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When a doctor loses everything and is forced to start over, he finds himself in a strange town filled with addiction and mental illness.

Dr. Aaron Rovsing, Family Practice Physician, is fired from his medical practice in Connecticut because of alleged incompetence. After he flees and starts over in a town in East Texas, he discovers that things are not as they first appear,
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Paperback, 1st edition, 390 pages
Published November 20th 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Linda Strong
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Dr. Aaron Rovsing has been suspended from working at the hospital because of
'anonymous' complaints. This, following an attack from the father whose
daughter died under his care, has him reeling. Fortunately he finds himself
hired by a small town in Texas.

Almost immediately he senses something 'off' about the town. For such a small
town, there sure is a lot going on. Someone is abducting young women who are
never seen again. A women slowly poisoning her husband to death. A woman who
believes in
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Sandy Doty
Nov 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Thank you to Rebecca Berus, 2 Market Books, and author Steven Gossington for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This story follows Aaron Rovsing, MD, who relocated to a small town in Texas after suffering through a divorce and losing his job following the loss of a patient.

He opens a small medical clinic and gets to know the townspeople. Although things start off in a typical fashion, they quickly turn dark. Many strange people, strange places and strange events begin to emer
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Merredith
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fractured Eden was a vaguely spooky story, but not in a traditional way. It's very gothic. Aaron is a doctor who loses his job and his wife leaves him on the same day. Facing a potential malpractice lawsuit and looking to rebuild, be moves across the country to a small Texas town and becomes the town doctor. While he is trying to date, rebuild, explore, run, he discovers the town isn't as quaint and nice as it seems, and ends up often fighting for his life. There's a vague unease the entire time ...more
Mercurychyld (M.E.
A true piece of enjoyment..

I'm very finicky and hard to please, as far as most stories keeping my undivided attention (when I'm not busy being "mom", lol), and this story, I must say, was quite interesting and captivating from the first page. It was a great pleasure to read. I LOVED all the characters; I even had sympathy for Race, terrifying as he also was. I enoyed, and pray, to have the kind of special help in my own life that the good doctor does in this mesmerizing story. Great work!
Christine
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through good reads giveaway. The plot had many twists and turns and left me
wondering what next? It may take me a while before I go for a walk in the woods but I definitely
recommend it.
Gary David Reed
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

Really enjoyed the book. Quite different . Hope he writes more like this . I have worked in far offices for 30 years and always like stories with some link to medicine.
Tony Parsons
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
CT. Driving down a lonely country road Dr. Aaron Rovsing (MD) thought he might have hit something.

Observing his car, he saw no damage.
TX. Wanda Taggett (45+, Wanda’s diner, schizophrenia) asked Aaron what she could get him?
Marley Brighton (mom, hairdresser) & Cristal Brighton (5. daughter) met him also.
At his new clinic, Dr. Rovsing met Stella (45+, AA, office nurse) & Juliana (25+, Hispanic,
receptionist/billing clerk).
The past nightmares were still haunting Aaron.
The patients were rol
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Abbie
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrills and chills

A good doctor, Aaron Rovsing , leaves his position in Connecticut under threat of a lawsuit and alleged patient complaints. He tries to start over running a general practice in a small town in east Texas it his past jaunts him and shakes his confidence. The practice sees an uncommon number of people with mental issues and drug problems, both becoming more prevalent across the country. In one instance an addict comes into the clinic with a gun demanding Victorian, when told ther
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Marbea E. Logan
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
At first I thought this book had no direction and the characters and every small intersection story wasn't so cohesive or was all over the place. But if you read through the whole book only can you truly see the entire novel for its truth. Aaron's purpose was to move away from a place where he wasn't appreciated to a place where he can find himself through appreciation. Everybody he met through his tribulations and trials in this country setting has set him on a path to righteousness in life and ...more
Lyn
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had trouble getting into it. The writing is decent, but not great, which was much of my problem, I think. The story just seemed to jump around too much, leave too many things unfinished, so just as I was getting interested in a character or situation, we'd leave it. Maybe we'd come back to it later, but then I was just more concerned with finding out about whatever other thing we'd just left to return to the first topic.
Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
Diane fones
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Small Town, USA

In Fractured Eden the author took me to a small Texas town with a culture of its own. The detailed descriptions made it easy to feel part of the town. Everyone knows everyone and all their lives are interconnected. A new doc is in town and is faced with learning about and helping the community. Loved the conversations among characters as that made it a fast read. Favorite
quote: "Follow your dreams and live with courage...". Good read.
Pamela Kelley
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed the dark and the light plots.

One of the best book I've read in a long time.. Had just the right amount of mystical added to real life situations of medical situations, mental illness small town mentally and suspense. Voodoo blows softly in the wind as the cattle and owl call. Read this one it will keep you up all night.
Denice Patterson
Fractured Eden

I loved all the characters in this book. So descriptive, I could visualize each one. I used to be an ER nurse and this book rang true to me. Loved the aspect of the paranormal in this story, from the voodoo to angels.
Shirley Pounders
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read!!

