Saturday, 3 February 2018

♕ REVIEW ♕ DON'T BE AFRAID BY C.A. HARMS

TITLE: Don't be Afraid
AUTHOR: C.A. Harms
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: January 30th, 2018
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DON’T BE AFRAID: Is a standalone contemporary romance full length novel by C.A. Harms. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives’ In this we meet Sawyer, Patrick and Gabe. This is broken down in two parts. 

Ignore that title and be very very afraid, afraid you’ll wake your partner in the night from sobbing, afraid the next morning when you look in the mirror and a scarecrow looks better!! The ‘Prologue’ sets you up on a collision course of soggy tissues, think you’ve cried before over factional characters think again!! I am not a crier in life generally so when an author comes along and rips my heart out and tears it to shreds you know it’s going to destroy you, nothing and I mean nothing prepared me for this story.

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Reading the ‘Prologue’ we find out that Patrick’s body is being overtaken by that killer disease we call cancer, no cure, the day he finds out it’s moving through this body rapidly is also the day he finds out from his wife that he’s going to be a father. But the odds are against him, he only has a short time to live. 

“Fight for me and our baby. You have to. We need you." 

These two loved each other from the moon and back, soul mates who met by chance but fell in love in an instant, you could feel their love pouring off the pages. 

The time he has left he wants to live without reservations, to live the days fully, to love each other more so with what time he has left. 

I felt like we were living on borrowed time, like I was watching the sand fall through the hourglass and another piece of my soul was fading away with each grain. 

Patrick's illness hits everyone to the core, including his best friend Gabe, a man who he sees more as a brother, a close knit friendship.

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At this point it’s hard to carry on reading you know the outcome is going to be heartbreaking. 

Patrick tries his hardest to stay on for the birth of his daughter, he chose her name, got the nursery set up with the help from Gabe, now it's a race against time hoping that he can hold on for her birth.

I’m always after books that bring untapped emotions out of me and I can honestly say that ‘Don’t be Afraid’ definitely did, god I felt every single emotion down to humankind, this story broke me into little pieces not even a band-aide would fix the heartache I felt, but ever so slowly as I progressed into Part Two of this book my heart slowly started to mend.

This had all the feels, angst, heartbreak, love, such an emotional journey that put me through the wringer, I can't convey into words with how much I loved this book, definitely an author I will be keeping an eye on.

Have you ever looked at someone and just knew,
knew that they were put in your life for a reason?
The one person that would be not only your best friend,
but would be your absolute everything?
That’s how I felt the first time I saw him.

That one day when a few little words changed our entire lives forever…

Don’t be Afraid, he said.
Life can change so quickly.
One moment you can be smiling and feeling as if you're walking on clouds and the next, everything you love, everything you treasure crumbles at your feet.

I told him to fight, I told him I needed him.
We needed him.
But there are just some fights that can't be won…

He was my angel then, and he’s still my angel now.
In a way, I believe he’s still looking out for us, giving us a future.
Sometimes it’s as if I can still feel his presence,
guiding us and keeping us safe.

So, I won’t be Afraid.
I'll live. I’ll fight.
It’s what he would have wanted.

I’ll do it for hi
m… 


I am an Illinois girl, born and raised. Simple and true. I love the little things; they truly mean the most. I may have a slight addiction to my new Keurig—oh my, that thing is a godsend. And so fast too. I have two children who truly are the greatest part of my days, and their faces never fail to put a smile on my face. I have been married to my best friend for seventeen years, and looking forward to many more. 
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