July 13, 2010

Review "Through Hazel Eyes" by Heather Hummel (1 of 3)

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Through Hazel Eyes by Heather Hummel
Published by PathBinder Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 0-9776232-8-9
At the request of the author, a PB copy was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
  Synopsis: (from back of book): Through Hazel Eyes is a journey of life as seen through the eyes of Madison Ragnar, a high school English teacher who is struggling to recover from an emotionally abusive relationship. Madison's speckled view of the world is seen through her troubled students, a fellow teacher, an intriguing man who enters her life, and a haunting past. Yet everything comes into focus when she learns to trust in herself for the first time in thirty years.
Madison discovers that the most commanding role played throughout out lives is fate. There are times when we embrace it, times when we curse it, and always times when we are blinded by it. As a result of blinding fate, Madison's past catches up to her, and with the help of her students, she learns what a mockingbird is worthier than a diamond ring.
  My Thoughts and Opinion: One of my criteria as to if I think a book is good is when I can be transported into the story line and vividly imagine the characters, sense their emotions and can picture the setting through the descriptive words written by the author. And that happened when reading this book. I could sense Madison's fear as she escaped from her boyfriend to start a job many states away. Her anxiety when she was always thinking he would find her. Her trepidation of starting a new relationship. Picturing her in her classroom teaching her students who she so much cared about. And the lessons she learned from her students as their young minds interpreted the classic, To Kill A Mockingbird. However, and this is my opinion only, I was a little disappointed that some parts of the storyline were not more extensive and detailed than it was. Some that I will not state, due to spoilers, but one example is her relationship with Michael, someone, who at one time, she thought was a stalker. Overall it was a likeable read.

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DISCLAIMER
I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me,
in exchange for my honest review.
No items that I receive
are ever sold...they are kept by me,
or given to family and/or friends.


3 comments:

Julie P said...

Only three stars? Bummer.....

Amused said...

The cover is really captivating to me. To bad it was just ok.

Heather Hummel said...

Cheryl,
Thank you for our honest review and opinion of my novel, Through Hazel Eyes.

I have had a few people comment to me that the written review does not reflect the three stars given (for example "a little disappointed" - and you are right, there are a lot of spoilers involved. That said, I am not here to debate however, I invite your visitors to also take a look at the reviews on Amazon to gain further information.

I am overall pleased with your review - noting that you could vividly see the characters and feel their emotions. As a writer, that is key!

Again, thank you.
Heather Hummel
www.HeatherHummel.net