Author: Toni Aleo
Publisher: 352 Pages (October 2nd, 2013)
From: Purchased from Amazon
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Synopsis: Do you see that woman there?
The one with long, wavy blond hair and blue eyes that used to sparkle?
That’s me, Violet Moore.
Do you see those men over there?
One is my husband, Rob.
A man who claimed he loved me, but proved his fist loved me more.
The other is Tucker McCloud, my savior and confidant.
I'm torn between what's right and my own fear.
But not anymore.
I’m taking my life back now.
I will fight back.
I will be happy.
Review: 4 Stars - Let it be Me by author Toni Aleo is heart wrenching story of one woman’s journey to find her escape out from an abusive relationship and marriage, to find a way to heal and to make her way back to the person she used to be before it’s too late.
This novel is far from Aleo’s previous books. It’s extremely emotional to the point that my heart hurt and felt bruised for our main character Violet. Reading along as she finds her footing, how she learns to trust and how she fights to get away is a tear jerker. There’s no way that a reader can sit through the whole book without feeling some deep emotions as we watch the fight that Violet is up against.
I’ve read stories with characters who are in abusive relationships before but the way that Aleo tells Violets story was so different and so real that to me, this could be anyone… even the person next door. How she was able to write such a “real” character and story I have nothing but applause for.
I would suggest to future readers that you have a tissue or a box because for me I had tears flowing often and even had to put my Kindle down twice because I couldn’t read from sobbing. When I wasn’t crying I was angry, angry with Violets husband and even at Violet because of some of her choices. However being in her shoes I’m not sure I would have been able to do anything differently than she did. She’s tough, she’s scared and she’s worried about more than just her well being. She has more on her shoulders than just getting out of the house each day without some type of harm. Even though I was angry with her, I could understand why she did the things that she did.
Speaking of her husband… UGH! Don’t even get me started on that guy. I have no words for him. So, I won’t say anything else.
And then we have Tucker McCloud… *sigh* He is one of those guys that is almost too good to be true. I wanted to be mad at him a couple of times, but couldn’t because he was in such a horrible position. Such a horrible position that I have to say he dealt with honorably which in turn had me shedding a tear or two for the things he did and said to Violet.
In the end this was more than an emotional story. It was well written and both Violet and Tucker left their mark on my heart and mind. I’m not sure I’ll be able to forget about these two anytime soon and I’m okay with that.
Anyone who’s looking to read this title, which I highly recommend please have your tissues handy, I can’t stress this enough. Also, be prepared for two characters that’ll linger as well as the emotional drain of the story, which will be something readers should appreciate as a sign of a great book. Enjoy!