Book Reviews

Laura’s story is one of sadness and the low nature of her situation. It’s a personal story that begins as a child’s confidence unravels before it had a chance to become fully developed. The story becomes an emotional roller coaster as it goes along. Reading that a little girl placed great significance on her first “smack,” is a look through a window into the life that developed for this child. A first “smack,” being called “The Devil daughter,” and growing up with no love just about says it all. From that point on, the struggle of life was more than it should be for any child. As time went by and she tried to leave these memories behind, she began to have hope for a better life. The final message is that there is hope. That is what makes this a good book. There is hope. It is a message hidden in a pile of sorry incidents in Laura’s life.

Dixie Howell

Reader of “Misunderstood: Based on a True Story.”

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I loved this book and the only downside was finishing it

I loved this book and the only downside was finishing it! Laura’s story spans through four generations and is filled with such honesty that I think everybody can personally relate to parts of it. Laura isn’t always perfect and she admits to that. She does however have a huge heart and constantly forgives people in a way that many of us might not be able to. I think we all have something to learn from Laura. Keep writing please and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will be a movie or a TV serial.

Fay Venegas

Reader of “Misunderstood: Based on a True Story.”

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Fun read

This is not a typical boy-girl love story, as much as it seems so at first (and what you’d assume from the cover). It’s more like some crazy epic suspenseful soap romance, with a touch of sci-fi/fantasy. The story itself could have been set in the 2010s as easily as the 1980s, as there is no mention of the internet or cellphones.

I liked the sparing use of the supernatural, just enough to give a ‘Wuthering heights’ feel. Rosek could have told her story adequately even without such an element, but it does add to the sense of fate in the lives of the characters. And it’s not like having dreams and fleeting hallucinations couldn’t be experienced in the real world.

The matter-of-fact depiction of much of the events shows Rosek’s restraint in conveying the passion of the story, which is more effective than exaggerations and superlatives. Such a style is reminiscent of Sidney Sheldon (which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on who’s reading).

The dialogue and actions are very real, but I feel the backgrounds of Chantelle, Matt, and Carol, not to mention Celia later on, could have been threshed out more, to understand their weaknesses and particular choices. Also, there are some loose ends in the plot that come across as red herrings. It feels like there could have been more of the story told.

Overall a good, easy read, and chapters go by so fast as you get into the drama.

Dixie Howell

Reader of “The Heart Won’t Let Go”

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Riveting!

The book has a decidedly British flavor (not a surprise, since the author is British). For British folks, of course, it will seem like something from home. For us Americans, it automatically leans towards the exotic. Again, the book did not disappoint.

I’m not one to spoil surprises, but there were several. The book is well structured, unfolds nicely, and ends in a bit of a twist. It offers something for everyone – romance, suspense, a little passion, fantasy – and a great story line.
The author does write with just a bit of reserve. Far from detracting, this actually contributes to the book’s charm.

The Good: Easy to read; entertaining; I couldn’t put it down until I’d read the whole thing.

The Bad: I couldn’t put it down until I’d read the whole thing. But is that such a bad thing?

Recommendation: I loved it. I think you will too.

Kerry

Reader of “The Heart Won’t Let Go”

A great sequel to The Heart Won’t Let Go. I just couldn’t put this book down. Loved the way the characters intertwined from the first book, it’s 30 years on and Chantrelle is still very much a presence. Loved the story of how Caitlin becomes involved with the Colbys in Colorado. There are all kinds of emotions in this book but they are all relevant to the story. Laura’s writing and story telling is just going from strength to strength and I can’t wait to read the follow-up. Great Book Laura.

Susan C. Kwiatkowski

Reader of “Where Souls Entwine: Follow-Up to the Heart Won’t Let Go”

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book which was somewhat of a surprise to me because it is not the kind of thing I usually read. Perhaps it is because I have an affinity for horses and am a hopeless romantic at heart. Where Souls Entwine is a sequel to The Heart Won’t Let Go, and I have not read the first book, but the story stood very well on its own. The characters are well developed, and the story is very well-written, taking the reader through a range of emotional responses as the main character, Caitlin, transitions from being trapped in an abusive marriage to becoming the mother of a miraculous baby girl. I highly recommend this book, and if I ever own a white horse, I believe I will name it Snowstorm!

DC Gilbert

Reader of “Where Souls Entwine: Follow-Up to the Heart Won’t Let Go”

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