Shadow Heart

Shadow Heart This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN What if you were afraid to even turn the doorknob to your front door when coming home because of what might wait inside What would it take to

  • Title: Shadow Heart
  • Author: Pamela Taeuffer
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 9780989952903.What if you were afraid to even turn the doorknob to your front door when coming home because of what might wait inside What would it take to make you step out of your shadows, to once and for all break free from the twisted security of familiarity, and take a chance, a little risk, that could change everything WhaThis is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 9780989952903.What if you were afraid to even turn the doorknob to your front door when coming home because of what might wait inside What would it take to make you step out of your shadows, to once and for all break free from the twisted security of familiarity, and take a chance, a little risk, that could change everything What if you could ask for what you want without being afraid Could you trust another person that much Could you trust yourself to ask it and be willing to face rejection, having to try again And what if you could truly begin to conquer those deep fears that hide inside you, allow your heart to open, become vulnerable, and have the chance for real intimacy the kind that allows another to come closer than you ve ever let anyone before What if you dared to be loved and because you did, you transitioned into an unbelievable and brilliant joy My name is Nicky Young This is my family saga and a love story that tells about the horrible, beautiful, twisted, amazing vulnerability of family dysfunction and how I overcame fears of abandonment and deep intimacy Relationships were things to be held at a distance When I learned to open my heart and trust another and myself I was able to really, really, be alive.This story is about daring to love and transition into joy I m very excited about this book in the Broken Bottles Series by Pamela Taeuffer As a family therapist for than thirty years, it is my opinion these books are like no other They offer you an inspiring adventure as well as a thoughtful journey toward trust and intimacy Truly a stimulating and thought provoking read Louise Monahan, M.S MFT

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    1. I wanted to make a general comment about my philosophy in writing the book. I understand unfinished endings are very frustrating. Really, I get it. Why I'm writing each book that way is because the life of someone growing up in family addiction is a cliff hanger. It's never finished, or at least not until a certain journey has finished for that child/adult. It takes many years to uncover and unwrap all the layers of dysfunction that become chained around our heart and lock us down. If you truly [...]

    2. Shadow Heart by author Pamela Taeuffer is a gripping risk everything for love contemporary romance novel. I was instantly drawn to the provided blurb, as I was offered to read through Bostick Communications, in exchange for review. I was delighted to secure a paperback review copy and there's nothing better than a great paperback in your hand. And speaking of handsmine physically shook within the first chapter, kind of what you say as a nervous tick, as I can relate to having a father depicted m [...]

    3. ***RECEIVED FROM FIRST READS GIVEAWAY***I loved this story, it was well researched and written well from the point of view of someone living with an alcoholic. Although not to the same scale, I am familiar with the coping mechanisms from my own childhood. I found that I was rooting for Ryan over Jerry, however I think that's because as a 31 year old I personally would choose the man over the boy. The only reason I gave the book 4 stars and not 5 is the fact that it ends nowhere, TO BE CONTINUED. [...]

    4. Before I go into my reviews, I’d like to make a statement of sorts. My experience in reading this book has to do with my own history. Some of my own reactions to parts of Nicky’s story, is just that. My own!This story is quite powerful in many, many spots. I loved the poem that starts out before the first chapter. It speaks to the heart and has some very positives notes. Right away you’re thrown into Nicky’s torturous story. Literally, thrown right into the mess. It’s hard because I ca [...]

    5. I received this book as part of a First Reads giveaway. I began reading it this morning and finished it this afternoon. It took me about 3 and a half non consecutive hours to read. As I understand it, parts of the book are being redone and the author was kind enough Well, to send me the book in the first place. However, my point is that she also included a copy of the new ending.My initial thoughts of the book were quite depressing. It was pretty sad to read through the kind of abuse those poor [...]

    6. A young women who grew up in a family damaged by her father's alcoholism and her mother's emotional alienation struggles to negotiate her first adult romantic relationship.Nikki is complex character. Unable to trust her own feelings or the intentions of those around her, she spends a lot of time in her own head. She survived her troubled childhood by focusing on how she'd get out--via acceptance to a top university. To achieve this, she's dedicated herself to her school work and extra-curricular [...]

