Review | Jacob the Jew vs. the Chinese blood by J.W.Durrah

Jacob the Jew vs. the Chinese Blood: Book One

 

Title: Jacob the Jew vs. the Chinese Blood
Author: J.W.Durrah
Series: Yes (Book one)

Genre: Crime, Thriller
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Publishing date: 11th Aug, 2015
Pages: 457

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

*Copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

When NYPD detective Jacob Jennings signs on for a three-year tour with the US Army’s Military Intelligence unit, he expects to be deployed to Vietnam like his father before him. Instead, Jennings finds himself working a complex undercover sting in cooperation with the Chinese police.

The drug, cherry berry is the hot new topic on the streets of Hong Kong, and while dealers and gang members insist the drug is real, no one seems to have seen it and it is not for sale there. All that’s known is it’s powerfully addictive, made in Hong Kong, and it causes horrifying physical side effects to certain users.

Infiltrating the Chinese Blood gang and posing as an American hustler, Jacob draws closer to the drug’s suspected creator, the high-ranking medical research scientist Dr. Wo Ling Cheung. Cheung’s association with Jerry Baofung, a much-feared sorcerer, is unclear to others but not to Jennings.

Having been raised by his grandmother teaching him the occult, Jacob is unwilling to dismiss Baofung’s power as superstitious fakery. Sorcery, Jacob believes is the obvious contribution Baofung would make to the creation of cherry berry.

Tracking this drug to its source, Jacob realizes he’s running out of time because Cheung plans to unleash it on the streets of New York where he is already catering the drug to a dangerous clientele with unusual tastes and compulsions.


My Take:

I will first start with the way the book felt… I don’t know why but I have always liked holding big books. It makes me feel like a grown up lady, de-stressing herself after a day of work. The page layout feels so good to me, though the font size is small and was affecting my poor eyes but I think if it was any bigger then the book would have been more bigger meaning I would’ve been intimidated by it’s size.

This is currently a busy time for me so I was anyways intimidated by it’s 457 pages stature. I kept it aside to read it for holidays. I’ve preparatory leave now, which apparently is for studying for my semester exams but, oh well! 😛 😛

The first line of the book was an interesting start.

Jacob Jenning’s grandparents, Elizabeth Bonaveau and Paul Jennings, were opposites.

At first I thought that might be their personality but then I felt that might be their race and I wasn’t wrong. The very next line stated what opposites stood for.

Paul was born in North Carolina on a farm in a poor black area. Elizabeth Bonveau was born in an exclusively white area in Slautir, Louisiana.

After some weeks, finding his evenings free, Paul enrolled in Elizabeth’s class to earn his high school diploma, thinking to perhaps improve his station in life. His kind, farm-boy nature was so beguiling in its innocence to Elizabeth that she fell in love with him almost immediately.

The words chose to make sentences are well thought. The story flowed effortlessly. The reading was easy and fast. I didn’t have to drag myself through it. It has been some time since I received this book so when I picked it up and read the title I doubted that I would like this book, then I read the summary and remembered why I agreed to review this book. I will tell you the reason in a bit. 😛

As an infant, Jacob Jennings was ill tempered, but his tantrums never upset his grandparents, Paul or Elizabeth, especially Elizabeth who realized that such temperament was a natural part of a child born with Jacob’s probable gifts. As years passed, Jacob replaced his tantrums with phases of “distancing himself” to show his displeasure with someone or something. But he soon proved himself to be a precocious but solitary child.

There’s just a passing mention of magic like it’s secondary to all the action happening, in the summary, but when you read the book, magic is a huge part of the book. The magic bits were very interesting to read about.

“I do understand, Grandma. I think that maybe I love magic so much that I am just sometimes too eager to continue learning.”

Jacob has to team up with Asian police authorities and students of sorcerer Yongli Baofung who are known as “Children of the Dark.” Jacob navigates their world with powers of his own. He grew up learning the art of Dark Magic which is what is there for him against the occult evil forces.

