Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sorrowed Souls by Brenda Youngerman

Amazon Link for Sorrowed Souls

Book Description:

The eyes are said to be the window to the soul. Have you ever looked at someone whose eyes have no light? Follow the journey out of the darkness. In the space of a moment, Bryan Tines thought he had lost everything that was important to him. Waking up in a strange place with no recollection of where he came from, or who he was; lost, hungry and dirty, his life would have been over if not for the kindness of the invisible layer of society. Gus Hill was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and alcohol coursing through his veins. Living on the outside looking in, Gus goes down a path of self-destruction and finds that the harsh words of a true friend enable him to help himself and others who feel their lives have no meaning. Through this path, Gus finds what is really important. Amy Pickens was born into a working class family-a planned and difficult birth-her mother never let her forget how much of a burden Amy's life was to her. She became the unwanted child. Struggling with confidence issues, she accidentally finds happiness, which in one fleeting moment, appears to go awry.

My review:

Sorrowed Souls is a story of several people who grew up unloved and unwanted. The story breaks off in different directions as the reader travels along through each character’s life. Tragedy follows the characters as does their own self-destructive behavior. As their lives connect, the stories take some interesting twists that I never expected. Reading about that much sadness and tragedy was difficult at times, but recovery is always within reach for the characters.

Sorrowed Souls is an interesting and well-written story with interesting characters and plot lines, but can be overwhelmingly sad to read at times especially if sensitive to the suffering of others. When the stories and characters come together and connections are realized there is a satisfying and surprising conclusion.


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