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#Saving Beck by Courtney Cole–Review–5 Stars-#NetGalley

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Don’t Miss This Outstanding Novel by Courtney Cole–Saving Beck–Coming 7/17/18!

 

Saving Beck is a haunting, touching, and heart-wrenching story about a teenage boy’s downward spiral into the hellish world of addiction; and his grieving mother’s inability to help him. 

Beck was a star football player, from a loving family, who was brought up to say, no to drugs. Yet, when tragedy struck his family, Beck couldn’t resist the seduction of escape. He wanted freedom from the agonizing pain, guilt and endless responsibilities that he’d been shouldering. But the more Beck relied on drugs, the worse his life became. When the relentless and unforgiving claws of addiction dug into Beck, he was powerless to fight back.  

Natalie blames herself for her son’s Heroin addiction. After losing her husband, Natalie spent most of her time in a Xanax haze, lying in a darkened room. She knew that having her eldest son, Beck, care for his siblings, day in and day out, was unfair to him; Natalie just couldn’t get herself together enough to change that. Although people told Natalie that her son’s addiction was not her fault, she couldn’t help but think that it was. If only she’d paid closer attention to, the tale-tail signs, that were right in front of her.  But, what she didn’t realize was, that Beck had his own demons he was dealing with. Things that Natalie knew nothing about. 

This is a heart-breaking story of a Heroin addict. His pain, his existence, and what he had to do to survive. I read the book in a day because I was too emotionally involved to put it down. It touched my soul. The book is told from two points of view, Beck’s and Natalie’s. Saving Beck is a raw, engrossing, heartwarming, and emotionally draining novel.  This is the first book that I’ve read by this talented author, but it won’t be my last.

Thank you, Gallery Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling novelist who would rather write than eat chocolate. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, but no amount of working in the corporate world could quell her urge to write. 

Courtney was born and raised in Kansas, home of incredibly friendly people and the most horrendous weather on the planet. Because summer days were so hot, she grew up reading stacks of books… and when she didn’t like the ending, she wrote her own. 

Courtney has relocated to Florida where she writes beneath palm trees. To learn more about her, please visit her website, http://www.courtneycolewrites.com To sign up for her newsletter and receive exclusive sneak peeks and super-fan perks, go here: 

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Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer–Review-5 Shining Stars

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Before I let you go is an incredible story about love and sacrifice, and the inevitable, agonizing heartache that comes, when a person, you love, is addicted to drugs. 

Lexie has been taking care of her sister, Annie, ever since their mother mentally checked-out. When their mother started to participate in life again, she joined a religious cult and, unfortunately, her daughters went with her. Lexie escaped the community, at the age of sixteen, but couldn’t take her sister with her. 

In the cult’s religious community, girls were not allowed to stay in school after the age of fifteen. At sixteen-years-old, they began to learn the duties for being a proper housewife. They were also given a job in the community. Women soon discovered that their thoughts and opinions were best left unsaid. In the home, they had no voice at all, their husband ruled them, along with any children they had. Lexie and Annie learned after experiencing their stepfather’s painful punishments that their mother would not come to their aid. Annie, because of her rebellious nature, suffered the most. Unfortunately, by the time Annie escaped, she was emotionally broken.   

At the age of eighteen, Lexie took on the full responsibility for her sister, Annie. She became Annie’s sole provider and guardian. Lexie did her best, for her sister, but Annie was difficult. She rebelled against anyone who tried to tell her what to do. Unfortunately, Annie ended up succumbing to the ultimate oppressor and crutch, heroin. Before I Let You Go is a must read. This thought-provoking book illuminates for the reader an accurate description of the addict’s cycle of pain and remorse, and the enablers bottomless pit of agonizing grief and guilt. 

Drug addiction touches practically every family in some way, directly or indirectly. And, Kelly Rimmer’s written account of what a tortured addict experiences, as well as the guilt-ridden family members, is spot on.

I loved every page of this superbly written, poignant novel. Every sentence moved the story forward in this book. There are no wasted words, no boring pages, and no fluff. Before I Let You Go is a quality read. This is the first book that I have read by this talented author, but it won’t be my last.

Thank you, Harlequin- Graydon House Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Amazon’s Author page)

If you’d like to hear about my new releases, you can sign up for my mailing list here http://bit.ly/kellyrimmer (just copy and paste that link into your browser). I won’t ever share your email, and I’ll only email you when I release a new book.

I write contemporary women’s fiction. My novels, Me Without You, The Secret Daughter, When I Lost You and A Mother’s Confession have been published by Bookouture. 