The element of love, ahh… now the story’s complete! 😛

There was no doubt that, albeit his first time, he was on the old well-traveled rote of love and he could hope was that…
… he was not walking it alone.

All in all, I liked the book. Here are some sneak-peak snippets. To be honest, there would have been a lot more but I totally forgot to mark passages because I was so into the story.

“Jake with Secrets not only one who got secrets.” She crossed her legs, lit a cigarette and blew the smoke directly into his face. “You know?” Again she blew more smoke in his face. “We can hide our secrets like American butterflies do.” She tried to blow more smoke at him, instead she choked on the next mouthful. Ginger was not a real smoker and he knew she only did it occasionally in order to appear sophisticated and even then she only knew how to puff the cigarette and blow out the smoke.

Why the summary appealed to me was because the book was all suspense and mystery in the summary regarding a new drug that ironically has a seemingly harmless name, Cherry Berry; involvement of black magic in the mix? Well, it did work out well! 😉

Jacob was stunned. He picked up the packet and examined it.
“This is the cherry berry everyone is looking for?” He said it before he realized but now the terrible mistake was the elephant in the room.
Dr. Cheung grew a very broad smile and intertwined his fingers.
“Oh? I was not aware that anyone was seeking this product. And you say that everyone wants the cherry berry? How interesting.”
“Well, the word on the street is that the name is an enigma, something that people talk about but no one has any real knowledge of. It’s more like a legend, I imagine, than anything else.”

Why do authors always end good stories with cliffhangers? This surely has an interesting end. I couldn’t stop myself from sharing it but to still keep you guys interested I won’t write the name of whoever dies. 😛 😛

…*****’* ashes had burnt into flames… and something was rising from them.


Why would I pick it up?

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When you pick this book up, you are in for a ride. You’ll get more than you expected and the variation and the numerous elements of the book are a good touch. ❤

 

 

 

Book Review | Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

 

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publishing date: 26th February, 2013
Pages: 328

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


My take:

I read this book because of the hype surrounding it. I don’t know what I feel. I kind of have mixed feelings for this book. It was a good read actually, it went smooth and I liked the switching narration of Eleanor and Park. 🙂

It’s been a while since I read this book so I had to search a lot and find out if people quoted something that even I liked and quoted in my copy because I lost all of my highlights. Reading those quotes made me connect to the book again on a personal level.

There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…

If you’ve ever been in love, true love, your first love, you will get what I am saying. It’s so nerve-wrecking and comforting at the same time. All those feelings leave you scared but that person drives all your fears away. First love is really a very pure experience and people who have experienced it are lucky. These quotes that I picked out are a mass acceptance because everyone seems to have loved these lines. I think it really connects with people. You go through these feelings when you are in love and it’s quite frightening until you know it is mutual, even then you need some time to digest the fact that you have such a wonderful person with you to hold and be held forever. ❤ 😀 ❤

This book had all those feelings, the words had feelings and lots of them to be honest. Just read these lines if you haven’t and you will understand… 🙂

“I don’t like you, Park,” she said, sounding for a second like she actually meant it. “I…” – her voice nearly disappeared – “think I live for you.”
He closed his eyes and pressed his head back into his pillow.
“I don’t think I even breathe when we’re not together,” she whispered. “Which means, when I see you on Monday morning, it’s been like sixty hours since I’ve taken a breath. That’s probably why I’m so crabby, and why I snap at you. All I do when we’re apart is think about you, and all I do when we’re together is panic. Because every second feels so important. And because I’m so out of control, I can’t help myself. I’m not even mine anymore, I’m yours, and what if you decide that you don’t want me? How could you want me like I want you?”
He was quiet. He wanted everything she’d just said to be the last thing he heard. He wanted to fall asleep with ‘I want you’ in his ears.”

