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Broken Lives

(Freedom Trilogy #2)

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Emma Greyson thought she had it all, until she was faced with Alec Collins’ ugly past.

While Alec tries to leave the past in the past and move on to the future, his wife, Molly, has other plans for her husband.

After Emma is stalked and taunted by Molly, Alec makes a decision that could change everything.

Will he stay with Emma? Will he leave and be with his wife and the mo
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ebook, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2015 by Brenda Kennedy
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Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW.

Emma and Alec took me on an emotional ride!!! I absolutely loved it!!!

This book picks up right were book one left off. Holy mother of all that is good, where did freaking Molly come from and who the hell told her she could bust the Alec and Emma bubble?

Alec's ugly past makes its appearance in this book in the form of his WIFE!!! Yes, he is married. But in his defense, we assumed Raelynn's mommy was dead. She was spoken of in the past tense and it just seemed as if she was. Little did we kno
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Sheryl
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review by author Brenda Kennedy. This is book 2 of the Freedom Trilogy series by the author.

Emma has her son James and her dreams to remember Max but now Alec is into her life more and more but his past could be a problem. Alec is in love with Emma but his past with Molly never came to light until she came back into his life just and that has brought up his past. Hopefully Emma and Alec can work things out.

This has some major character emotions in t
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Dawn Parker
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. A cute story of how two broken families can find solace in one another. This second book picks up where the first left off. Emma and Alec discover Molly, his wife, in his bed when they arrive at his home. Alec tries to do some quick explaining before she jets out the door.

We are introduced to Molly and her cohort in this series and see how her and Alec's marriage came to being and ended. There are many things that transpire between families and friends. By the time one gets to the en
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Bette Stanek
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Broken Lives is book two of the Freedom Trilogy. Again, I’m not quite sure how to review this book. One the one hand, the story is good. On the other hand, the writing is mediocre at best. The characters are engaging, but you really have to see behind the way they are portrayed. It almost seems like the author isn’t willing to let them be themselves, they are written almost as secondary to the story rather than being the story. The entire time I was reading I felt like I was being given a scene- ...more
Heather Cicio
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
May Contain Spoilers!!! Wow!! I just finished Broken Lives, the second book in this series by Brenda Kennedy. This book had me in tears alot of the time much like the first book but this was for a totally different reason. This book picks up right where the first one leaves us, telling the story of a young widow that falls in love with a handsome doctor. I didn't mention his marital status because within minutes we learn that everything is not as it seems. So we meet Molly, his estranged wife th ...more
Books Laid Bare
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Alec and Emma in Broken Dreams and was keen to catch up with them in this the second book in the series. And the book delivered everything I have come to expect from Brenda Kennedy.
Jam packed with emotion!
Alec is dealing with an unwanted visitor from his past, his wife, Molly.
I know took me by surprise too!!
Knowing Alec, this surprise appearance gave me chills because I knew that there had to be a painful history there for him to have shut her out so completely from not just his but his
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Barb
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This picked up right where they left off in book one which I love because that way I don't have to remember what was happening when I finished the first book.

Emma has fallen in love with Alec and his daughter Raelynn. She gets a second chance to find the love of her life and be happy. To have a family for James. Since Max has died it's been hard for her and James but she has been doing a great job with James. James loves Alec and Raelynn. But Alec didn't mention he was still married but she did
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Nicole Dunton
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Broken Lives by Brenda Kennedy. This is the second book in the Freedom trilogy. A person from the past comes back in the picture and threatens to tear Emma and Alec apart. They find they must protect each other and their children and fight hard for each other. Can they keep fighting for each other or will they give in and let the blast from the past win?

I really loved this book. It was emotionally stimulating and very suspenseful. I love how the author put many points of
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Missy
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A totally amazing read!
The heartbreak and real emotions that the author puts in this book are just plain overwhelming....such a joy to read.
After leaving book one with that cliffhanger: Emma wants nothing to do with Alec but she gets a dream with Max telling her to use her heart and things are not what they seem. But Alec has already decided not to give up on what he could have with this amazing woman and asks her to hear him out. This time Emma remembers Max's words and listen to her heart
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Samantha Woods ( LSK Sweetheart Reviews )

'I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review'



Emma is devastated when Molly appears. When Alec is actually able to talk to her and explain the whole painful situation with Molly Emma is determined to be there for Alec and Rae and even though Molly stalks and threatens Emma she still feels the need to help her.



