Falling into You (Falling #1) by Jasinda Wilder

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Published: March 14, 2013

Format: Audio/Audible

I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.

Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

Review –

The dedication set the tone for the story. Heavy. Emotional. Hitting you right in the heart.

“This book is for anyone who has ever lost a loved one, for anyone who has woken up crying and gone to bed the same way, for anyone who has had to learn that it’s okay to not be okay. Surviving isn’t strength, it’s continuing to breathe one day at a time; strength is learning to live despite the pain.”

Every once in a while I read a book that renders me speechless. Falling Into You was such a book . Jasinda Wilder has written a book that is very real, passionate and poignant. Falling Into You is about survival. Surviving loss. Surviving grief. Surviving heart-break. Surviving yourself.

Both Colton and Nell are broken. They have experienced events that have literally crushed them. They find each other and become that anchor for one another, albeit it reluctantly and cautiously at first. What they find in their grief was truly beautiful. They find someone to hold them up. They cling to each other for comfort, for strength, for passion, for love and, most of all, they desperately hang onto one another to survive heart-breaking losses.

If you have yet to read this remarkable book, please do so. I am unable to write anything further as Falling Into You is one of those books that is beyond words or accurate descriptions. It moved me. I truly felt Nell’s pain, and Colton’s as well. I grieved with them. I hurt with them. And, I fell in love with them. 

Five stars.

Kleenex alert – You’ll need a box!

 

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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Published: September 26, 2006

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

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I usually wait a week or two to write my review of a book because I just get so far behind as a whole, but after finishing Sharp Objects I had to get my thoughts down on paper, or screen, whatever.

When you first meet Camille you know nothing of her troubled childhood or dysfunctional family but you realize she has problems of her own. She’s a cutter and is now in remission, if there is such a thing, but her entire body, except for a circle on her back, is covered with words. Camille cut words, She also drinks to excess and as we find out later doesn’t mind taking a few drugs.

Her mother appears to be a goody-goody prim and proper Southern lady, but that is only on the outside. She is totally screwed up because of her mother and carries it to extremes. I will not give away what exactly-you will have to read the book. Suffice it to say, that she is a nut.

Camille’s step-father is a mealy mouth Southern gentleman who seems oblivious to what’s going on around him.

Camille’s step-sister is  an advertisement for the BAD SEED.  Most of you, if not all, are probably too young to have heard of that movie but it’s about a little girl who is mean and bullying to the point of murder, while making adults think she is a sweet innocent girl.

This cast of characters plus others make up the story and the outcome is sort of surprise, but I did  have an idea of who the guilty party was before it was told to the reader but the ending WAS a surprise and I felt a sadness. I had hoped for better for Camille and that’s all I’m going to say.

I rated this book 5 stars *****

Gillian Flynn also wrote Gone Girl which ia about to be released as a motion picture. It wouldn’t surprise me if down the line Sharp Objects is made into one too.

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Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

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Published: October 24, 2006

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and bools. Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went — a place that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it’s Lisey’s turn to face Scott’s demons, Lisey’s turn to go to Boo’ya Moon. What begins as a widow’s effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited. Perhaps King’s most personal and powerful novel, “Lisey’s Story” is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.

Review –

This was my second reading of this Stephen King novel and this time I chose to listen to it and I found I enjoyed it even more.

There are multiple stories being told, the first being Scott Landon, a writer who dies two years ago. he had a very bad childhood and would “go” to place when things got to bad or to heal. The second store is about Lisey’s sister,  Amanda, has a history of cutting and metal problems and has been aware of Scott’s paranormal powers. The third story is Lisey’s, which involves the first two and a crazy man who calls her MRS. and huts her very bad physically and she “goes” to Scott’s safe place to heal and figure out a way to get rid of the tormentor.  A wonderful story of love, loss, and madness.

 

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