You can find some more information about me at http://www.kellyrimmer.com.

 

Today’s New Release!–Anna by Amanda Prowse-#Review–5-Stars

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Anna by Amanda Prowse is Out Today!

In Case You Missed My Review on This Fab. Book, Here’s The Link:

https://write-escape.com/2018/03/03/anna-by-amanda-prowse-review-5-shining-stars

 

 

Anna by Amanda Prowse–#Review–5 Shining Stars!

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Don’t Miss This Superbly Written and Unforgettable Novel, Anna, Coming 3/8/18!

Anna is an emotional, heart-wrenching and unforgettable story. I devoured every page in this novel and found it impossible to put down.

Anna was a happy child until she lost her mother. She was only nine-years-old at the time. Unfortunately, her only sibling was her drug-addicted brother who became her sole caretaker. Anna was more of her brother’s keeper than he was hers. Although the situation was far from ideal, Anna would have given up anything, to keep her brother by her side. Instead, she spent many painful years in the child care system, and with an Aunt, who clearly didn’t want her.

Anna’s life began to turn around for the better after she met Theo. She fell for him quickly, as he did for her. Theo and Anna understood one another. They both came from troubled childhoods, and their emotional scars ran deep. Although it pained Theo to keep a secret from Anna, he felt that he had no choice. Theo was too afraid of losing the woman he loved. His secret, however, was a hurtful one, something that would deny Anna, of what she desired most in the world.

I loved every page of this superbly written novel! I have read several books by this author and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend reading, Anna. I’ll be looking forward to Amanda Prowse’s next book in the series, Theo’s story.

Thank you, Head of Zeus Publishing, Amanda Prowse, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has published sixteen novels in dozens of languages. Her recent chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’ have sold millions of copies around the world.

 

 

 

 

*Richie* by Thomas Thompson 5-Stars

 

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Richie is a poignant true story about how a young man’s drug addiction not only stole his life but his family’s as well.

George Diener loved his son, Richie, his firstborn more than life itself. But by the time Richie was sixteen he had changed so much, that George hardly recognized him as the boy he raised. Drugs had turned his son into an angry, lying thief. George and Carol had tried everything they knew to help their son, but Richie wasn’t ready to stop using drugs. He loved getting high; in fact, Richie’s entire existence revolved around obtaining his next fix.

Although this true story takes place during the 1970’s, in West Islip, LI, NY, it could be happening anywhere, today. This book clearly demonstrates for the reader, the progression of drug addiction and the devastating effects it has on the user as well as the family.

George and Carol Diener agonized in pain as they watched, helplessly, their son destroy his life. I was engrossed in this well-written book from the first page. Alcohol and drug abuse touches just about every family or extended family in some way. This true emotional novel is not only heartbreaking; it’s compelling and educational as well. The author does a superb job in telling the Diener’s story. Highly recommended.

My sincere thanks to the publisher, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Still Air*by Freya Barker

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New Release From Freya Barker

Still Air is an enjoyable, emotionally charged, character-driven novel.
Pam felt more at home at the Florence House, a women’s shelter than she did in her own home. She liked being busy and caring for others. It felt good to give of herself; it also kept her from feeling too deeply the failures that tormented her on a daily basis. People looked up to Pam. She was a no-nonsense, strong-willed woman, with a heart of gold. Pam was keeping a painful secret, though, one she hid well from everyone, except Dino. He could always see through her, so she avoided him whenever possible; until his son needed her help.
Dino was a chef a single father. His ex-wife, Jeannie, had deserted her two children, Jonas and Gina, choosing instead to chase a drug addiction. The family only heard from Jeannie when she needed money. Jonas and Gina felt torn between their mother’s cries for sympathy and their father’s anger. The atmosphere that surrounded the family was toxic whenever Jeannie was around.
Pam and Dino’s friendship quickly developed, into something more, after she helped save Dino’s son from certain ruin. And, when Pam could no longer keep her agonizing secret, hidden, Dino was there to comfort her and help pick up the pieces, to her broken heart.
Still Air is a well-written novel, filled with raw emotion, realistic characters and natural dialogue. Be prepared to have your emotions hijacked from the first page until the last. I loved it!

Many thanks to the publisher, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy of Still Air.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

*Old Wounds*by Giacomo Giammatteo*5-Stars

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Old Wounds is an engaging and well-written crime thriller.

The Houston Police Department was scrambling for answers. Women were being brutally murdered, hacked up and tossed into dumpsters. On the verge of panic, the Houston Police Chief, paired up her two best detectives, hoping to make an unbeatable team. Star detectives, Gino Cataldi and Tip Denton, became partners for the first time.

