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How much does the power of love matter to someone who has overcome obstacles greater than most people face in a lifetime? 

Carly, a beautiful and vivacious young woman, sees something in the semi-comatose Belinda, and they form an unusual bond. Can Carly help Belinda break free from her emotional prison? Will Belinda’s fears allow their relationship to evolve into something deeper? Find out in this wonderfully evocative romance that is sure to touch your heart.

©2015 Lisa McDaniel (P)2021 Lisa McDaniel

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An interesting story

I liked this book a lot until suddenly I didn’t. The first part, everything about Belinda being locked in, Carly’s belief that she’s awake, the birth of their friendship and the beginnings of Belinda’s feelings for her new friend, all that is really good. Annette Mori handles the topic in a very delicate manner and the way she writes both characters makes them very endearing. The secondary characters – both young women’s families, the friends they meet – are well-written too.

Then a terribly clichéd French character entered, which started to get me out of the story. The way one of the secondary characters’ struggles with alcohol was written didn’t help and the not-acting-on-our-feelings game Carly and Belinda play for all the wrong reasons got old. It felt like the book was trying too hard and it lost me on the way.

The narration is pretty good, the various young women have distinctive enough voices and the pace is effective.

In the end, this wasn’t a book for me, but other reviewers found themselves sufficiently involved in the first half of the story to enjoy it in its entirety, so give it a try and make up your own mind.

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Not your usual plot!

This story has the best opening. I don't want to give any spoilers but I've never read/heard the story of a semi-comatose person, from their own perspective. It has a unique choice of protagonist in that respect. It sent chills down my spine whilst I was shouting in awe at the same time. This by itself deserves 5-stars for this book. It's a beautiful story of hope, love and resilience, whilst being quite realistic with the hardships of recovery/rehabilitation.

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My first of this author

This was is unlike anything I have listened to - the author navigates a very complex topic with sensitivity. I am not really a fan of 'coming of age' books, which I felt this was in part (characters are young), but I was interested in the journey of the MC, which kept me listening.

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Unexpected!

I really enjoyed listening to this audible recording of this book, it was really interesting to hear the MC from her locked in perspective. Beautiful progression of romance between characters and finished the book in 2 days. Lovely narration to a well written book. Will be looking at other books from this author!

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Great book

I really enjoyed this , a difficult subject and a lovely love story great narration would recommend this

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A beautiful story

This is a lovely emotional awe inspiring book. The journey these young women go on is beautiful. It’s so well written this author is super talented. the audio performance is perfect for this book the narrator captures the characters emotions really well. I thoroughly enjoyed this piece of art and couldn’t stop listening I finished it on a day. 5/5 on all accounts from me

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  • 08-05-21

Love the special bond between them.

I was intrigued by the storyline and special bond the two women have. The story is recounted in the POV of Belinda who spent the first part semi-comatosed. While in locked-in syndrome, a sort of friendship builds between her and a young and beautiful stranger, Carly. The bond Belinda and Carly share is amazing, with Carly being the first to notice Belinda's awareness and ability to communicate. I love Carly's role in all of it, from discovery to recovery. She's the best friend, caregiver and the target of Belinda's crush. And I can see why Carly is easy to fall for.

This story is unrealistic on many counts. For one, Belinda is highly perceptive, sharp and incredibly smart for somebody who had been in a long-term coma since the age of 10. And Carly is too wise and caring for her young age. And let's not go into Belinda's miraculous recovery and reintegration into academic life. But somehow I enjoyed the story and went along with the ride. At least for the first half.

The second half is the reason I avoid YA books but by this time I was so invested in the characters, I had to pursue it until the end despite how little communication the two women suddenly had between them and it was frustrating as hell to watch that special bond between them fade a little in between.

I do still like this book overall. It is one of those that will leave an impression on me for a while. The narration was okay though I thought that Bindhammer could have done a better job making Belinda and Carly's voices a bit more distinguishable.

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  • Ps58
  • 27-04-21

You are locked inside only by your own limitations

I have loved this book since I bought it in Aug of 2019. I had begun a journey through reading Annette Mori books. This captivated my heart so when it became an audible I just had to listen. Heidi Bindhammer did not disappoint as she brought the story to new life. She embodied in her voice the struggle Belinda had as her journey to regain her body. Locked Inside for too long she faced so many challenges. Carley is the one who saw her and took every very step to help Belinda find herself. A powerful story made more precious by hearing characters I love. A must listen story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-04-21

Interesting story

I really enjoyed this book. It was different from anything I've read before and I liked most of the characters. It was interesting to hear the point of view of Belinda who was in such a vulnerable situation, and I absolutely loved how all the others encouraged her throughout the book.

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  • Carey Durden
  • 14-04-21

Wonderfully sweet story

This is a story about a survivor that endures some of the toughest struggles a person can go through and the love of another that brings beautiful strength, compassion and love. Very well written and narrated.