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Peace by Piece by [Brill, Carol Fragale]
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About the Author

Carol Fragale Brill, earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Poets and Writers named her fiction the 2010 Maureen Egen Writer’s Exchange first runner-up, A novel excerpt turned short story was selected as a favorite for the Philadelphia Stories Anthology. She writes book reviews for New York Journal of Books. Her work has also been published in Wide Array, Philadelphia Stories, and The Press of Atlantic City. Find her blog at www.4broadminds.blogspot.com/

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 805 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B9H5IC8
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,226,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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great book and I felt involved in Maggies life the whole way through, from being hurt by her first love and her battle through an eating disorder. She settles for what she thinks is the best option only to realise that maybe it was not actually what she thought. Her battle to try and forget the original heartache is a struggle and when she meets a little girl (Izzy) she feel that mother hood will never be something she will experience. I did despair in some parts and found myself wanting to shake her but the overall plot was wroitten very well and the characters very true to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Women's Fiction 2 Mar. 2013
By Author and Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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Peace by Piece by Carol Fragale Brill, is an introspective look at first love and the choices we make. It is told in first person, present tense and there is a surreal, almost haunting quality to the prose. The character is fragile; introverted and unsure of herself, and suffers from anorexia and bulimia. She appears to have low self-image, yet, the reader knows this is without basis.

It's a character-driven novel with a good story. Maggie sees something, makes assumptions, and because of her insecurities, abruptly leaves her first love. Years later, she meets a little girl, a motherless child, and the connection is so deep between them that Maggie ends up marrying Donald, who is the girl's father. Years later she is back in contact with her first love and the decisions she has to make are such that no matter what she does, someone is going to get hurt, and it might be herself.

The story is well told; the backstory seamlessly inserted, the dialogue and characters believable. Maggie valued security and family and stability, but with that came structure and inflexibility and conflict. She wanted a family above all, and for a long time thought she had what she wanted. She finally examines what's underneath, and seeks the help she needs to fight her addictions, and only then can she become the woman she wants to be.

I thought many of the sentences in this book were beautiful. Some I will never forget. I loved this novel, I couldn't stop reading, yet I wanted to save it so it wouldn't end so soon. I'd recommend it to anyone who is enthusiastic about great women's fiction.
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Character Driven! 8 Oct. 2014
By Beth Cutwright - Published on Amazon.com
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Maggie, librarian turned third grade teacher, befriended a motherless child, Izzie, at the library where she waited for a ride home. As their friendship bloomed and grew,Maggie realized her greatest desire to be a mother. The book is told from present day chapters, alternated with reminiscent chapters from the times of college and her first true love.

Maggie's character was disappointing in some respects as she surrendered desire for passionate love for motherhood to Izzie, hoping her husband Donald, would fulfill her dreams in the future. Donald was an aggravating character who truly believed he knew best for his daughter and his wife, but more often than not, he missed the mark by miles.

I hated how controlling Donald was. I hated that Maggie settled. But I loved that she was given a second chance with Thomas and the decisions she made that were hard and ugly. This was also a story of issues and I appreciated how they were dealt with.

I enjoyed this novel, although I wasn't always in the mood to deal with Maggie's turmoil. But I appreciated her growth throughout the book and that she did finally deal with things head on. I love a character driven book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Small, delicious details 1 Jan. 2014
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I loved “Peace by Piece.” From the moment I was introduced to the needy child Izzie and her mentor Maggie, I had to know how their story turned out.

Carol Fragale Brill has created complex, appealing characters in her story of missed opportunities and second chances. It surprised me that this is not only a first novel, but self-published. Ms. Brill avoids overwhelming the reader with intrusive exposition and backstory as so many first-time novelists do. Rather, her characters reveal themselves through a myriad of small, delicious details-- Maggie wonders if a cream-colored skirt makes her hips look big; Maggie’s mother blots a teabag and puts it away for a second use.

“Peace by Piece” should appeal to fans of best-selling authors Luanne Rice and Kristin Hannah. There’s plenty of romance, but Ms. Brill addresses more serious subjects as well. Maggie struggles with an eating disorder as well as with regrets about her first love, Thomas. When she marries Izzie’s father, Donald, I wondered whether this was simply a marriage of convenience or whether true love would blossom. I rooted for Maggie as she struggled to overcome her bulimia, complete college, and establish her career.

One nitpick: While the basic plot is timeless, it took me a while to pinpoint exactly when the action takes place. I’ve praised the author for not telling me too much, but I wanted her to tell me that one thing. Through cultural references, I decided it is the early-to-mid 1970s into the ‘80s. Donald is described as “old school,” and I wanted to know just how antiquated his views might be. Maggie, who is in her twenties and thirties during the action of “Peace by Piece,” is an authentic boomer heroine. Her accomplishments as stepmother, student, and teacher draw on the evolving women’s roles of her time.

“Peace by Piece” is not only well-written, it’s well-edited. This is a substantial book—363 pages in the Kindle version I read—and I spotted very few typos, no more than are common in books from the major publishers these days.

I am eager to read Ms. Brill’s second book, “Cape Maybe.”
5.0 out of 5 stars Adding Carol Fragale Brill to my list of Favorite Authors. Can't Wait for her Next Book!! 2 May 2013
By Love my Amazon Prime - Published on Amazon.com
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Since I was going to spend the whole day laying on the couch nursing my bronchitis yesterday, I decided to "start" reading Carol's book. Started it at 11 am and couldn't put it down. Finished it at 6 pm. I laughed, I cried, and (as they say) it became a part of me.

Maggie, Izzie, Nan and Lilly are really well developed. It felt like I made new friends. I'm hoping Carol decides to write a sequel. Finishing the book left me with the vague sadness I always have after finishing a good book. I want to know more about my new friends. Although the ending was satisfying (and I won't be a spoiler here), it left me wanting more.

Carol's work in Peace by Piece has the same qualities that draw me to my favorite authors, Nora Roberts, Lisa Scottoline, James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks. Her characters are real, the prose paints vivid scenery for the reader without being boring, and the story's pacing is perfect. So, now I will wait impatiently for Carol's next novel to be published.

Carol Fragale Brill is going to be the next big author!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read for the Spring and Summer (and Fall and Winter..) 29 Mar. 2013
By Tom Fragale - The PC Trainer - Published on Amazon.com
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Piece by Peace has a very good story, with good character development. I liked all of the touches of people's names, or places or events from her real life.

It was a very enjoyable book. She keeps it moving, I never felt like it hit a lull.

There was not alot of wasted words or scenes. It definitely kept me coming for more, wondering what was going to happen to these characters.

It was the first novel I read completely thru in a couple of years. I'm just not reading as much as I used to. But, Its as good as anything I've read. I'm very proud of her, and she should be very proud of the book!

I enjoyed it very much! She is a very good writer! Great job! Keep up the great work!

Buy this book. I know you will enjoy it, like I did.
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