‘A talented and tortured artist about to have her first exhibition’ @CathyRy reviews Small Forgotten Moments by @AnnalisaCrawf

Today’s team review is from Cathy. She blogs here https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/

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Small Forgotten Moments by [Annalisa Crawford]

Small Forgotten Moments tells the story of Jo McKye, in her own words, a talented and tortured artist living in London and about to have her first exhibition. Her paintings all feature a mysterious woman she’s named Zenna who invades her thoughts whether she is awake or asleep. Jo has no idea who the woman is, but feels compelled beyond any reason she can fathom to recreate her on each canvas, one after the other.

‘Painting Zenna over and over wasn’t intentional. In the beginning, I had no concept of what I was creating, I just allowed the paints to flow, the ideas to flower.’

Jo suffers from long term memory loss and can’t recall much of anything beyond several years ago. She knows she has a mother in Cornwall but can’t remember why they’re not in touch. Her best, almost only friend and house mate, Nathan, looks out for her as much as she allows him to.

Jo knows she can’t live a ‘normal’ life with so much of her past missing. Without memories to ground her, or a sense of self, she feels adrift. Added to that, Zenna seems to be taking over her life and affecting her health, both physically and mentally. It’s time to try and take control, break free of Zenna’s hold over her, learn what she can of her past, before she descends into total madness. On the spur of the moment she decides to go home, to Cornwall and her mother.

‘All the answers are here—in the crevices and shadows of my brain. Perhaps I should give up the search. Yet Zenna remains, taunting me. Her eyes burrow into me, her smirk troubles me. Lurking in my closed-door memory, concealed in my past.’

I enjoyed the psychological slant on the memory loss aspect, giving more depth to the theme. The angst and confusion that dominates Jo’s life is depicted extremely well, haunting and heartbreaking in it’s intensity, particularly so in the last quarter when all comes to a head in a way I wasn’t expecting. The Cornish coast is the perfect setting for the storm of emotions and revelations that batter Jo.

Small Forgotten Moments is character driven, dark, expressive, fascinating and very well written.

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Is Zenna a muse, a sleep-deprived apparition, or something much more sinister?

Suffering long-term amnesia, artist Jo Mckye is ready to start a fresh, new project after the success of her debut exhibition. But the fictional subject of the collection, Zenna, won’t let go so easily. Infiltrating Jo’s dreams—and increasingly, her waking hours—Zenna is fast becoming a dangerous obsession.

Jo is confident the answers lie at her childhood home, an idyllic Cornish village on the south-east coast; she just doesn’t know why. Only when she walks into the sea and almost drowns does the past start to unravel.

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Small Forgotten Moments by [Annalisa Crawford]

Rosie’s #Bookreview of Contemporary Male #Romance ABSTRACT LOVE by @saradobie #TuesdayBookBlog

Abstract LoveAbstract Love by Sara Dobie Bauer

4.5 stars

Abstract Love is a contemporary male romance set in Cleveland, Ohio.

Donovan Cooper’s wife has left him for his best friend; he feels cheated, hurt and angry. His emotional buttons are pushed further when a young hot-shot graphic designer sits in Donovan’s meeting doodling instead of attentively listening.

Sam Shelby is a popular employee and gifted creator, but he deliberately irritates Donovan to the point where sparks almost fly between them. However, Sam also reminds Donovan of his younger self, where he had dreams of being an artist and this exasperates Donovan.

Their fiery office attitude spills over into their personal life as Donovan becomes confused by the attraction he feels for Sam; he’s never been attracted to another man before. Sam is openly bi- sexual and lives a rather outrageous lifestyle, but he makes Donovan question what he has become and why it makes him so unhappy.

This is an enemy-to-friends romance. The art theme, which threaded through the story, worked well with the romance. I found the characters very well written; Sam with his flamboyant clothing was easy to picture and I loved his best friend Zen. Recommended to readers who enjoy a story about
finding love in unexpected places.

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I hate Sam Shelby. So why do I want to kiss him?

Sam never expected to move back to Cleveland. Donovan never expected to be attracted to a man. Well, shit happens.

After high school, Sam Shelby moved to New York. Eight years later, he returns to Cleveland and lands a job at the best ad firm in town. It would be the perfect gig, if his boss weren’t such an ass.

After his wife leaves, Donovan Cooper questions everything. The arrival of a young, arrogant, gifted graphic designer at Donovan’s firm is the last straw.

Tempers flare over office gossip, and following a nasty argument and scathing kiss, Donovan flails away from heterosexuality while Sam struggles to keep his “no relationship” rule intact.

Despite ugly socks, fiery fights, and their best intentions to not fall in love, these bullheaded coworkers can’t deny their chemistry. Donovan seeks happiness while Sam seeks success, but is there room for more?

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