Thursday, August 4, 2016

SAFE AND SOUND by Lindy Zart

Author:  Lindy Zart
Publish Date:   12.23.13 (4th edition)
Publisher:  Lindy Zart
Category /Genre:  Chick-Lit, YA, Dark Drama
Recommended for:  14+ due to mature themes
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
Received from:  Lindy Zart (in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads:  Safe & Sound
Date completed: 01.24.14

Description from the publisher:
This is Lola's story.  She has a secret no one can know.  Once a safe haven, her home has turned into a prison, and she fears if she doesn't somehow escape, she will lose herself completely.

She finds her escape in Jack; a troubled young man with a cynical smile and eyes that see all Lola tries to hide.  But even Jack can't save her from the evil at home.


Lola has lived a pretty normal life for seventeen years.  The only misery to have been experienced, though not a small one, was the loss of her father when she was four years old.  Her mother marries Bob Holden and now every day is an escalating hell to be endured.  She no longer has her best friends.  Bob controls every aspect of her life.  She believes nobody outside of her house knows what is going on.  Then she meets Jack Forrester.  Jack just knows.  He knows and he understands, but his own home is another version of hell.  When the hell of Lola's home becomes too much, Jack can't save her.  Is there any intervention available?

This is a frightening story that could be pulled from the files of any social worker in any state.  Jack and Lola are each embroiled in their own miseries at home, when they meet, and meet again.  Together they find strength in the other to face the demons of their hearths.  This is a sweet, first-love story with a very dark streak of reality.

I loved this story.  The characters, primary and secondary, are all very well-developed.  The plot moves at a comfortable speed.  The only thing I didn't like was it felt like it should have been written in first-person and instead was in third person.  Because of this, it felt like nearly every other sentence was "Lola did…" "Lola thought…"  Her name was used over 1,000 times!  Luckily, I do love the names Jack and Lola, so it wasn't as horrible as it could have been with another name; I am a Parrotthead and kept humming Jimmy Buffett's "Frank and Lola" while I was reading for most of the book.

This is the second book I have read from Ms. Zart and I continue to love her imagination.  I am one of the many following her on Facebook (you know that is the acceptable kind of "stalking") and hoping for an early release of COMPLETE (Incomplete #2).

Also from Lindy Zart:
  • Dating Husbands
  • Take Care, Sara
  • Merry Christmas, Lincoln (A Take Care, Sara Christmas Novelette)
  • Lily
Anything But Series:
          1.     Ordinary
          2.     Unremarkable
Incomplete Series:
          1.     Incomplete
          2.     Complete (not yet released)
Charmed Series:
          1.     Charmed
          2.     Charmed Again



Originally posted 01.26.2014 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books

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