Jul 172011

Disrupted Lives by Brenda Youngerman
Rating: 4/5
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website, Author’s blog

Spanning three generations, this is a story about family in all its ugly glory. It is a tale involving money, power, traditions, and betrayal. When a young woman is forced to give up her baby, what happens within that family? What that baby is adopted into a powerful family, what happens there, and will he ever be accepted as a full family member?

This was a character driven glimpse into the meaning of family. What drives them, makes them happy, destroys them? Every character had a unique voice that seemed to grow and strengthen as the story went on.

I found the first chapter or two a bit confusing because there were brief glimpses into all the different lives affected within the story. Once it settled down to tell one story at a time, I was captured. The book seemed to fly by, and before I knew it, I was done.

I loved being fully involved in all sides and aspects of the people. Seeing the situations from multiple viewpoints was very interesting, and really highlighted how one decision can affect many people in different ways.

I was slightly disappointed at how easily everything seemed to wrap up. It seemed a bit too simple and complete for a realistic situation, but other than that, I really enjoyed the story.

Brenda describes her stories as “fiction with a purpose” and thinks they  “should take a reader on a ride into real life that does NOT end when the book does”. This story definitely fits her goals. It is well worth a read.

Fiction With A Purpose

Brenda is hosting a one day book tour from her blog. Be sure to go check out all the other stops on the tour.

  7 Responses to “Disrupted Lives”

  1. Sarah,
    Thank you so much for participating in this tour and for your review!

  2. Another good view of “Disrupted Lives”. I'm enjoying reading each of the book reviews linked to the blog tour for Youngerman's latest novel.

  3. I'm used to the way her novels start out, so that part didn't confuse me. This is the first one I've read that gives birthdates of all for informational purposes.

  4. Brenda – Thanks for sharing the book with me!

    Ruthi – I think this is a neat tour idea. It lets you see a bunch of different opinions in a short timeframe.

    Marsha – This was the first of Brenda's books that I read. I think the date timeline was helpful to keep track of everyone.

  5. I actually used that date timeline when I wrote the book so I figured it would come in handy when people were reading the book!

  6. I agree, Sarah, and hope Brenda does a similar tour run with her forthcoming books.

  7. I like your comment (and the author's) about fiction with a purpose. Certainly sounds interesting.

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