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Erin has delivered a magnificent debut with ‘Absolute Love’ and has truly captured how a devastating loss can affect people and their loved ones. This is a story of second chances and loss; a woman’s struggle to fight through the darkness and a husband’s determination to fight for his family, and his wife.
Written in duel POV, we get to see both Phoebe and Justin’s lives after they have been separated. The love they have for one another as well as the fear of loss keeping them apart,
“I fear that I will never be free from the pain, the nightmares and the guilt. But worse than that, I’m petrified that Justin will see me the way I see myself...
...a bitter, vulnerable and weak woman, who no longer had control of her mind or her life.”
But also the hope that someday they’d overcome and be together again; that love will win.
"I’m yours. Every fibre of my being is yours, yours to love, yours to need and yours to hold on to.”
It was obvious they still loved each other immensely, and I constantly held out hope that they would finally find their way into each other’s arms again.
Justin must realise that Phoebe needs more than just a shoulder to cry on, and as the saying goes “A problem shared is a problem halved’; Phoebe must learn to voice her concerns and struggles.
Dreams play an important role throughout the book, and give us a huge insight to the struggles Phoebe has lived with growing up without a father as well as other events that have happened.Read more ›
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In life most of us are lucky enough to experience it, lucky enough to feel it, and lucky enough to keep it.
Phoebe, married to Justin, has a daughter Olivia. Her love for her family is immense. She adores them.
Until tragedy strikes and takes the one person that Phoebe has loved all her whole life.
But the death of her mother, also leaves Phoebe broken, hurt and very angry.
Because Phoebe will now never get the answers she’s always wanted.
The one thing only her mother could provide the answer too.
Her mother’s secret will forever remain a secret, taken with her to her grave.
Who is Phoebe’s father?
So begins the downward spiral of Phoebe’s life. The hurt, the anger, the guilt is too much. Her marriage breaks down, pushing Justin away.
She isn’t who she once was, allowing bitterness to take hold.
Justin, watching from afar is at a loss as to how to help his wife. The love of his life. The mother of his child.
But one thing that Justin holds onto, hope.
Will Phoebe and Justin ever be a family again?
Will Phoebe ever find out who her father is?
What secrets will be unearthed?
Will Phoebe ever recover?
Or will she be lost forever?
Absolute Love was a beautiful heart-felt read, but also a hard read. Why you ask?
Because many of the issues raised in Absolute Love are real. They are real issues that are faced by people everyday.
The damage that secrets can cause, the hurt and pain that someone goes through when grieving, the feeling of guilt that can destroy. This is life for some in a nut shell.
Absolute Love is confronting and raw. It’s emotionally charged. It’s beautiful and heart warming.
It’s about love.
We commend Erin Everleigh on her début novel. A definite 5 star read.
We look forward to the next instalment of this amazing series.
*** Provided on behalf of the author for an honest review ***
From having read Love's Sacrifice, I was familiar with who Phoebe was, and perhaps thought I knew her. I was definitely wrong on the latter, and my feelings for her ran the gaument of emotions as I truly did get to know her. My heart broke for her so many times, but I also found myself frustrated with her at times, as you would with any good friend you were watching self destruct (and her friends did show some of those emotions, in perhaps a bit kinder and gentler way.) The struggles of her marriage are so real, and heartwrenching. It is refreshing to read about a married couple in very rough patch, but both still in love with each other and just unsure how to fix what is broken. The breakdown in communication leading them both to doubt themselves, each other, and, most destructively, how they see each other. Though not all of us go through such dramatic scenarios to get to our low points, or to dig ourselves out, I think it is something most couples who have been through for a number of years face at sometime or another.
Romance comes in many forms, and certainly, while fun to read on occassion, the insta-love, drama, makeup, marry, have kids and live happily ever after, has to be the rarest real life scenario. The kind of romance shown in this book warms my heart through all the tears and heartbreak. We are so conditioned to believe that marriage leads to happily ever after, when the truth is we have to work at marriages all the time to keep them strong. This book shows this point so vividly, how things can just snowball. And how hard it is not to struggle to the top when you hit the sink or swim stage.
All the characters in this book are so well written; the friends of each the hero and heroine, the mutual friends, and all of the kids. I love the portrayal of how far reaching the love of two people can be. I would definitely love to see Lucas explored further just because he is such a compelling character on his own, but one of the things Ms. Everleigh has done so well is creating an entire world so well you sink right into it. Phoebe and Justin both have jobs, which involve co-workers, friend and foe. The have lifelong friends who have riden all of life's roller coasters with them, before and after they are a couple. The families of these friends, who have essentially become family to the main family. All these work together in such a realistic way that it is easy to become part of their circle as you read, not an outsider looking in, but a part of the inner circle in a way many authors are not quite able to pull off. Quite impressive in a debut novel!
Highly recommended for mature audiences for explicit sexual situations, and potential triggers for pregnancy loss.
The author did a brilliant job at keeping this story realistic. She gives us the world of Phoebe in a way that any reader can connect with and understand the emotions and hopes that could have destroyed her or made her blossom into the woman she was meant to be. We all grow up thinking we know about the generations before us, the ones who sacrificed and struggled to make the world we live in a better place today. We know our grandparents, our parents, we hear the stories and make them part of our life story but for Phoebe, she was missing a huge part of her past, her father. It wasn’t until the death of her mother that she was forced to accept those answers may never come, she will have to accept that she will be half a person for the rest of her life. With building anger and resentment towards her mother confused with loss, love and guilt towards her as well, Phoebe’s life took a turn for the dark as she plummeted into depression.
She started questioning her relationship with her husband, who left her after a while because he couldn’t deal with her depression. When her ex-boyfriend moved in next door, she was then faced with trying to accept what had happen between them years ago and find the truth that was denied all this time. She would look in the mirror and not see the mask she had worn all these years. It felt like the moment she shoveled the dirt on her mother’s coffin, she also buried the Phoebe the world had known. The true broken soul of the real Phoebe emerged and she was left to be dealt with.
Throughout this story as the truth begins to unravel regarding her marriage, her past, who her father was and the real history of her mother, we see Phoebe begin to put back the pieces of her life, yet this time they are in the proper places. As the theme in this book goes, it took the lemons that life threw at her to force her to find the sugar and make the lemonade. It wasn’t easy for her to accept the things she had lost, the things never offered to her and the realization of how loved she really was in life but in order to move on she had to let go of the pain caused by the actions of others and look at their motivation behind the painful decisions.
The author uses a lot of flashback scenes and dream journals in this book as Phoebe goes back and looks at her past and finds the facts that had been hidden by denial and hopes all of these years. As she found her awakening, we were there to experience it with her.
Absolute Love is highly recommended not only for the beautiful story but the message that will stay with me for a long time. As my Grandmother used to say, the author “preached a sermon” that will touch many people who struggle with secrets, lost hopes and dreams yet she does it with love, beauty and grace like none I have seen in a long time. She also made me stop and think about those I have lost in my life and what secrets did they go to the grave with in order to make my life better. We never know the price of love in life until we are the ones who are paying that price.