Reviewed by Desere
Believe is story about how we can find our own happiness when we can find the courage to believe that hope is out there, and look beyond the point of hopelessness and despair.
The read tells of James, student Dr and genius in the making. But his life is far from perfect and all rosey. His father is a alcoholic and his mother one of those woman never ever to be messed with and also one of the most critical and cold hearted people you will ever meet.
The little bit of sunshine to this family is James's sister, she can see things no one else can and this makes her of course pretty special and a very interesting character however, it also leads to her being in the one mental institution after the other and just adds to the drama of this mixed up family.
For this unique ability her parents shun her as let's face it, things like "My child sees things no one else can", is rather hidden from the world as if it is revealed the world will think you the worst parent and that perfect little bubble of family being perfect you have worked so hard for will go up in smoke.
So when James starts to also see things he is trapped in a world of wanting to hide it in order not to be viewed by the rest of the world as his sister would be and a world or wanting to let it all out so that everyone can have hope in daring to believe it can all be real.
I liked the dialogue and the backdrop settings were well incorporated. A really good story about the what if's in life and how it could all be viewed differently if we had the ability to see it from a different perspective. For me as reader it reminded me that if we take a moment and step outside of our comfort zone and try to see how things could be dealt with in a different manner rather than by our own set of rules, we will find that it is not half as bad as we make it out to be. And also the courage to be the real you.
I will recommend this read for anyone looking for a new take on romance with a very different twist and that little bit of look beyond logic message.
4 star review
" Always keep believing"
Reviewed by Shirley Buchanan
What is to say when you have an instinct, a dream, or a vision of things that they can't be real? A mother has an instinct about her children. A psychiatrist can interpret a dream. A visionary can visualize things to come. But have you ever wondered about the families of a person with the “gift of sight” or the people their visions touch?
For as long as she can remember, Josie Bowheart has had two constants: her visions and Molly, her imaginary friend. Trying to survive in her dysfunctional family of an arrogant father, demanding mother, and a sympathetic brother, she has spent years in and out of mental institutions to “cure” her gift and make her conform to society's version of normal. By her twenty first birthday, she despairs of ever succeeding, but her brother James's gift of poetry provides the first flicker of hope for a path to either normal or acceptance. Which fork in the road does she take: normal by suppressing her gift through drugs or acceptance through strength, courage, and belief in her gift?
In James Bowheart's professional life, he is a doctor-in-training, capable of greatness, but he believes in only scientific evidence. Anything else that hasn't been proven is of little value. Until one day, a lecture by a prominent professor provides the catalyst for a change in his thinking. Now his training is becoming enhanced by a higher level of belief in alternate reasoning. But his personal life is a mess. Battling a drug addiction, hanging out with enabling friends, and feeling an attraction to his pregnant divorced neighbor were just a few of his problems. Add in an accused mental sister, overbearing alcoholic father and cold emotionless mother to the mix and he begins to wonder what he can believe in. With each revelation in his professional and personal life, the bar shifts on his changing beliefs and his confidence is shaken. Has he been arrogant in his cocky attitude that only scientific evidence was believable or has he been shown there are more spiritual things he needs to embrace?
This book was excellent with a well written plot and well developed characters. Interesting from the first to the last page, there were few emotions that were not engaged. I loved how the poetry was weaved into the story, enhancing the different emotions or insights that the characters were experiencing. I gained a different insight for my personal life from all the different angles shown of Josie's “special gift”. The secondary characters gave much added dimension to the story.
I received a copy from the authors for an honest review.
I would recommend to all romance readers.
5/5 stars If you believe, you can accomplish anything.