Allesandra's Bequest

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Can the demons that haunt Allesandra's past be overcome with the love and support of her newlywed husband, Izz? Perhaps suicide is the solution? There are lessons to be learned by both in this epic short of a couple who fall for each other, and what they must do to stay together forever. More

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About R. M. Fraser

I make my home in New England, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I have been writing music, lyrics, and poetry for about twenty years, and finally decided it was time to put some out there and step into the field as a new author. I have recently shifted my focus to short stories and novels, and plan to publish when they are ready. Being a child of culturally Deaf parents has given me what I think is a unique perspective on the world, and I hope it shows in my work. Follow my blog, The Fraser File, for updates on upcoming works, and a little Deaf awareness. You may even find some reviews of other books and local underground music.

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Review by: Irene on Aug. 26, 2012 : star star star star
The following is the review as written on my blog!

What drew me to accept the review for Allesandra's Bequest was not just the subject matter, but the added element of music! The chapters actually revolve around song lyrics that author R.M. Fraser had written for a concept album. Color Me Intrigued! When I think of albums that go along with a story, my mind flashes to the Pink Floyd album 'Dark Side of the Rainbow' and how if you play it along to the movie 'The Wizard of Oz' the music matches what is happening on screen. (If you haven't tried it, you must give it a go! It's cool!)

When it comes to the story of Allesandra and Izz, it is hard to explain without giving the plot away. So here is the gist: We meet the two characters and follow a tragic story about love, loss, suicide, abuse, depression. Dark topics, but with an ending that puts the whole story into perspective. (I loved the ending!!)
Allesandra's has had a lot to deal with in her life and constantly struggles with those emotions. She and Izz have a deep love and connection, but underneath the surface is love enough to help her heal?
As it is a short, it skims the surface of the story, we the reader know what is needed and that is that! The amazing part is, it's still a captivating and deeply emotional read.
With it being so straight to the point, I wonder if the impact would have been the same had it been a lengthy novel with even more insight, character development, plots, and dialogue? I can honestly say, I don't know if it would. Usually my biggest complaint is that 'I want more story!' and I 'could' say that here, but for once I wont. Why? Because I like how 'in your face' and clear the message is. It isn't diluted by all the extras. I feel like this story is a lesson people should read and learn from. The ending is aptly titled 'Only Now Do I Learn and I loved how the author wrote the scene. It was unexpected and I felt it to be a home run as far as delivering a message. It may be a work of fiction, but it really illustrates the point that suicide isn't the answer and explains why.

On another note, I think that R.M. Fraser needs to put these lyrics to music, record and sell the album alongside the book! (Peer pressure) The fact that the reader can create their own tune in their head as they read is fun, but I'd love to hear the author's interpretation.

If you are interested in an fascinating concept and an interesting short. I think you should give Allesandra's Bequest a try!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kristyn Santee on Aug. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
I was instantly hooked upon opening the ebook. I usually don't like reading books on my phone, because I love the feel of an actual paperback, but this was a short story, so I figured I could manage.

Allesandra's Bequest is written extremely well - the story tells of the present first, of Allesandra and Izz's life, and then flashbacks to the years prior, something I enjoyed. What I didn't like was the limited description of the characters. I was only able to see their shadows forming in my head, their outlines, but nothing specific. Maybe the author wanted readers to conjure up their own images, but I had trouble.

The song titles representing the chapters are incredible, especially the inclusion of the actual songs at the end of the chapters, extremely powerful, yet totally understandable and fitting. I feel like, as a reader, I was able to figure out what the characters were feeling.

I'm against suicide, so I was hesitant about reading this book. While I still don't think suicide is the way to go in any situation, especially Allesandra's - in which she and her sister were abused by their father, the demons of the past never escaping - I feel like I was able to understand what she was feeling at that point in time.

The end was my favorite, but I was left wishing the book was longer, wanting to find out more about how Allesandra and Izz met and what became of Izz in the years following...
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jill Marie on July 28, 2012 : star star star star
This short story will blow you away. It has so much depth and passion behind it. Originally it started out as one song the author wrote. From there it took off and became a concept album. Eventually Allesandra's Bequest had transformed into a narrative poem. Knowing that makes this short story even more wonderful. The entire thing is written with bits of the poem intertwined with story. On it's own it is a moving piece of poetry. Combined with the narration of the story it really reaches a new level. At times this did not even feel like a short to me at all.
I was really taken in by Allesandra and her dark past. It is truly haunting. The love she shares with her husband is heartwarming.
The author calls Allesandra's Bequest an epic and I would have to agree with him. It shows the damage the past can imprint on one's soul. It deals with loss in several heart wrenching ways and the impact misplaced guilt can have on the human heart.
Despite it's tragic and constant dark tone, this story also has the light that is behind every darkness. It speaks of forgiveness as well.
This story might not be for everyone. Abuse can be a hard topic for many to read about . However, I would gladly recommend it to mature readers who want a real life story.
I hope the author does record the music to this one day. I also hope to see more of his work in the future.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lea Ryan on March 31, 2012 : star star star star
Allesandra is haunted by her traumatic childhood and the death of her sister. She tries to get past the pain, even finding love, but is unable to find a way out other than death.

This story is told in a nonlinear format. It begins with Allesandra battling her inner demons and her suicide, then jumps back to when she met her husband and goes from there. As her struggle evolves, we see it from both her perspective and her husband’s.

Allesandra’s Bequest is a tragic story without many moments of hope. It’s a very dark and emotional work that’s well written. Interspersed throughout are song lyrics, which break up the story nicely.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lea Ryan on March 31, 2012 : star star star star
Allesandra is haunted by her traumatic childhood and the death of her sister. She tries to get past the pain, even finding love, but is unable to find a way out other than death.

This story is told in a nonlinear format. It begins with Allesandra battling her inner demons and her suicide, then jumps back to when she met her husband and goes from there. As her struggle evolves, we see it from both her perspective and her husband’s.

Allesandra’s Bequest is a tragic story without many moments of hope. It’s a very dark and emotional work that’s well written. Interspersed throughout are song lyrics, which break up the story nicely.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Josie33 on March 24, 2012 : star star star star
This is an unusual book: a narrative interspersed with moving and heartfelt lyrics. I felt this blend worked well.

The themes are difficult, even heartbreaking, and very different from what I usually read (or write.) However, despite being a deeply sad story, there is hope to be found; this, for me, was a definite plus!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Charina on March 06, 2012 : star star star star
BITTERSWEET SURPRISE
Allesandra is a woman that takes her own life at a very desperate moment. Throughout the book we get to see what drove her to that point and the struggles that she and her husband went through. We also get to see what happens to the ones left behind after a tragedy. This book deals with a lot of strong topics. It talks about child abuse, domestic violence, rape, depression, and suicide.
When I first started reading this book I didn’t know what to expect. I was very nervous because not only was I stepping away from my reading comfort zone; I also never read anything by R. M. Fraser before. I had a bittersweet surprise. Bitter, because the book was so sad that it made me cry near the end. Sweet, because I loved the way it was written. To be honest I didn’t expected to like it this much.
The book has very little dialogue. You can probably find about five lines or less during the whole book. But to make up for the missing dialogue, the book has these beautiful lyrics in between the paragraphs on each chapter. I never read anything like it before. I was very surprise that I understood every word without problem. I usually have a hard time with poems when they are in English.
I really like this book. It is a very sad, very strong book, from the beginning. But I loved the way the lyrics told the story so well. I made me think of what music is really about. Music tells a story. Music shows someone’s feelings. If the author made a CD with all the songs from the book, I’ll buy it. I can honestly say that R. M. Fraser just won a new fan.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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