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Broken Ever After - Book 1

Natalie Graham

Synopsis

Broken Ever AfterOlivia Stevens is a young, troubled girl from London, England, just about to leave sixth form, into a world full of love, lust, heartbreak and betrayal.
Olivia has had a crush on her teacher, twenty-six year old, Mr Matthews for the last few years but what happens when those feelings are reciprocated? And what happens when someone with a grudge against her gets in between the pair of them?
Forced to face fears from her childhood, Olivia’s life isn't what she thought it was destined to be and the people in her life aren't who she thought they were.

The Review

This is Natalie Graham's debut novel and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Natalie does an amazing job with building suspense through out the book. I have read many books where you already know what direction the author is going to take, however this is not the case in Broken Ever After, when you start to believe you know which road the story is going to take Natalie changes the markers and something happens which you never expected. There are some great twists and turns to this story, they will constantly keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to know more.

Broken Ever After is about a young woman called Olivia who has a major crush on her A'Level maths teacher (I'm certain that is something we have all experienced at some point; be it at school, college or university). Initially the story appears to start of slow, even though it quickly becomes apparent that Mr Mathews (Jamie) is very much interested in Olivia. Olivia believes that when she finishes school she will have her "Happily Ever After" but she couldn't have been further from the truth. You would expect a teacher romance be very much an immature crush but this book does not come across like this, you soon learn that Olivia is troubled by a horrible past and is a strong independent woman on a journey to let go of her history that continues to haunt her.

I don't want to give to much away about the story but I can say that Natalie does an amazing job and making you feel the exact same turmoil of an 18 year old going through all these experiences. Through out the book I went through so many emotions, at times I thought Jamie was a complete sleaze-ball but then went on to feel complete sympathy for him. It takes a lot for an author to be able to evoke so many emotions about the individual characters. For example I felt that there was something not right about Jamie through out the book but at times thinking to myself that Olivia had read things in the wrong context, and then there was Riley, who I have to say I really fell for from the beginning but he also has some deep dark secrets.

I loved all the characters in this book and was left wanting to pick up the second book to the series right there and then. I felt so much heartache for poor Olivia who's head was in complete turmoil as to where she wanted to go and what she wanted to do; her mind was conflicted by all of the lies, something which I am sure we can all relate to from some point in our life. I can also guarantee that once reading this you will feel that exact turmoil as Natalie does a magnificent job in making you only see and experience what Olivia is which makes it all that more realistic when things happen that you wasn't expecting. There are many moments in the book that you will be saying "OMG I didn't see that coming".

Natalie was able to make me want to kiss her for giving me the opportunity to review a brilliant book to wanting to strangle her for causing me a roller coaster of emotions, leaving me with so many unanswered questions. That takes a unique skill; there were a few typos which I seen through out the book but because the story kept you engrossed they were hardly noticeable. If this is the capability of Natalie's first novel, I wonder what the second will hold, you would never even realise that this was her debut novel. How long will we have to wait to see where Olivia's story will go next?
I would really appreciate any feedback about my review.

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Posted on: 10/18/2013 - Posted by: Francessca Webster

- Shell Says...

Love the review! I've just one clicked this on your recommendation. It's on my (long) list to read x

- Guest Says...

Sounds really good! A little like my life x

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