Alec can't believe Molly came back. All he wants is a new life with Emma and the kids. He is devastated when he realizes that he could have
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Cheryl
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review of Broken Lives (Book 2) by Brenda Kennedy

Review done for Hooked on Books

4 out of 5 stars

Emma Greyson has been lucky enough to find true love twice. After moving on with her life after the death of her first husband Max, Emma is making a new life with Alec. Emma believes that Alec is it for her and her son, but unfortunately his past will do whatever she can to stop them.

Alec hasn’t seen his wife for over a year and has finally decided to move ahead with his life. He is head over heels in
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Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars

This is what is called a soft romance novel. If you just want the romance story with no x-rated scenes, this is your genre.

Broken Lives is the sequel to Shattered Dreams. Our military widow Emma has been raising her son James by herself after losing her husband Max on his last tour of duty. She is kind, intelligent, a sweetheart to all. After meeting Alex, they are drawn to each other. They seem to fit and their love only grows stronger as their two families begin to blend.

When
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Hooked On Books
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it


Review done for Hooked on Books

4 out of 5 stars

Emma Greyson has been lucky enough to find true love twice. After moving on with her life after the death of her first husband Max, Emma is making a new life with Alec. Emma believes that Alec is it for her and her son, but unfortunately his past will do whatever she can to stop them.

Alec hasn’t seen his wife for over a year and has finally decided to move ahead with his life. He is head over heels in love with Emma. Everything is perfect until Moll
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Jennifer Dale
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ms. Kennedy did an awesome job in writing this story BUT it's lacking the WOW factor.
First couple of chapters were great. I was already thinking, this is going to be so much better than the first one. BUT it started to just feel monotone. Kinda like when you listen to a preacher and he uses the same tone of voice the whole time and by the end you are asking yourself, What was said? That is how this book was.

I didn't really connect witht the characters. and I really didn't see what the point of b
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Tina
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*****Was given this book for an honest review. This is the second book in this series. We continue Emma and Alec story starting with them becoming a couple and family as well. I loved how these two where together the chemistry was true and with kids it made even better. In this book we are dealing with Alec ex Molly who has a problem with drugs and doesn't care who she hurts especially her daughter. I truly love the flow of this story it wasn't rushed or pushed, but we get to see what a family g ...more
Erica
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another emotional 5 star read from Brenda Kennedy.

I am completely in love with this series. I couldn't love Alec more if I tried. He's the most amazing, patient, perfect father and lover.
And he's honest. Completely and totally honest about Molly, while I was a bit irritated that he didn't mention her in the beginning I understand his reasoning. Protecting his daughter was his number one job, until he met Emma and now he has three people to protect.
Broken Lives picks up right where Shattered Drea
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BooksandBeyondFiftyShades
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Emma Greyson has been to hell and back, and came through it with a huge heart and a heart open to love. The love of her life, her son have been two against the world.

Alec Collins is a kind man with the sweetest woman in his life, his daughter. They also live one day at a time, because they never know what will happen from one day to the next
Once these two people who have experienced loss in their life join together, all should be bright, right? You would hope so.

But the only thing colliding is
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DJ Sakata
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quote:

“You are huge. If you get any bigger, astronomers will discover a new planet in the solar system.”

My Review:

Part 2 of this trilogy continues with the bittersweet love story of a young widowed mother finding new love with a divorced young father. I always find it so refreshing to read a romance novel when the conflict in the story is external rather than between the couple. This book is written in narrative form from four different points of view, although it is easy to maintain th
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wendy Shelton(obsessedbybooks)
*** obsessed by books arc given for an honest review ***

this book was so touching. we got see Emma and Alec grow in their relationship. Molly, Alec's wife/ex-wife shows make up from being for a year to claim she wants Alec and Raelynn back but she can't stand clean from drugs long enough. Emma comes face to face with Molly and will have to decided to make a hard decision concerning Molly. Alec gets to experience James getting a letter from Max and he also gets to meet Maz's military family. Alec
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Alice Smith
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was provided with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really loved this book and this series. It is a sweet story about love, loss, strength and learning to live your life after tragedy strikes.

Emma has opened herself up to love, four years after losing her husband Max. Alec appears to be her second chance on love an a happy life, that is until his estranged wife shows up. A wife that he never told Emma he was still married to.

