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A Soul Less Broken
     

A Soul Less Broken

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by Helen Laibach
 

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After being brutally attacked, Catherine Wilcox must discover her own inner strength and courage as she struggles to piece her life back together. She finds herself falling in love with the emergency room physician who treats her, but soon realizes the attack has left her so emotionally scarred that she must turn away the only man who truly loves her. And at a time

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After being brutally attacked, Catherine Wilcox must discover her own inner strength and courage as she struggles to piece her life back together. She finds herself falling in love with the emergency room physician who treats her, but soon realizes the attack has left her so emotionally scarred that she must turn away the only man who truly loves her. And at a time when she feels her life is finally beginning to heal, Catherine must then face the devastation of learning that her dearest friend has terminal cancer. In A Soul Less Broken we follow Catherine as she discovers the depth of true friendship, the healing power of love, and the stamina of the human spirit.

About the Author

Helen Laibach lives in Southern California with her husband of twenty years and their youngest daughter. Along with being an avid reader and talented nature photographer, Helen enjoys writing contemporary women's fiction. All her novels will have messages of hope, self-discovery, and empowerment. And while the characters will go through their fair share of loss, heartbreak, betrayal, and even danger, this author promises that each book will have an ending that satisfies. Her debut novel, A Soul Less Broken, is no exception.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604944662
Publisher:
Wheatmark
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

Meet the Author

Helen Laibach lives in Southern California with her husband of twenty years and their youngest daughter. Along with being an avid reader and talented nature photographer, Helen enjoys writing contemporary women's fiction. All her novels will have messages of hope, self-discovery, and empowerment. And while the characters will go through their fair share of loss, heartbreak, betrayal, and even danger, this author promises that each book will have an ending that satisfies. Her debut novel, A Soul Less Broken, is no exception.

