Sunday KU Spotlight by KUBR + OCA

Hey, KUbbies and Addicts! Welcome back to the KU Sunday Spotlight by KUBR + One-Click Addict!  Here are two new great Buy Its to add to your TBR today!

challenge

RATING: BUY IT {Mila} – I just finished Challenge by Amy Daws and it was so much more than I ever expected. Challenge is the story of Camden, a pro-soccer player + Indie, a child prodigy-turned doctor. They meet after Camden suffers an accident on the field.

It might seem like a simple football (soccer to us American folks) story, but it was so much deeper than that. It sought answers to questions about how the way we’re raised impacts the choices we make, how the best laid plans are often for naught and, what I found most interesting, who  we are when we strip away the titles we’ve come to earn and identify as in life – athlete, spouse, coach, parent, doctor or otherwise. In particular, I found Camden’s  struggle with defining himself post-injury particularly interesting and insightful.

Beyond the depth, I simply fell in love with the entire Harris clan – Camden’s brothers, Tanner, Gareth and Booker, and their sister, Vi, and her man Hayden, the two of which are featured in That One Moment, from The London Lovers/Lost in London series, which I will definitely be diving into!

I’m always drawn to series that feature big, tight, loud families (much like my own) and I just know I’m going to devour each of the brothers’ stories as they’re released. I’m a little sad to tell you that Challenge is the only book of Ms. Daws’ in KU, but that won’t stop me a single bit. In fact, before I even finished this review, I bought the five books in The London Lovers/Lost in London series.

finding_libbie

RATING: BUY IT {Robyn} – There are many days when I forget how lucky I am to have grown up in the time I did. Born in the mid-70s, I’m really a product of the 80s and 90s, thanks to having two older siblings. But I grew up in a time when kids played outside, televisions required pressing a button to power on and books were only available via paper. We actually used encyclopedias to research our homework assignments. I was lucky to live in a house with two sets! And while I cherish that time, I do recognize the world has made many incredible strides in the last 30 years. With the invention of the internet, we can connect to people all over the world. Get glimpses of lives and communities we might not otherwise. We can share new information and findings. And we can try to understand one another. Finding Libbie: A Novel by Deanna Lynn Sletten is a book that reminds us of life in a simpler time, but gives us an appreciation of where we are now. And it does so in a hauntingly beautiful way.

This story is really about Jack + Libbie, high school sweethearts in the late 1960s that eventually go on to marry. Libbie is from the wealthiest family in town and her mother never approved of her relationship with Jack. As time passes, and Libbie’s mental health declines, Jack and Libbie’s marriage is tested and fails. Jack eventually remarries and has a daughter, Emily, while Libbie falls to the only method of coping for people at that time – drugs and alcohol. It’s only years later, after her mother dies, that Emily learns of Jack’s first wife. Seeking a way to bring her dad comfort, Emily sets out to reunite two souls that should never have parted.

This was the first time I’ve read Ms. Sletten’s work, but it won’t be the last! As a woman who suffers from depression, I could understand Libbie’s struggles and found myself grateful for how far we’ve come in understanding and treating mental health. Libbie is so real and relatable, regardless of era, that it’s hard to not feel some anger and resentment over how she was treated by her family. And to see life from Jack’s side, willing to love under such difficult circumstances, makes my little black heart wonder if maybe there’s a Jack somewhere for me.

I promise, there is a HEA in one of the most beautiful journeys I’ve taken in a little while. Keep your box of tissues nearby, because, yep, I cried with this one!!

As of 10.2.16, Challenge and Finding Libbie: A Novel are available on Kindle Unlimited.

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