Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Through Fire (Portland, ME #3) by Freya Barker- @freya_barker

Through Fire by Freya Barker
I have to say that this is definitely one of my favorite series.  I was wondering who might be next to be written about and Tim and Ruby did not disappoint.  While I wasn't sure that Tim would be the right person to see Ruby through what she was going through, that feeling didn't last very long, as I learned how caring and compassionate Tim really was.

What do I love most about this book and series?  Well for me, it always feel like I get a story, with real people, who react like most people would in the situations that they are in.  I love that most of the characters are older - and all are truly caring, good people - who might have a hard life, or going through their own stuff - but are still available for their friends and family.  I'm seriously thinking about a road trip to Portland, ME in the near future!

Freya Barker's books will always be an automatic read for me!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cruel Water by Freya Barker - @freya_barker

Cruel Water
Wow, it's kind of hard to know where to start with my review.  This book left me feeling full, satisfied, unbelievable honored that I had the chance to read this touching story.  I absolutely loved this story.  At times it brought tears to my eyes, other times it made me laugh and chuckle, and then there were those moments with Viv and Ike that made me all tingly.  It's not an easy story at times to read at all - because there are a lot of things that come up that could cause "triggers" for some readers.  But, it gripped me, and once I started reading, I could not put it down.

I'll start with Viv.  I loved Viv - who she was, what she believed in, how unbelievably strong she was .  She was a survivor in every sense of the word.  You couldn't help but cheer her on, shed a tear for her, want to hold her close and celebrate with her all her victories.  I was so proud of her.

Then there's Ike.  Isaac.  Talk about a fine specimen of a man.  I'm not just talking about his appearance, I'm talking about the true man that he was.  How he handled Viv was perfection.  He knew just when he should stand beside her, behind her, or lead the way for her.  The care he took with her feelings warmed my heart, and made me fall in love with him along with Viv.

 I don't want to give much of this story away - it should be read and experienced by each person reading - learning of Viv and Ike's past life and their future as they go.  Their authentic story felt so real - the way situations were handled and dealt with were actually how things really happen in life.  The secrets, the facing the truth, the denial, the owning up, the repairing of relationships and the moving forward were perfectly handled and I could see this as a real life story.  Please, definitely take the time to read this amazing story, I don't think you will be disappointed at all.