Thursday, May 12, 2011

Book Review: "The Bringer" by Samantha Towle..Debut Novel.

Book Review: The Bringer by Samantha Towle.

Description From Amazon:
"Death is sad, love is agony.

Max was her next job. She got his name just before he died and it was for her to lead his soul to heaven. She was a Bringer.

Then Max started pleading (as they often do), but not for himself, for his son, James.

Would she look after him, would she comfort him as he grieved for the loss of his father? James was a sensitive young man. He would take his father's death very hard.

Well, Bringers don't do that sort of thing; their exclusive role is to usher souls to heaven. They are not allowed to get involved in earthly affairs.

However, when she saw James, she felt something she had never felt before – an emotion, a shock.

She was a Bringer. Bringers do not have emotions.

Yet she couldn't help herself. She found herself being drawn inexorably towards James and his life, against every instinct she had ever had, against every law of the universe.

And she fell in love.

For a Bringer, that is a terrifying fall."

About the Author

Samantha Towle lives in Yorkshire with her husband Craig, children Riley and Isabella, dog Max and cat Murphy. The youngest of four daughters, she loves music - all music - and dreams of a day when …. now that's another story. Her first book, 'The Bringer' is to be published by Night in May 2011. Her second, 'A Single Bite' will be published later in the year.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 343 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Night Publishing (May 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZGDDJ0

My Review: The Bringer by Samantha Towle..DEBUT NOVEL.

 I always avoid reading other peoples reviews on a debut novel before 

I begin reading, however having said that if the reviews of Author Samantha Towle's debut The Bringer are not glowing I would be stunned .

Stunned is a good word for the way I felt when I finished reading this book in the early hours of this morning. 

Totally gob smacked in fact, it’s a rare event that cause me to cry over a book, yet this book is not in any way a deliberate tear jerker.   

The approach and the wonderful understanding of human nature is what caused my tears.

Author Samantha Towle {Memorize that name folks} has that indefinable x factor in truckloads; she took my mundane early morning and turned it around.   

I became Lycena; I became the emotionless "Bringer" taking newly departed souls to Heaven.  I became devoid of any emotion to enable such a difficult and potentially heart wrenching task.

Until she first see’s James.

I felt my pulse quicken, I felt that first flutter of an unknown and unsought emotion. I felt the confusion, the denial, the fear of a hitherto untouched and unexplored part of my being.

That first breath stealing, gut clenching, spine melting, feeling of first love.  Oh, how gloriously this author portrays it.  Accurate to a point where I began to smile in remembrance of that angst.

That dreadful, glorious, life altering moment when your eyes meet and your soul suddenly belongs to another.

Do not be fooled into thinking that this book "The Bringer" is some light and fluffy chiklit romance intended only for women, you would be depriving yourself unfairly from a read that will lull you into a false sense of euphoria and then kick you in the solar plexus with incredible force.

The twists are not in any way predictable, that is the beauty of the work.   

Samantha Towle leads you and invites you in wonderfully written prose, and a writers voice that lingers like good music in the soul, you are smiling, anticipating …  perhaps very sure that you have cleverly deduced the ending. 

You will in all probability be wrong.  I had the rug pulled from under my certainty, and she did it without flinching.

This is one hell of a good book.  It hits you at gut level; it plays with your emotions and at times leaves you gasping for air.

Memorize the name...  Samantha Towle. Unless I miss my guess this novel will make that a household name in a very short space of time.

Do yourself and the ones you love a favor.  Get this book.  Gift this book.  You will not regret it.

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