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My Review of Out of Darkness by Erynn Newman — 7 Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting and being honest even though you were dreading it. 😉 Confession time: I agree with almost everything you have to say. It WAS uncomfortable. More than that, it was excruciating. I cried through most of it.

    And the truth is, I hate love triangles too. And I never meant for this to be one. Gabe was supposed to be just a supporting character that mostly disappeared after Drew returned. And Elisabeth DEFINITELY wasn’t supposed to fall in love with him. But at every turn his character surprised me, and by the time the call came, I couldn’t deny that Elisabeth loved him, and so did I, and I just kind of had to let the chips fall where they would.

    And it was extremely painful. Definitely not your escapist beach read. But I hope I honored the difficulty of an impossible situation that can only be redeemed by God. My hope was to show that when all is lost, HE is enough. But yeah, staring into the face of that kind of pain HURTS. Sorry you had to face that too. I get that it’s not worth it for everyone.

    And I included it in the blurb because the reader HAS to know that Drew is fighting tooth and nail to come back. Otherwise, everyone is 100% Team Gabe, and furious when I wreck the only thing that’s been building. I needed us to love Drew and to WANT him back as much as they did so we could feel the all those same excruciating emotions. Which again, I’m sorry for. =(

    I hope you WILL try my next book. I can’t promise no pain, but I CAN promise no more triangles. I wouldn’t do that to mySELF again. 😉 You can check it out HERE: http://erynnnewman.blogspot.com/search/label/Captive%20Hearts

    Thanks again for reading. I hope the pain passes quickly.

    • Well, you’ve just made me love you with your response! Thanks for your honesty. Maybe I didn’t say this well enough in my review, but as much as I didn’t enjoy reading it, your characters made it worth finishing. I never considered not finishing it because I was invested in all three of them. It was just, as you said, excruciating, and I probably wasn’t at the best place in my own life to handle that kind of fiction well.

      I’m happy to say that the pain is gone now :). I’ve recovered, and I’m really looking forward to your next book! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  2. Thanks for the honest review. I hate love triangles, too….but have read quite a few books with them either because the book was highly recommended (or needed to be reviewed) or because the book was written by one of my favorite authors.

    Thank you, Erynn, for the interview and insight into your writing and the book

    • I don’t fault anyone who chooses not to subject themselves to the pain, so if it’s not for you, no hard feelings. I just felt like I needed to explore this topic of choosing the right course even when it’s not easy.
      And I hope the end result, though not a fairy tale, is realistic and full of hope for the future. Thanks for commenting.

  3. This sounds like the type of book I really enjoy reading (meaning, not a romance) and I love the interaction between you and Erynn in the comments, so for me, I feel like I’ve just discovered a new author to read!

    • Hi Lisa. I hope you will enjoy it (and not find it TOO painful), but be warned, the romance aspect is definitely a big part of the plot.
      Maybe start with the freebie, First Light, and if it’s not too much for you, try Out of Darkness next. And let me know what you think.

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