Pride’s Children: Purgatory by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt – (Review by Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph)

Title: Pride’s Children: Purgatory

Author: Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

Published Date: October 28th 2015

Genre: Psychological


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Reclusive ex-physician Kary Ashe transmutes personal tragedy into beloved best-selling novels. Actor Andrew O’Connell revels in the enviable status of leading man, with a reputation for perfectionism, an Irish temper, and broken hearts in his wake. Reigning Hollywood princess Bianca Doyle fears she’s already past her peak, and schemes to cement her position in the pantheon with Andrew as mate.

When Kary appears on a NY talk show to support a cherished cause, and becomes obsessed by fellow guest Andrew, movie star, she thinks she’s safe because she will never see him again. While Bianca, watching the show from far-off LA, is confident she can offer Andrew her own coveted insider rank.

But his next movie is filming near Kary’s Sanctuary, with Bianca as costar. Can Kary risk friendship with this intriguing man? Or will Bianca seduce him and meld her star to his? And will either ultimately satisfy Andrew’s twin lusts for fame and love?

Pride’s Children PURGATORY is a powerful literary debut. You don’t read PURGATORY, you live it. A deeply psychological experience, without flinching, from the driver’s seat right behind the eyeballs of three passionate people who can’t all get what they want. The choices, the devastating decisions, the consequences are all presented with the intimacy of a conscience. Ehrhardt conveys to you the gut-wrenching secrets of a disabled writer at the peak of her powers, a charismatic actor waiting in the spot where lightning strikes, and a ruthless woman who sees a golden future if she can but stick the Hollywood landing once and for all, as if you were wearing their skin.

***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Stephenee -#NerdGirlSteph’s Review***
I actually rate this book a 3.5 stars, but I rounded up for the purpose of the review.

This book is my first book by author Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt, but it won’t be my last! I need to know what happens next! This book left a lot of unanswered questions…I need to know what happens to Kary and Andrew? What happens to Bianca? Does Kary’s book get made into a movie? Is there a happily ever after for anyone?

The characters are compelling, they make the reader sit back and think. There is no instant connection with them in the story or with the reader, the author makes you work for it. The plot is unique, it is at times slow moving, but it does hold the reader’s attention. Some parts of the story are a bit drawn out and some parts I confess that I didn’t actually read (like the movie script or parts of Kary’s newest book). There are times when I did need to step away from this book and read something else to clear my mind.

The writing is good, it makes the reader think, but it does drag out at times. The reader can’t predict what is going to happen next, which is good, but at the same time the author did leave the reader with a lot to think about. This is not a “fluff” read.

Grab this book and be prepared to spend a lot of time with it and even when you are done you will need the next one to see what happens next. A good first book by an author who I can see going places!

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