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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Plant Hope: Harvest Love by R.H. Krämer tells the story of Aurora who suffers abuse in an unhealthy relationship. Her man, Adam, cheats on her, even with her best friend, the closest thing to a friend she has ever had. She has lost friends because of him, friends who couldn’t accept to see them together after the emotional abuse. The man she’s been with for the past nine years has only filled her heart with broken promises, ending up impregnating another woman and breaking her heart. It’s a tale of heartbreak, lust, and deep emotional hurt, but healing comes when Connor enters her life. Getting married to Connor with two boys that are actually hers, one legally and the other biologically, becomes the peak of her life, the fullness of a liberating love that empowers her and restores her sense of inner freedom, dignity, and trust.
R.H. Krämer writes with unusual fluidity, creating characters that leap off the page with realism. The narrative is energetic and emotionally rich. From the moment the reader hears the voice of the narrator, a voice that captures Aurora’s personality in a powerful way, they are seduced. The feminine aspects of this voice come out clearly through the narrative. Character development is top-notch and readers will enjoy the transformation that takes place in Aurora; she develops from a woman who never cared about getting married — as long as she was happy — to understanding the beauty of marriage and mutual trust in relationships. Her fear of being hurt is transformed into an empowering sense of confidence when she finally finds a man who can love her exclusively.
I enjoyed the conversations between the protagonist and her female friends — some of them mistresses of Adam. The writing is insightful, witty, with intelligent conversations and moving tirades between the protagonist and her friends. The emotion is strong, developed around scenes when Aurora hits rock bottom. Plant Hope: Harvest Love is a beautiful narrative, well paced, and exciting. A story with mature content, it captures the inner workings of a woman’s heart in a way that I haven’t read elsewhere before. You’ll love the realism infused into the story and the characters, and at times it is hard not to feel frustrated with Aurora’s stubbornness of heart. It’s really a delightful read.