Although the murderer’s hideous killing style, was not identical in each of the women’s deaths, they were similar. And even though these savage acts were carried out hundreds of miles apart from the other, the star Detectives were convinced that they were related. When evidence began to pile up, and point, accusing fingers, at three highly respected and influential people, tempers, threats, and repercussions started to fly.

Detective Gino Cataldi knew that he wasn’t at the top of his game. He was having trouble staying focused. Guilt over killing three men, in cold blood, and his son, becoming addicted to drugs, was weighing him down. Detective Tip Denton demonstrated his loyal, and caring side, to his partner, when he turned a blind eye, to Gino’s glaring secrets, and helped him with his son.

The author brings the reader behind the scenes and into the minds of two top-notch detectives, as they worked, to unscramble the clues. This case was a political time-bomb ready to explode. It had the potential to strip elite individuals from their lofty positions, as well as the Detectives from their badges.

I enjoyed reading Giacomo Giammatteo’s latest crime thriller and anxiously await his next book.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

**Things Fall Apart**by Tracy Black

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Things Fall Apart is an emotionally charged, well-written novel about a single mother’s struggle to save her children from the venomous claws of addiction. The story takes place in the 1980’s, during a time when treatment for drug addiction was less than ideal.

Desperate and at her wits-end, thirty-five-year-old single parent, Mandy, and her well-intentioned neighbor, Maureen, decide to take matters into their own hands. However, they chose a method of treatment that was shocking for even the 1980’s. In this day in age, such an intense measure would never even be considered, because of the serious potential for violence and severe injury to anyone nearby, including family members.

Drug addiction touches just about every family in one way or another. Unfortunately, for some, addiction stabs at the family’s very core, making it a hellish existence for everyone in that circle.

What I liked most about this book, was that it illustrated, just how fast drugs can devastate a family and what exactly a parent should look for. Recognizing the early signs of substance abuse or experimentation of them, is paramount. Once addiction has taken hold of a person, treatment is usually only successful after the addict has hit their bottom.

Parents who have children trapped in the world of drugs will be able to identify with Mandy’s feeling of helplessness and remorse. The truth of the matter is, addiction is a cunning and insidious disease, and one that parents, especially those who are not street-wise, never see coming. If you know of a parent who is suffering, support them. Al-anon is their best help and tough love, unfortunately, their only answer.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

*All Fall Down* by Jennifer Weiner* 5-star Book about a Woman’s Struggle with Drug Addiction

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All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner, is an intriguing story of a woman’s struggle to stay afloat while the seductive lure of opiate bliss and oblivion, enticed and entrapped her.

Allison Weiss was a middle age career woman living in a wealthy suburban community, with her husband and daughter when she sustained a back injury at the gym. Becoming a drug addict was the furthest thing on Allison’s mind that day. Her slip into the drug world occurred after she received a prescription for pain medication and found that it did so much more than just ease the pain in her back. Percocet was not only an analgesic to Allison; it became her miracle drug, her lifesaver and her ultimate enemy.

Allison continued to seek out her miracle drug long after her back injury had healed. She discovered that when she took the drug, not only did the sting from her husband’s absence in her bed lessen, but she had more patience with her challenging and high-strung daughter. To Allison, this narcotic drug was a soothing balm for her emotional pain and frayed nerves. She even found that it helped in her writing career, words and ideas flowed effortlessly from her mind to the keyboard for her blog. And once Alison had tasted the sweet euphoric bliss of opiate oblivion, she chased it with gumption on a daily basis.

The problem with addiction is that it never stays the same; once the body develops a tolerance, it takes more and more of the drug to achieve the same effect. And like many drug addicts, Allison soon found herself crossing the line into criminal and illegal activity to obtain her fix.
Allison Weiss didn’t see herself as a true addict because her fix didn’t come from street drugs but from prescriptions. The fact that she had to cycle through several doctors to get them, and then order online when her physician sources failed, was irrelevant. But when Allison ended up in an AA meeting sitting between a homeless person and a lawyer, she realized that addiction was no respecter of persons and that it was indeed an equal opportunity destroyer.

Jennifer Weiner in All Fall Down did an excellent and accurate job in describing a person’s descent into addiction. She also made this thought-provoking book a delightful read by adding humor and witty dialogue to it. The only part of the book that I found a bit unrealistic was the rehab piece, but it didn’t take away from the story itself. I highly recommend giving this book a read.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover