Saturday, May 25, 2013

{Review} Let It Be by Chad Gayle

ISBN #: 978-0988661004
Page Count: 220
Copyright: May 8, 2013
Publisher: Bracket Books; First Edition

(Taken from back cover)

Newly-separated Michelle Jansen longs to create a new life for herself and her children, Joseph and Pam. Crossing the state of Texas, Michelle puts down roots in Amarillo, where she winds up in a low-paying job that comes with a fringe benefit - a burgeoning relationship with a co-worker who wants to love her the way she needs to be loved. Making a fresh start isn't easy, however.

Michelle's ex-husband is willing to destroy her new life if he can't have her for himself, and although she finds solace in her new romance and her favorite music, the music of the Beatles, Michelle is hurt in an unexpected, almost unimaginable way when she is betrayed by her very own son.

When passion and rage collide, one man will nearly lose his life, another will lose his freedom, and a family will be split in two. Can they find healing and forgiveness in the midst of so much sorrow and guilt? Or will love give them the strength to let it be?

Set to the soundtrack of the last album the Beatles released, Let It Be is a tale of loss and of longing - a story of forgiveness and redemption that transcends the struggles of a family that's falling apart.

Charlene's Review:

Let It Be is a painful look into the angst of a young boy searching for meaning in his family's demise. It is also a story of hope and devotion. A mother's love and sacrifice of personal happiness for the one important thing - her son. Set to the backdrop of Beatles music, an aptly named title, Let It Be, poses the question of how far love goes to conquer the devastation of family violence and betrayal.

The true casualty, even in his choice to betray his mother, is Joseph. The truth of his father's intentions leaves him seeking answers, and redemption, for a lifetime, and finally understanding comes through the words of his mother's favorite album.

Let It Be is a poignant novel that speaks to the heart of anyone suffering from a broken family. It's unique voice, through universally known music, brings a fresh quality, as well as a nod to a simpler time. Music has a way of speaking to our very souls, and Mr. Gayle has done this through his writing. Instead of a happily-ever-after, Mr. Gayle gives us a true account of what choices parents make for the good of the family, and its lasting implications.

5 out of 5 stars!

*A physical copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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