Take Me Home for Christmas by Brenda Novak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love this story best so far. So much of this story hit me so personally. Sophie's story touched me so deeply. I am a DV survivor. There were so many times when I read that story that I had to take a breath. The author describes what it is like to feel you deserve to be mistreated accurately. People always say why don't they just leave and it is so complicated. The reasons vary so much and many times there are more than one reason. I think the common one most have, is the silent one addressed in this book. We take it because we feel, for whatever reasons, we deserve it. It is the one I say is silent because rarely do you hear someone admit that. Part of it is shame, (we are admitting that we have done something that we believe was bad), and part of it is we know it will not be accepted. You need not say the words before you hear, it's not your fault. You didn't deserve it. I respect that and I understand the need for it. But for the longest time I just wished someone would validate my feelings, whether right or wrong, just allow me to acknowledge them. Finally, this author has and I thank her for it. There were so many twist to the plot, much like life. I think that is why I love this series so much. The author has done an awesome job with fantasy plots that feel realistic and characters you love, hate, change your mind about as you get to know them. Can you read this series as stand alones or out of order? Yes, though you will no doubt, want to read the others. Your curiosity will demand it. I am reading it out of order and even though I know some of who is with who, I am still breathless while I read. I am captivated by the story. I recommend this book to get you in the Christmas mode. It will make you laugh, be angry, cry, cheer and ultimately feel good about the journey.
Take Me Home For Christmas will be available late October 2013 and is available for pre-order on Kindle and in Paperback.
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