These words. ❤ Now that I read it again I know exactly what Eleanor meant. This fear of the person, that is giving you all these feels, not wanting you like you want them and leaving you is real. It’s only them that can drive that fear away and that’s what Park does. I love it how Eleanor opens up to Park and how Park tries to solve all her problems and wants her to experience the beauty of little things. May it be reading comics to her pace or making her a tape of the songs he thinks she might like or thinking about asking for batteries as Christmas present so that Eleanor could listen to songs… really, it’s the little things that matter in the long run. Park wins with flying colours in that aspect. Him kicking his friend’s ass for bullying Eleanor is an added bonus. I was impressed with that kick. ❤

“Nothing was dirty. With Park.
Nothing could be shameful.
Because Park was the sun, and that was the only way Eleanor could think to explain it.”

These lines by Eleanor are something that every person in love feels. How you get comfortable with things you were uncomfortable with and how you start liking them. Love does get you to a new level of comfort with a person. 🙂

“My girlfriend is sad and quiet and keeps me up all night worrying about her.”

This reminds me of something. 😀 🙂

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice.She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Park really has a way with words. I don’t think he could have found better words as to describe the way Eleanor dresses. To be honest, her style is too loud for someone who doesn’t want to get noticed. The same goes for Park. The guy who was focused on not being noticed starts wearing eyeliner which will surely get him noticed, I felt like he did it to piss his dad off. I don’t know I just felt like the scene was forced.

The ending, when Eleanor realizes who the person was behind all those little mean notes she got and the night she goes to bed and finds it out had me on edge. The book made me nervous from that point. I was scared for everyone involved and the actual ending seemed bland in comparison to the climax. Eleanor spends considerable time with her dysfunctional family so at this point they were all an important aspect of the story, forgetting them completely once Eleanor is out of the mess wasn’t exactly a good idea. I wanted to know what became of her mother and siblings, how they were, and what about her stepdad? Through Park we do know that they left but that seemed like lazy writing. Instead of delving into their story, the characters just disappeared with a vague explanation.

All in all I loved the love they share and the bond they have but the story… I need more. I need to know what happened to Eleanor’s family and what became of Eleanor and Park. I felt it was kind of wrong on Eleanor’s part to not reply even once and then start the interaction after months. I know she had problems but you don’t leave the only person helping you miserable. I am not sure how I feel about the ending. I felt like there’s always hope for love and felt sorry for Park.


Why would I pick it up?

Because… Love! ❤

Blog Tour | Book Review | Better in the Morning by Fern Ronay

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “Better in the Morning” by Fern Ronay , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

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Title: Better in the Morning
Author: Fern Ronay
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Publishing date: 26th April, 2016
Pages: 280

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Veronica Buccino has a plan: marry John DelMonico and quit her soul-sucking job as a lawyer.And when he tells her he has big news, she’s certain he’ll pop the question. But instead of
proposing, John informs her that he’s moving to London.

Heartbroken, Veronica feels lost. Salvatore and Antoinette, her dead grandparents, begin to visit her dreams in an attempt to steer her in the right direction. At their suggestion, Veronica takes a news reporting class, which leads to a challenging freelance assignment covering a conspiracy trial. She also begins dating an unlikely suitor: creative Syd Blackman.

Just when her love life and career are looking up, Veronica is tossed back to square one by an event that makes her question all her new choices.


My Take:

I had mixed feelings in the middle of the book but other than that this was a very enjoyable book for me. 😉

When I started this book, I couldn’t keep this drama-packed story down. As the book reached the middle I started doubting the potential of the book because of the story going nowhere and giving no exact hints to what the book was exactly about. It kind of felt that the story was dragging with no exact goals. Veronica kept on messing up things back to back. I actually put it down, read another book and picked this back up. Good decision, I must say. 😀

She was kind of pathetic in the start.

