Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Sale Blitz for A Life Less Broken by Margaret McHeyzer @givemebooksblog @MargaretMAuthor

Title: A Life Less Broken
Author: Margaret McHeyzer
 Release Date: May 8, 2014


On a day like any other, Allyn Sommers went off to work, not knowing that her life was about to be irrevocably and horrifically altered.

Three years later, Allyn is still a prisoner in her own home held captive by harrowing fear. Broken and damaged, Allyn seeks help from someone that fate brought her.

Dr. Dominic Shriver is a psychiatrist who’s drawn to difficult cases. He must push past his own personal battles to help Allyn fight her monsters and nightmares.

Is Dr. Shriver the answer to her healing?

Can Allyn overcome the broken?

Contains distressing content. Only suitable for 18+. Standalone.

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Review by Nadia Chief Obsessive Pimpette

~*~ Obsessed by books arc given in exchange for an honest review ~*~

"I'm tortured by the memories that have plagued my soul every minute of every day for the last three years. The gray clouds suck me in, the blackness in my soul keeps me there and darkness surrounds me. My world will never be right again. I merely exist..."

Until Allyn switches on her tv and watches a remarkable tale of three survivors and the Doctor that helped them to feel empowered. Dominic Shriver is a well respected therapist that has the drive to help people find their way out of the darkness. Connecting from the very first instant Allyn trusts him and he with every moment is more more caught in her spell.

Allyn is broken, damaged and scarred but hiding underneath the battered exterior is a survivor, a tower of strength. Locked away in her safe refuge she has turned her home into her beige prison, too terrified to let the world that hides monsters in. Having lived in purgatory for the three years since the horrific attack that she miraculously suffered against all odds Dominic stirs something in her. He makes her strive to embrace more than her own four walls and do more than merely exist.

This is a story of despair, misery, terror and absolute darkness. Of monsters that hide in plain sight and can not be trusted as the prey on unknowing and innocent. It is not a story of unicorns and rainbows but of learning to dance in the rain. We read as Allyn battles her ghosts and with the support of Dominic begin to accept her past and move forward.

At times the content is heart wrenching but at no point are the details scandalized for a reaction, the subject matter is treated with respect and Allyns inner strength and beauty prevails throughout. Her battle almost seems impossible at times and the mirror is particularly amazingly well written and hauntingly beautiful. Yes falling in love with an older man and your Doctor is a little taboo but again this isn't the main focus of the story and as he never accepts payment isnit really an issue? He is her key to opening the door, allowing colour back into her life and for learning how to fly...

Four emotionally scarred yet perfect stars.

Review by Leigh Awesome Author Obsessive Pimpette

When I read the first few pages of this book, I didn’t know if I was going to like it, but as I progressed into the story I couldn’t help but love it more and more.

Allyn is a typical young woman, until the day that changed her life, and more importantly her perception of the world and her place in it forever. Allyn is abducted, she’s tortured, assaulted violently, and she’s raped repeatedly. She’s left bruised, bloody, broken, and dumped where she’s expected to die. But in what becomes the main theme of the book, Allyn survives, her spirit strives to cling on to life, even when she has physically and mentally given up on everything.

In a chance occurrence, she happens to watch TV at just the right time to see Dr Dominic Shriver and 3 abuse victims that he was able to help. Allyn’s instincts tell her to contact this man seeking his help, and a tale of healing and romance begins.

I found both the characters believable, and engaging. Allyn, while scarred both inside and out, is a strong, brave woman ready to reach out and grab life before it escapes from her completely. Dominic is a man with his own hurt to heal, who very quickly finds Allyn’s strength and hidden vitality and fight attractive. The more I read, the more both characters began to bloom, and the more I wanted to see them getting their happy ever after.

The author uses great imagery to emphasise the darkness that has enshrouded Allyn, to the light and colourful life that the main character strives to grab hold of. The dark menacing clouds that Allyn associates with that day when her life was changed forever, the sense of “a storm brewing”, that it marked out several important changes that where taking place within her. The turbulence within her portrayed in the storms in the sky outside. The dark clouds vs her dark self imprisoned existence. This is later contrasted with the blue jay, the bird that sits on her window sill, and leads her to question her lack of colour, freedom and trust.

All in all, this was a very enjoyable read, and I would recommend it to anyone

Author Bio

**Bound by custom or unique by choice.**

There's something about the written word that's pure magic.

Possibly it's the fact that there are 26 letters in the English alphabet, and they can create something so beautiful or so empowering that they're able to change our lives.

How important is it that we break suit and stretch our minds?

I like to think of myself as 'unique'. My stories aren't for everyone, and sometimes I may push what you believe to be 'normal'.

Normal is subjective.

I prefer to be known as a person who's never been 'bound by custom' but is 'unique by choice'.

Until next time


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