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The writing of The Fawn has been a bittersweet journey. This is a story very close to my heart and a story suffered by many women around the world. It's not a new story. It is one that has been told time and time again by many different people in many different ways and with many different experiences, but with the same old problem. Hopefully through my love of my characters and emotions I've made it an interesting one. I wrote the first twenty pages of this story back in 2008 shortly after finishing the first draft of Whisper Cape. Although the story of The Fawn is completely fiction, it does represent a time in my life when I was insecure and my self-esteem was at an all time low, sometime back in my late thirties early forties. Things changed, circumstances changed, and I was able to find my own self worth. One thing similar to The Fawn is that I didn't do it alone. The people in my life had a huge influence on me, friends mostly. And my knight who helped me realize my own self-worth time and time again. Just as Jackson is there for Lena, my knight was there for me. That is where the similarities end. But the emotion is strong in this story and I hope I've been able to portray it well enough to be appreciated. Lena's journey is very different from my own, yet, holds so much weight in my heart.
I give this book 4 stars!
I would actually give this book 4.5 stars if I could. I read it all in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. The characters are so real and their emotions are so intense that I felt as if I were there with them. Lena’s pain and suffering made me want to do whatever it would take to help her. Jackson’s caring and drive to help the wounded reminds me so much of myself that I almost felt as if his character was modeled after me. The only thing that knocked it down half a star is that I feel the characters were just a little young to have had all the experiences that they had, but not by much. Susan’s very vivid attention to detail and description was just enough to really make you feel it, but not too much that it took away from the storyline in any way. I would very highly recommend this book to everyone, but make sure you have a tissue handy when you read it. I will be purchasing a paperback of this the first chance I get. It is definitely more than worth reading and rereading!
~~Read and Reviewed by Kerry Erickson
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