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Soul Less Broken 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Evangeline_Han More than 1 year ago
A Soul Less Broken is a touching story of two women valiantly fighting the giants in their lives. It has a sad ending, but hope resonates well because even though one of them lost her battle, she fought it well. For me, that was the beauty of this story. It is not only about fighting all the giants, but it is also about fighting them well. There are two major serious issues dealt with in this book - rape and cancer. The print version of this book is 178 pages long. At 178 pages, it is quite difficult to cram these two issues into the story and as I read, I felt that the story, especially the part that dealt with rape, was too hurried. If the author had focused on only one issue, the story would have been paced out better. It doesn't help that there is romance, making the content of the story's plot even "thicker". The storytelling in the book was generally smooth, but I wish that could be the same with the conversations. Many of the conversations did not sound natural. Many times, they were too formal. For conversations between friends, especially good friends, we tend to talk in a casual and "relax" manner. It would have been better if the tone of the conversations could have been more casual for certain parts in the book. This is one of the few books I've read that manages to have romance in it, while making the characters almost seem celibate! Okay, it isn't that bad, but I still thought that it was impressive how slow the romance went. Nevertheless, I was glad that there wasn't much outright romance in the book. That would have distracted from the main points, which for me was the rape and cancer themes.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
There are two things in the world that I would consider God's great gifts and that is love and friendship. You are a blessed person once you have the opportunity to experience the best of both of them in your life as some never experience them at all. Catherine Wilcox has endured her fair share of storms in her life. Probably more so than we would ever experience in our own life time. Both of her parents died early in her life, with her mom passing later than her father of emphysema but not before she learned why her father never showed her much love. He had been having affairs while still married to her mom and was preparing to divorce her until he learned she was pregnant. Not wanting to look like a heel, he stayed but secretly despised Catherine and her mom until he died. As Catherine studied to become a lawyer, she found herself in the law library late one night, wanting to impress her new potential employers, and upon exiting the building was brutally attacked, raped and left for dead. Rushing her to the hospital, she is cared for by Dr. Alan Peterson who realizes that this woman means more to him than just being his patient. He is about to discover his soul mate. Now as Catherine begins to battle the demons of what happened to her, she finds solace in her crisis counselor, Madeline Jessops who will help her find a way to heal and in the process teach her how to love again. In the debut novel, A Soul Less Broken by Helen Laibach, the reader is taken on a very emotional journey in dealing with tragedy, heartbreak, healing and restoration in the life of Catherine, Alan and Maddie. It's a such a wonderful lesson in how God can take the most broken places of our life and make them whole again if we are only willing to let Him. You will not be disappointed in this beautiful story. I received this book compliments of Helen Laibach and Pump Up Your Book Tours for my honest review and this was such an inspirational and uplifting book for me. I can easily give this a 5 out of 5 stars and a must read for anyone looking to find the bright side to any circumstance they feel is simply beyond their reach to heal.
SweetMarie83 More than 1 year ago
This book is a beautiful story about love, loss, friendship, devastation, struggle, pain, and ultimately triumph. It's the type of story that, even though parts are upsetting and maybe even a little disturbing, you're reminded of how precious and fragile life is, and it gives you the opportunity to hopefully look at life and your own life experiences in a different way. Life can be brutal and cruel, and the world can seem like a terrible, scary place, but when you open yourself up, it can also be a beautiful place, full of wonder and love. Catherine was such a strong, resilient character. After being so brutally attacked and thinking she could never move on, she finds an inner strength she didn't realize she possessed, thanks in part to the help of her friend Madeline. Cat realized that if you always act like a victim, you'll always be a victim, and that you have to find the strength inside of you and not be afraid to ask for help, even when it's difficult. Although the love story in the book was romantic and had enough ups and downs to keep you interested and wanting more, it was the friendship between Cat and Madeline that was the shining relationship, at least for me. If you've ever been lucky enough to have that kind of friend, you'll understand what I mean. I really enjoyed the little details about the characters that Helen included - and not just the main characters, but some of the secondary and background characters, too. They were things that give you real insight into each character, what makes them tick, what led them to become who they are, etc. I think this book will help women who have been through a similar ordeal. Even for those who haven't, if you've ever struggled through a rough patch in your life and have found the strength to move on, you'll likely be able to sympathize with Catherine and draw strength from her character.
JamesterCK More than 1 year ago
I really didn't connect with the characters in this book. I wanted to, but it just didn't happen. Catherine ("Cat)" is tough, but understandably she has a lot of issues after the attack. As horrific as her attack was, I just didn't sympathize with her like I felt I should. That's when I knew I wasn't connecting with the characters. I thought Alan was sweet for sticking by her side all of that time, even before she even knew who he was, but if I was Catherine I might think that it was kind of creepy. Especially after what she had just went through; he was around a lot, asking about her and sending her flowers. He wasn't really being pushy in the beginning, but his shows of concern could have very easily pushed her away. Madeline ("Maddie") starts out being a crisis counselor for Cat, but they end up becoming close friends. I felt like her friendship with Maddie seemed a lot more genuine than her "relationship" with Alan; I'll explain more about that later. This story has a great message about taking a stand against rape and violent crimes against women. It also deals with the terrifying and devastating effects of cancer, both the physical effect on the person's body who is suffering from it and the emotional toll it takes on those who love them. I also like how at the end of the book the author gives links to resources: RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) and the National Brain Tumor Society. They are certainly both issues that we can all help bring awareness to and give support. I found the dialogue between characters to be slightly awkward. It didn't flow well for me. For instance, when two characters would be talking to each other, they would use the other person's name every time they addressed them. Without it, the dialogue might have felt a little less clunky. There is one major plot point in particular that bothered me; it was extremely predictable and far too convenient in my opinion. It's actually a revelation that Maddie