Published by Smashwords Edition on October 20th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
One fateful night, Sadie Sparks' young life was changed forever. Just as she was discovering love with her best friend, Dillon McGraw, someone else was plotting to take her for his own. Faced with choosing between the fear and threats and a safer life, Sadie leaves her West Virginia home for good.
A decade later, Sadie returns to Appalachia to care for her ailing mother, but stays to fight for the mountain she loves. Her struggles to protect it from being ravaged for coal put her in greater danger than she ever imagined ÔÇö and back in the arms of the man she never stopped loving. But the man responsible for changing her life so many years ago is determined to keep her under his control. When she decides to break free, will Sadie and Dillon's bond be strong enough to endure the truth about his identity?
For readers 18+ due to adult content, conflict, language, violence, and sexual situations.
This book started in such a dark tone that I *almost* put it down permanently.┬á However, I was smart enough to listen to a friend, and continued reading the book.┬á I am so glad that I did.┬á The series is titled Reclaiming Life.┬á Goodness, what an appropriate name.┬á Fair warning, there are some very dark themes and twists to this story, but they are completely worth investment of time.
Sadie comes an ultra-conservative family, whose beliefs and treatment of their children irked me to no end.┬á IÔÇÖm sure her dad thought he was doing right by her, but I am firmly NOT on his fan wagon.┬á In fact, there is no love lost, and I hate how he treats his daughter.┬á But, I do appreciate that he is functioning within the very narrow and conservative parameters of his life and upbringing.┬á Not right, but just the reality which Sadie must face.┬á Watching SadieÔÇÖs emotional decomposition is quite literally.┬á For this, I give a kudos to Shelby Rebecca for writing SadieÔÇÖs beginning so well that you are so deeply entrenched in her pain.
The same can be said for Dillon.┬á This manÔÇÖs enduring love (from a young man into adulthood) for a woman who has since disappeared from his life is inspirational.┬á His belief in true love is stunning.┬á DonÔÇÖt get me wrong; he is by no means perfect.┬á He just never gave up hope.┬á Some may call this stupid or delusional.┬á IÔÇÖm a glass is half full type of gal so IÔÇÖm going to say that itÔÇÖs amazing.
Separately, Dillon and Sadie each have their own jagged pieces.┬á Together, those pieces fit one another making a beautiful and complete picture. They were separated by tragedy, but tragedy brings them together once more.┬á Sometimes second chances really are a reclaiming.
If you can bear the tragedy, youÔÇÖll be treated to the writerÔÇÖs talent to weave such a poetic story, youÔÇÖll be in a treat.┬á ItÔÇÖs a great read!
~ Review by Loredana