Monday, December 9, 2013

Reviews by Laura and Lisa: The Mending Hearts Series by L.B. Simmons and Giveaway

Lisa's Reviews:

                                                          5 Beautiful, Healing Stars

Running on Empty

" I don't want to let someone in only to lose them again and asking for help is letting someone in." - Alex

   This book surely has, and will continue to, boost sales for Kleenex. I cried so much!! L. B. Simmons has weaved such a realistic tale of loss, pain unimaginable, and the beauty of the love between a mother and her children. When I wasn't crying, I laughed and laughed. Being a mother of four, I related to Alex and her relationships with her girls, Rylie, Kyndall, and Nycole. The mishaps and the way Alex dealt with her girls was so enjoyable to read. It made me think of my children and the beauty of being a mother.

   Alex has had to be so strong for too long, so when Blake walks back in to her life, once again, she is pretty annoyed when she finds herself in need of his help time and time again. She doesn't need help, damn it - or so she thinks!  She is a strong and independent woman. Alex has a lot more learning to do when it comes to herself. She isn't done healing.. not by a long shot. She need to learn to let go. Blake is just the right person to teach her how, let me tell ya! Alex is extremely stubborn, but Blake is a very, very, very patient man. He has waited most of his life to get what he has longed for and he will do his best to receive it.


"We're suppose to be partners in this Alex, but instead, we're two strangers, living two separate lives, inhabiting the same living space,"  - Blake 
   O.K., so I read Running on Empty back to back. I left off crying my eyes out with Running on Empty to begin the same way with Recovery ( by the way, the author couldn't have chosen better titles for these books). L.B. Simmons really knows  how to pull at a reader's heart strings. Within this sequel, Alex has learned a lot, but she still has a lot more learning to do before she loses everything she has just gained - a second chance at happiness, among other things. Unortunately tragedy strikes again, *SOB*, that could destroy everybody involved, including the reader. Such sweet agony,  this book is!

Running in Place

" I'm lost. I'm alone. I'm going nowhere in my life, and I have no reason to." - Tatum

   My Gosh, Running in Place took a big chunk of my heart. This book was very personal for me. I'm going to try not to give too much away here. Tatum is a lost and tragically broken  soul . She has lived her life just trying to survive...trying to keep herself from drowning in her own personal hell. I know her pain all to well, as I'm sure ,unfortunately, many readers do. Tatum's self destructive ways are a way for her to cope and mask her pain. Nobody understands her, not even herself. She can't stand  a sexy guy, Noah,  that works with her and she drives him bat-shit crazy. When they are forced to work more closely together, they find they aren't alone in their shitty world, as they think. Noah has  severe pain and secrets of his own, you see.  Slowly the walls they have built, more like fortresses with fire breathing dragons on patrol, come tumbling down. They discover together, and apart, who they are, who they can become, and most importantly, that they are worthy of love.

   These characters and book will stay with me for a long time to come. It was a painful read for me because, as I said before, it was a very personal for me. I could relate to Tatum's  and Noah's pain, and tragedies, on such a soul-deep level. My own walls were up while reading their story, but they too came tumbling down. I opened up to the healing, as did Tatum and Noah.

" It's then that it hits me. this is family. people who would do anything for you, no questions asked. People who support you and love you as you try to make your place in this world as you see fit, with no ulterior motives." - Noah

"It's not often that someone offers you their soul served up on a  silver platter with a smile on their face." - Noah

This book inspired me to share a poem I wrote back in March of 2013. It stems from the topic/content of this book.

 Depression by Lisa A.
I am depressed and sad
Why can't happiness be had
There is a cruel beast inside
Causing me to always hide
I try to kill the beast will pills
Sometimes for days it stills
The beast is never gone for long
I must fight and remain strong
The beast will never leave
For this I silently grieve
I try to be happy, I try so hard
Inside of me is already so scarred  

Laura's Review

Mending Hearts Series- FIVE ESTRELLAS *****

Running on Empty is truly a tale for the times. Quite often, one reads books that are about young love, but what happens when a person finds that love, and then it tragically ripped away? How does a woman cope with returning to a life now as a widow with three children? 

I felt every ounce of pain for heroine in the story and understood completely her frustration of her day-to-day life.  How does one go from team to just me in a span of a few hours? It’s not easy and the words on the page allowed one to feel that. The author brought me to the most gut wrenching moments of my life and manifested tears I longed to hide. 

Then comes a fine specimen of man from the past that grabs the heroine and leads her stubborn self to water. He is her saving grace and the author was able to convey the unrequited love of their past and how oblivious the heroine was in the times of her youth.

The story is tragic, loving, and inspiring and you can’t help but slowly be taken away, floating like a butterfly on a new path on life. Life doesn’t stop when the casket closes; it just gives one that much more to appreciate their current blessings.

Recovery is what every story needs—a glimpse into the reality of marriage and how sometimes newlyweds are not on their cloud nine. A beautiful written novella that was strangely satisfying regardless of the length. 

Running in Place this story truly captivates two broken souls. I was moved deeply by their connection and the friction of their relationship. I can go into great detail but I could never fully justify just how profound the book was written. You were truly connected to the author’s journey and how she was able to write two complete opposite points of view not only in a female perspective but also the male.

Further into the story you reveal glimpses of the brokenness of the heroine and how the hero truly wanted delve into the recess of her mind to find out why while the rest of the world saw her as a lost cause. Ironically she saved him from himself and believe it or not this story was not your typical HEA but yet I felt in the end it was written, as it should be.

Life isn't easy—and we can’t keep walking around in rose color glasses thinking that it’s full of sunshine and daisies. It just isn't and so I loved this book because it showed life in literary excellence. Kudos to the author for a well written series.

About the author:

L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.

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