A Woman Gone Mad by Kimber S. Dawn (ARC Reviewed by Tina)

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Title: A Woman Gone Mad

    Author: Kimber S. Dawn

    Published Date: January 8, 2014

    Genre:  Dark Contemporary Romance


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Forget everything you know about fairytales. There comes a point in a woman’s life when she realizes not everyone gets a happy ending.

And no one knows this better than Lillian Shaw.

The safety of a small southern upbringing and a happy normal family couldn’t keep life from chipping away at her.

And nothing leaves its mark like the bite of a broken heart.

Blow after blow, Lillian tries to stay optimistic, but when faced with a choice that could destroy her future, she gives in to the temptation.

When your first true love comes crashing into your happily ever after, you’re supposed to walk away. Not fall back in love.

But saying no to Leo was something Lillian could never do…

Once lines are crossed is there any going back?

Or is the risk that Lillian Shaw takes going to leave her broken again…

And this time be enough to make her A Woman Gone Mad?

***Warning: This is not a shy and tender fairytale love story.  It’s a raw, tragic, and gritty story inspired by true events. This book is not for the faint of heart, it contains graphic language, sex, violence, and drug use. Contains Suggestive Adult Situations MATURE Audiences Only.  Not intended for young readers.***

paragraph divider 18***Tina, #NerdGirlMama’s Review***

When you first start reading the prologue you are at almost the end of the book, and at first I felt like I was not sure this was going to grab me and pull me in.  Then chapter 1 you’re taken back in time to when it all started, and boy was I wrong.  Kimber’s writing is amazing, outstanding and she pulls you in and keep you reading until the end.  There are a few characters to this story and for a debut novel Kimber writes like she has been writing for years, she knows when to give you what you need and when to wait for the rest.  You get to know them as Lillian the main character does a little at a time, and Kimber paints that picture so well that you are there during every moment and you feel all of it.

As the synopsis says this book is not for the faint of hearts it has everything from foul language that famous F* word used a lot, to the depth of hell more than once, tragedy, violence, sex, abandonment, self loathing and hatred, drugs, alcohol, but then you also have passion, hope, humor, love, and that all not everyone finds epic soul mate love.  Kimber takes you on this rollercoaster ride from teenager to adult with raw emotion, and you will feel every emotion with her, happy, sad, sexual passion, love, hatred, self loathing, anger, and so much more.  I found myself going from one extreme emotion to the next and even screamed out load NO with the first line of the epilogue (not realizing it said 2016).  Well there were a few other times while reading this novel that I also screamed out load NO, but nope not giving away where as you‘ll know when you come across them too.

I honestly have tried to write this review a number of times over the past week and I kept giving the story away and I would delete it and start over again many times before settling on this one.  It is just so real, powerful, epic, and tragic; dark with drama, and it was just so hard to try and get it right and do it justice.  You will find that you will be left with some questions in the end, but that truly does not take away from the story.

So I tried to give you a review without spoiler’s as I do not like them in reviews, but it was hard as this Book AWGM is utterly one of the best books I have ever read.  For this book is based on true events I hope I gave it justice, as some of you will relate to part of this story as I did as I remember my past.  For me there have only been 2 other books that have reached into my soul and touched me to the core of my being as this one did, and I am sure that this one will touch you just as much.  I recommend this book to everyone, buy the book you will not be sorry, it is a must read and do not forget to buy the box of tissues as you will need them at times as you will laugh until you cry and cry until you laugh.

 I would give this book 10 star if I could, but it gets all 5 that I am allowed to give.  One last note as I cannot wait for the next book from Kimber S. Dawn, but this will definitely stay with me forever and I am a true fan of Kimber’s.

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