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The Apple of My Eye

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  793 ratings  ·  88 reviews
When Brea Cass, a young mother, is awakened in the night by the news that her loving husband, Paul, has been shot during a robbery, she is stunned. When she finally emerges from the fog of her life, it dawns on her that something is amiss in the way her husband died.

As Brea searches for answers, she discovers things she never knew... and things she's not sure she wants to
Paperback, 246 pages
Published August 28th 2014 by Black Rose Writing
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James Glass
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mary Ellen Bramwell has a real knack for storytelling. She pulls the reader into the fold and never lets go. The characters are well-developed and entertaining. Brea Cass is a young woman with brains who meets and falls in love with Paul. When she’s awoken in the middle of the night and learns her husband has been shot and killed during a robbery, she’s shocked. As she begins take in the idea of his death, she realizes that something seems amiss by the way Paul died. As Brea begins to uncover th ...more
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story didn't ring true

The story was kind of interesting, but a lot of the details were pretty cheesy. The dialogue was dated and not very conversational - no one talks like that! The main character wasn't very believable. She couldn't have been more than 25, but acted at least 15 years her age. She married her husband right after her freshman year in college after knowing him less than a year, and her parents were thrilled! Doesn't seem like something that would happen in present day, not in th
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took about 70 pages to get to the crux of the story - which was that something was amiss in the main character's husband's death. The story is engaging enough that I wanted to continue. The character group was small enough to sufficiently develop and each was unique enough to the story to make it interesting. It wasn't so much a "who done it?" as "there's some loose ends to tie up about this guy's life." The author did a good job tying up those loose ends, especially using the name of the boo ...more
Becky Kinkade
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I have read this year. Usually I can figure out what is going on before it is revealed in the book. This time I was kept in the dark until the author revealed all the answers. I love romance but through in mystery and faith based it becomes a perfect book for me. I highly recommend this book.
Ann Marie
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was a quick read, but not a satisfying one. My main objection occurs early on. A young woman named Brea is awakened only to remember that her husband, Paul, was killed during a robbery. What was he doing at the small store in the middle of the night, why was he shot, etc.? She realizes she didn't know him. Of course she didn't. She met him her first year of college and dropped out to marry him knowing very little about him.

What I don't believe is that Brea's parents would welcome this man
John Hazen
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I liked The Apple of My Eye by Mary Ellen Bramwell and would recommend it to others to read. This book delves into the mind of Brea Cass, a woman forced to deal with the sudden, violent death of her husband. Immediately after his murder, he was portrayed as a hero, but when certain things don’t add up Brea comes to realize that perhaps her husband may not have been the man she thought he was. Gradually, surrounded by a second-to-none support network, she does her own detective work as she uncove ...more
Jo Stover
Mary Ellen Bramwell is a fellow Black Rose Writing author and we exchanged books. I rate The Apple of My Eye as a five star well written book about a young married woman with a baby who loses her husband through a tragic killing. She then begins to have doubts about their marriage when she discovers things she had not known about him before and begins to investigate.
Although I usually do not read mystery type book, I had trouble putting Mary's book down. It flows well, has intrigue that keeps yo
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brea Cass is a new widow. Her husband, Paul, had just died. Clinging on to her baby son to keep herself sane, Brea decides that she needs to face up to her situation which leads her to figuring out what exactly happened to her husband in the minutes before he was shot during a robbery in a corner store.

She soon realises that she has literally opened a Pandoras box of secrets. Did she even know her husband. Her almost perfect husband, was he hiding something from her.

The story progresses with fl
Patricia Guy
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I found the writing to be very stilted and the reactions of Brea to be unbelievable. SPOILER What took this to a two star rating was Brea was asked by a close friend if she expected her husband to be prefect. Brea is then written to be feeling terrible. Which I found unbelievable because Brea's husband had lied about working the night he was killed, he had lied to his work and taken a leave of absence, he was involved in the robbery of several stores, he had lied about his name, he had lied abou ...more
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book started out pretty well. I really believed her emotions when she first discovered her husband's fate. But as the story moved along, it became populated by unbelievably NICE characters. Her parents were extremely nice, her friends were nice, the neighbor was nice, even her husband was just too good to be true nice, despite his not so nice side. If ever a book suffered from too much niceness, this is it. I kept thinking maybe one of the characters would turn out to be not so nice but nop ...more
J.L. Rallios
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is an excellent story about a woman who deals with the loss of her husband and the unsettling truths that emerge subsequently around his tragic death. Well told and moving, it is filled with characters that are real-to-life and likeable. It also proves you don't have to use profanity, sex, or violence to tell a good story. The author has remarkable insight, and considerable talent, in describing and, more importantly, in conveying grief. Highly recommended.
Janice Bjonfald
Aug 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While the book started out interesting it left a lot

