The month of October is a special time for me:
my debut novel, my baby,
will be released IN PRINT on Halloween!
BOOK REVIEW – SEASONS of DARKNESS by BELINDA G. BUCHANAN
Sixteen-year-old Ethan is following in his father’s footsteps. But not career wise, and not by choice.
When life becomes a fragile balancing act between a presentable image and the darkness that torments, Everett Harrington buries himself in his work and hides his feelings – and his fears – in a bottle of scotch. But stuffing yourself in a bottle or a board room is but a temporary fix, and the demons that are hiding eventually show their ugly faces. And with Everett, they showed up as contempt for the son who once was the little boy he so adored.
Everett, apparently, had his life neatly planned out. A solid career, no female distractions, headed for financial success. Single-minded in his career path and his future, he had no room for distractions.
Natalia was more than a distraction, though, and turned everything upside down and inside out. Natalia crept into his bed and into his heart. She twisted Everett Harrington around her little finger. She held him spellbound.
Even when he saw the signs, the instability, the inconsistency, he was helpless against the grip she had on his heart. A grip that tightened and turned to a stranglehold as her sickness worsened. And that grip ultimately rendered him unfeeling, cold and uncaring. Or trying to maintain a façade that he was unfeeling, cold and uncaring.
No man is an island, though, and those neatly contained emotions sometimes burst forth in fits of rage. Everett’s target was his son Ethan.
Seasons of Darkness is Ethan’s journey through his tormented adolescent years. From his mother’s death, and years of abuse, to the realization he possesses the same rage his father does. His young life is laden with tragedy and frustration, and impossible dreams.
Belinda G. Buchanan has masterfully conveyed the misery and agony of mental illness, and its long reaching effects. The scars on the heart, the helplessness felt by loved ones. The pain and emptiness. My heart bled for Ethan, but also for his father, for the sense of despair and helplessness. Pick up a copy, you won’t be disappointed. And when you’re through with Seasons of Darkness, Ethan’s story continues in After All is Said and Done. I’ll be reading it myself.
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