REVIEW**~**Forgiveness: Alek & Rose by Amanda Richardson

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Escape into the emotional and turbulent world of Alek and Rose, in the first of four novellas by Author Amanda Richardson.  Due to strong sexual content, this story is best enjoyed for those 18+.

Alek and Rose have been best friends for years. They have also been in love with one another for just as long, without letting one another know. A night of celebrations turned out for the worst when Rose leaves without a trace. She is gone for just over a year with no contact with anyone, not even her best friend. No one knows why she left, except one man, who won’t tell anyone for fear of getting himself into more than one kind of trouble.

After losing something precious and undergoing a harsh recovery Rose has returned home to face her demons and finally acknowledge her feelings for Alek. Dealing with such a painful loss has taught her that she needs to live life to the fullest. Her goal when she shows up in town is, to tell Alek the truth of what happened, admit how she feels, and hope that he feels the same way.

Alek has been miserable without Rose, and has guilt of his own, but when Rose comes back he will do anything he can to show her how much he has always loved her. Even when her big secret is revealed and he struggles to rein in his temper he sets out to get the one thing he has always wanted: Rose.

Will Alek and Rose be able to overcome their own obstacles and be together for the long haul?

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**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

Have you ever read a full length novel and thought….boy I wish we could just get a book that is the heart of the story??  Well here it is.  This book had everything a full length novel had but just condensed into a short story (novella)  The author did a fabulous job creating an emotional story that got right to the point.  I really enjoyed this book!!!!  Even though novellas generally are missing some key aspects to a story, this one was not like that.  It didn’t feel rushed to me, we got enough character development that you could connect with the characters and their feelings, plus the plot was developed well.  There wasn’t a time that it dragged on or that we didn’t get enough information.  This story touched on a serious subject but I loved how the author did when showing the true feelings and reactions of the characters.  What happened in this story and the reactions by the characters could truly happen in a real life scenario.  Yes the author probably could’ve made this into a longer book by going us the whole backstory and then continuing on with the story after everything was settled, but I really don’t think this book needed that.  Sometimes I know I like to read a book that is straight to the point.

I loved Alek and Rose.  I thought they were strong characters.  Rose has a tragic event happen to her and she decides the best decision is to leave town.  We find out pretty quickly what happened to her and I could understand why she left.  This story starts off with her coming back to her home town after being gone for a year.  When she comes back she wants to meet up with Alek, who she has been secretly in love with since they were kids.  Alek agrees to meet with her because he is also secretly in love with her and has decided he wants to tell her, but also wants to know why she left.  Once they meet, this is where the emotional part of the story starts.  Rose tells Alek what happened and from there we see how these two characters work things out to get to a better place.  I loved the emotion you could feel from both Alek and Rose.  To me everything felt real and believable.

During the story we are introduced to other characters, but right now they are all just more like background people, but will end up with their own books down the line.  Luke was probably the only other stand out character in this book.  He is Rose’s cousin and was a great support for both Rose and Alek.  I thought he gave Rose some really great advice.  This book also gives enough information on Luke to set up for his book, which is the next to be released.  I am looking forward to his and Emma’s story.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an emotional love story.  If you don’t have a lot of time to read this is the book for you.  You will be able to read it in a couple of hours but still feel fulfilled in the end.

~Jennifer H.

4 B's

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Amanda Richardson is a mother first and foremost. Raising her beautiful daughter takes up the majority of her time, but she has always dreamed of being an author. With one book published, she strives to bring more stories to life. Her passion for writing has increased over the years and being able to write is a dream come true.

After a lot of ups and downs, and publishing her first novelette in July 2013, she finally gained the courage to do more. After a lot of consideration and hard work she has turned what was basically a short story into her first novella. Now it is part of a four book series.

Even as a child, she wanted nothing more than to be an author, but never quite thought it was possible. Now, her days are full of writing, editing, and attempting to keep up with all of her ideas. Being a mother has spurred her on to follow her dreams and be the best mom she can be while achieving her goals; setting the example that hard work and never giving up will lead to great things.

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