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The Light in the Wound
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2013
Lovely love story with happy ending. The book keeps you in turmoil all the way through wondering who Isabel will finally choose. I enjoyed this and would read more of her work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2013
WOW......This book took me on an emotional ride which I'm still reeling from, it's caused my heart to ache and left me with a tear soaked faced.
I'll be honest and I did judge this book by its cover and wasn't sure if id enjoy it but the prologue had me hooked.
It set the president for the rest of the book....intense, emotional and antsy.
I simply couldn't put the book down, I needed to know what hell was happening and it was all going to end........
I don't want to give too much of the story away because you need to read this book to experience it for yourself.
This book will take you along the emotional path of Isobel Francesca's life from young child right up to adulthood.
Isobel comes from a privileged background but life isn't always good for her.
After her parents divorce she is separated from her sisters and mother.
Most of her childhood is spent alone which creates a teenage who just craves love.
Isobel meets Jesse and Alex....
Jesse is from a different class to her and thinks he needs to become a success to be good enough. He is ambitious and focused on his goals for life. He doesn't have time for a relationship but can't let Isobel go. To be honest I just loved to hate him....he became controlling and possessive over Isobel, the way he treated her just broke my heart. I believe Jesse honestly didn't deserve her but she fell head over heels for him..........there love is intense and totally consuming !!!!
Alex is from the same privileged background as Isobel and loves her at first sight. He was just perfect for her but all she offered him was friendship......... he happily accepted anything she gave him. He unconditional loved her and was there to help her heal every time Jesse broke her heart.
This book produces a love triangle, which start in their teenage years and continues to adulthood. The story travels you along the path of first love, second chances and unconditional love.......
Can first love last forever???
Can unconditional love heal you???
All of Isobel's life, she as wanted to please people so that they give her the love and attention she craves.
Isobel hates to hurt anyone but like all love triangles someone will get hurt.......this book will keep you guessing right to the end! Who does she choose....
First love.....Jesse???
OR
Unconditional love.....Alex???
I personally was TEAM ALEX all the way........
This book was simply outstanding for a debut novel....it torn my heart out, stamped on it then fixed it and put it back!!!!
I really don't think my words can sum up how great this story is.
I would highly recommend this book to all romance junkies but just have Kleenex at the ready!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2013
Loved this book, very emotional with the characters but it worked
The writing was as if from the heart great read
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2013
Omg this book had me shouting. The characters where amazing and believable and brought the story to life. I will definitely look out for this author again
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2014
Having read other people's reviews I am sorry to disagree, but the characters and lifestyles of the people in this book are unbelievable. Yes, the book is well written and the ladies outfits are well described, but the relationship problems are repetitive and boring. Isabel, like most of the readers, has a wonderful first love, but people move on and grow up. In this case Jesse was controlling and dislikeable, so when Isabel falls for Alex she would, in real life, have enjoyed their relationship and not tried to explain/apologise to Jesse.
The main characters in the book are rich, spoilt and I was unable to empathise with any of them. I would probably like Bernard best!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2014
I liked this book, but didn't love it. It didn't have the wow factor. Thought it was well written, no slow bits but could quite easily put it down then go back to it. Wasn't exciting enough for me, and i would of loved a few clever twists. But maybe thats my preference of reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2014
What a strange stoty. Jumps about all over the place, no flow at all. Author trying to write a story where the lead character is reminiscing and reflecting but is not successful in achieving this. Deleted sorry not for me.
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on 15 January 2015
This is a beautifully written love story with a difference. It was an emotional roller coaster of a ride, where the characters were all embedded in my heart. From Isa to the gorgeous Alex, Jesse and Isa's sister's and best friend.

Throughout the whole novel my mind was in turmoil and disarray. I kept flitting from Jesse to Alex, and my heart broke for the decisions that Isa had to make to safeguard her heart, and for her quest to find the peace in her heart that she so deserved.

I can't wait to jump into His Wounded Light, and see how this intriguing story unfolds.

A beautifully and flawlessly written debut novel.
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on 8 March 2014
At first I didn't think I was going to like this book,the first few pages didn't really grab me and in wondered if I should give up,however I stuck with it and I'm glad I did.great read,didn't see any of the twists coming,will probably order the next book however the author finishes this book well and doesn't leave on a cliffhanger so much so that I didn't realise there was a second.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2013
I am completely BLOWN AWAY after reading this!!! Take Note those of you who are still suffering your Love Me With Lies hangover: this book might be your cure.

This goes up on my list of indie favorites along with The Sea of Tranquility, The Opportunist, April and Oliver and True Love Story. I have been reading four books a week in anticipation for a book that will make me feel like this one did. All throughout my work shift today, I kept running off in a cupboard or to the toilets to steal snippets from my kindle.

The story spans through Isabella's life from the age of seven until the age of about thirty seven. The number seven is also significant to the years spent in the painful relationship and coming of age journey spent with her first love, Jesse. The relationship grows from a normal romance but as the years elapse, develops into something all consuming. Jesse becomes possessive and controlling. As soon as I seen these signs of his character I thought "Great, so he's one of those guys," whilst rolling my eyes. He reminded me of my friend's boyfriend- Her bf didn't let her go to parties wearing a skirt or dress, didn't let her go anywhere where there'd be boys (unless he "accompanied" her), made her cancel her holiday to Italy with her grandmother, and then made her quit all of her friends, including myself.

Crazy right? That's what I thought until I read the chapters covering Isabella's college days. Jesse is something else. His jealousy, possessiveness and the power which comes with his popularity, make him become completely demanding and agonizingly controlling. Isa is naive, wants to please her boyfriend and lives to satisfy his every last whim, even if it means isolating herself from society to please him.

I loved Jesse, I hated Jesse, I hated Jesse, and then I learnt to love him again, but mostly through sympathy.As Isabel wills to move on, things get complicated when she becomes intimate and eventually falls in love with Alex. It is not a love triangle in the sense that it is an ongoing affair or fling, but things get extremely nostalgic and simply sad for lack of better word.

I loved this sentence: "Jesse was the hot flame that torched my heart, while Alex is the ever-glowing coal the keeps the fire burning, steady and unwavering.

I forgot to mention how relieved I was to read a touching love story with characters involved who weren't hounded by a dark mysterious past or scarring hidden secrets or any of those ridiculous and overly popular issues.

Now if you hate Wuthering Heights, don't kill me for saying this but (forgetting Bronte's gothicness), Isa and Jesse resemble Heathcliff and Cathy to a T, like a modern day American version of them.

The writing is simple but effective and conveys so much emotion. It is preened and polished and structured to perfection. There is no sickly overload of soppy romantic scenes; those make me want to stick my finger down my throat.

I wasn't blown away by delicately detailed or abstract prose; I was blown away by the utter gut wrenching turmoil. Everything is spaced out and angsty and realistic to the nature of real people. The timescale of the story and reading from Isabella's perspective is like reading an autobiography of her life.

I don't know what to say about the ending and I'm not going to give much away. All I will say is that I'm glad that Christine didn't take the obvious and easy route to please her readers; to do this, she didn't need to. It gives the perfect closure. I'm sure this is one book that I'll definitely re-read at some point during my gap year.

I am about to be soppy here, but Katie Waissel's song 'I'm Fine' reminded me of this story and I feel that the lyrics reflect the relationship between Jesse and Isabella. [...]

I also listened to John Newman's 'Love Me Again' once or twice while reading this:
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