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Madden by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey – Review


32024388Madden by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey

 

Hello dear readers. Let me start by saying that this book was given to me as an ARC by the authors for an honest review. Now, that being said I will go on with the review.
The book is quite short. It’s still a novella. But even for the twelve chapters it’s…well I don’t know. But it wasn’t enough for me. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great book. Finished and with an ending I love. But I want more.
The main character is Lieutenant Jacob Madden. He is military and he is Amish. Yes, you heard me correctly. Amish. This is probably the first book I read that talks about the Amish society in any way. I do know of them but not in such a way. It was quite interesting approach and I love it. For those who don’t know the Amish society is a group of traditionalist Church fellowship. They are known for simple living, plain dress and reluctance to adopt many modern technologies. But that being said what shocked me was the way they disown a person if someone decides that their way is not his/her way; how they shun people away from the community. So I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the heroine, Abigail, is also Amish. But they both chose to leave and join the real world. Now life has thrown them together. Will they stray from each other or will they choose to unite as one? I’m not going to give you the answer. I guess you will have to read the novella and find out. Let me say just this. Madden is magically and well-crafted novella where you can feel every emotion seeping through the pages. It will break your heart in pieces and then put it back together. Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey are great wizards and are very good at weaving stories, so intricate and detailed that you can mistake them for reality.

This novella was given to me as an ARC from the authors.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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A Girl Like You by Kate Ryan review


31522659This is a book about choices, about life and how we must face the difficulties that are placed before us. At the beginning I thought that this will be another story set in high school full with teenage drama, something like the movie Mean Girls, but I was never more wrong in my life. The novel shows us an adult woman named Amanda. She is going into a rehab for several days. During the time in rehab she shares her story. The story itself is told through the eyes of younger Amanda. We are able to see Amanda when she is young, see the hardships she must endure and overcome. Of course it won’t be fun if there aren’t any boys so we meet Braden and Tanner. Through the course of the book I fell in love with the characters. The author has done a wonderful job in creating the characters. They are truly believable. This book is a great read. And all this is just the beginning, the book is first in the series.

I received this book as an advanced copy for review.

I give the book 5 stars and strongly recommend it.

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