Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: Everybody's Got a Story by Heather Wardell

 Both personally and professionally, Alexa knows all too well the power of words. Two years after her boyfriend Christophe's vicious attack, she's still trying to see herself as more than simply 'his victim', still trying to figure out her own story.

After his trial, she moves from New York City to Toronto in an attempt to start over, but his words cling to her and even in a new country she can't see how to move into relationships with the new people in her life while hiding the secret of Christophe's worst offense.

She can't hide that secret from her coworker Jake, though, because the news buff has recognized her from the coverage of the assault and trial and knows every word she can't bring herself to say about her ordeal.

With Jake's help, can Alexa reclaim her story and her life?

I have a confession to make - This is the first book by Heather Wardell that I have read! (Yes, my head i hanging in shame at that confession.)  The synopsis greatly intrigued me and I eagerly turned on the Kindle and started to read this book.  I wish I could say that I read it in one sitting, but it took me a couple of days to read this and then it has taken me a few days to write the review.  And it is not what you are now imagining - that I didn't like the book.  It is completely the opposite as I was so swept up in what was happening that I had to unwrap myself from the powerful writing.  Emotionally and physically damaged by an attack from the one man that claimed to love her, I was pulled in immediately by Alexa's story.  From Alexa's struggle to just remain anonymous to her victory in finding herself again, this a solid book all the way through.  Alexa is someone that I loved getting to know and root for as the book progressed. She exhibits strength through her weakness and the incredible will to overcome and not just be known as a "victim".  The title of the book is perfectly fitting as every single one of us have a story to tell and Heather Wardell definitely delivered the story here. 

As an aside note - I have corrected my error and have since purchased numerous books by Heather and am anxious to get started on them.


Author Bio:

Growing up, I was an avid (rabid?) reader. I am a natural speed reader, regularly clocked at about 1200 wpm (I read Harry Potter 5 in just under three hours), and always have several books on the go, nearly all in e-book form on my Kindle.
I have always made up stories in my head, but never considered becoming a writer. Instead, I intended to be a high school music teacher. I was sidetracked by my enjoyment of my psychology courses in university, and ended up with a psychology degree with a concentration in computer science.
This took me to a major Canadian bank as a software developer. I stayed there for just over four years, and then went back to school to become an elementary school teacher. After four years teaching elementary school computer science, I took up the National Novel Writing Month challenge and attempted to write a novel in a month.
I succeeded, and the first draft of "Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo" was the result. I realized I love writing. I left teaching, and I haven't looked back since!

In my non-writing time, I read, run, swim, crochet, take care of my 55 gallon aquarium and my cat Trinity, and play drums and clarinet. Generally not all at once.

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Buy the Book!

§ (Kindle)
§  Barnes and Noble (for their nook reader)
§  Kobo (ePub format)
§ (variety of formats)
§  Sony (for their ebook readers)
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