Thursday, June 23, 2016

Book Review: A Beautiful Sin by Terri E. Laine and A.M. Hargrove

Terri E. Laine and A.M. Hargrove show us again how believable their well created characters are. They feel so real to me and that’s one of many reasons why their stories are amazing. It’s like I am a part of it.

This is a bittersweet story with a lovely ending.

A Beautiful Sin is told from a dual POV. It’s about finding a way to deal with ones past of abuse, fear and guilt and to find a way to live a life the way it makes oneself happy.
I really liked that these authors didn’t shy away from topics that are mostly taboo in our society or hushed up and wrote about them so sympathetically.
I wasn’t bothered by the religious part in this book even though I am not a religious person myself. I absolutely loved to read Canaan’s story because he seemed so authentic.

Canaan made me believe again in the good in people. I was amazed at how calm and selfless he helped other people, strangers even, despite how messed up he was on the inside. He went through a lot of awful stuff but he never complained or opened up to others, partly because he thought of himself as a sinner. I don’t say it’s the right way to be silent but it showed me his tremendous strength especially because regardless of all he went through he still became this amazing man.

The Story:
Haven had a tough life and so did Canaan, but they both have had different evil done to them. When they meet again after some years, Haven can’t control her anger towards him for sending her away all this years ago, back to her personal hell when all she wanted was help.
Canaan had his reasons for having sent Haven away. He did it because he was afraid that something bad would be done to her by someone. What he kept so long as a secret becomes more and more a burden for Canaan as he learns that his actions took devastating effects on others.
Her growing artistic career brings Haven back to her home town and even though she is furious at Canaan, she can’t help but notice how humble and nice he is, and also really good-looking.

Oh what I would give to see Haven paintings - they sounded incredible.
I absolutely loved Canaans character. I felt horrible for what he had experienced.
When I finished the book and I passed a church where the mass was just about to start, I had the urge to go inside. I have no idea why on earth I wanted to go inside, maybe to feel closer to Canaan because this story was finished now?! I haven't been to church since… I can't even remember how many years it's been that I have been to a mass. It reminds me of my childhood and my grandmother because I went with her to Christmas children's mass even though I have always been afraid of churches. They creep me out in a way that I can't describe. As if I was being watched from all around inside a church.

Anyway, the ending was lovely but it was something that I probably wouldn’t have chosen myself though I absolutely loved the epilogue.

The rating of this book was not an easy task for me because I really enjoyed reading this story but I did not love it like I did other books by those authors.
I loved the characters and couldn’t put the book down but for me it seemed like not all of the potential of this story was used up especially in the first half of the book. I feel bad for saying that because it's still such a beautiful story.

-- I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. --
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

                                                      About the Authors:

                                                          A.M. Hargrove:
One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today bestselling author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So she made a quick decision to quit her job and reinvented herself as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author. 
She fancies herself all of the following: Reader, Writer, Dark Chocolate Lover, Ice Cream Worshipper, Coffee Drinker (swears the coffee, chocolate, and ice cream should be added as part of the USDA food groups), Lover of Grey Goose (and an extra dirty martini), #WalterThePuppy Lover, and if you’re ever around her for more than five minutes, you’ll find out she’s a non-stop talker.

                                                                        Terri E. Laine:
Terri E. Laine, USA Today bestselling author, left a lucrative career as a CPA to pursue her love for writing. Outside of her roles as a wife and mother of three, she’s always been a dreamer and as such became an avid reader at a young age.
In her early years, she and her best friend would tell each other stories over the phone when they were bored. They called them their "soap operas" and generally revolved around whatever boy they liked at the time.
Many years later, she got a crazy idea to write a novel and set out to try to publish it. With over a dozen titles published under various pen names, the rest is history. Her journey has been a blessing, and a dream realized. She looks forward to many more memories to come.

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