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Set You Free: Love, Lies, and the Secrets that Bind Paperback – May 20, 2017
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About the Author
Elmer Seward was born and raised along the Chesapeake Bay in southeast Virginia. Growing up, the cemetery behind his house was his playground. The metaphorical theme of death and rebirth that figures prominently in his novels is probably influenced in some way by the time that his mother heard, through the screened window, a small voice crying for help. Rushing from the house and through the yard, she discovered her all-too-curious six-year-old son at the bottom of a freshly dug grave. In that moment, he discovered that trouble is much easier to get into than it is to get out of. Sometimes we need help getting out of the hole that we jump into willingly. He is blessed to have a large blended family. He is also the reluctant servant of three crazy dogs, a Maltese, a Japanese Chin, and a BruMaltChiYorkie. All of these strongly influence the characters and events in his novels; however, his beautiful wife, Mitzi, is the true inspiration for the tender hearted but determined women in his stories. He is the author of two previous novels, Hearts in the Storm and Dreams of the Sleepless.
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The characters drove this story, and did a fine job of doing so. I fell in love with Mama Jo, Enos, Blake and others from Opechancano, a tiny and wonderful town. It took awhile to warm up to Deena, to be honest. Yeah, it was clear she was running from something, but she was a little over the top with her snippy attitude and crazy fear of spiders (and snakes). Once I got a glimmer of her past, I could understand her unbelievable fear of letting Kat, her daughter, out of her sight but I still thought her rudeness was uncalled for. Over time, though, the folks in town wore her down and she slowly lightened up. Blake and Mama Jo, though, should have awards for putting up with her early on.
The bad guys here were so bad I occasionally had trouble taking them seriously. Every molecule in their bodies was pure evil. They killed without compunction and were absolutely single-minded in their search for Deena. I have to admit, I do love how things ended and who did the handling… it was unexpected and strangely charming.
There is romance here, but it’s on the back burner, slowly simmering throughout the story and very sweet and quiet. Also, there’s an old journal that Deena finds that sort of parallels her life (not exactly, but similar) that is a bit heart-breaking, especially when we learn who it’s really about.
All-in-all, Set You Free is a character driven story, with occasional edge-of-your-seat excitement and some of the best characters I’ve ever read about. Honestly, for the three dimensional, interesting and unique characters alone, I’d read this author again. It’s his strong suit and really fantastic.
originally posted at long and short reviews
This suspenseful and well-written book caught my attention with the first sentence and kept me guessing and engaged all the way to the last word. Featuring two intertwining stories dealing with physical abuse and the toll taken on victims as well as those close to them, the main protagonists are well-developed in both timelines.
At times I disliked Deena’s prickly and abrasive demeanor but, honestly, her reasons for her sometimes rude reticence became more and more apparent as the book progressed. I did feel like the ending was a bit rushed, but I was delighted with the just rewards dealt out to the nasty, evil pursuers by some unlikely heroes. I finished the book feeling uplifted and hopeful.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
I thought Set You Free: Love, Lies and the Secrets that Bind was a really good book and believe it is a must read. I give it a full five stars.
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.