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To Love Anew (Sydney Cove Book #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

35 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

Awesome, edgy story!

To Love Anew is an amazing journey you won't want to miss. There are some pretty edgy scenes in this book, which of course worked well for me. However, someone else may find a few things a bit hard to read because they were SO realistically done. I felt like I was Hanna...
To Love Anew is an amazing journey you won't want to miss. There are some pretty edgy scenes in this book, which of course worked well for me. However, someone else may find a few things a bit hard to read because they were SO realistically done. I felt like I was Hannah suffering through the majority of the book. The stench, the pain, the heartache were all vividly portrayed. I doubt I would have survived what Hannah went through and may have given up hope long before. But Hannah was a survivor despite her low opinion of herself and the guilt that nearly consumed her. I loved how the author took people that Hannah would not normally associate with, but given her circumstances, she is then forced to look at her own heart and prejudices. The unspeakable evils done to the prisoners amazed me in that anyone survived at all. The story reminded me of the movie Amistad, but the prisoners on the ship were white. The forced labor for the prisoners and lack of freedom was just like slavery. John was the ultimate hero and just about made me swoon whenever he spoke to Hannah. He had plenty of reasons to be bitter, but still managed to keep his honor despite his harsh living situation. His devotion to Hannah was also commendable. I loved the tension between the two of them. Their connection felt realistic and deep. And the emotional tension between them is what excellent romance writing is all about. I loved their relationship and rooted for them to the end--as John never gave up hope. The best part of this book (besides the delectable romance) was probably the spiritual portion. Hannah had every reason to believe God had abandoned her. She responded like any human would in a similar situation. Of course God never left her, but the journey she took toward that realization was awesome. I loved this story!

posted by MichelleSutton on January 29, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

So conflicted! So I finished this book a couple of days ago and

So conflicted!

So I finished this book a couple of days ago and have been so upset that I have been unable to pick up a book for two days! Yes, I was prepared for this story to be a bit depressing....it was. The beginning of the story was filled with hardship, hearta...
So conflicted!

So I finished this book a couple of days ago and have been so upset that I have been unable to pick up a book for two days! Yes, I was prepared for this story to be a bit depressing....it was. The beginning of the story was filled with hardship, heartache and injustice. Our heroine was filled with a sence of unworthiness and angst. Things were starting to look up, but would she ever feel worthy? I don't think all of the issues raised were ever truly RESOLVED. It was on its way to being resolved, and then all of a sudden, the story ended, like the author ran out of time and had to quit writing. It was all so abrupt and unexpected, I had to go back a few pages and re-read to see if I read it too fast and missed something.

Ms. Leon writes a very compelling tale, but I feel cheated. After sticking with the story, I wanted....more. I was really beginning to enjoy the book, and then the ending left me feeling very frustrated and dissatisfied.

posted by LAobserver on June 7, 2012

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    If you like books written from the authors perspective

    I didn't care for this book..it was hard to get engrossed in the story, when the author wrote from her point of view using the first person of I. I personally don't care for those kind of storylines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Trying to get through

    Can't seem to get into this book. I will give it one more shot. Only read a few chapters and then put down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Too depressing

    To many other good books to waste time on this

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Slow story

    Just could not seem to get into the story and never picked up for me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Enjoyable, easy read.

    A good look into how life can deal someone a blow and our Father still bring us out on top.

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