Title: Heart of Marley
Author: T.K. Leigh
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Genre: New Adult/Romantic Suspense
SynopsisTo the moon and back… From the stars to the ocean… That was Marley and Cameron Bowen’s secret code. Twins born just five minutes apart, they have the perfect life… Until tragedy strikes just weeks after their eighth birthday and their father is killed by a drunk driver. Having trouble coping with the loss of her soul mate, their mother tries to find comfort in drugs and alcohol… And an abusive man with a penchant for underage girls. No longer able to stand listening to his sister’s screams and cries every night for nearly three years, Cam takes matters into his own hands and they’re finally able to escape the nightmare. They’re finally able to start over… But the nightmare still haunts Marley. The years go on and she is forced to put on a smile, making everyone think that she is the perfect, well-adjusted teenager that she is supposed to be… Until she is faced with a painful reminder of her past during her senior year of high school and she’s no longer able to keep on the mask that she has been compelled to wear. Recommended for ages eighteen and over due to strong language, sexual situations, and graphic violence.
Heart of Marley is the journey of two siblings. It is full of love, friendship and tragedy. Leigh is able to show the darker, unseen side after effects of child abuse and sexual abuse. I feel for Marley and Cameron. The things that they had to go through. Leigh writes the story that shows what is going through the minds of both kids. How they feel about everything.
The issue of therapy and mental health stigma is a true one. I love the fact that the author brings that into the story. The author does a great job of bringing this to forefront and showing that it does affect those involved.
What made me mad was the Aunt and Uncle. How they hide behind their religion and act as if it is a cure all. It’s not. Sometimes you have to think beyond your comfort zone to seek help.
Leigh did a good job on creating a dynamic between characters. She was able to interchange POV and allow you to see both Marley and Cameron’s side.
This book is not for everyone. There are sensitive themes talked about in the book. I feel that it is one that can bring understanding to those on the outside watching a friend or loved one struggle with the effects of abuse.
My overall thoughts are that the author wrote a tragically beautiful emotional story about these two great characters. I recommend this a must read for ages 18+.
4 out of 5 Stars!!!
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