AGE GROUP/GENRE: Adult Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: 9th April 2013
Reviewed By: Liz
SOURCE: Paid for download from Amazon US
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Natalie is a wife.
Natalie is a mother.
Natalie is a cutter.
Clawing at walls built by resentment, regret, and guilt, Natalie cuts as an escape from a life she never planned.
Staying present is only possible when you let go of the past. But, what if the past won’t let go?
Wow! In the Stillness was the first book I read by Andrea Randall. Loved it!! So Real, Stripped-Down Raw, Emotional, and Fiercely Honest. I was hesitant to read something that I knew would change my life. Why? First, I picked up this book when a tragic event took place, the Boston Marathon. For the first couple of days, it took everything in me to continue reading as the subject matter was not light and fluffy . Second, the synopsis’ first lines, shook me to the core and was faced to experience something real —deeply moving and brought you to a dark place praying for a way out.
Natalie was not only a wife or mother but also a cutter. Yes, she had this emptiness inside of her, a lost soul trapped by the guilt of some decisions she made causing her to cut for handling life as best as possible. Cutting was her escape to forget what she could have had… Ryker Manning! Natalie was someone you could totally relate or connect with and having a strong need or pull to help her troubled thoughts and put the pieces back together for her. She was not only a survivor but loyal, strong and down to earth. You knew that deep down Natalie had a peacefulness to her that will only surface in due time.
My Natalie ( Jennifer Garner)
Ryker Manning was a Marine struggling from the devastation of being in Afghanistan. Ms. Randall made you feel every gut-wrenching emotion, making you understand how someone tainted with War can change on a dime and still have an option to heal. Natalie and Ryker were soul mates in every way, but War changed their path unexpectedly. Natalie moved on with her life but was really in an unhappy place and Ryker was still coping with life after War. Would they find each other again or was it too much to handle with all the baggage over the years?
My Ryker ( Colton Haynes)
Without a doubt Ms. Randall constantly kept you on your toes. Throughout the book, I cried several times. The kind of emotion, never felt before. It intensely captured my heart, and the evoked emotions had a tight hold on me. The difference amongst other emotional experiences, were the cleansing tears. I was so drawn to the storyline and so changed that I felt once I read the last line Ms. Natalie and Mr. Ryker would never leave my heart and soul. I was left with that sense of loss for a couple of days after reading In the Stillness. And it took me quite a long time to gather my thoughts and write this review (hope I did this book some justice). This story was brilliant and not the same redundancy of some stories being released lately. I leave you with this…. You need to read this like Yesterday… really made you think long after you have closed the pages…. You surely will fall in love with Ryker and Natalie and surely miss them once you go on to another book.