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Couldn't put it down. Appropriate for audiences 14+. Quite descriptive of the
So glad that a sequel will be coming.
Wonderful book, well written, perfect length, full of surprises, and definitely kept my interest page after page. I am completely impressed, with the author, and will be looking for more written by her!!
An impassioned story of first love and loss, In Death We Part holds the reader spellbound until the end. I want to see Matt Brennan on the big screen!
This is an amazing book. I seriously couldn't put it down, and the steamy parts made me dizzy. The descriptions of New Mexico make me want to go there NOW to see all those beautiful places.
This book makes a point of picking yourself up and starting over when the worst happens, twice. There were also some wonderful descriptions of New Mexico foothills. With two heroes, you are left feeling sorry for the odd man out... at least for a while.
Read Book 1 and just finished Book 2 in the series. Both well written and can't wait for #3. It was Fantastic!
Brianna experiences bone-chilling loss and profound love twice!!! Haunted by intense dreams, she wonders will she ever be able to pick up the pieces of her broken past? With a strong foundation of love and support, she finally begins to heal. I cannot wait for the third book to come out! I read this book twice! Let me pregace that I am not a reader, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Take my advice and buy it; you won't regret it!
This book shows that patience, not just love, but patience and love, can have fantastic results in your life. Even when you think things are finally straightening out, you can be thrown back into a rought time. When that happens, you just have to go with your gut to do what you know is right.
I just finished this book. Let me start by saying I couldn't put it down! I felt a roller coaster of emotions. I felt joy, profound loss, anger, love, excitement and rage. If you are looking for a great read, buy the entire triology. You won't be disappointed!
You are so talented... I hope you can find it in you to do another or so. I loved it! I'm going to have a hard time finding another book that is going to be that good. It held my interest all the way through and the last quarter had me reading holding my breath at times. Scary and sad all at the same time. Beautiful touching ending.
I've read all three books in the series and enjoyed each one, but for different reasons. This last book has more love and patience but also touched on a serious issue that is more or less swept under the rug, human trafficking and a consequence of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. At the end of the book, there are several sites to check out. This last one required faster reading in order to find out if there was going to be a happy ending or if there was going to be a fourth book after all.
I literally found this book gripping and wanted to know more what's next. Also the book cover is so very catchy, and the book title says it all. Thus, I really recommend Awake in Elysian Fields as it will take each reader on a full journey. See the full review at http://ramonaportelli.com/2020/07/awake-in-elysian-fields-by-victoria-j-hyla/
See the full interview at http://ramonaportelli.com/2020/07/interview-with-author-victoria-j-hyla.
AH: What inspired you to write the "In Death We Part" book?
VJH: A significant crush of mine in high school found out I was a writer and said, "Write a book about me!" I said, "Give me a character." And so we have the hardheaded, intense Matt Brennan. It's been a journey of nearly 20 years and many incarnations starting as a 54-page short story, but the story matured with me, I think for the better.
AH: Summarize your book in one to three sentences.
VJH: Upon her parents' sudden deaths, 17-year-old artist Brianna Wylder must leave Chicago to live in New Mexico. Love in, and for, both places helps heal her wounds but forces her between two very different men. Growing up in this brand-new world, she has to decide which path to choose and how to walk it.
AH: What is the overall theme of your book?
VJH: Losing someone you love doesn't mean your life is over. You need to have the strength to continue and grow from that experience no matter how much it hurts.
AH: Where does this book take place?
VJH: The book begins and ends in Chicago, but the majority is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the surrounding areas.
AH: Who are the main characters and why are they important to the story?
VJH: Brianna Wylder is the lead heroine, struggling to cope with her parents' deaths and discover herself as a woman and an adult. She rediscovers herself and her art and the power of her talent while discovering the powerful riptide of love. Ben Davis is her first point of solace after her parents' deaths and a potential, safe romantic choice in Chicago. Matt Brennan is a challenge for Brianna; his world (New Mexico) is so different from hers, but they are drawn to each other powerfully and emotionally.
AH: Why do you think that this book will appeal to readers?
VJH: The characters are realistic and likable so you can care about what happens to them. The story has drama without being over the top. The romantic scenes get the pulse racing. The ending is unexpected.
AH: How is your book relevant in today's society?
VJH: Today, most middle class teenagers have it easy because everything is taken care of for them. Brianna is no different. Her family is well off, and she's never had to be an adult yet. This is about what happens when she is suddenly thrust into adulthood, and what that means for her perspectives.
AH: What makes your book different from other books like it?
VJH: There's more story than other romance novels where it's simply "get to the sex already." This is really about her growing up and discovering a world beyond the one she knew and was comfortable in. It's about love and romance, yes, but it's also about loss and dealing with that loss in a variety of ways, some of them a bit mystical.
AH: What do you want readers to take away from your writing?
VJH: I want them to have an enjoyable reading experience. I want them to choose between the men and see why it's so hard for Brianna to choose. I want them to see the wonder of the two locations as well as the magic that can exist in the mind and the heart.
AH: How did you learn about topic?
VJH: A lot of personal experiences are peppered throughout the story, but most names are changed to protect the innocent. People I know or have influenced me pop up in various aspects of the characters. As far as the setting, I grew up in the Chicagoland area, which is why it's home for Brianna; and I traveled to New Mexico to research the physical settings and feel of that area, such a stark contrast to Chicago.
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Author House released Awake in Elysian Fields in June 2020.
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