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5.0 out of 5 stars well worth reading, 27 April 2014
This review is from: Family Interrupted (Kindle Edition)
I have just finished this book and miss it already. I read it way too quickly as I enjoyed it so much. might agree that the ending was a bit abrupt but not so much that it will disappoint its readers. I'm off to see other titles by this author as this was such a good read. Thank you Linda.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, 23 April 2014
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The beginning and middle of this book was brilliant. Great gripping stories which kept me wanting to keep turning pages. My only criticism was the end which I felt just came to a halt. This for me was disappointing as the rest of the book was very emotional and really pulled you in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An emotional rollercoaster ride., 29 April 2013
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Set in Houston, Texas. Claire and Jack Barnes have been married for twenty-three wonderful years and they are proud of their two children. Ian is in high school with a head for science and computers. Next year he plans to begin looking for a college. Kayla is almost thirteen. She loves sports and is full of life. Jack and Claire run the family's business, a construction company. Jack is a great home builder, a people-person, and loves both his family and the company. Claire has a major art talent. She mainly uses her skills to decorate the model homes for Barnes Construction, but recently has begun taking art classes at the university. The perfect family's life shatters when Claire, arriving home late from class, learns that Kayla has been hit by a car.

Sarah Levine was not drunk or speeding. She did not mean to hurt Kayla. The sun blinded Sarah for only a second, followed by a sneeze, and then the young girl was hit. Kayla dies within the week. Sarah is unable to forgive herself, even though it had been a true accident.

Shaken by the tragedy, the Barnes family begins to fall apart. Each family member (Claire, Jack, and Ian) deals with the pain separately and alone. Each holds tight to guilt and blame. Real or imagined. Upon graduating high school, Ian moves fifty miles away from the darkness at home. He begins a new life, working at Gulf Coast Oil Refinery.

Two years after Kayla's death, neither Sarah, nor any member of the Barnes family, has put the past behind them or began the healing process. (Sarah is becoming suicidal and her husband fears for her.) Claire and Jack are on the verge of divorce. But when Ian's life goes terribly awry, Claire and Jack are forced to re-examine their lives in order to save their marriage, help Ian, and try to find a way to bring their family back together.

**** FOUR STARS! Be warned in advance that this story is a real tear-jerker. My emotions stayed in constant flux with each good and bad situation that came to pass. The story is told (mainly) by three characters: Ian, Claire, and Jack. The name of the character being followed is noted at the beginning of each new section. My only problem is that everyone is so sensitive, even after two years. They are scared to risk communicating with each other and possibly making things worse. But there is no way for family members to move forward until they do, so events escalate. I like how the author included Sarah in the story and kept me, as the reader, in the loop about how she was doing.

This is not the type of story that Linda Barrett normally writes. If you are expecting a sweet or suspenseful romance, you are destined for disappointment. This time Barrett deals with a parent's worst nightmare. Her talent in storytelling will keep your nerves raw and your eyes moist as you silently yearn for the people involved to recover from each devastating blow they receive. By the end, I was filled with a warm glow and had a silly smile spread across my face. Linda Barrett will take your emotions on an unpredictable roller coaster ride. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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