24 June 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaways: Where Life Takes You (Life #1) by Claudia Y. Burgoa

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Where Life Takes You (Life #1)
by Claudia Y. Burgoa.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: July 31st 2013 by Createspace.
BECCA TRENT LIVED HER CHILDHOOD NEXT TO A CRUEL WOMAN—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age. The latter took over her Mom's role—making Becca's life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca's best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple years later, thing ended up in tragedy.

Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, caught between sanity and nightmares. Between therapy, work and her constantly looming past she can't seem to find room to breathe. The memories of her late step-sister, Lisa, are her closest company.

Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now she's trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread.

Note: This is the first part of a two book novel.

Reviewed by Kelly.

First Impressions: This girl has had so much abuse she doesn’t think she is worth anything. It just rips your heart out for her.

The Story: We start off the story in the future. So we get some flashbacks thru Rebecca’s POV. As the story moves on, we start to get bits and pieces of her past with her childhood best friend and her new stepdad and stepdaughter and some of her stepbrother.

But the beginning of the story has her with Daniel. He is Rebecca’s stepbrother’s best friend. He has become a billionaire and has always had her back. He also always has someone as her guard following or be near to her. Dan is her rock and is there for her. She is afraid of ever losing him and at one point feels smothered by him. Rebecca also works in the same company her does as does her stepbrother. She seems to be not lacking for anything but doesn’t really seem to want material things, all she has every wanted was her mother’s love.

Her mother was very cruel and when her mother, or Donna as Becca calls her, gets remarried and brings the stepsister from Hell to continue to torture her. Then after something terrible happens, Rebecca leaves with no intention of ever seeing them again. She sees a therapist, albeit part time.

As time goes, and more of her life comes out and Daniel and Tyler (her stepbrother who she ends up forming a bond with) we learn more. Rebecca seems to fall apart and think less of herself.

Then her mother becomes ill, and even though her mother was cruel, Becca still loves her and tries to help her. I would love to share how that turned out, because it tore my heart out, but it would be a spoiler.

This story really is very deep and dark. The book ends on a serious cliffhanger wanting, no demanding to know more, wanting a happily ever after and not really knowing if it can happen.

What I didn’t like: There were people introduced here and there and I had to go back to figure who they were because it wasn’t always clear. I didn’t know why Dan had a bodyguard for Rebecca all the time. I can only assume it was because he was rich but she wasn’t. I don’t know.

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Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.

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  1. I find it hard to read books about abuse. However, it takes the courage to read and know about abuse to help people who's suffering it.

  2. This really looks like a very good read. I find reading about difficult things helps in understanding and knowing more about the topic.

  3. I have this book but haven't had time to read it yet. Books with abuse are hard to read. It's personal for me.

  4. Its very hard to find books about true life abuse. I will admit its hard for me to read with my past. But I have to keep pushing forward. John Emil Augustine helped me out with from the abyss

  5. Wow this does sound like a really emotional read! I just finished A Monster Calls which was also dark and emotional so I think I'll need a break from this genre for a few days but I can't help but want to read all the sadness! >.< Great review, Kelly!

  6. Love books that give you a glimpse of being in someone else's shoes. We learn empathy and can take to heart the lessons from the sidelines. Our life journey is different for each of us.