Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Blog Tour: Fractured by Leanne Pearson

For twenty three year old Katrina Smith, the events of one day irrevocably changed her life.

Life in Christchurch, New Zealand, couldn't have been better. She was in love with a wonderful man, had a job she enjoyed, and had her life mapped out before her...

What dawned as a typical summer’s day, changed into a day of devastation and overwhelming loss. An insidious danger lay beneath the benign land surface, seismic tension, like a ticking time-bomb, was counting down to a catastrophe. And Kate and her boyfriend, Daniel, were in its path. It took mere seconds for the world to be ripped out from under her. Suddenly, Kate was deluged by a vortex of Post Traumatic Stress, guilt and crippling anguish.

Dominic Dell’Antonio, an American marine working in New Zealand, was a man hiding from his own demons which lurked behind depth-less blue eyes that read so much, yet yielded so little. He kept himself aloof and isolated. Nightmares regularly plagued him.

As Kate slipped under a suffocating wave of heartache, she blocks out the world behind self imposed walls, drowning in the torrents of grief. Quiet, yet commanding, Dominic connects with Kate on some inexplicably deeper level. He wants to protect her. He wants to make her his.

Two damaged and guarded souls drawn together through tragic circumstances. Two lonely hearts drawn to one another to find comfort.

Fractured is a story of two broken people who help each other heal and become whole. Kate lives through a tragic event that caused her to lose her boyfriend. This event leads her down a path of flashbacks, depression, and alcohol. Dominic is a war veteran who has walked a similar path and understands what Kate is going through. Though Dom manages to go through life, cutting off thoughts and emotions regarding his time in the war, but at times they surface.

I really enjoyed Dom. He is a strong character and is just right for Kate. He instantly has a connection to her and is fiercely protective and possessive. However, he doesn't smother her. He is patient with her and lets her heal. Kate is also a strong character. Yes, at times she seems weak, but she has to find her own inner strength while relying on Dom. I really enjoyed her journey.

This story isn't sunshine and rainbows. It is about life and how even though sometimes you wish you could just pause it or rewind, but time keeps pressing forward. The characters had to find a way to cope and move on in spite of what they wanted to do. Fractured is a debut novel for author, Leanne Pearson. It is a good first novel. This author shows a lot of promise. She delivered a well thought out story and well developed characters. She is definitely an author I'll be watching out for.

Leanne Pearson grew up in Durban, South Africa. She later immigrated to New Zealand, where she now lives with her husband, and two children. During her down time, if she's not reading, she can be found relaxing outside, sipping on an apple cider, soaking up the sights and sounds of rural New Zealand. Leanne has had a few feature articles published in the newspaper over the years and has had a flair for creative writing from a very young age.

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