makes, but I won't go into any more detail because I don't want to ruin it for anyone. I appreciated the major issues that this book tackled, but I think it took on a bit too much. The book really had 3 main themes: rape, love, and cancer. I think it would have been a lot better read if it had just focused on Cat's attack and then on her healing process, with more emphasis on her growing relationship with Alan. The cancer aspect just threw a wrench in everything and, to me, made everything even less believable. I appreciate that awareness that the author is trying to bring to the subject of cancer, but maybe it could have been tackled in a separate book. Romance Sizzle or Fizzle?: I have to say fizzle. I wanted to believe in this blossoming love between a woman who has her world torn apart and the man intent on saving her. In the end I just didn't believe in it. It's not that I don't think that maybe everyone has a soul mate; there's no guarantee you'll ever meet that person, but maybe when you do, you instantly know. I think that idea might have worked. But the story jumped around too much; one minute she didn't really know who Alan was, aside from being her doctor, the next they were basically in a relationship. There was no gradual easing into it, them getting to know each other and us as readers getting to see sweet moments between them that would make us believe that they were truly falling in love with each other. I wish there would have been more time take
Pacificbookreview More than 1 year ago
Helen Laibach writes her first novel titled, "A Soul Less Broken," a tale about a young woman victimized by a man. Laibach has written a brilliant novel that brings this theme to a terrifying pinnacle in a story about rape, healing, friendships, and the power of love. Catherine Wilcox was awarded a full scholarship to law school. Her father wasn't supportive of her going to school to further her education. In fact, he was both apathetic and distant to Catherine and her mother over the years. Unfortunately, Catherine's mother was in extremely poor health; being a chronic smoker, emphysema had gotten the best of her. On her deathbed, Cathy's mother explained that her dad was never faithful and had many affairs throughout their marriage. Furthermore, he was unhappy when Catherine's mother became pregnant, and resented Catherine; feeling he didn't want any part of the marriage, nor any parental responsibility. Her mother passed away shortly thereafter, leaving Catherine determined to pursue her dreams. Catherine was studying late at the university library one evening and while she was walking to her car she was brutally attacked and severely beaten. In the hospital, the emergency room physician, Dr. Peterson, worked vigorously trying to save her life. He immediately felt a very strong connection to Catherine; a feeling that she was his soul mate. Dr. Peterson never experienced those feelings before, and didn't understand why he felt that way to a complete stranger. These feelings would eventually become mutual. After being released from the hospital, Catherine suffered severe and often chronic episodes of psychological depression from being victimized. Catherine would never be able to have children as a result of her being raped. She was so devastated that she wished she had died instead of surviving the attack and tired to commit suicide; ending up back in the hospital. When Dr. Peterson was informed of the latest events he wanted to do everything in his power to protect and help Catherine get better. He called Madeline Jessups who is an "intuitive counselor" to help Catherine. Madeline was a personal friend to Dr. Peterson and considered to be one of the best in her field. Initially, Catherine was resistant to therapy. Madeline eventually explained to Catherine she too was a rape victim and has a child by the name of Samantha from the attack. This is when real work of healing started, forming a friendship as trust was established between the two women. Dr. Peterson and Catherine started dating briefly, although their feelings for each other were mutual, Catherine was still struggling with her Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of the attack. She decided to terminate the relationship based on her own fears and feelings of worthlessness. With intensive therapy, Catherine slowly was able to gain control over her life, learning to trust and love again. She becomes more free and mentally at ease while legally trying to put the man that raped her behind bars. But truly disturbing things arise when Catherine's attacker is on the witness stand, in front of her and Madeline. There are various disarming twists throughout the story that will shock the reader. Catherine wants justice, fighting hard to help other women struggling with the same issues. She becomes a victim's advocate; going on talk shows, news shows, getting her message out about abuse against women...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is hard to believe that A Soul Less Broken is Helen Laibach's freshman effort! I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it had everything, from a concise writing style, to an engaging story, and twists and turns. Helen gives you just enough of the story of Catherine and Alan, but leaves you aching for more. I truly look forward to a sequel to A Soul Less Broken! I'm also hoping that Soul Less Broken will be made into a film, so even more people can be inspired by the story of Catherine and her healing process.
bethes67 More than 1 year ago
Once you open this book you are hooked and can't put it down. Cat's story deals with love, friendship, and life. We all have experienced something in our life that at the time we felt as if we wanted to give up. The friendship between Madeline and Cat are what pushed her through. All of us need a friend like Madeline. When I finished the book I immediately started thinking about a sequel and how the lives of the characters would continue. I have told all my friends who are avid readers about this book. Loved it and can't wait for the next one.
DLY-Ca More than 1 year ago
This book has it all. Well, it "has it all" for women anyway! We can all relate to the trials and tribulations that Cat goes through as she learns about life, love and herself. The author embedded spiritual lessons into a well-written novel, making for a thought provoking as well as entertaining book. I read it in one sitting. A great "beach" or airplane read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cat's story is SO compelling. I considered stopping half way through, but I had to know how things turned out for her and read it in one night. Cat's strength is inspiring. Thank goodness I've not been attacked like Cat's character in the story, but I've been gotten through some really hard times (who hasn't) & I found a lot I could relate to. Loved loved loved her friendship with Madeline & of course Alan.
Deanna59 More than 1 year ago
I could not wait to read this book. The day it arrived I headed to bed early just so to start reading Helen Laiback's, A Soul Less Broken". I was not disappointed! I hated to put the book down and was sorry when I finished the book. I could have read this book for many more nights as it kept me turning the pages faster to find out what was going to happen. I was sorry to have it end. I am a huge Sidney Sheldon fan and this story is right up with his books. I am glad to find this new author and look forward to her next book.
LGranskie1 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days, I couldn't put it down; The struggles and tribulations Catherine goes through in this book is very surreal. I think there definately needs to be a sequel written and/or this book needs to be made into a movie. I LOVE lifetime movies and this would exactly fit the decription of that. Definately worth the read.