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The Apple of My Eye

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,463 ratings  ·  141 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
Erica Paré
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The only thing stopping me from giving this book 5 stars was that it took a little bit to get going for me. It started out slowly and just when i was about ready to set it aside it picked up. And boy did it ever! There were so many back and forths, twists and turns. We get to follow along as Brea questions everything after her husband is killed. We learn that even though her life seems to be falling apart, she takes the love of friends and family to support her to be strong. In the end, she ends ...more
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
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
Sharon Grim
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a story unlike any you’ve read before. I loved how the story was told, and the characters so believable. This will stay with me for a long time. Thanks for writing it!
Liz Whelan
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a Fabulous Book. I Smiled, Laughed and Cried. Such a Beautiful Story. Thank You Mary Ellen Bramwell for such a Beautiful Book. I look forward to reading other books of yours.
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
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. ...more
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
Forgettable and trite. Her husband is shot during a convenience store robbery. She discovers he’s lied about things. Premise: who was her husband really? A good guy or a bad guy? She must investigate but what will she find out? Unfortunately I really didn’t care. She was uninteresting as a character. The writing was overwrought, the story contrived. Don’t bother.
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.
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.
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. ...more
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Lara
The Apple of My Eye by Mary Ellen Bramwell is the story of one woman’s journey through grief and doubt as she wonders if she really knew her husband at all. Brea Cass is awoken late one night by a phone call, notifying her that her husband, Paul Cass, was in an accident and on his way to the hospital. By the time she arrives at the hospital, Paul has died. Brea learns her husband as at a 24-hour grocery store when two masked men came in to rob the story. Paul stepped in front of an elderly custo ...more
Nicole Cater
May 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's the little things that can really make or break a book. For people who love mysteries, this is never going to be a great book. But it could have been a good one. The dialogue a 1950's super flowery. The author goes to great pains to make sure we know just how amazingly intelligent our heroine is, except for the whole marrying a 24-25 year old guy you've dated for four months when you're 19. The neighbor character is based on and named after the author's grandmother. I understand wanting to ...more
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I skipped through this and enjoyed it to an extent but found it quite irritating really. My heart sank when I started it and found that it was American, and sure enough, my instinct that this would be a bad thing in this instance was confirmed. Some of the dialogue was corny and contrived - I kept thinking "do people really talk like that?".

It was all just a bit sickly sweet for my taste.

Edit - I've just read through bits I've highlighted and had to smile at the line when she's considering
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-by-me
The Apple of My Eye is the story of Brea and her husband, Paul. I like many of the characters but found that much of the story presented Brea as being too naive, especially where her husband is concerned. Many things change in their life such as her husband's work schedule, however, Brea doesn't seem to wonder why. After the worse happens, she seems to take forever to ask questions and eventually, learn the truth of her husband's past, their marriage and the life they had together. Was Paul havi ...more
Barbara Roufa
I did like the twist reveal of a hidden life and family discord--BUT, feel like a lot of that should have been questioned and explored before getting married. Too much of a stretch for me, that after being away from home for the first time ever and knowing this guy for a few months, she and her parents were fine with a wedding!!! What parents of a nineteen year old would be okay with that???
This felt like one of the daily soap operas filled with beautiful people and drama around every corner.
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
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apple of my Eye

This is a wonderful emotional story. Full of understanding, forgiveness and love. Life can be painful and hard sometimes and it it does take love, understanding and forgiveness to grow through it. Family, friends and family of friends are the ones to lean on to get through. It. A young wife and mother works her way through tragic loss so her life can go on. The message here I believe is learn to stand on your own by first leaning on those close to you. Great story full of tears an
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done

The author weaves a story of love and intrigue well, including honest emotions and struggles. I enjoyed the book and would consider reading more of Bramwell's work. To discover your husband may not have been who you thought he was would be hard, but Brea proves to be compassionate and forgiving, someone who was well down the path her husband may have just begun. Only 4 stars because it all seemed a little too neat and tidy, but we all need a happy ending every so often.
Linda Freeman
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grief
Interesting story line. it was hard for me to embrace that the H could be so consumed with a challenge that he totally disregarded or was not aware of the agenda of his fellow 'thieves.' Unfortunately, this was a fatal error. Of course he HAD to know that this was illegal. Of course he HAD to know that it would be highly prized by criminals.
Their professor did recognize that the H often did not consider consequences before taking an action.

The h was strong, obviously loved the H and grieved his
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Mary Ellen Bramwell, a bestselling and 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.

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