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Author Barbara T. Cerny has garnered NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE® BOOK AWARDS FINALIST 2015, A READER’S FAVORITE® 2015 AWARDS FINALIST, three A Reader’s Favorite 5 Star ratings, and an INDIE READER APPROVED seal as judged by top industry professionals— not as merely a great indie book— but as great book, period.
Barb grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, which at that time was a small town of 30,000 people. She left that little burg to see the world, garner three college degrees, and to serve in the US Army. After eight years on active duty and fourteen years in the reserves, she retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2007. While deployed to the Middle East in 2005, Ms. Cerny finally figured out she had to get going on the real love of her life, writing. She wrote her first two novels during that time and hasn’t stopped. She is presently working on novels number seven, eight, and nine. When not writing, Ms. Cerny works as an information technology specialist and supervisor for the US Air Force. She lives with her loving husband, their two active teenagers, and three needy cats. The cats patiently watch her write and listen to her intently as she discusses plot lines with them.
on Dec. 06, 2013 :
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During the ages when the women folk was just supposed to cater to the wants of men, Tressa is all set to became an entrepreneur. Strongly supported by her family she learns the art of being a master baker from her uncles and cousins. And when the time comes for her to settle down she does it with all naivete that only comes from total trust that life can never go wrong with good people. Now I must say – Boy! Was she wrong!!!
The love of her life turned into a marital rapist who only only broke her spirits but also her dreams for her future. After losing her newborn baby, she escapes in a ship and lands up in America. But she lands with a child in her arms. How? [You really think I am going to tell you? [Tch tch…..]
But after reaching the land of opportunities, though she is a free woman unlike the other indentured servants, she is taken in as a nursemaid by the Langley family. There she meets the disabled younger son Ethan Langley.
Ethan Langley is the youngest son of the Langley family. Crippled due to an accident, he had become a recluse till he is forced to face life by Tressa. A beautiful friendship develops between them where both bring out the best of each other.
Tressa leaves her loveless marriage behind as she covers the expanse of the ocean to reach America. Her dream of starting a new life is beautifully depicted as she transforms herself from being a nursemaid to an owner of a bakery. Her business acumen makes her different from other women. That along with a fierce sense of loyalty makes her a very charming character.
She is a very strong woman who always stands beside the man she loves. So much so that even when she is tortured and humiliated by her husband, she does not tell her own family but rather braves the ocean to reach America to start a new life.
When Ethan faces eviction from his own home, she stands by him, supports him and fights for him. She is one woman who even in today’s world would be considered admirable.
What I liked….
The flow of the story is beautiful with each character being very much the part of the story. The evil Heaton versus the goodness of Ethan is beautifully depicted.
Tressa is a beautiful person who is sensitive to all the relationships around her. She is gutsy enough to start her own business, foresighted enough to plan her future and sensitive enough to care for the less fortunate.
Not to forget she was damn smart- planning the escape, landing in America and starting her business could not have been done if she did not have a sound head over her shoulder. A beautifully depicted strong character.
Ethan was an equal partner. Though crippled at an early age he was the motivation behind her actions. He too comes out as a strong character as he moves out of his father’s house and makes his own living. He could have depended on Tressa, but he chose to make a life of his own.
The best part I loved was the relationship between them. A sweet understand, a camaraderie which encouraged the goodness in each other.
What I did not like….
The only point I can think of is not about the author’s depiction of Tressa leaving her family behind. Agreed that her situation was difficult but her parents loved her, her cousins adored her, so why did she not contact them later. Or did she.. maybe if I let my imagination run wild I can imagine that she might have contacted her family……
Well, that sure seems like I would have wanted more in this story.
(review of free book)
on May 12, 2013 :
Very good, I stayed up way too late to finish it.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)