Will Emma be able to trust Max, after that tr
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Melissa
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh WOW! Brenda Kennedy does it again. I fell in love with the main characters in Shattered Dreams and didn't think she could pull me in any more than I already was, but she did! I even found my self stunned and feeling deeply when I didn't think it was possible. It was emotional on so many levels and I was pulled into Broken Lives just as I was Shattered Dreams. This author really grabs you by the heart and makes you even love how good it even hurts.

Traumatic events and even new stories are dis
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Nicole
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Broken Lives picks up right where Shattered Dreams left off. Emma has Alec in her life now, and as much as I don't want to like him... he grows on you. His past comes back to bite him in the butt. Which in turn could ruin everything Emma and him had going. The past being his "wife" Molly.

It's nice to see how much Emma has grown. Alec is a HUGE part of that. He's helping her move on with her life, but not forget about Max at the same time.
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Heather Schrader
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brenda has done it again with such a wonderful story. This is the continuation of Alec and Emma and after the doozy of a cliffhanger in the first book we finally get anwers to who Molly is. Molly is such a train wreck and you can tell Alec feels bad in some ways in regards to what is going on with her but on the other hand he just wants to move on with Emma and her son and his daughter and build a family together. Another cliffhanger at the end but it wasnt as bad as the first book. Emma proves ...more
Jamie
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Alec thought his wife that left him and their daughter over a year ago was dead. What a surprise to find her in their old bed naked. Shock would be a nice way of putting it. Emma feels like she has been played or lied to as she had no idea she could be still alive and on the night they were going to bring their relationship to the next level. Can they bring all of their Broken pieces back together, can they both over come the pass hurts so they can live their lives the way destiny wants' They ha
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Natalie Neck
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I have to say that with EVERY book that Brenda has written she has blown me away time and time again just when I think she can out do herself BAM her next book comes out and nothing is different with this book.

Emma and Alec have has so many trail in this and previous book but to see how the get through it all as a strong unit when you think that they might not quite make it is truly outstanding.
If you have read any of Brenda book you will know there always a little twist and due to this I wont g
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Dove Bailey
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Broken lives, were do I begin! Once again Brenda has created another masterpiece! With the cliff hanger at the end of shattered dreams I couldn't wait for Brenda to finish writing broken lives! I'm beyond greatful to be able to be one of Brendan beta readers! Now on to broken lives, the book is beyond amazing! We already know about Emma's past from shattered dreams, but now you get to take a dive into Alec's past and how its going to effect his and Emma's future together! I also love how more ch ...more
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-in-2015
This picks up right where we left off in book one with the discovery of Molly in Alec's bed.
Yeah that was some cliffhanger, and I couldn't wait to start this book and pick up the story.

After some quick explaining from Alec, we discover the reasons behind Molly not being in the picture and she becomes intent on getting Alec back and Emma out of the picture.

Both Alec and Emma's relationship is tested by Molly and I loved how this book shows how a relationship can have it ups and downs - with a sid
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Shaunna Armstrong
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great series. In the 1st book it ends with Alec and Emma walking in to Alec's wife, Molly, laying in his bed almost naked. Alec failed to mention to Emma that he was still married. This leaves Emma to believe that everything she thought she might have with Alec was a lie. The truth comes out though that Molly left him, and Raelynn(their daughter) for drugs. When Molly comes back she starts to stalk Emma, because she wants her life back but can she stay sober & clean? Will Alec ...more
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Broken Lives (Book 2) by Brenda Kennedy This picks up right where we left off in book one with the discovery of Molly in Alec's bed.Yeah that was some cliffhanger, and I couldn't wait to start this book and pick up the story.After some quick explaining from Alec, we discover the reasons behind Molly not being in the picture and she becomes intent on getting Alec back and Emma out of the picture.Both Alec and Emma's relationship is tested by Molly and I loved how this book shows how a relationshi ...more
She Hearts Books
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are right back at Emma finding Molly in Alec's bed. Holy freakin' cow. Talk about a kick start to a story. Molly's reign of freak doesn't end there though. She goes even further and goes all creepy stalker on Emma. Unfortunately she is back on drugs and infects their lives. What I loved about this story is that it is true to real life in showing that every relationship has ups and downs, but it is all about navigating all of that with someone you love. I really enjoyed Emma and Alec's story.

I
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