Blog Tour: Review: Around the Bend by Britany King **GIVEAWAY**
Such lovely and intense material that needs to be read...
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If you were to pass me on the street, you probably wouldn’t even look twice. I’m that normal. I’m just like you, only wealthier. I have it all. The kids, the family, the dog, a house on the hill. Hell—I’m so cliché, I even have a white picket fence. I guess you could say that I’ve dotted my I’s and crossed my T’s. But what I also have—what no one sees in yoga, or at Nieman Marcus, or during the dreadful Ladies Who Lunch charity events I attend (because only God knows why), and perhaps most importantly, in the school pick up line—are secrets.
Deep, dark, deadly secrets.
We all keep secrets, don’t we? We all have thoughts in our heads, things we do, things about us that if people knew, they’d be shocked…right? Well, what if one day we just decided to let the cat out of the bag, so to speak.
What if we decided to let the whole world in on our dirty little secrets? And what if along the way, as we were spilling those secrets, we realized that things aren’t always what they seem and with that knowledge, it changed the whole story?
In this book, I’m laying it all out there. The unraveling of my life. My coming undone. What one might’ve seen had they been paying attention.
What I’ve found in life is people often believe lies before they’ll believe the truth. Well, here it is, in a nutshell. I’ll let you decide which is which.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I can't say that this was something that I saw coming. From what I could perceive from the blurb, I gathered that this woman had enough of putting a front and just decided to stick her middle finger in the air and let loose. But its not even close to that, its about so much more, definitely more than what the main character paid for. Obviously there was more in store for Jessica Clemens, a wife and mother of two children with an inheritance to die for, or more or less kill for...
There is betrayal. There is love. And the motivation that kept Jessica from succumbing to the dark and delirious depths a person can fall prey to was someone who experienced all of that first hand and then some.
King gets into so much so fast with such skill and precision in her writing that I found it impossible to even consider a restroom break. Best believe I jumped up and ran once I finished.
This way of writing gutted me, stripped me bare, and expressing many emotions right along with these characters and the situations they are being put in. But at the same time, the writing was enlightening, uplifting even. Giving that spark of hope and faith the spotlight it deserved. Motivation is something people need every now and then, and there will always be those crucial times when it is a must to keep going and move on.
In the end, I was shocked with the ending of the story. I could not wrap my head about it, but it did make one hell of an ending and added to the rest of the story as a whole, completing its effect on the reader successfully.
Overall, this story is something I would recommend as some type of motivational, self-help contemporary romance to those readers looking for exactly that, or just a book with fresh, and original material which I give the author props for.
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About the Author:
For those of you who prefer it straight up, no chaser: Mama to five. Writer. Juggler Extraordinaire. That just about covers it…
The extended version and in third person no less ;): Britney is married to a man she adores (when he isn’t driving her crazy) and is the mother of FIVE pretty amazing kids, who (surprise!) also have a habit of driving her crazy. Her best guess is that it’s genetic. She is the author of three novels, Bedrock, Breaking Bedrock, and Somewhere With You, with plans to release fourth and fifith in 2014. In addition, she founded a local network for women in 2012, which has grown to almost 1200 members. Currently, she occupies a job she enjoys–serving and running Austin Women’s Network. To further prove that she may in fact be certifiably insane, she decided to pursue her dreams and published her debut novel in May of 2013. Then and only then, could she consider her training to be an expert (life) juggler complete.
She would love it if you would connect with her via Facebook and Twitter.
In her free time, you might find Britney running, reading, or spending time utilizing the wonderful venues that make her city great.