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Love is supposed to be forever. Sometimes, we're not meant to keep it. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781458140364
About Lissette E. Manning

Lissette E. Manning is an author from Connecticut. She has been writing since she was six-years-old, and spends most of her time trying to place her thoughts into order and giving life to the stories that are always brewing inside her head.

She enjoys reading books, listening to music, playing the occasional video game, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family. She’s also a bit of a computer geek.

Her writing genres of choice are Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Short Stories, as well as Poetry. She’s currently working on several projects such as The Secret Keeper, Tales of Velosia: The Prophecy, The Corsicanth Princess, and many more.

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Review by: Lyrical Lit. Publishing on July 12, 2012 :
Heartfelt short story about Ben, who works in movies and spends lots of time abroad with his work. His wife Ellie is the love of his life. He thinks all is well, but one fateful day, the world crumbles his perfect vision of it.

I enjoyed this story very much. Very descriptive and you get to feel Ben’s emotions and thoughts throughout. I felt so bad for him. To be in his own bubble in his mind to have it popped suddenly was shocking. I felt his pain alongside him and hoped for some sort of redemption.

This short story ended right at the right place but I still was left curious to see what happens to Ben after the implosion of his life. Great Read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Shirlee Taylor on Oct. 07, 2011 :
Closure was a quick read... with interesting bones, but could've used more fleshing out of the characters. I felt there was not nearly enough dialogue and the flow was more tell than show. I had a hard time getting behind either of the characters because there just wasn't enough "history" to build an opinion from.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bruce Schindler on Oct. 04, 2011 :
Characterization is excellent. The question I had after the story is why Ellie stuck around as long as she did. About my only complaint is that the story wasn't long enough. The characters could easily use a novella-length in order to understand why Ben is so weak.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anthony Marchio on Aug. 29, 2011 :
WoW, what a story. Lissette E. Manning really writes a story that is great from the start. It starts off nice and by the end, you understand what Ben is feeling. Ellie on the other hand what just annoying. You will understand what Ben and Ellie go through. Its a great read with such emotion that you can't pass it up at all. I would definitely read this again.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Brea Essex on July 31, 2011 :
“Closure” was so sad! The story begins with Ben just after his wife leaves him. He’s trying to adjust to not having her around anymore. He thinks back to the last day he spent with his wife, Ellie. She acted fine around his family and her announcement that she was leaving came suddenly. You could tell how much Ben really loved Ellie. He had planned their whole future and it’s understandable why he had a hard time dealing with her leaving. By the end of the story, I found myself really disliking Ellie. I really hope there will be more to Ben’s story one day. I felt sorry for him and I’d love to see how he puts his life back together.
I have to add that I also really loved the story’s dedication. I’m a Ben Barnes fan myself, and the dedication made me laugh.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alexander Martinez on June 16, 2011 :
I gotta admit that I'm a little biased when it comes to Lizzie's writing. I've known her for so long that it's kinda second nature not to like the stuff that she dishes out. But that's how friends usually are, right? We tend to like whatever a friend throws our way.

Anyway, enough of that rambling. When Liz first gave me this book to read, it actually took me awhile before actually sitting down to read it. But in the long run, it was worth reading. Yea, she modeled the MC's features around Ben Barnes. He's good looking, why would she not? A lot of people based characters around what he looks like.

As the story unfolded, I started to picture Ben's world - the book Ben, not Ben Barnes. I began to wonder why his wife really wanted to leave him. Why she'd suddenly decided, out of the blue, because that is what it felt like, that she just didn't want to deal with their way of life anymore. I started feeling Ben's heartache, his indecisions and his worries, and I wondered if he'd ever make it out of the hole that he felt he'd dug himself into.

Some of the writing language that Liz uses is a bit archaic, but I got through that and really became engrossed in the tale she had to tell. A lot of us can relate to the pain and heartache that comes with losing someone you love. Most especially when they walk out on you and leave you with a bunch of questions as you wonder where you went wrong.

Liz captured that essence and weaved a tale that I think many of us will enjoy reading and relate to it. I hope that there's more to this story, as I'm very anxious to know what happens next with Ben. I'm sure others would be, too.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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