I Apologize

I Apologize

by Bradley Booth

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Overview

Unable to cope with the events that led to the death of his fiancee, Tony Richardson lives a very sheltered life. But his small, orderly world is turned upside down when he meets the passionate, intrusive Christina. Besieged with feelings he can't hide and can no longer suppress, Tony is on an emotional roller coaster similar to the one that derailed before. Will the demons from his past steal his chance for happiness once again?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011806186
Publisher: Affluent Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 10/02/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 324
File size: 351 KB

About the Author

Men who previously lacked a definite sense of purpose can often look back on a single experience that altered the course of their lives. For some, it is the love of a woman. For others, it is the death of one. In the case of Bradley Booth, the combination of both had such a profound effect that it led to his writing this story. He lost fiancee to a rare form of leukemia and was advised to seek solace by venting his feelings among others who had suffered a similar tragedy. Perhaps if he had done so, this book would never have been written. The culmination of five tormented years---during which he blamed himself for not doing more to save her---unleashed emotions that produced this narrative. Her death and the dreams she once had for the future defined his purpose in life. As for taking so long to publish this story, when asked, he simply answers, "I apologize."

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I Apologize 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
shirfire More than 1 year ago
I would like to take this opportunity to thank author Bradley Booth for granting me the pleasure and privilege of receiving his new novel, I Apologize, in exchange for the opportunity of reviewing it. This was made possible through Library Thing's Member Giveaway Early Reviewers program. This story is a poignant study of powerful human emotions laid bare in a drama of love, loss and grief and one man's struggle to overcome the overpowering effects of these emotions before they destroy him. The language used is simple and repetitive, but paints a clear portrait of the characters and storyline. The reader experiences a rollercoaster of emotions as his sympathies swing first towards one character and then to another. The reader is kept riveted to his seat turning the pages until the very end by a plot which is centered around an apocalyptic event from the past; which is often referred to but not divulged to the reader until the end of the book. I found this book all the more meaningful, as it is a creation born of personal experiences in the author's life and the writing of it provided a catharsis for him. The book's jacket design is very alluring and colorful with an air of mystery about what the enclosed novel holds in store for the reader. It should attract the attention of plenty of browsers who would do well to pick it up and take it home to experience it for themselves.
littleflwers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written book by a very talented author. I was a lucky recipient in winning this great piece of work from Library Thing Early Reviewers program. Had I not won this book, I would have definately bought it. It is a story about a man learning to come to terms with losing someone he loves and spending years grieving for her. He relives the events of her death and consequently he makes his life as orderly as he possibly can. BUT there is so much more than that within these pages. There is a full range of emotions put forth and you can feel everyone of them while reading this story. This is a powerful book with varied twists throughout the story. Especially the ending! I literally could not put this book down. The writing is clear, the characters are detailed and with that you have a clear picture of everyone of them. This work was based on this authors own life experience, and it shows through the whole book. You feel it - you know it while reading. If you get the opportunity to read this book, I would highly recommend it. I personally will not give up my copy! This is a story that I will read again and again. Bravo to Mr. Booth. Your book "I Apologize" is a touching and thought provoking story that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. And as Mr. Booth says: "Never let a day go by without telling that special someone that you love them". I promise Mr. Booth, I will now.
catscritch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although based on his own tragic story, the author does not manage to bring to life the intricate relationships, paranoia of things that seem too good, and I just could not get over my initial "yeah, like that's gonna happen" reaction. But for romantics, this would be the book.
verka6811 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿I Apologize¿ By Bradley Booth is the story of Tony Richardson, a successful man who has endured a terrible tragedy and resigned himself to never loving again. Despite his resolution, Tony finds love when he least expects it, with Christina ¿ a beautiful famous violinist . The Author himself has lost his fiancé, which leads me to believe this is a true story, or at least somewhat based on real events in Bradley Booth¿s life. This adds a great deal of meaning, and emotionally connects the reader on a more intimate level. ¿I Apologize¿ is displayed in a format that expresses a clear order of events which makes it easy to follow. While the text itself is very well written, the formal tone in which the two characters speak to each other throughout the entire novel makes the dialog difficult to relate to; it¿s hard to unlock the true feelings behind the uptight and formal language that Tony and Christina use with one another. I was hoping to see this couple engage in at least one casual conversation, where