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Seasons of Darkness Kindle Edition
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Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adults in America. Of these persons, nearly half of them will try to commit suicide at least once in their lifetime. Women however, may attempt it two to three times. These statistics alone are a heartbreaking fact - but add a name or a face of a family member to it, and it becomes devastating. Mental illness not only touches those who have it - it consumes their loved ones as well, leaving a haunting impression long after they are gone.
In Seasons of Darkness, I explore the dynamics of one fictional family living with such an aftermath. Everett Harrington, a no-nonsense businessman, should have taken Natalia's behavior that night as a sign of things to come, but hadn't. When it came to her, he found himself unable to think clearly. It was on a scorching afternoon in late July that he had stood at the altar with her, making a promise in front of God and her parents to love her for better or for worse - and it was ten years later, on a rainy morning in September that he'd buried her. The days in between had been filled with brief intervals of happiness...and long periods of hopelessness.
Now, left alone to raise a son he can't talk to and a daughter that he wants nothing to do with, he chooses to spend his evenings drowning his frustrations in a bottle of scotch, leaving him without the ability to control his temper.
Forced to grow up in a hurry, nine-year-old Ethan Harrington quickly learned to build a wall around his heart, vowing never to let it be hurt again. Now sixteen, and still ravaged by his mother's death, he struggles to live among the shattered remains of a family that was never functional to begin with.
As Ethan and Everett try to move on, Natalia's life is tenderly told through their eyes in vivid flashbacks that weaves throughout the book. A story of hope - even in the darkest of times, this is a coming-of-age novel that depicts the sometimes difficult and oftentimes complex relationship experienced between father and son when tragedy strikes.
- File Size : 2746 KB
- Print Length : 562 pages
- ASIN : B00EK9JLUC
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : November 13, 2013
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #993,873 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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and then it sure had my attention. I would hate to spoil it for anyone reading i so I'll just say if
any likes soul searching, heart rending story, be sure to read it.
When life becomes a fragile balancing act between a presentable image and the darkness that torments, Everett Harrington buries himself in his work and hides his feelings – and his fears – in a bottle of scotch. But stuffing yourself in a bottle or a board room is but a temporary fix, and the demons that are hiding eventually show their ugly faces. And with Everett, they showed up as contempt for the son who once was the little boy he so adored.
Everett, apparently, had his life neatly planned out. A solid career, no female distractions, headed for financial success. Single-minded in his career path and his future, he had no room for distractions.
Natalia was more than a distraction, though, and turned everything upside down and inside out. Natalia crept into his bed and into his heart. She twisted Everett Harrington around her little finger. She held him spellbound.
Even when he saw the signs, the instability, the inconsistency, he was helpless against the grip she had on his heart. A grip that tightened and turned to a stranglehold as her sickness worsened. And that grip ultimately rendered him unfeeling, cold and uncaring. Or trying to maintain a façade that he was unfeeling, cold and uncaring.
No man is an island, though, and those neatly contained emotions sometimes burst forth in fits of rage. Everett’s target was his son Ethan.
Seasons of Darkness is Ethan’s journey through his tormented adolescent years. From his mother’s death, and years of abuse, to the realization he possesses the same rage his father does. His young life is laden with tragedy and frustration, and impossible dreams.
Belinda G. Buchanan has masterfully conveyed the misery and agony of mental illness, and its long reaching effects. The scars on the heart, the helplessness felt by loved ones. The pain and emptiness. My heart bled for Ethan, but also for his father, for the sense of despair and helplessness. Pick up a copy, you won’t be disappointed. And when you’re through with Seasons of Darkness, Ethan’s story continues in After All is Said and Done. I’ll be reading it myself.
Through the story there are flashbacks that Everett and Ethan have about the absent mother/wife the real reason she’s not in the picture. Ethan starts to wonder about things and starts breaking out of his shell. Ethan moves further away from Everett because he is controlling and he beats Ethan when the boy does wrong.
Greta and Everett start to fall in love with each other even though he has a drinking problem and he can’t keep his hands off Ethan, Greta says a lot but doesn’t do a lot about it. The last straw for Ethan was when he wanted to start medical school but his dad wouldn’t let him because he wanted Ethan to run his company. I thought this book was remarkable the way it dug into Ethan’s existence. Read this book to find the mystery of Ethan’s mom. Belinda is such a great author who I’d love to see more from. This book was given to me as a gift for an honest review.
Ethan became the doctor he longed to be and the reason is clearly revealed in the relationship he develops with the doctor that saved him physically and emotionally. Ethan’s father was not only an alcoholic but a child abuser who took his rage out on his son. The stress of his work and the tragic loss of his wife may have pushed Ethan’s father over the edge but his means of control were cruelty and the end justifies the punishment.
As you move through from one chapter to the next you see the picture of a wonderful boy who yearns for love and approval. He tries to please and make sure everyone is cared for but the one person being neglected is Ethan and the toll that takes on him builds to a pressure point that sets the stage for future life altering decisions.
Belinda Buchanan shows every side to her characters which is what makes them so interesting.