This book had believable characters, especially the lead character. He's a good guy and I found myself pulling for him through the whole book. A lot of mystery, along with a little romance!
Christy Earls
Wonderful book, kept me interested until the end!
Tootie Houston
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Good read. Kind of odd at points but interesting. Would read another book by this writer. He has another one out.
Jean
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Dumb story. Kept reading thinking it might improve, but never did.
Jbaes
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was There An Angel

This book is entertaining and uplifting without being preachy. God is implied but not mentioned and the good guy wins and gets the girl.
Linda
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. It was like many little short stories all brought together in one story. Different but good.
Jeannie
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A modern twist on the ever popular good versus evil, but in a refreshingly different concept.
Jamie
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a giveaway and here's my honest review...I loved 'Fractured Eden' but it also drove me NUTS! Let me explain :)
I loved the Suspense/Thriller/Romance/Paranormal part of it. I was hooked from page one and only stopped reading long enough to go to work, get some sleep and eat. lol. The characters were very interesting and I found myself shouting encouraging words to Aaron and others, to hang in there! If you're feeling like your life sucks at the moment, please read Aaron's story
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Kim Shoesmith
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given the opportunity to read and review this book by Rebecca Berus at 2marketbooks and with the help of Goodreads, and I am very grateful they did.

This is not your usual thriller. It has a basis in the thriller genre but then you have to add in romance, fantasy, paranormal and a writer with an amazing imagination and the skill to turn it into a very readable book. Romance and this type of paranormal is not my usual thing, but once I started reading I couldn't stop, and finished it in a ma
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Boundless Book Reviews
This book had me on page one. Aaron, is fired from his current medical job in Connecticut and goes home to find his wife left him. After these upsetting times he picks himself up and moves to Texas to start a new life and opens a medical practice. His job brings him in contact with many of the townspeople. He soon discovers that these people and the town are not all they seem to be. Are they crazy or is he? Is he going to be before the end?

This book really grabbed me. Its written in a very strai
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Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. Talk about roller coaster ride. This book is like one of those that does a few loop-d-loops and leaves you hanging upside down for a while.

I liked the main character but didn't love him. He was one strange dude! He made himself unlovable. I've known people like him, they keep themselves distant and they are harder to get to know.

This was kind of a creepy story, but that's exactly what I liked about it. It had a paranormal hint to it. There was one big plot and lots of li
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Annette
Jan 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: giveaways
I received my signed copy of Fractured Eden from Goodreads' Giveaway. I was totally disappointed with this novel. It is a genre which I really enjoy but Steven Gossington was unable to convince me that he has writing talent. The inclusion of the characters' thoughts using italics was very annoying. As a reader we are able to assume many of these thoughts and it seemed as if the author considered us unable to use our imaginations. The plot premise could have lead to an excellent story but failed ...more
Aviar Savijon
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every garden of Eden has its serpents. And in this story we meet most of them if not all. This is an epic tale of forgiveness, freedom and the search for it. It is an intense tale with a lot of action and well lets just say, complications :) but in the end it works out for the best for all involved. It is told so vividly that the images and scenes of this novel will last for ever. To find out what I am talking about you need to get your copy of Fractured Eden by Steven Gossington today, to read, ...more
Bob
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was a strange book. It presented and solved mysteries at a casual pace all the way through the book. There was one major conflict that waits till the end of the book to finish, but it was rather anti-climactic. The plot concerned a doctor who was run out of his hospital position out East, who relocates to a small town in Texas to start a new life. As i said, plot lines come and go quickly in this book and some things are simply never explained or resolved. In spite of all this, it was an ea ...more
Mary Ann
This book was a challenge to continue until after I made it half way. It felt overloaded with negativity until it felt as though some of the steam was allowed to escape during the second half. The characters were certainly interesting enough, but they seemed more densely populated in this one small town than was to be expected. The main character was totally human and pulled it all through in the end!
Melanie Wilson
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fractured Eden
Moving to a small town after being fired from his hospital position Dr. Aaron Rovsing feels there is something strange about this small town and the people who reside here. Not as much action as I expected but I was kept interested to the end, finishing the book in a few days.

I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway
Carol Hurtig
Aug 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I did not care for the style of writing. There were lots of odds and ends that didn't make sense or contribute to the real plot, which wasn't revealed until later in the book. Too many gratuitous mental health issues, problems that just cropped up and weird unexplained circumstances. It was as if the author wanted to include everything into one book. I was disappointed.
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Steven Gossington is an emergency room physician with over 30 years of patient care experience. He was an academic professor in emergency medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City for 11 years, and he published 20 book chapters and medical articles of original research. His enjoyment of mystery and suspense fiction and his love of writing led to his novel "Frac ...more
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