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The three stories in the book are extremely different, so you get treated to a triple-header of sorts. It's far from the same story being told three times. It's an interesting variety that invoked a wide gamut of feelings out of me.
Carmen did a wonderful job of making me feel each character's emotional state. Some characters filled me with so much sorrow that I found myself wanting to apologize to someone I may have wronged in life. I found myself asking, "How can something so bad happen to someone just trying to live life?"
Other characters angered me to the point of a throbbing vein in my forehead. The level of selfishness and ungodliness in some of them left me astounded. I literally found myself hating some of the characters because I was so appalled at their actions.
Having said all of that, the thing that I think that I enjoyed the most about Carmen's book was the level of details she gave throughout. She painted a visual picture that any artist would envy. She especially did that for me in the 3rd story with the character named Chase. With each paragraph, I felt as if I was there watching everything unfold. The way she described everything happening around Chase made me feel as if I was really getting a sneak peek into someone's life. Carmen has a way with words that will have you smelling the honeysuckles before you're done with the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone. This book contains stories of deceit, perseverance, revenge, tragedy, triumph, and more. As I finished the final page and thought back over what I'd read, I thought about the emotional rollercoaster I'd experienced. I thought about how there were times I caught myself smiling as I read some parts of the book to times where I felt empty inside as some of the characters suffered through something.
The only emotion that I absolutely did not feel after reading this book was regret.
From the www.WhenHoneysucklesFall.com website:
Follow the women of "When Honeysuckles Fall," a short story collection that serves as a memorial to real life issues and relationships.
Michelle is a Bayou Belle from New Orleans, who is an ambitious lawyer that quickly finds out everything is not what it seems in her world. Donna is a Georgia peach at heart who transplanted to Texas, where everything is bigger, including the lies. Finally, Chase is a savvy southern belle and realtor who nestled in Miami, and the arms of a man whose indiscretions send her back to her home town in Mississippi and forces her to face her past.
Exploring issues ranging from infidelity to overcoming childhood abuse, Carmen Hendrix digs deep into her personal life to form the characters in "When Honeysuckles Fall" and promises to keep you on the edge of your seat. Read on as each character develops while struggling to find their truth.
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