Normal. It was a relative term, or so I thought.
After a relationship from hell that almost killed me, I didn't want another man in my life. A job, a home, and great friends were all I needed.
Until two men interrupted the calm I was pretending to be.
One could take me to the future-a future I never dared to dream I could have. A man who gave me a chance to smile and fix the mistakes I'd made. But, I shouldn't get a second chance at a happily ever after.
The other would take me back to the past-a past I didn't want but was all I knew. After losing the most important thing in my life, I didn't deserve more than that.
Faced with choices I didn't see coming, I knew I had to make a decision. Be thrust forward into a new life, or be held prisoner of bad choices from my old one. I was terrified of both.
Ages 18+ due to adult situations and violence.
©2013 B.L. Mooney (P)2015 B.L. Mooney
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I received this book for an honest review. this my first book ive listen to by this author I thought this book was an good book to listen to to had my attention from beginning to end
"surprisingly better than expected..."
This is a well written book with great organization and planning. I didn't expect the book to be this good if I were to be honest. However, the story was really strong and great narration.
I haven't read one like it. 50 shades of grey was completely different. I see other reviews comparing the two but honestly this book had more story than 50 Shades and the sex was steamy.
I have never listen to Meghan Kelly's performances before but I really enjoyed her. She did a fantastic job. She is one of the top performances I have heard and I listen to many books. The only constructive criticism I would give would be to fine tune the male voices they tend to get a little awkward but same problem for most female narrators.
She speaks clear, concise, and fast but not to quick.
Hot, steamy and leaves you wanting more.
This book says it is the 1st one. Hopefully a 2nd once comes soon. I am eager to know what happens.
"GREAT STORY AND EXCELLENT NARRATION!"
I might...I enjoyed it very much!
That Drew was actually getting help and became stong!
I cried a lot, and was angry at times...I hate how men try to control a women sometimes and treatb us as property!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
Drew is very damaged from a bad relationship that caused her to be abused, exploited and ultimately caused her to lose her first child in a violent way! But she does not stay a victim, she get help, and with the love of good friends and new sweet man, she becomes whole again....I cried a lot during this book ans was very pleased with the happy ending!
Meghan did a great job on her narration and I loved this book!!
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"Great mix of suspense, drama and romance"
Four years ago, Drew escaped an unhealthy relationship. With the help of her therapist, Joseph, and her best friends, Terri and Mark, with whom she has been living, she is striving for normal. Drew's abusive relationship with ex-boyfriend, Craig, is revealed through therapy sessions and flashbacks. Her friends believe she should be moving on and encourage her to see Dennis. Dennis is an all-around nice guy. Reliable, funny, safe.
But when Drew meets Carl, who is a widower with a little girl Drew is taking care of in the childcare center where she works, Drew has conflicting feelings whether normal and safe is right for her. Carl is self-assured, manipulative and controlling. In many ways very similar to her ex-boyfriend, Craig.
And what will happen when Craig comes back into their lives?
This was a very compelling story with a brilliant mix of romance, suspense, family drama, lots of emotions and some nice twists. B.L. Mooney's writing really draws you in and the characters are very well developed, that includes all the secondary characters.
I had a bit of a love/hate relationship going on with Drew. She is obviously a very vulnerable young woman with a traumatic past and I really wanted her to succeed. But, she made some pretty stupid decisions along the way. Some of the events relating to the childcare setting I found very difficult to believe.
The narration by Meghan Kelly was convincing and enjoyable.
I received a complimentary copy of the audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.
At first I was a little confused about Drew and all her drama, but as the plot continued, various feelings were uncovered and the story kept getting better and better.
Meghan Kelly is the best, I love every time listening to her perform. Even in times where the plot was difficult and somewhat stuck, she manages to make a difference and deliver the feelings and the emotional state of every character. She is amazing!
The ending was marvelous! All in all the book has extreme scenes, sexual, violence, psychological traumas, etch. but it is very good and keeps your interest up to the end.
I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own. I was under no obligation to post a review or give positive feedback.Thank you very much B.L Mooney and of course Meghan Kelly for this book.
"Enjoyed it all!"
Striving For Normal was not quite what I expected. Started pretty heated and ended in the best way. Story line was not something I have ever experienced, but helped me to be more empathetic to those that have. I've always asked the question...how could you allow yourself to...? B.L. Mooney did an excellent job of helping with that. Once again, Meghan Kelly did an excellent job of narration. Her ability to tell a story by bringing you into the world of the characters is outstanding. I'm never disappointed. Good book, good narration. Definitely one that I would recommend!