they displayed the comfort level of a normal, married couple. Although I was expecting a modern story, there were very few aspects of this that seemed to be consistent with present day or even the past decade. It reads like a novel from a much earlier era.As Tony and Christina repeatedly express their undying love for one another, in a strange and over-the-top fashion, I can¿t help but wonder where this love is coming from, as the characters have just met, and barely know one another. Their first meeting is an unexpected meal together. Their second meeting is at a party, which ends badly. They are then married, in a wedding that the groom (Tony) knew nothing about until he was at the altar.It is difficult to relate to Tony¿s innermost thoughts about Christina. The conflict in his mind consists mainly of two emotions: one minute he is feeling paranoid that Christina is trying to control him, and worried that he has made a mistake; the next minute he is feeling blessed and so lucky for having her in his life. It is unclear which is the more dominant feeling, as his mind takes him alternately between these two ideas multiple times, and his feelings never truly come to a resolution. To be fair, his confusion is somewhat justified in the fact that Christina seems to have two personalities ¿ one is that of a sweet and innocent woman, trying to be the best wife possible; the other being manipulative and controlling. Examples of her manipulation include planning their wedding without his consent, as well as later getting pregnant against his wishes. Impressively, she manages to immediately get back into his good graces after each of her manipulations. This contributes to his ever changing opinions of her, which range from love to disdain and back to love within minutes ¿ over and over again.The sexual references are absurd, to say the least. The strange metaphors and descriptions of intimate moments will make you laugh out loud, which is unfortunate because I don¿t believe they were meant to be funny. The couple constantly refers to each other as: Princess, Dearest, Precious and Sweetness ¿ typically several times in each conversation. It gets to be a bit much.Christina¿s eager-to-please attitude goes entirely too far to be taken seriously, while Tony¿s lack of a personality is evident and it causes the reader to wonder how or why each of these people came to be this way. Unfortunately, there are no clear reasons or past events to justify Christina¿s overboard behavior or Tony¿s underdeveloped character. By the end of ¿I Apologize¿, we find out the details of the tragedy that Tony faced years earlier, which helps in understanding what Tony has been through.Regardless of my opinion about whether or not I enjoyed reading ¿I Apologize, ¿ this novel could be significantly beneficial to anyone looking for support after experiencing the tragedy of losing a loved one. Perhaps this novel is not meant to provide entertainment to the re
carolinagirl2104 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, although it was a little confuaing at times. I also like the fact that it was based on the authors life. I did however feel sorry for Tony because Christina doesnt know what she wants. Overall it was a nice love story.
DansMomTerri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was not good. It was poorly written --- the style was very self-conscious and forced. The dialogue was extremely unnatural and the story was not believable. The protagonist was unlikeable, and the way the women characters were portrayed was unrealistic and insulting. The use of fruit euphemisms in the sex scenes was ridiculous.
ailleth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book, and learning that this is based on the author's real life. i feel sorry for the character of Tony, he seems to be getting the run around from Christina. she is not sure what she wants in life, even though she is an accomplished violinist. i recommend this book.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
I Apologize by Bradley Booth Tony runs a company in the city with help from his secretary, Maggie. She took it upon good authority that he'd end up like her dead husband if she didn't intervene. She commandeered the desk and told the others the job had been filled. She is an asset to his company and knows just the right things to say to others to get them to be a client of his. He works mega hours as he has no other life now. He goes to the ballet often and other entertainment in the city. He ends up having dinner with a woman Christina and then they split ways. That night he sees her, she's the one world renown violinist for the symphony and she draws his attention. He does meet with her and before you know it he's attending her wedding day ceremony. Problem is she leaves the man at the alter and with Maggie's help they are the ones to be married that day, elsewhere in front of their relatives. Their sexual journey and honeymoon start at Bermuda where the sky is the limit to whatever they want. Very heated sexual play. After several days they explore the island... He tells her of his dreams and goals in life and there are many poems throughout the book. Steamy sex scenes as life goes on for the married couple. Things progress: cooking, new house, and work for them both keep them satisfied til she tells him her news. It's most unexpected and he's terrified for her. Seems he's been down this path before.. He seeks guidance from his friends and his driver..he is too bitter and blames himself for what happened in the past and knows that Christina has betrayed him. He does open up to Harry and along with what he perceives to be God's wishes he can understand all that was meant to be: not a death but a celebration of life. Love the detailed descriptions of the surroundings, travel and house furnishings, gardens, and glad one old man was able to break through to him...
sc_nj_lady More than 1 year ago
Hometown author who deserves the praise...well done!
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