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But with the discovery of a forgotten stone wall comes the enlightenment that a better life exists beyond the property line, which has been her prison. Serendipity introduces her to Gavin, a young adult with the scared mind of child who sees everything, and always analyzes correctly.
They help each other through their unique situation, which leads them both to find that, perhaps, love really does conquer all.
I don't the know if the author planned it this way, but I found it interesting in the role alcohol played, and how it changed a couple of the characters personalities. It was a cool to witness, and begs the question, who are we and what are we really capable of, both good and bad.
When an accidental meeting grows into a special friendship, broken teens find a way to overcome dark secrets that haunt their lives. This is a story of triumph over evil. I wish everyone would read this subtle reminder of kindness and empathy because we never know what others are facing.
Clara Pendleton's had a wonderful life until her parents are killed when she's six years old. All the love and caring disappeared from her life when sent to live with her Uncle Harris and Aunt Nan. Harris, abusive and a drunk, makes Clara's life a desolate place. Restricted to the boundaries of his estate, she has never been off the property, never talks to anyone other than her cousin Tammy, and she's denied public schooling. Clara hides from her abusive Uncle and his "tendencies". Clare has invented creative places and ways to avoid Uncle Harris.
While hiding at the ivy covered wall, in a moss covered niche, she's surprised by a visitor. Gaven Bridge, sent to live with his Uncle, finds Clara when walking in the woods. Gaven is different than other people; he has Asperger Syndrome. Taking medication, he has no emotions, talks and walks stilted and formal, and awkward with women. However, a bond's forged between these two needy damaged people. Giving each other courage, Clara decides to spread her wings. My romance book review of Over The Ivy Wall follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Monsters come in all shapes, sizes, and social economical backgrounds. In Over The Ivy Wall, Rose Sophia placed her monster in a mansion with a political background, an old prominent family, and clout. One who shows one face to the world and another to Clara and her cousin, Tammy. In the dead of night and after a drinking binge, Harris becomes a monster. Over The Ivy Wall, faces the issue of sexual and physical abuse head on.
Sophia demonstrates how broken the spirit becomes when a person is abused, isolated, repressed, and terrified. Clara is such a person. A damaged broken spirit who Sophia slowly developed as she took that first step with Gaven towards independence. Clara wants the same thing everyone wants; happiness.
Gaven's just as damaged as Clara, however, for a very different reason. Asperger Syndrome makes his life hard to live. He's unemotional with an analytical scientific mind as well as wooden and closed off from everyone. Clara compared him to Spock on Star Trek. With Clara, Gaven feels something he has not felt for anyone since he started taking drugs to control his moods. He knows the drugs increase his emotionless state; emotion's alien to him.
Over The Ivy Wall grabbed me immediately and did not let go. A sweet clean romance, I loved Clara and Gaven; two damaged people, fate brought together. Sophia crafted Clara as the perfect love for Gaven. Clara, isolated and restricted from people has a limited idea of normal; for her Gaven is normal. In Clara's innocence young eyes she sees Gaven as a wonderful comforting man. In turn, Gaven gave Clara the strength to step over the wall to freedom, a shoulder to lean on, and a hand to hold onto. The road is rocky and hard as Clara took the first step over the wall with Gaven. Sophia created a heart warming and informative novel which highlights the effects of abuse, isolation, repression, and developmental disorders such as Asperger Syndrome and, of course, alcoholism.
Even though, Over The Ivy Wall, deals with oppressive subjects, this is a feel good book. As I closed the last page, I gave a sigh of satisfaction for characters which I loved. As well as, feeling indignation and crying for justice; missing the accountability of Uncle Harris. I found the characters well-developed and the pace smooth and steady.
Finally, in concluding my romance book review, I found the plotting of the book kept me glued to the pages with well-developed characters and a fresh original story-line. Sophia's talent shines in Over The Ivy Wall. I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend.
OVER THE IVY WALL RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
In addition, I received this book from Books Unleashed and the author. I chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest romance book review of Over The Ivy Wall. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and under my name, are my opinions. No one influenced my voluntary romance book review of Over The Ivy Wall.
Over the Ivy Wall is a story of love and, unfortunatley, abuse. Clara is fearful of what her uncle will do, which holds her captive as surely as the physical locks and walls around their home. Clara has much to overcome in order to be free and Live. Then there is Gaven, the love interest. He is held captive by his past mistakes and the inability to feel emotions easily. His journey isn't as difficult as Clara's, but it is just as important.
This novella is short and sweet. However, I had some problems with the short part. Overcoming the mental effects of abuse is not an easy or fast process. And showing Clara falling instantly in love and being totally okay with physical touch with her boyfriend seems a little far fetched. I believe it would be a bit harder for her to come to that point, not to mention the controversial "love-at-first-sight" that appears to have occurred. I do believe the story was meant to be short, in which case the characters had to come to a happy ending in the few pages available. But I still think something could have been done to make the story more realistic.
I did enjoy Over the Ivy Wall, and I recommend it to fans of sweet contemporary romance.
I received a complementary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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