Friday, 3 April 2015

BLOG TOUR~Absolution by Amanda Dick

Title: Absolution
Author: Amanda Dick
Book Tour: March 30- April 3
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Jack McKenna is a man with two very distinct pasts.

One ended with a car accident involving his girlfriend, Ally, and a split-second decision with horrific consequences. Desperate to escape the guilt, he carved out a new life for himself. Four years spent hiding in the shadows, punishing himself for not having the courage to go back to her. Then, out of the blue, a phone call forces him to face up to everything and everyone he left behind.

Ally Connor’s life was split in two - before the car accident that shattered her spine, and after Jack’s sudden disappearance. Abandoning her when she needed him most, she fought hard to make it back from the brink. The face she shows to the world is strong and courageous, but behind the mask, the pain is burrowing deeper.

But fate had more in store for these two broken souls than either could have imagined. A funeral, a homecoming and a journey of self-discovery that would change both their lives - if they let it.

Suddenly, the secrets they want to hide from each other are the very secrets that could make them whole again.

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Rating: 3.5 Stars
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

When I read the blurb this story sounded wonderful. Absolution told a tale of the journey to forgiveness, lost and hope for second changes. Amanda does a good job as the story flowed well and the characters also worked well in the story.

Absolution showed us that sometimes when things are going good it could be taken away from you in a split second. The story is filled with secrets, heartache and overall a love story.

I enjoying seeing how courageous Ally was despite all that she went through and the troubles she still faced. Jack was fighting with so many secrets and was unhappy for so long. I was very happy when he found the courage also to go back home and face all that he left behind.

I must admit I was going to give up on this story about 30% in.
My reasons for wanting to give up? The way the story was written. I always find it hard to read a story written in third person and then each character getting a POV. Even though the author did a good job in going back and front from different characters and point in time I still found it hard to get into sometimes. I also wish I could have known more about Ally and Jack before the accident, I think this could have added to me liking them a little bit more.

Fast forward and I powered through Absolution and found the more I kept reading the story grew on me. Overall, I ended up enjoyed the journey each character went on to find themselves.

About the Author:
Amanda Dick is a night-owl, coffee addict, movie buff and music lover. She loves to do DIY (if it's not bolted down, she'll probably paint it, re-cover it or otherwise decorate it) and has tried almost every craft known to man/womankind. She has two sewing machines and an over-locker she can't remember how to thread. She crochets (but can't follow a pattern), knits (badly) and refrains from both as a public service. 

She believes in love at first sight, in women's intuition and in following your heart. She is rather partial to dark chocolate and believes in the power of a good vanilla latte. 

What lights her fire is writing stories about real people in trying situations. Her passion is finding characters who are forced to test their boundaries. She is insanely curious about how we, as human beings, react when pushed to the edge. Most of all, she enjoys writing about human behaviour - love, loss, joy, grief, friendship and the complexity of relationships in general.

After living in Scotland for five years, she has now settled back home in New Zealand, where she lives with her husband and two children.

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