    7. Oh boy, I really did not like this book.First off, the dialogue, is really really bad like really bad. Even the most minor of character interactions I found totally hard to swallow as the way the characters spoke just did not ring true at all. At one point the main character is eavesdropping on two guys in their mid 20s having a conversation about women and the dialogue between them was quite frankly laughable. Yes, guys can be crude when they are together but while they may make the occasional [...]

    8. Shadow Heart by Pamela Taeuffer is another book I was fortunate enough to win through and I would like to thank Pamela, as well as for holding this giveaway. I am always happy to receive new books and discover new authors. When I see the e-mail telling me I won a giveaway, I get super excited and my mood is lifted for the rest of the day .Shadow Heart is a Contemporary romance novel about a seventeen year-old girl named Nicky. Raised in a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic father and a mot [...]

    9. San Francisco, CA. Nicky Young (daughter/sister, narrator, HS cheerleader) lived with Mr. Young (dad/husband, alcoholic, abusive, retired US Army, mechanic), Mrs. Young (mom/wife, Juvenile Correctional Officer) & Jenise Young (daughter/sister). The 2 girls were in HS.Nicky has plans on going to Stanford. Jenise had been invited to a party. Later she had been gang raped.Mom took her to the hospital & rape test had been done.No charges were ever filed. Jenise got therapy but the trauma wou [...]

    10. Over all, it was a good book with a good plot, etc. I'll read the next book in the series because I want to know where the story goes and I genuinely like the characters and am rooting for them. I only gave it three stars, though, because there were some points where it didnt flow well, was a little jumpy, had too many flashbacks (that I eventually started skipping past because they only reinforced what we already knew about the characters, it didn't add anything to the story, imo). With a great [...]

    11. I won this novel in the First Reads competition here on GoodReads. I enjoyed the story. But I did have some problems with it. The majority of the story seemed like the author was trying to work out her own issues through the character Nicky's father's abuse and alcoholism and her sister's rape. There were times in the story were the actions Nicky takes were to forced and did not flow with the character. That's just my opinion though. It was an engaging read and some people out there might like i [...]

    12. I really liked this book. Right from the start it was easy to connect with Nicky. She was likeable and brave surviving in that household, and to know it was based on Taeuffer's life makes it even better. I can't wait to see who Nicky will choose: the sexy sweet professional baseball player (my pick) or her best friend. Book two here I come. For more reviews, go to my blog bbsbookreviewsI received this book from Netgalley for an honest review

    13. It wasn't exactly what I thought it would be. I just never felt like anyone in the story was really dealing with any of their issues they were just really good at pretending nothing was wrong, I expected more depth when dealing with all these things those two had to go through but it was still a good read!

    14. I am not happy with the ending. Oh wait. There was no ending. I understand the concept of a serial but the first book must end before the second can be written. This book had potential and I waited to see what would happen. I still don't know. Ugh!

    15. A good hearted book. More of a young adult, some text was slightly juvenile. ( not in a bad way, just more from a naive perspective showing realism) . Handled raw emotion tactfully while covering serious issues. Overall an excellent read with romantic discovery story line.

    16. I received the book for free through First ReadsLoved reading this story and can not wait for the next one to come out. I for one loved the cliffhanger ending and I'm rooting for Ryan in the next book.

    17. Loved the story and characters, also rooting for Ryan from the star. Really not a fan of cliffhangers, but can't wait to read what happens next! Would have been 5 stars if the next book was available!

    18. loved it after Nicky was raised by her alcoholic father she has to try and make it in the crazy world loved it!!!!

    19. Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks NetgalleyReview Pending

    20. Wow! I received this for a honest review and I am in awe. What a gripping story and it had me just from the synopsis I read. Fantastic job Pamela! I could totally visual all the scenes from this book. This book was well written about how it is too live with a abusive alcoholic and how kids learn to cope or use certain mechanisms to cope. This book is about abuse, intimacy, moving on, healing and love. It's a nice little package of emotions all in one place.Nicky is a sweet, caring and strong gir [...]