"I Wasn't Moved By Description Of Book - But Great"
The description/publishers summary did not really sell me, however *I agree to listen to the book in exchange for a review.
I am so glad that I did. The story line was set up from a woman speaking to her therapist about her past abusive relationship.
The time and appointments in therapy led to past memories and situations, however the author cleverly weaved these throughout the story making them the common thread to build the story around.
Drew (female main character) seems to make a little bit of progress but then is pulled back into a similar relationship that she just escaped. She has a choice between Dennis, a decent guy who respects her and Craig – the alpha male who would rather strip a woman of everything (literally clothing but also confidence, trust, etc.) To this listener, the choice seems like an obvious one, Dennis. But we must remember that Drew is scarred and fights a tendency to go back to what is familiar, no matter how bad.
There were only a few instances where I got a bit lost between the flashbacks and current time. I'm not sure if it was because of the writing or that I wasn't paying attention closely enough. A minor detail in judging the book.
Meghan Kelly always delivers. If you look at my reviews, you will find that I use the same terms for her performance over and over again – perfection, great talent, ability to perform both male and female characters. She is able to easily maneuver between situations, characters and descriptions. Meghan is one of my top three favorite female narrators. She also has excellent taste in the books she chooses to perform.
B. L. Mooney is a talented writer and I look forward to the rest of the Striving series. Come on Audible, please get the rest when they are available. Along with Meghan Kelly, B. L. Mooney make a dynamic duo!
Notes: Some descriptions of sex & strong language. This is not a book for those of you who enjoy vanilla romance books. It is for those who enjoy racy and descriptive writing.
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"Wow, just wow!"
My head is just reeling after this book! It is an edge of your seat, the girl just can't catch a break kind of book. There are so many twists and turns in this story , that I am just floored. This book is love, romance, danger, suspense and thrills... oh yeah and some sex too! I really enjoyed this book. It's sheer genius!
The author, B L Mooney did a superb job on this novel! It is a great story line, with an excellent plot. The outcome had my jaw dropped to the floor. The narrator, Meghan Kelly only added even more suspense & drama to the story with her multiple voices and accents. I loved the character Terri and hated Craig. Poor Drew, what a strong soul and Dennis is awesome! Great book, great narration, loved it...
*** I received this audiobook of Striving For Normal by B L Mooney as a gift in exchange for a honest and unbiased review of my thoughts on it. ***
"Loved this Listen."
I loved the characters in this book, the discriptions, the story line. Great read.
I love the drama, intrigue, and romance. You can really see how hard she had to fight to be "normal".
No, but the narration was spot on.
When Debbie gets caught. Do not want to give anything away but this moved me to see why she was not normal.This book is worth the credit.
This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Therapy for getting over an abusive relationship"
Depends on the friends. If I knew this was in there field of interest, I would.
Maybe if it wasn't read by the same person. I did not enjoy the voice of the person reading the book.
Jagged. Over Emphasized.
If there was more going on between Dennis and Drew. I didn't feel very invested in their relationship and what each liked about each other.
Just on a side note, this book is not a typical kind of book I'd normally read. I do have to say I thought the book was very well written. I did not however like the main character. I personally an not a fan of weak women, but understand that was the point of the story. My rating in now way reflects my personal feelings.
Drew is seeing a therapist to help her strive to be normal after getting out of a very abusive relationship. She gets into a love triangle with two men. One she is set up with by her friends, who is a positive influence. Then there is a other who is the father of a girl at the daycare she works for who is very reminiscent of her abusive ex.
The love triangle in the book reminded me a lot of many women these days. They aren't strong enough to make good choices, even when friends and doctors try to help them. You see them falling down the wrong path again and again and making the obvious worst choice despite having the best choices right in front of you. Drew many times in the book put herself in situation that were unnecessary, and only got her in trouble. If she had the smarts to think things through rationally, she would see the bad choices she's making. The good news is, she does grow and learn as the book goes on.
The reason I could not give this book 4 or 5 stars was for some flaws I saw in the book if it is truly set in current times. In real life many things that happened in the daycare could not happen. Parents, friends, boyfriends, would not be able to stroll in and out as they pleased. Daycares would not instruct a teacher to take a child home if they are sick and take care of it. I also don't believe if there was a known issue between a teacher and a parent that the staff would leave the one teacher alone after hours with the potential of running in with that parent, especially if there were harassment issues.
I can definitely see the appeal of this book for many readers. I would recommend it to someone if I knew this fell into the kind of fiction they enjoyed as the author does have a way of drawing you in.
I was given this as an audiobook for an honest review.
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