Disclaimer: I met Adele through my support group as she also has Cushing’s. I’ve been having some issues with work and as a result of one of my posts, she contacted me regarding some work she may have as a proof reader. She sent me the first 3 books in the series for free as she felt it would help for me to know the story rather than just jump in on book 4. However she did not send them to me for review and all of my opinions are strictly my own.
“Broken” is book one of a series called “Abigail’s Fate” and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Upon reading the blurb on the back I instantly dismissed it as a romance novel, not my kind of thing usually. I have read the “Twilight” series but I got into that more because of the vampires and werewolves than the relationship stuff. I had to put “50 Shades of Grey” down after the first chapter due to how awful the writing is. However I read “Broken” in 2 sittings. I didn’t intend to as I was reading it when I went to bed but kept thinking “just one more chapter” and before I knew it, it was far later than it should be!
The overall story is that of Abigail, a young student nurse who’s trapped in an abusive marriage and her escape from that marriage towards happiness. There is a love interest to help with this but it’s not the overwhelming theme of everything; sometimes I find this kind of book focuses far too much on the romantic scenes but there’s plenty of other things in there. Abigail is not just falling out of one relationship into another but you truly see her grow as a person.
Adele confided in me that some bits are written from her experiences, both good and bad. She herself is a nurse so certainly the medical bits are taken from her own life and I must say I was surprised to find out the bits that weren’t from her experience as some of them actually mirrored my own and definitely read as if written by someone who has been through that themself. It can be hard reading at times as it deals with some quite hard hitting issues but it’s very well done and all adds to Abigail’s journey and growth.
The style took me a little to get used to; the book is written in first person which is a rarity but once I got into it, it really works. There’s a piece towards the end that’s so casually thrown in, just one little thought of Abigail’s which would never have worked so well if it was third person. It completely threw me for a loop and had me expecting all sorts of big twists which were never revealed until the start of the second book (and it turned out I was wrong, she caught me out).
The occasional bit jarred a little; some of Abigail’s reactions to a bossy person don’t quite strike true to me but then again people who’ve been abused all react in different ways but these bits are few and far between. Overall I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and couldn’t wait to start reading the second one. If you like romance anyway definitely pick it up and even if you don’t usually but are stuck for something to read I highly recommend it.