Kismet by A.E. Woodward

March 27, 2014 Author Bio, Review 0 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Kismet by A.E. WoodwardKismet by A.E. Woodward
Published by Self-Published on 9th February 2014
Genres: Adult, Issues
Pages: 312
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Katie’s world came crashing down in an instant.

Her husband, daughter, and unborn baby. . . all gone in a flash. The life that she’d come to know, gone before she ever really got to live it.With a broken heart, she deals the only way she knows how, by shutting it all off. No communicating, no feelings, just pure nothingness.

Alone with nothing but her own thoughts and a well meaning family, she moves back to her childhood home, a horse farm. It’s there that she finds herself healing along with the horses her family rehabilitates. But when Parker McKenzie comes back into her life she’s reminded of all that went wrong, and all that she lost.

Will Katie ever begin to heal? Or will her secrets and loss be too much for her to overcome?

Perhaps, this is her kismet.

Reviewed by Joanne

“Fate can be a beautiful thing. The universe works in mysterious ways. It brings you hope, makes you feel alive, like the world is full of possibilities. But the truth is that fate can also be a cruel bitch. Fate has a darker side to it that most people don’t like to think about. You make choices that lead to your fate, but what about when you don’t have a choice in the matter? Then it’s no longer your fate. It becomes something predetermined that you have no control over. Some may call it destiny. I call it kismet”

A few of my bookie friends have been raving about this book, and I jumped at the chance to read it, but due to commitments it has sat on my kindle for a few weeks. In the words of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman – ‘Big mistake, BIG mistake, HUGE’ because this book, this heartfelt, emotionally draining book blew me away big time. I’m not kidding. I even had to join a support group to get over it. Yes, REALLY!

The opening chapter had me sucked in, as I was introduced to Katie, who is clearly fighting to get over something that has scarred her emotionally. A few more pages in and we’re down to the nitty gritty, Katie has been left bereft, inconsolable with grief and consumed with guilt over after the death of her husband and beloved daughter. But that’s not the only issue Katie has to deal with. She believes they were taken from her because of choices she made in the past, and this is her punishment.

I found the writing of A E Woodward was so descriptive that I could FEEL the emotions Katie went through, her grief, her guilt, the emptiness, all of it. I loved the flow of the story, the dialogue between the characters; it all just felt so natural, so real. I found the style of writing reminded me of how I felt whilst reading Take This Regret by A L Jackson.

After Katie is discharged from hospital, her parents take her home, her childhood home, the farm where she grew up with her elder brother Tommy. She has a long road of rehabilitation ahead of her, made all the more harder on her family as she withdraws completely from everyone. Her parents and Tommy are there to support her, along with Dr Stevenson (her shrink) and Parker McKenzie, Tommy’s best friend.

I loved Parker and Tommy; they were so protective of Katie and would do anything for her. It was heart-breaking to see them (and her parents) feeling so desperately worried for her and all their attempts to engage her being rebuffed. It’s clear that there’s history between Katie and Parker and she’s going to have to confront her demons head on if she wants to move forward.

 I’m wary of saying too much, because this story should be enjoyed without any spoilers at all, the least you know the better. Read this book, and be there with Katie as she starts back on the path to recovery. Cheer for her breakthroughs, dry her tears on her bad days; fall in love with Tommy and Parker, and even Michael (Katie’s late husband). It will be hard, life isn’t easy. You will need tissues. And when you’re done, you’ll need the support group.

About A.E. Woodward

A.E. lives in Vacationland with her husband and two children. Between her real job and writing she finds little time to enjoy life’s finer things. However in the free time she does manage to steal, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and reading. A.E. is the author of Kismet and A Series of Imperfections: Imperfectly Perfect, Imperfectly Real, and Imperfectly Bad. Working Girl is her fifth book.

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