I don’t read romance. Occasionally I will read a suspense novel that has romance in it, and I know this book qualifies as romantic suspense, but it is not the norm for my reading shelf. As far as the romantic element of this story goes, Kimberly did a fine job with it…in my humble opinion…even though I am not qualified to have an opinion within the genre.
But I am qualified to judge one element of this book, and that is the part which pertains to the abuse portrayed in the story. For those of you who have not yet read the book, there is a young man named Tyson in it. Tyson is a witness to the abuse of his mother by his father. Those scenes in the book were really hard to read. In fact, I almost put the book down after the first chapter, never to pick it up again. Why? Not because Kimberly did a poor job with the story. Quite the contrary. She did an excellent job. Her portrayal of the situation is spot-on. So much so, that it was painful to read. And for me, it was very personal.
You see, as a young boy, I was Tyson. I witnessed my step-father do hurtful things to my mother. And the thoughts that go through Tyson’s mind in this book were very similar to the thoughts I had as a child. Thank heavens for burdens lifted by time, and the healing balm of forgiveness. I don’t hold anything against my step-father. We have talked and made peace with the past. As far as I know, he has put those things behind him.
And I don’t blame my mother, either. I understand how hard it was to have the strength to fix that part of her life. I can’t count the number of nights she loaded us kids in the car and took off down the highway, only to turn around and head back home in the morning. I think the fear of the unknown, and not knowing if she would have the means to support herself and us kids if she left for good, compelled her to keep running back.
But when I was nine, I did what my mother didn’t have the strength to do. I left. I went to live with my Dad. He remarried, a divorced mother of three, and they combined families. That journey through my teen years in a combined family wasn’t easy, but I can tell you this, I learned to love my family dearly.
I will be forever grateful that the Atonement of Christ can heal all hurts.
Why do I share this? I think Kimberly’s book is very well done. It has a very happy ending. It was a great read. I could imagine this book being recommended by battered women shelters… I think it could do wonders for someone who just doesn’t have the strength to take control of their life. It might give them that little extra bit of determination to make a change so they can be happy. Perhaps it will fall into the hands of those who really need to hear the message. Maybe it will give them hope.
Two thumbs up for Kimberly’s story. She did a fantastic job with it. The characters are real. The emotions are real. Read the book. And if you feel inspired to do so, maybe you’ll even share it with someone who might need it. You may just change their life forever.
You can order the book here: I’ll Know You By Heart
From the back cover:
The day Stephanie Roberts met Jared Wakefield, she didn’t realize they’d met before. Running from an abusive marriage and trying to safeguard her children, she turns to Jared for support, but he needs more from her than she might be capable of giving. With her abusive husband looming in her past, the difficulties they must overcome to be together seem insurmountable.
Is it possible for love to conquer all? I’ll Know You By Heart is a timeless romance that explores the possibility that relationships span the entire realm of eternity. A story about abuse, hardship, and betrayal, it is ultimately a story about the healing power of everlasting true love.
Publisher: Valor Publishing Group, LLC
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Binding: Trade Paperback
DISCLAIMER: This is another book by Valor Publishing. I got a free copy. But I made no promises to give a good review, so you can’t count it as compensation. In fact, if I would have hated the book, I would have said so. And unlike some politicians I hear about, I don’t take bribes. They shouldn’t either. Shame on them.