BETWEEN HURT AND HEALING
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Date of Publication: February 2, 2016
# of pages: 424
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Introverted Denise Staukhill just wanted a quiet life. She never dreamed she would find a man like Darren Olsen to share it with. An unexpected tragedy ends their fairy-tale romance, and Denise once again finds herself alone and devastated.
Years later, the handsome head football coach from the local high school and Darren’s best friend, Eric Ortellio, tries desperately to help her find peace. As their relationship starts to grow, the manipulative Coach Nick Nelson, trying to protect his secretive past, steps in to ruin both of them.
Will Denise and Eric’s friendship sustain the lies and manipulation that the evil Nelson has weaved? Can Denise find the strength to let go of Darren and hold on to Eric, or will her faithfulness to Darren keep Eric out of her life forever?
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Denise talking to her twelve-year-old daughter Cissy, about her own mother:
“She loved color in her drawings, bright colors: greens, reds, blues, yellows. All her pictures were happy. She told me when I was your age to take whatever makes you sad and color it in. I guess she just meant that colors are happy and sad is black and white.”
“Maybe that’s what Grandma meant when she said, “color it in.” Celebrations are colorful like birthday balloons and wedding cakes. Funerals are black, and hospitals are white. Funerals are always sad and hospitals can be sad sometimes too. So if you find what makes you sad and color it in, you can be happy."
Jackie Melvin is a hopeless introvert: hasn’t seen the inside of a movie theater in a decade. She is despairingly sappy: will cry at commercials, songs and memories. She is a disheartened housekeeper: good before the kids, great with the kids, now the laundry room doubles as the master closet. An unexceptional athlete, the weather matters! A wanna be nutritionist, if only chocolate had nutritional value. A mediocre musician: been playing the same songs for thirty years. A happy wife, she married up. A reluctant empty- nester, miss those kids so much. And she is a writer: the author of a series of children's books, and Between Hurt and Healing is her first novel.
She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas with her husband, her dog, and her cat, and spends as much time as possible visiting those kids.
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February 22-MARCH 3, 2016
Where to begin? This book was deep. It hit so many different emotions and it wasn't just grief. Denise is a grieving widow. She has three children. She is falling apart after finding out about her husbands death. This book goes back and forth and gives you the back history of Denise and Darren's love story. It show's you how they loved their family, raised their children and helped their neighbors. When Darren died you read the struggles that Denise endures with raising the children and every day life in general. Their once long time best friend and good neighbor was left when she packed up and suddenly moved away.
Years later Denise and her children move back. Eric, the long time neighbor and his son Tyler, reconnect with the family. Just when things seem to get better they get horrible worse. This book has a major twist and added story line in it that I was totally surprised by. It was a nice change and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride this author took me on. I would highly recommend this book. It was a bitter sweet read about true life grief of loss. How everyone deals with it differently. How you live on but you still love and grieve that person. This is a five star rating from me.
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