Brynn Michael has endured a horrific life. Heartlessly abandoned as young Eva, she was abused and victimized by the selfishness of others. Her early life renders her unable to truly let go and love. Despite everything, she finds her inner strength and overcomes. She allows herself to trust her childhood love, Adam. With the promise of having her own family, it looks as though Brynn may finally have the happiness that always seemed unattainable. But life takes a tragic turn and once again, Brynn is forced to face a life in turmoil. Will the arrival of a handsome stranger help turn it around or make it worse? When the past unexpectedly catches up with her, Brynn must decide if she will embrace it or move forward on her own. Is love and happiness within reach, or is her chance gone forever?
Whew……OMG…….NOOOOOOO…….Those are just a few words that came out of my mouth loudly as I was reading this book. (yes my family thought I had lost my mind while reading this, because I am usually very quiet when I read) There is just no way for me to give you a brief summary/review for this story. There are so many important characters, so many different story plots and the twists and turns you are taken on, I felt dizzy and lost during the first half of the book. So I will do my best to give you the highlights without spoiling any of the surprises, because trust me, you will want to feel the flood of emotions just as I did.
I will start out with my negative thought about this, only because I feel it is important that you the reader are aware of it. In the first half of this book, each chapter jumps to a different character and their story. I was lost a lot of times and had to try to remember who was who and there are points it doesn’t even seem that this particular chapter belongs in this book because it isn’t connected to Brynn. Now you must remember, I hadn’t read the first book, so I was going in fresh with this one. Be patient dear readers and go through the maze because by the second half of the book you realize that you were just witness to the most delicate pieces of circumstances that weaved itself into one OUTSTANDING story.
This is the second book in a series, there had better be a third one after this ending or I might have to hunt the author down. I didn’t even realize there was a first book, the author did a great job of letting us know enough about Brynn’s past that we didn’t need to read book one to catch up, BUT she also left enough out that if you are like me, I am heading to Amazon as soon as I finish this review to get it because I need MORE.
This book starts out that Brynn and Adam are expecting their first child. Brynn’s adoptive parents are dead but the trauma and nightmares of her childhood are anything but dead. What starts out as a happy day suddenly turns when a knock on the door comes and there stands Brynn’s birth mom. From that point on this story takes a tilt a whirl spin. We watch Brynn and Adam have to make choices that no parent should have to make. We watch as they fall apart not only as couple but as individuals too. We get to see how Ellie, Brynn’s birth mom became who she is today and Brynn finds the answers to her questions of why she was abandoned.
Sounds simple right? OH NO……that little summary right there is just the cherry on top of what is underneath it all. People are killed to protect secrets, some don’t die and show up later on in the story. Family member who never met find out they are friends and lovers are found and lost in a matter of pages. Main characters finally get what they deserve while others are still suffering from others choices. Brynn started out with husband, best friend and dog, by the end of the book, she had a whole new life. It may not be the life I wanted for her, I felt she deserved more, but by the last page I am not even sure what she has any more. I would love one character and then the author would show us the raw truth of human behavior and I would end up hating that person, only to find a few chapters later, I would have made the same choice if I had been in their shoes.
This whole book is about choices, forgiveness, acceptance, loss, grief, circumstances, judgments, death, life. I don’t think there was a single emotion or topic that this author didn’t cover in this book. I was mentally exhausted, yet demanding more by the time I finished it. I woke up this morning and it was the first thing on my mind. I sobbed in the last chapter and then became angry and then I was so happy for Brynn, it was time her dream came true. But then back to sobbing because once again life and others choices took her dreams away. Finally I went to being scared out of my mind and hopeful at the last sentence. THAT WAS MY EMOTIONS FROM JUST ONE CHAPTER.
To see the one dream Brynn had come true and she wasn’t even able to know about it, broke my heart. This was seriously one of the most intense reads I have ever had in my hands. I don’t see where I will ever forget it and to think it started out so confusing and I wondered if I could even figure it out enough to finish it. I cherish the fact that this author was so brilliant I still don’t know at what point the story just fell together for me. I was to lost in the characters and plot to realize, I wasn’t in the maze any more.
I finished the last line of the book, gasped, had to regulate my breathing and told my husband I am never going to be able to sleep again now. BUY this book……..I know I have said it before but this is a one of a kind book. This author is BRILLIANT…..I would of NEVER have been able to predict the next move in this book, I was seriously along for the ride, sobbing, screaming, begging and trying to breathe.
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember~journals, poems, short stories. I always wanted to write a novel and started several over the years, but for some reason I could never see them through to the end. Until Eva came along.
I was abandoned as a child, at about the age of 2 or 3 which I strangely never gave a lot of thought to. Then I became a mother. When my youngest child was about 2, I watched him sleeping one night as I often did. But this night, I was gripped by this heart-wrenching realization that he was about the age that I was when my parents left me. Something stirred inside of me, and eventually Eva was born. “Leaving Eva” began as a story of a girl who was heartlessly abandoned, and then her story took on a life of its own. It was no longer the story that I began, and it became something else entirely.
I’ve always been somewhat of a late bloomer, but I am happy to have finally gotten in touch with my inner Author. She’s always been there lying dormant inside of me, reflecting in other parts of my life. But now she is awake and alive, shining through me every day.
I am very fortunate to have a wonderful supportive husband, two beautiful children, and an incredible family. I have a career that is rewarding and challenging and I get to work with amazing, funny, talented people every day.
Writing has been an escape, a refuge, and an outlet for me. I feel so lucky to get to channel my energy and my creativity through my writing.
With the Eva Series left open for a possible third book, I am moving on to a couple of other projects that are currently in the works. I hope that my readers will continue to stay with me through this journey as I grow and evolve.
I am so grateful for the support I’ve received and the amazing people that I’ve encountered along the way!