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I loved this story. I am saying this will all love behind it. My sisters and I love these kinds of books. We call them "Mormon Smut Books"....hehe. I really do mean that as the best compliment. I love to read books that have to do with my religion and love. Or any religion for that matter. I know that when I read it, it will be clean.
I loved that this book covered a hard topic, and showed how people could get out and move on to bigger and better things. I am a HUGE advocate for Sexual Abuse, and the author of this book is a HUGE advocate for Domestic Violence. I think that's why I liked the book so much. Hard topics are hard to read, so they have to be done well. The author definitely did well with this book.
We all take the chance when we marry someone, that they are not all they say they are. We may not know what their demons are until after marriage. Then sometimes they have groomed you so well, that it's impossible to leave. Amber and Kelly realize this after they have gotten married and are both faced with the challenge of what to do now.
As they navigate their lives with the help of Grace, they realize that there is a possibility of life outside of an abusive marriage. They find their faith in God again, and the power to fight for what is missing in their lives.
This is such a good book about love, life, faith, religion and suspense. Their stories are heartbreaking, and life changing all at the same time. I hope that you take the time to read this book. It is so wonderful.
As for the book itself, I had a hard time settling into it. The scenes jump around a lot and it made it hard for me to connect on an emotional level to the characters. Just when I would start getting a feel for a person and their situation, their personality, I would be shifted to a different person in a different place. It just made it hard to keep people straight in the beginning and connect to them. By the end I had all the characters down but the emotional connection to them was still missing.
I did feel the build of intensity in the story though. Things escalate steadily to provide an end to this book that is dramatic and intense. I loved the feeling of community and faith among the characters. This book gave me insight to the lives of those who suffer from domestic abuse and I'm always grateful when I read a book and walk away feeling like I know more than I did before.
Content: Some violence, domestic abuse. Mentions of pornography, infidelity and a hint of an attempted rape. Characters are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints so there is talk about religion, God and praying.
- I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Cedar Fort. All opinions expressed are my own.
At first I experienced anger directed not only at the abusers, but in the ineffectual response on the part of the victims. The author gently leads a reader to understand how people can find themselves being gradually led into situations that open them up to abuse without realizing the position they are in until it is too late. Her goal, besides telling an excellent and exciting story, is to guide the readers to see how victims who blame themselves for the abuse they receive can work to become survivors who put the blame where it belongs, but sometimes they must accept help from others to do so. The story highlighted not only the issues of spousal abuse, but how much abuse of a spouse can have a negative impact on the children in the family and leave them living in constant fear and uncertainty.
In addition to the social issues and the tensions they provided the characters, this was an exciting adventure as the characters in the town find themselves dealing with a force of nature that threatens to overpower them all, including the modern technology we take so much for granted in this day and age. The action kept me reading.
This is a novel with many L.D.S. (Mormon to much of the world) characters. I believe the novel can be enjoyed by readers who are not L.D.S. since the author depicts people of faith, and some of L.D.S. practices, without getting much into doctrine.
The focus of the book was not romance, but the romance elements present were sweet and clean. Not all romances were resolved, which leads me to hope the author may have a sequel to this novel. It was an enjoyable and enlightening read, and I recommend it.
I received an advance reader’s copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it