Barbara Houlton is a best-selling romance author, known for her achingly sweet love stories. However, her own love life is nothing to write home about. Raped on the eve of her high-school graduation, she was left pregnant and scarred, both emotionally and physically. She has learned to hide the physical scars, but the emotional scars that taint her soul become harder to hide each day. Sarcasm, avoidance and denial have become weapons to keep her monstrous past at bay. Barbara avoids her home town at all costs. She denies to all those who are concerned for her that there is anything wrong. And those who try to pass her protective boundaries are met with her cutting sarcasm. Her emotional scars make intimacy a frightening thing, and those who try to grasp this beautiful rose are quickly met with her thorns. Instead, she loves through her characters, embracing her romantic dreams with every book she writes, and convinces herself it is enough.
When her father falls ill, she is forced to return home to Hamilton, New Mexico, a small town that comes with big problems, the biggest of which is Steve Meston. Steve has had a crush on Barbara since high school. But he is no longer the awkward, shy boy from her youth. He is now confident, handsome and relentless in his pursuit of her, despite her best efforts to put him off. His patient and steadfast love back her into a corner, and she finds that all her weapons are useless against his sweet love. Now she must stop avoiding and confront her past, or lose the one man who was able to get past her thorns.
©2013 Michelle Lynn Brown (P)2015 Michelle Lynn Brown
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
This was a wonderful and heart wrenching story.....it ranks way up there!!!
I liked how it was based on faith and healing....its a christian story...and it was really beautiful....I cried and cried!!!
Barb...she was so wounded..and needed help in the worst way...she had lost her faith...could not trust, or truly let herself be loved....but when she opened her heart back up to God....and a good man...she started to heal...Meghan broke my heart with her performance...it was so great...I cried like a baby..and am still a little weepy!
Oh Yes...I cried and cried...and cried some more...my heart hurt for Barb....and I have such a respect for this character..to have went through such a terrible experience and still have kept her baby and just let her love envelope this child with no hatred...it is truly amazing...but in doing so, she cut herself of from her own healing process...and I am so glad she finally got her happy ending!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
First off, this was an amazing performance by Meghan Kelly...I was truly blown away...the raw emotion in Barb was flawless...and it truly ripped out my heart! lol
Barb is a rape survivor...she was violated her senior year by a very bad guy...she ended up pregnant and decided to have her little girl. She loves this little girl so much, and never regretted her decision to keep her...but Barb is very damaged....she has given up her faith, and her ability to let anyone in....Her Best friend Steve from High school...loves her...has always loved her...and she really cares for him...but with as damaged as she is she just cant let him in...So she writes...she writes romance novels....that way someone gets a happy ending.....With lots of love and TLC from her friends and family she begins to rebuild her faith...proving that love and prayer will help heal you!
I was blown away, I cried so much...and I loved this book! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
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The audio was very well done so I feel print or audio is both fine.
When the past is put behind and the future opens up through the love and faith in God.
Meghan did a great job with all of the voices!
The entire book was very moving. The very difficult subject was handled very well. The healing that was brought by the love of God was so powerful!
This book was a powerful and moving story of how unfortunate tragedies can occurr in our lives. The author very skillfully showed how healing can then be brought to closuer through faith.
Didnt read thr print version
It was ok but i think the story didnt do justice to her talent
No, I actually had a hatd time finishing it because my mind kept wondering off
story was slow. Seemed to drag on and on.
Avid reader (listener) and Audible Fan!
Short but moving story of Barbara~raped at the end of her senior year in high school, left pregnant and scarred both physically and emotionally. She becomes a bestselling author but is unable to get over the attack. With the help of Steve (her first love), George (her father), Chloe (her best friend), and Tristan (an unexpected ally) we follow Barbara's journey to acceptance through faith and love. Meghan Kelly's narration is excellent.
Great quote from this work:
"The more you try to keep your monsters down~the harder they are to contain. One day they are going to pounce on you."
Audiobook provided for an honest review...
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
This could also be categorized as Romance> Inspirational
As it is a contemporary Christian romance listeners in this genre should be warned that it discusses rape, which may be off putting to some listeners.
In high school Barbara was raped by a classmate, violently. The results of the rape are scars on her back, on her soul and a baby girl.
Steve was friends with Rebecca and try to help her work through the emotions following the attack. When Rebecca gave birth to a little girl, Steve was at the hospital. But he was confused by all the joy surrounding the birth of this baby.
A few years later Rebecca and her daughter living in the new town. The story picks up when Rebecca's little girl was six years old.
Rebecca is a romance novelist who always writes happy endings in her books. However, she knows that she will never have a happy ending because anytime a man begins to get close to her she pushed him away - frightened and repulsed by flashbacks.
Meanwhile, Steve has become the doctor in their hometown. When Rebecca visits her dad, in her childhood town, she seems to run into Steve quite often.
This is a story of determination of Steve, a battle against Rebecca's demons - in trying to move the relationship between friends that have known one another forever.
This book is narrated by Meghan Kelly – one of the top three female narrators, in my opinion. She always shows up and does an excellent job. There is nothing to complain about (other than I wish she could narrate more books!)
I received a book in exchange for this review. I was surprised that it was a book about faith, love & God. I enjoyed it, a quick listen at only four hours +.
The only thing that may offend is that the description of a rape is referred to continually throughout the book.
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