But then years later he found me again...
...and stole me away from my life.
You couldn’t know Ensley without wanting to strangle her.
She was beautiful, she was wild, she was the girl next door
.I grew up with her by my side.
I watched her destroy herself while I held on.
I protected her when she had been blind to the danger that surrounded her.
I let her go once only to find her again.
She would see me this time no matter what.
DISCLAIMER: This book deals with sensitive subject matter that may be difficult for some readers.
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Release Date: February 12, 2020
Actual Rating: 4 stars
Dark Romance | Romantic Suspense
WOW! Okay, this book was a lot darker than I anticipated. But am I surprised? No. Lily White writes some dark stuff that can make any readers stomach churn. I learned this after reading The Five (which was VERY DARK, but VERY GOOD). But her books aren’t just dark. Beneath the layers of disturbing realities lies a love story that is so powerful that you can’t help but root for even the most sadistic characters. You’re not going to be reading this and saying to yourself “oh wow, their story is so swoony and charming.” Nope. You’re going to say to yourself “why the f*ck is this happening and who would write such a thing.” And then you’ll think, well, maybe it’s DARK but there’s something truthful about the story because honestly it DOES happen. Maybe we don’t want to live their lives but it’s interesting to see how some people HAVE to live. Get my drift? This is a tough book to stomach and it certainly won’t be a favorite of everyone’s, but it IS well written, raw, and intriguing.
Now, I don’t want to replay everything that happens in this book because it’s a tough story to pick apart and honestly, it’s something that needs to be read and felt without spoilers. However, I do want to leave a warning to potential readers to they know what they are getting into before reading.
WARNING: The subject matter of In the Garden of Discontent is TRIGGERING. Awful things happen to the heroine in the story (rape, abuse, and so forth). There is also a terrible murder (which is the main focus of the story) that will disturb you especially when you finally find out WHAT HAPPENED to the heroine’s younger siblings. Child abuse is detailed through flashbacks and it’s hard to read at some points. If any of this is a hard limit for you then you may want to read something else. This isn’t an easy book to take in by any means BUT once you weed through the hard times you will find a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
Now, despite the horror that goes on in this book I did enjoy the story as a whole. Sometimes I need an escape from reality and reading a dark and gritty book is a good escape for me. So, if you like darker romances especially those that push you out of your comfort zones then I recommend this one. If any of your hard limits are those, I mentioned above then you should skip it. This isn’t an easy read and should only be read by those who stomach this type of fiction.
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