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I like, how her character development takes place through and through. 🙂

I am glad that I took a break instead of reading it in one sitting. Because when I came back to this book it did not disappoint me at all. It was like meeting a friend after a long time and realizing that you missed them more than you thought.

The message this book puts across is about happiness, about finding your true calling, and about working for it. I love fictions with such positive messages. 😀 You know what would have been bold for this book, bold and unconventional, if Syd didn’t realize he couldn’t stay without Veronica and he loved her and she moved on with her life. I guess, women’s fiction needs to always have some or the other cliche. I am not complaining, no!

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By the time I reached the end of the book, I kind of felt that this was going to have that bomb unconventional ending that leaves the readers gaping because of how unfocused that part of her life was. It was a simple mention like, it’s been a month since she last talked to him. Nothing too filled with emotions to make me think that he was important at that point in the book. But we all need a happy ending, so the author gives you that. 😉

This book would’ve been something else if only Veronica spoke her mind. I swear, I would’ve loved her for saying the things she thought. 😀 Here are some examples-

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Now, this start of the explanation that Veronica’s grandpa gives her for them giving her signs without knowing the future kind of made me scratch my head. Like, you can’t see the future but six months ago you knew that Veronica would be here and she would need to see your sign. How exactly does that work?

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I loved this line…

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…and this was just ❤ A perfect way to sum up the plotline and the title accuracy. ❤

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All in all, this was a good book, that kept challenging how I felt about the book. It’s a good read on how a person develops and learns from their mistakes and wrong decisions and moves forward. No matter what, the future is always bright for those who learn to trust it’s ability to make everything alright. 😀 😉


Why would I pick it up?

For the drama and the lessons and ofcourse, for Hurricane Veronica! 😛 😛


Author’s Bio:

Fern Ronay was born and raised in Belleville, New Jersey. She is a lawyer and CPA as well as a writer, reporter, and blogger. After six years in Manhattan and six years in Chicago, she now lives in sunny Los Angeles with her husband.

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In addition to writing novels, Fern authors the blog Stop and Blog the Roses and is a co-host on AfterBuzzTV. When she is not writing, reporting, or blogging, Fern can be found eating something, reading something, or running.

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Blog Tour | Book Review | Mother Gaia by R.L.Baxter

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Title: Mother Gaia
Author: R.L.Baxter
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Publisher: Ricky Lee Baxter

Publishing date: 1st March, 2015
Pages: 35

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

 


Summary:

4.54 billion years the earth has existed – forming life that has continued to grow and adapt. Of all the species that have evolved, mankind has exceeded the most, from the discovery of fire, to the Internet and advanced machinery. Unfortunately, the hearts of men have changed for the worse, due to greed, corruption and manipulative warfare. As such, the wrath of the earth has been stirred, and its creator Mother Gaia takes it upon herself to end the human race. Bearing the appearance of a beautiful young woman, Mother Gaia will experience the darkest hearts of mankind, with no light in sight. Political – full of scientific and religious contradictions that will leave you questioning your own morality, Mother Gaia is a reminder that nature is a force not to be reckoned with.


My Take:

4 stars? Why? Why not a 5 star? Because this book ended way too early. I wanted more. :/ This is one of the books that is so descriptive that the imagery makes you forget that you are reading a book and you are transported to the world spun by the author. 😀 😀

Mother Gaia is one of those fictions where a major world problem is used to create a emotion-induced story. The problem that we all acknowledge but don’t do much about it and one such problem is destruction of mother nature. Abusing the privileges given to us is equal to making sure that the privileges are revoked soon.

My grudge comes from their senseless acts that destroy each other and themselves, even thought they possess a brain that allows them to think on levels higher than all the animals of nature.

“It’s time to reclaim my land,” I whisper, before strolling onward, towards the tower.

Mother Gaia has come to revoke those privileges from the humans. She has had enough of the cruelty that every other species has to bear because of one species, the humans. The way she emerges from the very core of the Earth is fascinating. She takes human form to end the life on Earth.

