To Honor is a fantastic example of what can happen when a writer puts a bit of their soul on to paper. This story is told with an honesty that can be...moreTo Honor is a fantastic example of what can happen when a writer puts a bit of their soul on to paper. This story is told with an honesty that can be elusive in romance novellas. The characters are real, raw , flawed hurting, and just downright human. It’s what makes the story. These are people you know and love in your own life. Their journey is painful to watch, and so easy to sympathize with. Now I’m going to warn you ahead of time so you don’t come back to me later, and say I didn’t warn you. You may need a box of tissues, and some sensitive matters such as suicide are dealt with here.
Evelyn is a woman whose been pushed to the edge and has taken the final leap off. When a myriad number of events pile up on top of her she makes the desperate decision to take her own life. Her failed attempt lands her in a psych ward, and opens her confused husbands’ eyes. As she heals she has to over come the situations that stole not only her will to live but a part of her sanity. Derek is stunned when he’s contacted because his wife has attempted to commit suicide after he tells her he wants a divorcee. Clarification has come to late when he realizes separation from this incredible woman is the last thing he wants. Caught up in his emotional affair with his therapist he’d become convinced she was what was wrong in his life. He knows some mistakes can’t be taken back, but he hopes like hell they can be overcome. With leave approved from his command he settled himself into the same facility as his wife and vows to be the man she fell in love with once more. Once they begin marriage counseling this couple is forced to examine themselves, where they went wrong, and if they can put the pieces back together. This is a beautiful read, you won’t want to miss, and I highly recommend it to those looking for a little more substance. (less)
Hear through my Ears is the interesting, inspiring, and triumphant real story of a girl who grew up with hearing lost and refused to let it keep her f...moreHear through my Ears is the interesting, inspiring, and triumphant real story of a girl who grew up with hearing lost and refused to let it keep her from doing what she wanted to do. I think we've all wondered what it would be like not to be able to hear or see. Hear through my Ears answers one of those questions. As a passenger on the journey of a woman with severe hearing loss I experienced so many different emotions. I was impressed with her parents for their insistence that she be raised just like any other child, learn to lip read and function within normal society, and soothed her hurt feelings as she grew. I know you may be thinking I'm exaggerating, but the thing to remember is technology and understanding of things has come a long way in the past thirty years. Back then there were no texts, no TDD machines, or specialized equipment to make the hearing impaired lives easier. I was saddened by the cruelty of children and the ignorance of adults. Every time she put herself out there found rejection but kept going I was inspired and proud. We all know what it's like to be made fun of, snubbed for being "different" in someone else's eyes. Tara had to deal with that times ten over. I had to ask myself would I be strong enough to deal with it? The answer is I really don't know. For me personally hearing is probably my most coveted sense next to taste. When I'm sick is the clogged hearing that gets to me most. So the thought of not hearing anything or having that sound garbled and distorted sends me into a slow panic. This alone, made me admire Ms. Chevrestt even more. I highly recommend this biography. It's informative, entertaining and in my opinion it teaches a lesson in humility. (less)