Apr 7, 2010

Heartfelt Personal Reviews

It's been fun following all the reviews of my new book, I'll Know You by Heart.  The three most recent have all had something in common--each of the reviewers have had personal experience with abuse. 

Here are a few comments from the latest reviews:

Daron Fraley, a fellow Valor author said:
"I am qualified to judge one element of this book, and that is the part which pertains to the abuse portrayed in the story. . . .In fact, I almost put the book down after the first chapter, never to pick it up again. Why? Not because Kimberly did a poor job with the story. Quite the contrary. She did an excellent job. Her portrayal of the situation is spot-on. So much so, that it was painful to read. And for me, it was very personal.

. . . Two thumbs up for Kimberly’s story. She did a fantastic job with it. The characters are real. The emotions are real. Read the book. And if you feel inspired to do so, maybe you’ll even share it with someone who might need it. You may just change their life forever." 
Read the entire review here.

Lori Nawyn from Forethought and Purpose said:
"I’ll Know You by Heart, the debut novel of author Kimberly Job, struck a nerve with me because I once found myself in the same situation. . . . Enduring spousal abuse, being trodden into submission by the man who is supposed to love you, is heart wrenching and demeaning; one of the deepest betrayals of trust.

Kim deftly shows the inner struggles both Stephanie and Jared experience as they strive to maintain emotional equilibrium. And she has penned a cast of well-crafted family members, from children to in-laws, whose lives are also impacted by the inherent anguish and scars of violence, divorce, and loss. The story is testament of the power of love and the strength of the human spirit."
Read the entire review here.

Danyelle from Queen of the Clan said:
"This book is so much more than a romance. It's such a true to life story, with raw emotions and a mother's struggle to survive & recreate a life for her and her children - all while also trying to escape the negativity and poor self-esteem which results from years of abuse. By the end of the first chapter, I knew Stephanie was a woman I could personally connect with as a survivor of abuse. The turmoil and emotional upheaval she experiences - Kimberly Job did such an excellent job detailing and pacing it throughout the book. I love that she also showed Stephanie's journey back to rediscovering her worth as a daughter of God."
Read the entire review here.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading these heartfelt, personal reviews.  I've often been asked what I hope readers will gain from reading my book. I hope that readers who are in the midst of, or have previously experienced abuse, will find hope in its pages and know that there can be happy days ahead.


L.T. Elliot said...

Congratulations on such excellent reviews, Kim. I know that what you went through must have been horrible but I am glad to see that you've used it to help connect to others and show them that there is a light, a true light, that can redeem our hearts from such hurt.

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