A single red flower sprouted from the ground, and within seconds the flower grew – as wide as the trunk of the largest trees that exist. Within its centre I am born, bearing the image of an adult human woman.

The way her steps result in lushness of greenery in the spots give across the message that no matter how angry Mother Gaia is, how much ever she wants to destroy everything so that life can take form again, her basic nature is to love, care, and nurture. Even she couldn’t stop herself from giving life. Her primal subconscious instinct is to protect not to kill.

But what saddens me is that we humans are turning the loving and protecting Mother Gaia into a killing machine. This book is something that will make us realize what we have in store for us if we don’t stop destroying the earth for our need and greed.

Part of a larger family of species that once were, mankind have evolved to become my own enemy. Although they to are my children, humanity has proven itself to be a parasite, and I have no choice but to cleanse my body of their existence.

At first, I wasn’t so sure about why Maya was introduced and I kind of wanted Mother Gaia to wipe everything from the face of Earth but as I went on reading I realized the big picture. Good books do that to you. 😉

Maya represents the goodness in the world. There are loads of people who care for our Earth and respect the bounties of nature. The physical entity that called itself God, represents the greed and evilness of our species. The bottom line is no matter how much the evil tries to suppress the good, the good will always find a way to shine. 😀 😀

The ending was unexpected. Actually, there was so much to think about. Before I could process one thought, another one was inserted into my brain, giving me no time to think about how it would end. It was like watching the story unfold in front of your eyes rather than reading it. 😉


Why would I pick it up?

A thought provoking read is a must. 😀


Author’s Bio:

PictureRicky Baxter is the author of Gideon and the Crimson Samurai, Mother Gaia, A Sinless Horizon and The Worst Death. He is an avid blogger and speaker, giving advice and thoughts to fellow creators from all walks of life. His other works include Colours of Destiny, a Youtube visual novel.

Currently Ricky lives in London, England, where he writes and blogs. Starting out as a composer since graduating with a Ba(Hons) in music and multimedia, Ricky worked for many independent short film directors, gaining notable IMDB credits . Since then, he has embraced his earlier passion of writing fictional stories.

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Blog Tour | Book Review | The Last Resort by Matt Drabble

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Title: The Last Resort
Author: Matt Drabble
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Publisher: Eden Publications

Publishing date: 14th June, 2016
Pages: 327

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 


Summary:

The Paradise Resort is the ultimate in exclusive luxury island resorts, a private haven for only those deemed worthy enough to attend.

Landon Verger is a titan of industry and the founder of Paradise. The resort’s opening weekend should have been a celebration of wealth and excess, but without warning, it has gone silent.

Sam Verger knows his father only too well; the great man casts a long and dark shadow. He also knows that Landon Verger’s enemy list is long and varied, any one of which would love to see his father dead. Sam seeks to employ a professional to investigate the island, and Mac is one such woman.

An ex-military officer, she works dirty jobs and doesn’t ask questions if the money’s right. With her like-minded team, they travel to Paradise. Mac thought she’d seen everything that death had to offer, but she was wrong. What started out as a simple mission will quickly become the most desperate fight for survival she’s ever faced. There’s only one thing that she’s sure of: not everyone is getting out alive.


My Take:

This book is phenomenal! 😀 ❤

When I read the synopsis I was interested in reading this book but when I saw Matt Drabble’s name on the cover I was sure that I had to read this book. I must say, not a decision I regret. 😉

I’ve read one of his books earlier, namely, “Asylum II – 13 More Tales Of Terror” (Click on the title to read my review) and I loved it. Matt kindly gave me one of his other books “Abracadaver” which I started reading right away but had to put it down because of college work and forgot about it. After I read “The Last Resort” I picked up “Abracadaver” again and considering the time passed between now and the last time I was reading it, I was sure that I would have to start again but to my surprise I remembered everything that I had read.

