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Posted March 12, 2013
Falling in love is based on a true story of a young girls battle with addiction.
After being abandoned by her mother, left to live with her uncaring aunt and abuser uncle , Sherry Johnson starts searching for love. That search got her kicked out of college and cost her many good relationships.
Eventually Sherry moves to New York City and joins a support group. With the help of this group her confidence grows, she makes friends who like her for who she is and fights her addictions. She even starts playing soccer again.
I saw the cover to this novel and knew that I had to read this. Sex addiction is not something I am familiar with, but I truly enjoyed the story. Once I started reading I could not stop. It was very difficult not to immediately feel sorry for the life Sherry was dealt. Sherry had a rough childhood and was given no love, ever, in her life.
This is not a story of sex, actually there was very little actual sex in the story. This is a story of a girl living through her addiction of her strength and her ability to find herself and move past her history. This book opened my eyes to the struggles an addict goes through and how very important the support they receive is to their sobriety. This is a true 5 star novel.
Posted January 10, 2013
Written by Bex 'n' Books reviewer Kati.
From the word go, I was intrigued with this book, Falling in Love, as it is based on a true story. This story pulls you in and takes you on this journey with Sherry, the cravings of love and how she sought it out.
It is not an easy ride for the character and you can't help but to feel Sherry's pain as she seeks the love she was denied growing up. Then she meets Paul and she believes it is love, but her addiction to sex destroys their love and again she is alone and faced with the addiction that is controlling and destroying her life.
This is not an erotica story, it is one that shows what an addiction can do to ones life. it is a breathtaking story of heartache, and a very intense read for the reader. Falling in Love is a raw story that takes you into a world you have never known. It tears at your heart strings and will leave you wanting to cry alongside the main character.
As you can tell, this book is an emotional roller coaster for both the characters and the reader and will leave you realizing there are more addictions out there than just drugs or alcohol. They are all very real and very destructive; the lack of love and the need to feel whole can consume ones soul if nobody is there to help.
I give this book a five, but that number seems too low to do it justice. This book is a must read for anybody 18+!
Disclosure: This book was received for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted January 8, 2013
*RECEIVED THIS REVIEW IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW FROM AUTHOR*
The moment I started this book, I was hooked. Falling In Love starts of kind of slow, Stephen is showing you the ropes of Sherry's tangled life. Leading you in slowly, as to not throw you into the world of sex addiction. After a few chapters, you get a feel for Sherry and what she's all about.
Following Sherry's story is an addiction all its own. I couldn't put the book down for the life of me. Sherry's story pulls at you until its got your attention. Luring you in, to tell you all about this crazy life of how a woman, a young, beautiful woman battles her addiction for sex. Sherry hasn't lived an easy life, her mother left her when she was a baby and her father dead when she was a baby. Leaving her to her aunt and uncle who didn't love her, so, of course she grew up craving the love she was denied her whole life. Leading her to fall in love time and time again, one night at a time.
Witnessing Sherry's struggle to become a better person was not an easy ride. You're experiencing everything she went through as she goes through these different phases of her life, which is one of the things I liked about this book. Yes, this book takes place in a big chunk of time, but Stephen Bradlee delivers this story so that you're not confused or left behind while reading this emotional story.
This book is based on a true story. Knowing this, I can't help but think "Wow, sex addiction is no joke." The different things that can trigger a breakdown or other addictions that can lead up to losing one's self in sex is...well, intense. Would I recommend this book? Most definitely. I finished it in one sitting, and I'm sure you will too.
Posted November 12, 2012
Sexual addiction is not something that is written about too much, especially when the sufferer is a woman, so this book definitely caught my interest when I read the synopsis. It was a fascinating look at a true story.
Something that immediately impressed itself upon me is that the story, despite its subject matter is not erotic. If you’re expecting Fifty Shades of Grey, this is the wrong story for you. No, the sexuality in the book is dealt coldly, giving it almost a clinical feel, which is exactly the right tone, I think, when dealing with sexual addiction. Sherry, the protagonist, is completely dimensional, with a wonderful voice that keeps the reader turning the pages. The other characters are also well written, but Sherry is by far the deepest.
This story will really pull at you. It’s not an easy read because of that, because it demands a lot of emotions from the reader. I do highly recommend it, though, not only because it is a fascinating story, but because it is, in its own way, a beautiful ode to love.
Posted September 6, 2012
Review of Falling in Love by Stephen Bradlee
5 Stars is not sufficient to rate a book which rips at the heartstrings, breaks the reader’s heart over and over, and yet-despite witnessing the protagonist hit bottom so many times-leaves us with hope that yes, there can be good come out of wrong, that there may be joy in the morning, that just maybe there is hope in each of our lives if we will but persevere to find it.
This book will make you weep till you think you can weep no more, but it will also make you marvel at the strength of the protagonist. I’m speaking not of physical strength, oftentimes not even of Will, but of the innate character deep inside-perhaps the soul-which knows life can be better and wants to reach that new life, despite the constant tearing away at her resolve, both external and internal.
“Falling in Love” is the story of Sherry’s struggle to overcome: her past, her present; her addictions; her early abuse, her acting out; her push-away, pull-toward relationships; her inability to get past the first day or so in a relationship. Some readers might denigrate Sherry because of her acts-I applaud the internal strength that keeps her motivated to change.
I rate this 18+ for both language and situations, but I highly recommend it and hope it finds a wide readership. I was so strongly affected by reading it that I had to sleep on it before I could write my review.
I based my review on an e-book copy provided by the author, Stephen Bradlee, to me via his request, on August 28, 2012, in exchange for my fair and impartial review.