Finding the Strength to Survive in this Beautifully Broken Story
Is love enough to save Brynn from the darkness?
Brynn Michaels has suffered more than most people could ever imagine.
Married to Adam, the love of her life, she appears to have it all even though she has spent an entire lifetime hiding both physical and emotional scars. When Adam pushes her to begin a family, he realizes that even their love might not be enough to save her from the darkness threatening to consume her.
As Adam makes decisions about their marriage that will affect their lives together, Brynn is forced to face her greatest tragedy and fear alone. Just as she begins to believe she has found the strength to survive, a sudden loss sends her into a tailspin that just may destroy her forever.
Caution: Eva's story contains graphic violence, strong language, drug abuse, domestic abuse, and child abuse.
In this powerful novel, Author Jennifer Sivec delves into the selfishness and depravity of human nature. She begs you to wonder just how much one can endure before you break.
About the Author
Women's Fiction and Fantasy author, Jennifer Sivec, has always found an escape in books and beautiful stories.
As a child, she was the girl who hid under her blankets with a flashlight reading late into the night and would rather read than do anything else. In reading and writing she has discovered refuge and sanctity her entire life, which quiets the chaos, while giving her perspective and peace of mind. She finds inspiration in the balance of beauty and tragedy, which is something she has experienced herself her entire life.
Born in Seoul, Korea, and then abandoned at a very young age, she was adopted when she was three and has lived in Ohio for most of her life. She is married to her best friend, Jeff, and together they share two incredible, imaginative, and funny boys.
Jennifer is the author of the Eva Series and the standalone novel, I Run to You. The Eva Series is a haunting Women’s Fiction series with elements of Suspense, and is centered on Brynn, a woman who was abandoned as a child. It is an intense journey into the aftermath of abandonment, abuse, alcoholism, and cutting. There are numerous twists and turns to keep the reader holding their breath until the very end. Her Fantasy novel, The Forgotten, is the first book in the Lost Children Series, which explores a world where all of the children have been completely forgotten in a land that is put in jeopardy by the evil choice of one devious creature while they fight for survival and search for anything familiar.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Eva/Brynn was born to a drug addicted runaway mother who father left her at the side of the road . then she is adopted and her name is changed to Brynn but her adopted father abuses her also. Brynn started to cut herself when she was younger at least she could control that. Then she finds comfort and love in Adam and marries him. But Brynn must face her past or possibly lose Adam. This was some story. It was an absolute roller coaster ride and so realistic it was scary. It did go back and forth a lot from past to present and normally I really don’t like that but this was so well written The story riveted you in and you got through it. Also having the point of view change from Brynn to her birth mother got a little confusing at times but the story was that good that once again you got through it. But then to my absolute horror it was a cliffhanger. One thing I really can’t stand but I will have to wait for the next book. That is why this is a four instead of a five, But I do definitely recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Free book fo rhonest review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com 4 stars, rated 16+ (Warning: this book depicts graphic scenes of child abuse) I found it difficult to put down this dark slice-of-life story, not for the train wreck effect but because Sivec created truly sympathetic characters. The protagonist, named Eva at birth, was born to an immature teenage mother who later abandoned her on the side of the road. She was then unfortunately adopted by a sadistic alcoholic and his passive, needy wife. To deal with feelings of abandonment and betrayal, Eva (named Brynn by her adoptive mother) turns to self-harm. As an adult, Brynn is married to a devoted husband, owns a successful restaurant, and is generally respected by the community. But the demons inside threaten her livelihood, her marriage, and her sanity. She must face them head-on to get her life back on track. A long-buried secret gives her a long-awaited feeling of freedom and vindication. Leaving Eva is told vignette-style and in almost childlike narration, reminiscent of The House on Mango Street. The author has created believe able, sympathetic characters. Even Brynn's brutal adoptive father is shown as battling his own demons. I believe that Sivec could probably benefit from dialing down the sappy, maudlin tone a notch or two, but overall I love how she created a female character who beats the odds and discovers she is entitled to happiness with people who love her and freedom from her abusers. A recommended read. Jessica Wren
