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Sunspots by [Bell, Karen S.]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Length: 237 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

I continue to be in awe of the magical and wondrous phenomenon called life. As an observer and obvious participant in feminine values and approach to our human challenges, I bring this perspective to my work. Fascinated by the mysteries of the unseen forces that perhaps play a role in guiding our choices, I search for answers in the mundane as well as in the cosmic forces that surround us.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1101 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: KSB Press (12 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #824,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
I can find no other way to describe `Sunspots' than it being a stunning piece of literature. It is a beautiful and heartbreaking story of a young woman Aurora who loses her husband Jake in a car accident and, during her battle to move on, is confronted with information showing her late husband wasn't as deserving as she believed.

This story took not only Aurora on a journey but also me as a reader. I felt myself connect so strongly to Aurora and her pain, feeling heartbroken at her grief and a strong desperation for her to find peace with herself at the sudden end of her marriage. Sunspots was so cleverly written and I applaud Karen Bell for taking me on such a journey through her writing that when I finished it I was shaking and sobbing, feeling as though I'd been going through the same trials as the characters.

I sometimes feel sad when I read books where we are made to dislike the main characters original love interest immediately, and then spend the rest of the book looking for her new one, so it was a wonderful and refreshing change to see the development of Aurora and Jake's relationship from the start, which makes us also in a way connect to Jake and feel hope that he too loved Aurora as much as she did him. This also made me more strongly connect to Aurora as a character, and grieve with her as she starts her new life without her husband.

What I really loved about this story was the glimpses of the past we were given throughout the novel. The switch from the present to the past was expertly done, and I greatly enjoyed how the two storylines unfolded.
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Format: Paperback
This book was the first one I've read by this author and I was deeply emotionally touched by this beautiful story. I don't even know where to begin - there was so much content in this book! I loved the way the author creates two little stories in one (by jumping between the memories in the past and the happenings of the present).

I have to admit that I couldn't read the book in one go. I found the storyline too "heavy" and emotionally challenging to do so but I was so drawn to the book that I picked it up several times throughout the day to continue with Aurora's and Jake's story.

In my opinion, the author deals extremely well with the difficult subject of grieving for your loved one. I really enjoyed the way the story unfolds - there is so much more to the book than I initially thought.

Karen describes all the relevant characters so amazingly well! I especially loved the difficult yet easy going relationship between Aurora and her parents (I know this is slightly confusing but you will have to read this book to fully understand).
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Format: Kindle Edition
I was quite attracted to the synopsis on the book and thought it would really appeal to me. I liked the main character Aurora who tragically lost the love of her life, Jake. After his passing she found out he had many secrets and there were areas of his life she knew nothing about. The story then takes many psychological twists and I lost connection with the characters. My problem with the story was the fact it kept going backwards and forwards and just didn't flow properly. If I went a day without reading the book, I completely lost track of where I was and had to go back a few pages and re-read it.

I have to say I didn't feel the book went into enough detail in places, and where I would have liked the author to expand on something, she just skimmed over it

I appreciate how much effort would have gone into writing the book and I know many people have given it a 5* rating, but it just wasn't for me. If you are a lover of paranormal romances, you may enjoy it more than I did.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book was a tough one for me to get through. I am not a lover of literary fiction. It often seems like pretentious drivel to me. This style uses way too many descriptive words to make a point or get the message across. Plus there is never really any plot to speak of, just days in the life of... Sunspots was like this for me. It was all I could do to pick the book back up again each day, up until the last ten or fifteen percent of the book when the story actually started moving forward.

I understood that Aurora had aspirations to be an actress of stage and film who related events of her life to them. However in telling her story Ms. Bell made numerous references to actors, television soap operas, movie titles, and other famous literary works (ancient to contemporary) throughout this story. It starts off pretty innocuous but becomes overkill after a while with overusage numbing my brain and actually causing my eyes to roll. Honestly, I felt like Ms. Bell's descriptive prose was skilled enough to manage the scenes without using the pop-culture and literary references so much.

Underneath all the pompous blather there is a good story here. Beyond all the Gothic reverie, depression, and malignant obsession Aurora is going through, you would be challenged to find a more flawed character. There is a positive message of being able to make it beyond the darkness of your life. If you can manage to stick with the story through all the time hopping as she remembers, relives, and tries to reorganize her life to see it through to the end.

If you enjoy Literary Fiction about women's issues, Aurora's journey is a unique one that you may enjoy. This book just wasn't for me, the ghosts pulled me in, but they weren't enough to satisfy me.

Format/Typo Issues: I found no significant errors in editing or formatting.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** February 27, 2014
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