Spoiler alert I can not under stand how Brea got to Paul being part of the robbery. Just because he suggested she cheat on an assignment doesn't mean that would make him turn to robbery. Yes it is both stealing but after that the book lost me as it didn't make sense. I won't be reading any of the author's other books
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It had a good story line but took too long to get to the point. I feel it could have bee shorter but the author dragged on the story.

There isn't so much to the storyline than that we all make mistakes and those mistakes affect people who love you even when you are gone.
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story.

Story is told well, lots of twists and turns. Makes you think about how well you know people,and who constitutes family.
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story pulled me in from the very beginning. Couldn't put it down as I felt I was sharing Brea's journey. Well done.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book sucked me in right away. It definitely has some surprises I was not expecting. The love story was irresistible.
Book Him Danno
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A modern day story of love found and lost at an early age. A young mother loses her husband in what appears to be very tragic circumstances. After going through her stages of grief she begins to investigate and is truly disturbed and disappointed in what she discovers. But there is a bright side which comes forth and will leave the reader feeling both good and sad. The story line is believable and most of us will know someone who would fit the description of her husband.

I have given this book 4
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a hard book for me to finish. Being a widow for almost three years I kept wondering why I was still reading the book. The story deals with a husband unexpectedly dying. I guess I was hoping for a happy part, but there aren't many unless you read until the end and yet, Brea is still a widow, and has become a single mom. Life dealt her a hard blow that she has to come to terms with and struggles, the same as anyone that has lost a loved one.
C.G. Fewston
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
The Apple of My Eye (2014) by Mary Ellen Bramwell enthused me once again with the fun and childlike eagerness found in reading mysteries—much like when I first read The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew or Agatha Christie.

When the protagonist, Brea, falls in love with and later weds Paul Cass, the story is only just beginning when Paul is shot and killed in a robbery, leaving Brea with more questions and grief than she is comfortable with. But it is Bramwell’s handling of the characters and their emotio
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This was a really good book for a first time author. It is the story of Brea a young mum, who is woken in the night with the news of her husbands murder. He is hailed as a hero. However as the days pass Brea realises that something doesn't seem quite right so she starts to ask questions and to investigate. The more she finds out the more unsure she becomes. There is a whole Pandora's box of secrets that she has no idea about. The story twists and turns and the mystery continues more or less unti ...more

I don't know how to feel about this book. The premise is good and drew me in enough that I had to finish. It just had a lot of awkwardness or something that made things not flow as smoothly as they could have. I'm really torn, because there was some good stuff in there. It just didn't fit together like it should.
Darlene Leonard
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Apple of My Eye is a wonderful book!

I was really surprised when I read this book. It has everything from romance to mystery and really held my attention. Author should keep up good work
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
When Brea Cass, a young mother, is awakened in the night by the news that her loving husband, Paul, has been shot during a robbery, she is stunned. When she finally emerges from dealing with her loss, it dawns on her that something is amiss in the way her husband died.

Donna Tanner
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compelling read with unexpected plot.

I was immediately drawn into the story. The unexpected twist made it a very easy read that was hard to put down.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
* Read for the '2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge' task: A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
Betty Combs
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always a new angle

I loved the book and the characters as well. Each chapter seemed to put things in place. A very different outcome that I did not expect.
Linda J
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming Love Story

The story took some interesting twists and turns unlike most romantic reads. Would recommend as a good way to spend a weekend.
Beverly Kee
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story that will make you feel every emotion!

This book will make you wonder just what kind of person might be hiding inside the ones you think you know!
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This story is about as exciting as watching paint dry.
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Mary Ellen Bramwell, an award-winning author, has been writing stories since she was ten years old. After working in other fields and raising five children as a stay-at-home mom, Mary Ellen returned to her first love, writing. She resides in the Mountain West with her husband of over 35 years and her youngest son.