Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review - A Little Broken by Juli Valenti

Jessie Braden thought she had it all. A husband, a new baby – her life was on course, exactly what she always wanted…Until one day, she loses everything.

Ruined and broken, she’s left alone to pick up the pieces of her life. Unable to cope, she spontaneously packs up and moves across the country, hoping that new scenery will help.

Once in sunny Florida, she finds an apartment and a job but while Jessie is surviving, she isn’t living…until one night she meets someone. Dominick.

Desperate for an escape from the pain of her memories, she relents to his unerring determination and agrees to spend time with him.

Through his patience and understanding, she will learn that she’s not ruined…she’s just a little broken.

A Little BrokenA Little Broken by Juli Valenti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Little Broken is the first book to actually make me bawl hysterically within the first 10%. It got to the point where I had to actually stop reading to take a couple deep breaths and recoup myself. You may be asking why I continued reading if it made me so incredibly depressed. The reason is simple, its an unbelievably beautiful story that captivates you from the very beginning. You just couldn't stop reading even if you wanted to.

Right out of the gates you are just pummeled by an emotional avalanche, as Jessie finds herself in the middle of every parents worst nightmare. I'm thinking maybe one of the reasons it hit me so hard is because I do have 2 small children so I found Jessie easy to relate to and sympathize with. And the fact that she experiences something that is very much real and unfortunately common makes her story even more heart breaking. My heart literally ached for her. But I don't feel like you need to be a parent to appreciate this one because it is so well written with such honest and sincere emotion that it will affect everybody alike.

The story flows at a nice even pace as we're taken along on Jessie's journey of healing. The supporting characters were all wonderfully caring and understanding of her need to cope and come to them on her own terms. They did an amazing job of keeping her afloat and anchored to reality, especially Dominick. It was so heartwarming to witness her connect with him in a way she had never connected with anybody before. He was her rock, her "home". The one to make her feel alive again even though she thought she had no right to feel that way.

I would highly recommend A Little Broken, and would definitely rank it as a must-read of the year. It has a very powerful message that will encourage and inspire all who read it. Juli, I just can't thank you enough for sharing your book with me.

***I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review***

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