February 26, 2011

Review "Heartache & Sin" by Charles Soto

HEARTACHE & SIN by Charles Soto
Published by BookSurge
ISBN-13: 978-1439202401
At the request of the author, a TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
  Synopsis (provided from author): When diabetic Karen Wheaton learns she is pregnant, she is unable to come to grips with the effects the ripples of life within her will have on her body. She desperately wants to have a baby-perhaps even more than she wants to live. For her husband, Steven, there is no question. Steven loves his wife, and would do anything to protect her including wanting to terminate her pregnancy if need be.
  While Steven struggles to save his wife and his marriage, He must also match wits with their pastor, Ryan McDonald in a trail to save Karen’s life or solidify her death. With a plot twist around every corner, readers will open one door only to find another in this rich plot of drama and suspense, Can Steven save his wife and his baby’s life? If he can’t which will he choose?
  My Thoughts and Opinion: I am literally at a loss of words for this book. I was quite skeptical when I read the synopsis thinking that I might be a little biased due to my own personal beliefs but wanted to challenge myself, step out of my comfort zone and try to read this novel with an open mind. Then when I received it and saw the thickness (512 pages), my initial reaction was "oh no" lol especially since it was from a debut author. Not only did Mr. Soto pull me in within the first few pages, he proved me wrong on both of my original thoughts. This book has everything!! A fluid and solid writing style, an unconditional love story, good versus evil, faith, family, trust, suspense, deception, honesty and even murder. Characters that became life like, whereas I didn't want the story to end but on the other hand, I couldn't put the book down. The suspense and drama surprised me to the very last page. Put this author on your radar!!!! Impressive!!
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Julie P said...

Very nice review, Cheryl! So glad you were pleasantly surprised with this one....

Gigi Ann said...

As you know I am not a fan of suspense/thriller, however that said, this one seems to appeal to me. I am going to go leave my mark at the giveaway post.

Unknown said...

Great review. I love to enjoy a book I'm not sure about.
I had the same thoughts when I read the cover, so maybe I'll check it out. Thanks!

Marce said...

I have to laugh, sometimes I get a book and also gasp with, 'its over 500 pages' but most times it is a pleasant surprise. Great review.