So, now I’ve read three books by this author and there’s no doubt that I will be reading all of his books. I never had books that could get me out of reading slumps but I found the author whose books are going to be a great help to me. Thank you, Matt Drabble! 😀 😀

The writing style is, to describe in a word, engaging. With some books you rush the reading to just get it done with but not with his book, not even a page. I never wanted to rush even a word of this book. I loved being captivated by Matt’s words, the world he paints is magical, the way your attention is captured is mindblowing, you will be kept rooted to your seat neither wanting to keep the book down nor wanting the story to end. 😉

I know this is supposed to be a review of “The Last Resort” but I am so impressed that I can’t stop myself from singing the author’s praises. 😀 😀

Anyways, getting on with the review… (finally 😛 )

The story is what the summary tells you but the book as a whole is much much more than I could put in words. The characters are unique and you will find all types of personalities there. Throughout the book the uniqueness of the characters was maintained.

The plot line might seem simple but the way the suspense unfolds is very interesting. There were subtle hints pointing towards the answer of the questions that the characters had and the questions which keeps the readers thinking, if you are an observant reader then you surely can guess but it will still surprise you.

The action sequences will have you cheering for the characters, the loyalty some of the characters show will tug at your heart, some characters might make you grit your teeth and you are sure to feel the adrenaline rush.

The minute details with which the author describes every thing is commendable. No scope for lazy writing. This book has every detail paid attention to and all the loose ends tied.

I am not going to reveal much because I seriously want you to read this book and mind you, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I will be including some snippets from the book here when I post my review for Abracadaver. Stay tuned for that. 😉 😛


Why would I pick it up?

That’s me with Matt Drabble’s books. ❤ ❤ I feel like a book with his name on it is the only thing I am going to need in future to read his books. 😉 😀


Author’s Bio:

PictureBorn in Bath, England in 1974, a self-professed “funny onion” equal parts sport loving jock and comic book geek. I am a lover of horror and character driven stories. I am also an A.S. sufferer who took to writing full time two years ago after being forced to give up the day job.

I have a career high position of 5th on Amazon’s Horror Author Rank of which I am immensely proud. I was also accepted as a full member of the Horror Writers Association.

“GATED” is the 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner. It is also a UK and US Horror Chart Top Ten Best Seller and winner of the Full Moon Awards 2014 Horror Book of the Year.

“ASYLUM – 13 TALES OF TERROR” is a US Horror Chart #5. It was also voted #5 on The Horror Novel Review’s Top 10 Books of 2013 and is a Readers Favorite 2014 Gold Medal Winner.

Both “THE TRAVELLING MAN” and “ABRA-CADAVER” won Indie Book of the Day awards while “ABRA-CADAVER” is also a 2015 Kindle Book Review Finalist.

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Blog Tour | Book Review | Blaming The Wind by Alessandra Harris

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “Blaming The Wind” by Alessandra Harris , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

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Title: Blaming The Wind
Author: Alessandra Harris
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Publishing date: May, 2016
Pages: 260

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

 

 


Summary:

Sophia Douglas can’t shake the fear that she’s in over her head. A spontaneous elopement and a layoff from her high-paying job are stressful enough, but a plus sign on her pregnancy test sends her into a panic.  Fearing her husband, Terrence, might leave like her father did, Sophia confides her insecurities to Tara, her friend and mom of three.

Though Tara Fisher encourages Sophia to trust Terrence, she’s hiding her own secret: a handsome attorney is pursuing her, and she’s questioning her commitment to Josh, her husband of ten years. After a devastating career-ending accident, Josh has changed and so have Tara’s feelings for him.

When a crisis arises that threatens to destroy Sophia and Terrence’s young marriage, Sophia must either overcome her fear of abandonment or lose everything she never knew she wanted.  Meanwhile, as Tara is torn between responsibility and passion, her imperfectly put together life starts to unravel, and ghosts from her past resurface to haunt her.

