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on Jan. 29, 2013 :
After reading the first half I dove into this one in anticipation, and it didn't disapoint.
It is a heart rending tale of a little girl growing into a young and trying to overcome everything that has happened to her, only for her past to keep catching up with her.
I would reccomend this to anyone who enjoys a good crime thriller with a difference, but would warn younger readers will find it hard to read, and there are some parts of it which are hard to get through.
One thing it will do, is keep you reading right to the end!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 18, 2013 :
This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.
Disclosure: I was given my copy of this book by the author as a review copy. I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to read this book.
A story about abuse, and how difficult life can be even with many people attempting to help.
This is part two of the life of Lotus Ogden. Lotus is now a pre-teen, who must come to terms with what she wants from life. By accident, Lotus finds she is allowed a new life. That new life is short-lived, but shows what her life could become.
This second part of the story continues to use the first-person narrative. It is the continuation of a story about abuse, and how difficult it is to survive that abuse. It is a very emotional story and really holds the attention of the reader. I could not just put this book down, I had to keep reading to find out what happened next.
Without giving the story away, I will simply say that the life of Lotus Ogden does not become the idealistic life we dream of for ourselves and our children. I hoped many times it would happen, but, unfortunately, it can not be.
I can easily recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good crime thriller. It is very well written, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested. L.M. Steel has done a great job with the first person presentation, and manages to make a difficult subject seem easy. I will be reading from this well-versed author.
I would recommend those young readers under 17 follow their parents advice with this book. It can be very emotional, even for more mature adults. Some aspects of this story will make all readers squirm slightly, but overall, the story will delight those old enough to understand the differences between really good fiction and reality.
(reviewed long after purchase)