    21. ** JOSIE'S 4.5 STAR REVIEW ** Shadow Heart by Pamela Taeuffer, is a very emotional and powerful read. When I saw the blurb to this book it caught my eye and my interest peeked, and then I started reading it. I was a complete wreck. The first chapter in this book will blow you away. It will make you cry, feel rage, anger and pain on many levels. This story is about Nicky, a 17 year old girl who was raised in a tough home. Her father was an alcoholic and abusive, and her mother was mentally remove [...]

    22. To be honest I might not have given this book a second glance if I hadn't received a promotional email from NetGalley. The romance genre wasn't always one I delved into, but I decided to take a chance to step out of my reading comfort zone and give them a chance when I read that the books were inspired by actual events from the author's life. From the very beginning scene, there was a raw grittiness to the memories of what the main character, Nicky, and her sister, Jenise, went through as childr [...]

    23. Let me start with the trigger issues in this story: addiction, more specifically dealing with an alcoholic parent. Pamela Taeuffer takes a no-holds-barred approach in depicting the outbursts, the uncertainty and the overwhelming sense of ‘walking on eggshells’ that is engendered by this situation. While this is only a part of the story, the effects and reactions to emotion are deeply rooted in Nicky, and while her story is her attempts to break free, the solidity and honesty of her portrayal [...]

    24. I received an ARC from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review."Shadow Heart" by Pamela Taeuffer is an interesting storyline. The character development was very one dimensional and did not allow for reader attachment to any of the main characters. The story is written in the POV of Nicky. The youngest of 2 girls brought up in an abusive home. The father is an alcoholic and resorts to physical abuse when angered. The mother comes across as uncaring and unemotional. Nicky show [...]

    25. Have you ever had a love/hate relationship with a book? That’s the best way I can describe my relationship with this book! Nicky’s childhood reeked of dysfunction. She knows all about alcoholism, physical abuse, and the cover up of the real-life nightmare. To make matters worse, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Nicky has worked hard to build up walls to protect herself, and she doesn’t do emotions.Professional baseball player Ryan Tilton wants to tear down those walls. He’s lived th [...]

    26. I struggled to get into this story initially and that may be because from the offset as a reader you are thrown into a horrendous situation of a memory that Nicky, the lead in this story, has from her childhood as the child of an often physically abusive alcoholic father. We find young Nicky at 8 years old hiding from her father as he beats on her older sister and praying that he doesn’t find her as she will be next, just heartbreaking reading made all the more so when you realise these books [...]

    27. Nicky Young has planned her life out carefully in order to leave home once she graduates high school. Having grown up with a father that was an abusive alcoholic and a mother that has turned a blind eye the majority of the time, she’s worked hard to keep a high GPA, volunteered at numerous places and has not had a single boyfriend for her entire life. She doesn’t want anything to get in the way of her dream to attend Sanford University. After meeting ball player Ryan Tilton some of that chan [...]

    28. *I received this book in a first-reads giveaway. I found the descriptions of growing up with an alcoholic parent quite accurate and probably would have preferred more flashbacks to Nicky and Jenise's childhood. I think more should also have been said about Jenise being raped as it was kind of just skimmed over, even though it was obviously a major event. The idea of having Nicky as emotionally detached is good, as this would be likely in such a situation. However, I don't think this was followe [...]

    29. I expected a certain amount of pleasure from this book, as we all do when we first get a book, or see the cover, or read the blurb. We predict a level of enjoyment we'll get. We see it and say, "Yeah, I think I'll like this book." Perhaps "That book isn't for me." When I saw this book, I expected to like it. What I didn't expect was just how much I liked it, how it was pleasantly surprising to discover that not only is the story one that captures, but that Pamela Taeuffer wields words like dagge [...]

    30. I'm extremely torn when it comes to this book. In the beginning of the book I was hooked. The book started out great but a little over half way through it hit a major snag for me. A character was introduced as a best friend, someone that had grown up with Nicky, shared similar problems, and everything like that. However, this is the first this person is mentioned, and as a love interest. When one is already established, the one who is mentioned in the book blurb. The only one of the two that is. [...]

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