Author: A. L. Jackson
Date Published: 4/5/12
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love most only dream of, a love they believed bonded them together for life. When their world is shattered by the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in uncertainty and unanswered questions.
For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their heart. In an attempt to escape the pain of her past, Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side.
Now, when their lives again intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago.
But will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past, and will they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to keep them apart?
Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have.
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I really can not say this was a fast read for me because I would get so caught up in the cadence of the words that I just wanted to savor each page. That said, I do think that Daniel’s behavior towards Vanessa seemed overly rude. I had difficulty reconciling that arrogance and intolerance with the side of him we always see when he is with Melanie or with his parents and sister. I would have preferred him to have exercised better control and shown a little more compassion when interacting with the admittedly obnoxious woman. At times, I felt there was slightly too much redundancy of thought within the narrative, but then again that was, I believe, purposely crafted that way in order to sustain the lyrical quality of the writing.
Nicholas treats Melanie abominably, but I could never truly accept why Melanie allowed herself to tolerate his abuse for so long – she wallowed in her apathetic discontent and seemed to wrap herself in it like a shroud. I understand the reasoning provided, but I just have a hard time swallowing the logic of her actions. On a side note, It is too bad we can not have a story where Nicholas and Vanessa find happiness together. I think it would be fun to get their perspectives on certain pivotal scenes.
One thing for sure, the relationships between all the characters were exceptionally well-delineated; the angst, the turmoil, the stubborn pride, and inflexible, harmful attitudes, resonated fully with me. The drama of family interactions is easily recognizable in all of its beauty and ugliness within this tale. The author demonstrates an uncanny comprehension of our human condition, knowing intrinsically where to put the pressure to squeeze out every emotional drop.
This book was provided to me by the author and Reading Addiction Tours in return for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
A.L. Jackson first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.
Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement; this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in
Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three beautiful children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.
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