The Forgotten Child by Lorhainne Eckhart
Genre - Contemporary Romance
Length – 230 page novel
TBR Reviewer – Shyla
The heroine Emily is a woman who’s had enough of the failing marriage she’s been trapped in. Determined to make a better life for herself, she ends things with her husband, and scrambles to find a job to support her and her two-year-old daughter, Katy. When Brad offers her a job for childcare after her first interview it seems like a Godsend. Not only can she bring her daughter, she’ll have room and board as well. There is something extremely wrong with Trevor, and his father is determined to turn a blind eye to his behavior. This does nothing to Curb her attraction to the moody one who makes her temperature rise one moment and gives her the cold shoulder the next. Can she get him to see there’s something wrong with Trevor and get the boy help while cultivating a relationship?
My main issue was the characters. For a woman who had the balls to leave her husband with no job lined up, Emily allowed herself to be treated poorly and fall back into a new relationship mighty fast. The ink wasn’t even dry on the paper and had a man treated my girlfriend the way he did Emily, I’d be busting his head and hers for staying with him.
I understood what the author was trying to convey, but I have to say she handled Brad’s response to his son’s problems with a heavy hand. As a Mother of two, I found it really hard to swallow a parent not seeking Help for a child for an obvious disability. Not talking by the age of three, kicking and screaming when your toy is moved and peeing on the floor in the grocery store are signs you can’t ignore. For this reason me and hero Brad started out on the wrong foot from the start and it never really changed. Brad had a lot of cowardly behavior and a temper that concerned me.
The accounts of autism and the help available were wonderful. Kudos to Ms. Eckhart for talking this tough and controversial issue. The detail she put into descriptions was fabulous, and I could really picture life on a ranch and the settings the story took place in. There were quite a few grammatical errors and sentences that didn’t make sense. So I’d have to say the story could’ve used a lot more editing.
This story had a wonderful concept. I just don’t think it was properly executed.
Romance - novel
TBR Reviewer: Monua
What do you get when a freak accident, a drug bust gone awry, and spirit guides from the past throw two strangers together in a race for their lives? A passionate suspense filled ride into the darkest depths of human choice and destiny’s purpose. Marci has been ignoring her purpose as a spiritual teacher and suffers the consequences quickly when she is embroiled in the drug world as a mule. And Sam, who is desperately trying to clear his name as a dirty cop
can't figure out why his heart is bonding immediately with someone who can and will destroy his future. Will the evil forces trying to destroy them succeed? Or will the light and love they have for each other conquer their enemies so they can fulfill their destiny?
This book successfully blends universal spiritual beliefs and virtues with passionate players. Although a little slow in the beginning, it redeemed itself quite nicely after about 60 or so pages. With her finger on the pulse of human emotion and life choices very closely linked with everyday issues, Ms. Eckhart is spot on with the chemistry between our hero and heroine. Their lives are emotionally drained and to the brink of hopelessness, however their determination to stand up for what is right made me want to stand up and yell BRAVO! This is what humanity is all about! The darkness surrounding our characters metaphorically and physically bring realism to a world that does exist in society, and the way she masterfully works out each detail was brilliant.
Although a bit long and drawn out at times, the grammar and writing style were great and quite meaningful. There are life lessons to be learned here, and I hope to see more in this series!
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