Monday, August 9, 2010

Forgive Yourself By Allie Sager

Forgive YourselfProduct Description

Evocative and filled with a rare compassion, Forgive Yourself by new author Allie Sager blends supernatural dreamscapes with affairs of the heart and unforgivable betrayal. Smart and telling, the author enlists a stunning and heartfelt prose to weave one woman’s reluctant love story. On the surface to the outside world, Sammy Logan might appear to be a woman who has it all, but the fact is she is married to a man who has never truly forgiven her for a past she had no control over. Haunted each day by the vivid secret, she turns to Conner Simpson, a man she has always loved—the man without question who makes her feel complete. Caught on the brink, confused, but certainly not alone, Sammy must first forgive herself, make peace with the dark demons of her past and her mystic ancestral visions before she can truly be free.
My take on this book:
Forgive Yourself by Allie Sager isn't what it seems. When I first picked up this book I thought it was going to be another story about an unhappy woman who is cheating on her husband. It really isn't that at all.
It is a story of one woman's journey to forgiving herself, and learning that everyone that matters has already forgiven her.
This story captures your interest from the beginning, it is so easy to relate to because I think we all know someone that is unhappy in their marriage, but are afraid to do anything about it. Sammy chooses to turn to Conner Simpson but in the end did she make the right choice?
Its hard to label this book a romance because it really is so much more. There is mystery, suspense as well as the theme of forgiveness. There is also a spiritual influence at play from the ghost of Sammy's grandmother. Wrap all of these elements together and you have a very interesting novel.
I liked this book, but I must warn that there are scenes that speak of rape and abuse, but the writer doesn't get overly graphic in her descriptions.
Congrats to Ms. Sager for a great debut novel,  I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
I was provided a copy of this novel by the author in return for an honest review.

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