Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Review for Secrets of a Broken Girl by Mary. E. Palmerin

Secrets of a Broken Girl
By Mary E. Palmerin
Lyla Harper's life has always been shadowed. With her childhood full of unpleasant memories that she tries to tuck away and forget about, she succeeds at putting on a happy front and convincing those around her that she is content. But she isn't.

Meet Lyla Elizabeth Harper, a teen whose journey is less than ideal. She experiences heartache, loss, bullying, but through it all she strives for hope. She counts down the days until she has the chance to start over in a new city, unaware of her past. A city far away from the recollections that have scarred her physically and mentally.

In this prequel novella to Succumbing to Scars and Sorrow, you will be faced with the ghastly and horrendous events that plague Lyla, starting on the day of her eighteenth birthday, a day that changed her forever. Lyla thought that she was broken before, but she was wrong. Davis Moore, a 22 year old handsome cop and also Rigdon's golden boy, steals something that is irreplaceable from Lyla on that fateful night on Brownsmith Road.

Others will challenge her will and strength, testing her and pushing her to the brink of giving up.

Will Lyla be able to trudge through the deep rut that she is stuck in to move to Chicago and start her life over? Or will the evil events consume her and leave her grounded, unable to lead a life free of pain?

My 5 star review
       I want to start out by saying that I love Mary E. Palmerin and I am so happy that I got a ARC for her novella Secrets of a Broken Girl. This book is so raw and real. I love Lyla and I know I have a piece of Lyla within myself.
     Lyla is a very broken but very strong woman. She was broken at a young age, due to the damage that her birth father cause her. Then growing up not being the typical girl such as skin tone, hair, weight, smile, breast size, and butt size. Getting mixed up with the wrong crowd shows her who her true friends really are. The girls at school no longer speak with her, she always hears the whispers behind her back. She is the definition of beauty and she can't even see it. Lyla runs from her mind by doing something horrible to herself so she doesn't feel the pain within her soul. She is just counting down her time in her small town, so she can escape and go off to college.
     Then the night of her 18th birthday something so horrible you can't even imagine happens to this beautiful young lady. Lyla has so much fear of what else people will say about her, she won't tell a soul. This horrible experience repeats itself and once again she is counting down her time. She is at the point in her life that she just wants to give up and throw in the towel, end the misery that she lives in.
     I want to go on and on about this book. Why.....because I love Lyla's story. It is hauntingly beautiful. Lyla has gone through so much crap in her life. It is enough to last a whole life time and she is only 18 years old. I am not a size 5. I am not skinny. I am not 5'10. I don't look like a model. I am a size 14 and only 5'3. I have never felt comfortable in my own skin until I read Lyla's story. Her story is so inspiring to me, like I said before curves/scars and all Lyla is simply beautiful perfection.
     While reading this story you will cry, so you better have some tissues next to you. I wanted to whoop some ass. I wanted to take Lyla under my wing and protect her. So enjoy this amazing story written by my favorite author. Once you are done with this novella, please read Succumbing to Scars and Sorrow. If you have done s yet. I guarantee you will love this story just as much as I do.
About the Author
I am 26 years young and I have been writing for as long as I can remember, scribbling fairy tales down on notebook paper as a young girl, writing poetry though my teen years, and many short stories (all of which I have kept).

I love to read, every writer was a reader first. I still remember how I felt when I read The Giver for the first time and the emotions of love, loss and heartache in Gone with the Wind. Being taken to a place away from reality is truly awesome!

I published my debut novel, "Succumbing to Scars and Sorrow" (book 1 of The Sorrow Series) in August 2013. I have been told it is boundary pushing and taboo, but that I wrote it with sensitivity and grace. It is centered around a woman that is all too real, having a dark past that she tries to disassociate herself from and forget about. She finds love, and to me, that is important giving women like her a voice. They deserve their place in the world of HEA. I just released a prequel novella, "Secrets of a Broken Girl" in December 2013 which tells the tale of being a survivor holding onto hope. It describes her journey near the beginning of the darkness, giving my readers insight into the heartbreaking path that she was taken on, the pain that she feels, and the drive that she has to survive, move on, and lead a life free from the memories that haunted her for so many years. My second novel, "Shadows of Scars and Sorrow" (book 2 of The Sorrow Series) is due to be released in April 2014. It is told from my male lead's POV.

I love telling a story that is raw and real. The beauty about writing is evoking various emotions; some people will love it, hate it, be moved by it, or feel indifferent about it. I will always write because it is part of who I am.

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