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- Print Length: 348 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KCP54M2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book was absolutely wonderful! The writing was beautiful, and the characters' story was heart-breaking. Hannah and Wynn are two characters that will be on my mind for a while, because their love story touched me deeply.
This debut novel from Sarah Buhl, is on par with the works of much more established writers. Sarah truly has a gift because this story affected me greatly. She created a piece of art that made me FEEL severely, and infected me with the emotions of fictional characters that are a real as you and I, because the experiences they've endured are very real.
I'm still very much reeling from this emotional book, so this review isn't going to be very detailed, or even very eloquent. I have to say that it's not dialogue heavy, and you'll spend a lot of time in Wynn's and Hannah's head, so if you like rapid paced books, this isn't for you. But, if you like books with more hushed, emotional moments, then you'll love this. This book doesn't make a lot of noise, but it still resonates. All I can say is READ THIS BOOK. It's a gem! I'm pretty sure I highlighted half of it, the writing was so beautifully moving.
"Penance" is primarily about two people who are so damaged that it takes the miracle of finding and accepting each other to realize they are not only capable of loving but also deserve to be loved unconditionally. But more than that, this dramatic masterpiece is about as far away as you can get from the over-done melodrama reminiscent of teenage angst-ridden shows like "Dawson's Creek" as a book can get. Don't be quick to judge this book as another love story whose happy ending is impeded more by the love interests' getting in their own heads too much than anything else.
Hannah and Wynn have good reason to distrust the world and not have any faith in humanity. They have both suffered pain on a level that would cause most people to be consumed by despair long ago. But they exist. And when they learn to trust each other, the eventually learn what it is to live and live well.
Sarah has a gift for articulating feelings, emotions, gestures, and responses that I did not think was possible. This is also not your typcial love story because Hannah and Wynn don't sleep together right away and discover their love for each other through their physcial intimacy. Quite the opposite, every touch is cherished and Wynn even refuses to kiss Hannah until he is sure it will be special enough to be worthy of her.
I cannot say enough good things about "penance. a love story". If you want to grow as a person and enjoy a wonderfully human story that (thankfully) Hollywood won't pick up anytime soon (hopefully never), then read this book.
I was very wrong.
It only took me a few pages before I lowered the Kindle, and thought to myself, "Wow. This author understands ME. This character could be ME."
I was hooked. I couldn't put it down as more characters entered the scene, somehow each one a reflection of my own inner dialogue. These characters became my friends. My kindred spirits. When they expressed joy, I smiled widely as if I were there to experience it with them. And when they cried, so did I. I became so attached that I didn't want the story to end. (I cannot wait for Book Two!)
Sarah Buhl is a fantastic author with the ability to showcase her characters from the inside out. Her story flows from beginning to end, offering a wonderful insight into the demons many of us face, and the struggle to let go of the past in order to live in the present. This debut novel will surely lead to much success and I hope to see it on a Best Seller list soon!
Penance is a beautiful, poignant, powerful and heartwarming love-story.
I've had this sitting on my Kindle since July. I can't remember if I actually read the blurb, but there's something about the cover alone that pulls you in. So familiar (I'm from Belgium), yet so different and mysterious. All I'm asking myself now is why I didn't read this sooner. I totally loved it! And even if I got this as a freebie back then, it's worth so much more!
Keep up the good work, Mrs Buhl, and I'll keep reading! I can't believe this is your debut novel, and I can't wait to read what you'll give us in Dissonance. I'll get to that one very soon!