Friday, February 6, 2015

**BT** Absolute Love ~ Erin Everleigh ~ Donna's Review ~

Absolute Love by Erin Everleigh
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Phoebe thought she had her Happily Ever After. She had a beautiful little girl and was married to the man of her dreams. 

But the unexpected death of her mother causes Phoebe’s world to come crashing down. 

 Confronted with the realization that the missing pieces of her past are lost to her forever, she watches herself morph into a person she no longer recognizes. A person she quickly grows to hate. 

 Barely making it through each day, Phoebe struggles to repress her darkest thoughts. But at night, she is held captive in nightmares from which she cannot escape. 

 With her marriage dangling by a thread, Phoebe fears a future with Justin may no longer be possible. 

Refusing to give up, Justin fights for the life they used to share. But when he stumbles upon what could be the missing piece to Phoebe's past, he is faced with a choice that could cost him everything. 

 When you feel like all hope is lost, is there a love that can transcend all and revive a broken soul?
Absolute Love is not the type of book I usually read. I try to avoid books loaded with angst. However, I'm glad I read it. I definitely recommend you read it.

Susan gave birth to Phoebe at 18. Raising her as a single mom wasn't easy but Susan never regretted having Phoebe. Susan lived by the cliché "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Phoebe was the "sugar" in Susan's lemonade. The only secret Susan kept from her daughter was the identity of her father.

Phoebe and Justin met and fell in love while in college. They always felt they were soul mates. When their daughter was born their lives were complete. 

Until tragedy struck. Susan was hit by a car and killed. Shortly after, Phoebe became pregnant but miscarried. These two events sent her into a dark place from which she could not escape. Thoughts of her father; anger at her mother for never telling her who her father was: and most importantly, anger at herself over the miscarriage and her feelings about her mother, led Phoebe to have nightmares that fed her depression and self- doubts. Through all this, Justin refused to give up on the only woman he ever loved. Their journey to happiness is not easy but love is always worth fighting for.

Absolute Love is Erin Everleigh's debut novel. I look forward to more books from her.

4 Stars

My mind has become consumed with anger, bitterness and resentment.  With my mother gone, pieces of my past have been lost forever.  I had desperately tried to respect my mother’s wishes and not ask about my father.  But deep inside, not knowing the truth left me feeling empty and incomplete – as if a part of me were locked away, just beyond my grasp.  I'd always assumed that my mother would eventually tell me the truth – when she was ready.  But now that she is gone, I don’t know how to cope with the fact that I will never truly understand who I am.
Justin doesn’t understand. I don’t think he ever really understood why it was so important for me to get answers. I should have known better than to try to talk to him about what I was feeling.  I wish I could rid myself of these terrible thoughts and haunting dreams. But I can’t and I'm spiraling out of control.  I feel myself slipping away from reality and from those around me.  I'm keeping everyone at a distance.  I'm terrified to let anyone see the person I’ve become.  But in doing so, I'm alienating every person who was ever close to me and feel more alone than ever. 

5 Star Praise for Absolute Love:

"Absolute Love is an exceptional debut novel. Written in joint POV, which i love, you get see the devastating effect Phoebe's loss has not only on her but also on Justin her husband." ~Bare Naked Words~ 

"This debut novel was one of my favorite reads so far this year!"  Make sure you set aside plenty of time to read this one as you won't want to stop once you get started - it is that good!  ~Nerd Girl~ 

"Absolute Love is confronting and raw. It’s emotionally charged. It’s beautiful and heart warming. It’s about love." "We commend Erin on her début novel. A definite 5 star read."  ~Bloggers from Down Under~
Canadian born and raised, Erin Everleigh, is the mom of three girls, who always keep her on her toes - twins age 7 and an older sister who is 9.  She has a self-confessed addiction to reading that her family will certainly corroborate, and you will rarely find her without her kindle at arm’s length constantly feeding this obsession.  She is the author of newly released novel, Absolute Love.  A story that composed itself in her head, which she could no longer ignore.  After months of writing out chapters on her iPhone, she finally opened up her laptop and decided to take the plunge.

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