As these two couples grapple with secrets, temptation, and illness, only time will tell if their vows are strong enough to hold them together.


My Take:

This is one of those realistic stories which pops up every now and then and blows your mind up, in a good way, ofcourse! 😛

The cover has a strong appeal, that is what caught my eye. ❤ 😉

As for the summary, reading it, I thought this was going to be one of those books where you look forward for the book to be just done with, but, but, but… this was not the case with this book. The summary is like an iceberg for this book. The summary shows us just the tip and the rest enormous part is hidden in the book. 😀 ❤

I wasn’t anticipating this book to be this deep. It succeeded in surprising me, a very good one to that, mind you! 😀 😀

The brush with reality in every part of the book was what made it so good for me. That’s life for you, not only do the main characters have problems but the sub-characters are given equal importance. Different point of views always makes a novel interesting for me. Sophia, Tara, Terrence, Josh; every one of them gave a great insight to how one’s action affects another. Usually novels deal with only the main characters’ life which sometimes makes it dull. I get that they are the main characters and should be given the spotlight but reality doesn’t work that way.

Don’t tell me that a friend or family member stands by the lead in difficult times because they are helping the lead, show me they are supportive by painting a picture of what they are dealing with in their life while being there for the lead. This novel succeeded in doing that. 🙂

The first pages, when the story didn’t even being, caught my attention and the rest of the book held it throughout.

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I just love it when the quotes used by the author are a perfect fit for the story. ❤

This book deals with every possible tragedy imaginable that occur on a more regular basis with people.

  • Parents killed in accident (Terrence’s), suicide of a parent(Tara’s), supportive parents (Josh’s), cheating parent and kind of drowning-in-self-pity-parent (Sophia’s).
    Terrence’s pain and his love for his dead parents can be felt all throughout the book with nothing too glamorous but just a passing mention that happens with us. Tara’s is a completely different story. (I already think that I am giving too much away so reading the book for yourself should answer this.) Josh’s parents were supportive of him through and through. Sophia’s dad cheated on her mom and her mom always kept on reminding her that by telling her to focus on her career more than her family. Her pain was resulting in her being kind of emotionally detached with Sophia, only giving advice which is correct to her experience but not for Sophia.Screenshot_2016-05-28-07-32-15-1
  • Cheating spouse, Loving spouse, Supportive spouse, Emotionally detached spouse.
  • Fights, Love, Secrets, Misunderstandings, Forgiveness, Relationship issues, Financial Problems, Financial growth, Promotion, Business Trips, Work accidents, Extended Family Problems.
  • Marriage, Pregnancy, Abortion, Birth, Children.
  • and the most important of all, the underlying main topic of the book, Mental illness.

I loved how nothing was overdone in this book and every problem was a proper part of the characters’ life. The characters being black wasn’t being rubbed in the face either, it was just there but not something of importance and I really feel that this should be how characters need to be represented- by their thoughts not by their race, nationality, looks, etc. Yes, these things do make a person what they are in some way but it doesn’t have to be important, these are just attributes to us.

Sometimes having so much can make the book too cluttered. This book has a perfect balance for all of its twists and turns.

And the end is just… ❤ ❤

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Why would I pick it up?

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For this interesting dedication. 😛 This book is a perfect balance between reality and fiction. Real problems being presented in an engaging way is the impressive part for me. 😀 😀


Author’s Bio:

PictureAlessandra Harris loves drama… well, on the page, that is.  As a writer of women’s fiction, she delves into real-life issues without shying away from controversial topics.

After graduating from San Jose State, Alessandra volunteered as a contributing writer for CityFlight.com, a former online magazine geared toward the San Francisco Bay Area’s African American Community.  An avid reader of women’s fiction, she transitioned to writing fiction with the help of writing instructors and critique groups.

Currently, Alessandra is the organizer of San Jose Writers, a diverse group of writers in the South Bay Area, California.  At home, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four wonderful children.

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