This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Melissa Tanaka for Readers' Favorite
All Because of You: Eleven Tales of Refuge and Hope is a collection of stories by Isobel Blackthorn. Powerful and poignant, Blackthorn presents several tableaux of life, reminding us that many of us are fighting various battles of our own with varying degrees of intensity and resolution. While some of the stories make it clear what the characters are seeking refuge from, others are more indistinct which creates a sense of discord that parallels the chaos of escape that so many of the characters follow. In addition, many of the stories are written in the first person which makes it easier to connect with the narrator and understand their point of view. Throughout the collection, Blackthorn utilizes rich descriptions and language to portray vivid images of the women and their lives, both the ones they are living now and the ones that they had escaped.
One of my absolute favorites in the collection was The Moon Circle, a powerful and all too real story that leaves you reeling from beginning to end. It was incredibly powerful and evoked a strong visceral reaction from me. The story focuses on a woman named Tammy and an unnamed narrator, both of whom are in a shelter, seeking refuge from men who are physically and emotionally abusive, respectively. Throughout The Moon Circle you can feel the vulnerability and fear that the women have in their hearts, but you can also feel their strength and the hope that they hold onto. Overall, All Because of You: Eleven Tales of Refuge and Hope is a powerful collection of stories that hits you hard, leaving you contemplating the good and bad of life and looking forward to the future.