Jan 31, 2014

Chasing Anya - Review & Book Tour

Genre:  Romance, Women's Fiction
Content/Theme(s):  Sexual Content (not graphic), Post Abortion Sydrome, Relationships, Spousal Abuse,
Release Date:  January 13, 2014
Publisher: The Writers' Suite

You can read an excerpt here on my blog:

Cover Reveal for CHASING ANYA by JL Campbell

★Edit. I forgot to add.  I was given a free ARC, in exchange for an honest opinion.

My Review:

JL Campbell (no relation to me) has written a romance story with a twist. The people in it are everyday people with universal traits both admirable and appalling, wonderful and annoying. The thing that struck me about these characters is that you don't fall in love with them, you don't aspire to be like them, as you do in some of the more obvious love stories. Deep down, you know you are already like them.
They are dealing with things: violence, unplanned pregnancy, racism, mental health problems, depression, suicide, jealousy, and family problems. They are dealing with real things.
Sometimes it's pretty much the way many people deal with things, by sticking their heads in the sand until it becomes too much and they have to face it. THEN they do something about it. 
Well maybe some of you are more perfect than the rest of us, but these characters felt real to me. I think it speaks to us about the importance of good mental health and how it can affect every aspect of our lives. 
Good job there JL Campbell. I like the realness of this story as well as the the worldliness. 
Whether you agree with how the characters deal with issues, doesn't really matter. It's a bit like that. Maybe we would make some decisions differently, maybe we would make the same mistakes or choices. But at least this story gets us thinking about things other than what the lead character is wearing and where they ate dinner. 
Actually, I did fall in love with Anya's Mama, she's gorgeous. She's wise in some things and just as confused about life as the others, in some things. But I like her.

Just a side note: One of the main characters upset me when he calls another character "a retard".  Many people do this without thinking about how hurtful this is towards people with intellectual disabilities. It's also hurtful towards people with other conditions, such as Down Syndrome where it is used as a slur. Perhaps this link will help explain things. (I have shared this before):

About the Author:

Image of J. L. Campbell
J.L. Campbell is a proud Jamaican, who is always on the hunt for story-making material.

She writes romantic suspense, women's fiction and young adult novels. She is the author of Anya's Wish, Chasing Anya, Contraband, Christine's Odyssey, Dissolution, Distraction, Don't Get Mad...Get Even, Retribution, Saving Sam and Hardware (written under the pen name Jayda McTyson).

Where to find JL Campbell:

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  1. Thanks for linking up to this month's Share the Love Blog hop over at http://www.serenityyou.com/2014/02/share-love-february.html

    Now following you via GFC

    Natasha @ Serenity You

  2. What a lovely review Kate. Thank you so much. I'll point it out to JL

  3. Sounds like quite the book to read. Sounds very deep.


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