she hears the voices talking to her. She would give anything to be able to talk, but she can't seem to pull herself out of the coma. Then one night, a stormy night, something happens that changes everything.

I had a hard time writing this review, especially since I didn't want to give away too much of the story. This is truly an amazing story. It is beautifully written and brilliantly executed. The author writes in vivid detail and brings the story to life. The characters are complex and well-developed. It is a story that will make you think about things in life. The creative way in which the author tells this story is definitely unique. You can't help but to root for the characters, and you become personally involved in seeing how this story plays out. As the story unfolds, there are characters you love, and ones you end up not liking so much.
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What a unique story Please Release Me (Choc Lit) by Rhoda Baxter is. To say brilliant, splendid does not seem to give this story the justice it deserves. Also to say it is different from any wedding story I have ever read in an understatement. It is a well-written tightly woven plot full of astonishing surprises. Even more is the surprise of the emotional gamut I ran through while reading this book; sad one minute, smiling the next, then mad a few times too with everything in between along the way. I don’t want to say too much to give this story away. It is one to read and savor yourself.

I will say this even after finishing this book I am wondering which of the three main characters the title is speaking for. I know the easy answer but all three seem to me to be needing to be released in some way.

Lastly like the Dickens’ novel, Tale of Two Cities, which one of the characters tries to quote even the unlikable character becomes better in the end so that you can’t help but like her too. Masterful how the author pulls this off.

Please Release Me is one of the best books I have read this year! First book by Rhonda Baxter I have read but very definitely not the last.

The publisher through Net Galley provided a copy.
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On the way to their honeymoon Sally and Peter argue and are involved in an accident. Peter recovers but Sally remains in a coma. A year later Peter is visiting the still comatose Sally in the hospice when he meets Grace who gets him involved in fundraising for the hospice. They feel an instant attraction to each other but both are aware of the unconscious woman who remains between them. A massive storm releases Sally’s spirit from her body, but only Grace can see her. Despite the conflict in Grace’s mind, the two become friends and the living becomes the go between for spirit and her husband.

The idea behind this story is unique. A ghost story without a true ghost. At times it becomes slightly light-hearted, although not especially funny. The inner workings of the minds of Peter, Sally and Grace show the anguish, jealousy, anger and restraint with remarkable clarity. Peter wants to become closer to Grace, but reminds himself he is married, even if his wife might never recover. Grace feels guilt at the possibility of becoming the “other woman”. Sally… well, the woman/spirit is unique. Determined not to lose her husband she puts all obstacles in the way.

The story has just the right amount of conflict, love and remorse and these all come together to make a wonderful read. A bit slow to start, but I am so glad I persevered as the tale opened like a flower’s petals revealing a richness of characters and plot which are seldom found in a contemporary romance.

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