Bloom by Cathy Jackson

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~ Synopsis ~

My name is Phoenix Swartz. I am trapped in a nightmare marriage of fear and abuse and cannot escape my tyrant husband. Charles Swartz was abusive and demanding. He ruled my life with a leather strap and harsh words. The physical and mental abuse I suffered at his hands made me hate and fear him.

Death would be the only thing that could release me from our marriage.

I’ve met a man named John Westerling. He is not what I’ve learned to expect from men. He is caring, thoughtful, encouraging, and dotes on his only daughter. He treats me as his equal and his encouragement builds me up. His displays of patience and love to everyone around draws my heart to him.

Can the love we are finding together stand against a woman from his past who threatens to tear us apart and destroy all that we are working to achieve? Will I be able to trust again after being married to a tyrant?

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~ Review by Laura ~

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

For Phoenix Swartz life was all about walking on eggshells. Her husband Charles was abusive both physically and verbally. She aimed to please him but it seemed she never did anything right. One day while planting a rose bush, Phoenix receives help from a handsome stranger named John. John was a landscaper. Most of all he was the opposite of Charles. He was kind and seemed to genuinely care about her. After John agrees to help her with a yard project the two start spending time together. He makes her feel like there is more to life then what she is used to. Can Phoenix stand up to Charles and live the life she deserves or will she go about life as she now knows it?

 
This story was a great read! It grabbed me right from the beginning. I could relate to some of what Phoenix went through. The author did an incredible job of portraying the characters emotions. I laughed, cried, and smiled. I recommend this book to anyone who likes stories about finding your inner strength and most of all having faith. I give this 4 books.

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~ About the Author ~

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Cathy Jackson began writing in March 2013. In June 2014, she published her first novel As You Wish, trying to bring hope to those who needed it. November 2014 will see the publication of Bloom, a novel about hanging on during a storm of life. All of her novels will inspire and uplift you.

 

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