This story should come with a box of tissues tucked into the cover for both the sad and the happy tears. It kept me up late at night to continue to reThis story should come with a box of tissues tucked into the cover for both the sad and the happy tears. It kept me up late at night to continue to read, to agonize with Holly and to hope with her. What better compliment can one give a story than to say how pulled into it you were, how immersed you became that in the end reading the story inspired you to fight harder, to live fuller, and to strive to better myself.
This is a story about survival. Period. Yes there is struggle and romance and all sorts of other things, but overall, the overriding story is about how a woman overcame more than most of us can even fathom. It will move you to tears and force you to smile in between bouts of anger at the injustices of the world. I can only equate reading this story to reading stories about war. Having no point of reference to what happened to the main character is my luxury. So, I felt what I could of Holly’s unimaginable pain, knowing I would never fully know what she went through. Still, this story rang with such a brutal truth, told in such a fashion that I could identify as much as I could, sympathize, and cry right along with Holly as she suffered and celebrate with her when she triumphed against unbelievable odds.
Holly was a fully fleshed out character, and though her eyes, thanks to many little details, a reader gets to know her and those around her from her mother and her big sister to the man who gave her life only to hurt her in many ways and the man who loved her enough to help her survive it all. The plot was complete, a true hero’s journey with so many twists and turns that you can’t imagine how Holly went on. Hence the perfect title, Broken Survivor.
This author is amazing. I’m no stranger to Jennifer Labelle’s work, have enjoyed her stories in the past, but with this story she has more than outdone herself. The tale touched me again and again, amazed me, and left me breathless at both the good and the bad events in Holly’s life. And Zander, well let me just say I wanted to pull him from the pages of the book to give him a huge hug more than once. Honestly I could go on and on, but I don’t want to give too much away, so let me just end by saying that if I could I’d give it more than just five stars....more
This was a great stand alone book given I had not read the previous books in the series. The author made the most of the great location of the story,This was a great stand alone book given I had not read the previous books in the series. The author made the most of the great location of the story, letting the scenery provide a perfect atmosphere for both mystery and romance. The story starts right out in the thick of some action, guns and bar and all. Then moves right into some fun family issues and immediately starts to hint at romance, both throwing out the old and warming up to the possibility of some new. Fantastic characters, witty, sharp and deep keep you turning the pages along with a fast-pased plot that weaves in different genres flawlessly. All I need now is my own drink and sand!...more
I just loved this story,a can't put it down, stay up all night till the end, loved this story. The author created such raw emotions to blend her two cI just loved this story,a can't put it down, stay up all night till the end, loved this story. The author created such raw emotions to blend her two characters lives together. I unfortunately understand the having a child in the hospital thing all too well, and Marsden handled it with great care to the reality of such a situation. The writing in this story was so well done, it showed in the character development, the plot line, the descriptions, etc. The details here, not overdone, made the story, tugged at my heart and wouldn't let go long after Id finished reading it. Ms. Marsden has an obvious passion and talent for her craft. I've always loved this author's paranormal stories, from werewolves to zombies, but now this gem is one of my favorites....more