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  • We all have flaws, even if others see perfection.

    Sometimes a person may find a flaw within themselves that no one else sees. They will twist that flaw until they can no longer breathe until they seek a release. Such is the case with Louella in this story who has a history of cutting herself to release her anxiety. Before reading this book I never understood why anyone would do such a thing, to inflict pain upon themselves instead of reaching out to others but this author has taken a delicate subject (after much research, I am sure) and offers knowledge and understanding in such a way that you cannot help but love the character, regardless of her personal infliction. I mean, we all have flaws...it's just that some are more apparent than others. And this is not the first time this author has taken a delicate subject matter, one not openly spoken of, and shed new light on my own opinions. Annabelle Anders has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Not only will you have a heartwarming story, but you come away understanding her characters with such depth, you'd swear they were part of your life. The Duke-to-be (Cameron) marries the Perfect Debutante (Louella) and in those vows are the words 'for better or for worse'. Does that not mean that when you marry, you are united with the whole of a person....flaws and all? You'll have to read the book to see how he reacts to her cutting and then how they handle it together. I have to admit that at times I myself became angry with Louella, wanting her to stop. Thinking that if those worries were gone, she would not have the urge to cut anymore. It showed me what families must go through when a loved one is struggling with this practice. I was offered an ARC and am offering my review in gratitude.

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  • A Moving Story

    This book touched my heart. The issue of cutting is one I have heard of but not dealt with personally. The insight is amazing. The depth to the characters was incredible. The story did bring me to tears at times but I thought it was well written and moving. I can't wait to see how she handles the next book about her sister.

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  • The Perfect Debutante....

    "Sometimes, the battles we cannot see are the most difficult of all".....a line in this story, says it all. Although this is an historical romance, Ms Anders has added the reality of "cutting" that afflicts so many young people. I had heard of "cutting" but never really read up on it or know anyone who does it so this story really opened my eyes to it. Louella Rose, who is beautiful and deemed "perfect" is forced into a marriage of convenience to Cameron Denning, the Marquess of Stanton. Although they hit it off right away, she very much worries about her secret and what his reaction will be when he sees all of her scars, inflicted by her own hand. Like so many other mental illnesses, it's very hard for someone else to understand what drives someone to hurt themselves. Cameron also has his own troubles and everything seems to be driving them apart. Even though very heartbreaking at times, I loved this story and you can't help but fall in love with Louella and Cameron as they struggle to find their HEA. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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  • Astounding

    I don't know how to describe this book other than the fact that Annabelle delivered a powerful story she delivers a message about self harm which is something that's widely misunderstood along with depression and yet makes an incredible story.. I really don't know how to describe it other then I'm speechless and this book deserves an award or something..

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  • Engaging, real, and well written

    This was a very different type of book to write, on a tough topic, and Ms. Anders gives a trigger warning due to the content. Most people don't realize the compulsion to self-harm stems from feelings that are so overwhelming that the is no release except from some type of pain. The same impulses that may drive a man to punch a wall manifest differently in a woman, and may result in what is known as cutting. Having three daughters of my own, I have seen this in two of them. I am so impressed with this book. The subject matter was handled with grace and dignity. Ms. Anders captured the compulsion, the shame, and the desire to stop so very well. Character development is so critical to me when I read a book. I love that the characters in all of Ms. Anders' books are real people, not stereotypes, not cardboard cutouts. I can empathize with Louella as she hides her secret behind fashionable ribbons and lace. She is a well drawn leading lady. Her struggle to hide er compulsion from society, her initial reluctance to become engaged to the man chosen by her parents. All real and believable. The character of Stanton, her fiance, is also thoroughly fleshed out. Being forced to submit to the will of his father and accept the woman chosen to be his bride. The realization of the purpose behind the mechanics of the engagement. His struggle to understand and accept that his "perfect debutante" is not really perfect is believable and sympathetic. All in all, I say that this book got a solid 5 stars from me. I cannot wait for the next book to be published later this year. Each book can be read individually, but I recommend reading the entirety of each series. You won't regret it, I promise!!

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