This was my first book by Jennifer Sivec but will not be my last. However, this book was very hard for me to get through. This was not because of how the book was written but because of the content. My husbands and my careers make this story all too real. I will admit that after the first chapter I almost stopped reading. I however did not stop and am glad I didn't even though I did have to stop reading and take time to digest what I had read because of vulnerability of the topics. This story shows the struggle of a young women. It starts with her as a child and progress through her adult life. The reasons that this story was so hard for me to get through was because it starts with her as a child and shows some of the abuse both physical and verbal. She is also emotional abused. Throughout the story we see her struggle with abandonment, adoption and self-mutilation through cutting. Even, though we see all this Jennifer Sivec was still able to show friendship, family dynamics (good and bad), forgiveness and survival. Eva/Brynn is forced to face all her demons of her past, so that she can come to terms with herself. By coming to terms with herself she is able to grow and learn to love as well as trust. This is all shown through a plot that is tight knit and flows through many twists, and turns. However, it still allows for you to feel what the characters are feeling. This story doesn’t just follow/give voice to Brynn but to all of the other characters as well. With it being a multi-layered story it tugs at your heart a little bit more and makes you love and hate the characters. This story had me crying, so make sure to have your tissues handy. I also yelled at some of the characters and got very mad at them. I would have thrown my device but I don't think my husband would have liked that. However, you will be emotionally invested in the story until the very end. *Please read and listen to the cautions that the author has stated if you don’t like a dark read, then this book may not be for you. This book does end it a small cliffhanger. However, book two is now available and called Losing Eva. **Given a copy from the author for an honest review.**
Oh my goodness! If you want to read a powerful and compelling women's fiction novel that will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride, then Leaving Eva is that novel! In Leaving Eva, author Jennifer Sivec weaves a haunting dark tale that engages the reader to follow the tragic life story of Eva/Brynn Michael. This heart wrenching story follows Eva/Brynn's life through her childhood and adult years dealing with abandonment, adoption, and living a life wrought with emotional and physical abuse. To ease her pain, she resorts to self-mutilation, until she finds comfort and love with Adam, her childhood sweetheart. Brynn and Adam marry, and while dealing with the struggles of normal adult relationships and issues, Brynn is forced to face the demons of her traumatic past, and come to terms with herself in order to get over her inability to trust and love. Leaving Eva is not an easy story to read, it is the kind of dark story that draws the reader in and takes them on an roller coaster ride where they will experience the gamut of emotions as Eva/Brynn's life story unfolds. The author weaves a well written and compelling story that intertwines the issues of abandonment, adoption, addiction, alcoholism, emotional and physical abuse (domestic and child abuse), self-mutilation (self abuse), friendship, dysfunctional family dynamic, overcoming past demons, forgiveness, and survival. Leaving Eva is a multi-layered story that tugs at the heart strings and stirs the soul as it explores the depths of the human spirit. It is a riveting story that will easily captivate the reader's attention and make them become emotionally invested. It is a deeply moving story that will make you will hold your breath at the traumas and dark secrets that Eva/Brynn endures in her life, and with the cliffhanger ending, it will leave you wanting more! Leaving Eva is the first book in The Eva Series. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
* I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review. * This book was my first book by author Jennifer Sivec but it will not be my last! She has touched on some very hard, yet very real topics and she wrote about them in a real and respectful way. I felt every emotion that Brynn/Eva went through - It was real and emotional and I felt like I was in the story witnessing the events unfold. The author had a tight knit plot that flowed quickly and it was on a twisting, turning, curving road that left the reader needing more while at the same time dreading the end of the story coming too quickly. The reader was able to feel the events as if they happened to them and in a way that made the events feel so completely real. Adam and Brynn were such well developed characters and they were so well suited for each other. Brynn needed the type of love that Adam offered and Adam needed Brynn like he needed air to breathe. Then it all started to unravel.....and the reader laughed, cried and yelled right along with the characters. There were a few problems with the book, but the plot, characters and situations made up for the spelling and punctuation errors that the reader found throughout the book. The overall vibe of the story will more than make up for these and the reader will just bypass them when they come along. This story is a must read for anyone who enjoys a true romance that withstands all of the tests that are thrown at them. It will make you laugh, cry, gasp, and leave you with your mouth hanging open wanting more. Make sure you add this book to your TBR list and make sure you have a new unopened box of tissues next to you once you start it. You will need them! ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. ***