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Fissures is the compelling story of Andrew “Drew” Parsons, a young man who grew up in a dysfunctional family with an abusive father and an overprotective mother. Looking for acceptance and companionship, he became involved with a local group of drug users and thieves. While he knew that it was dangerous to stay involved, he didn’t make the choice to sever the relationship until it was too late, and he got caught in a robbery that went wrong, resulting in him going to jail for seven years.

He begins his sentence as a juvenile, still cocky, relying on his size and his bravado. When he is transferred to hard core prison he quickly discovers the harsh reality of where his mistakes have taken him. John, an older inmate befriends him, mentors him and helps him to look to a future beyond confinement. Drew does his best to stay out of trouble while inside. He uses the time to complete his schooling and work toward a university degree.

When he is released, nothing at home has changed. His parents relationship is still the same; his father is still abusive, his mother still needy and over protective. In a moment of anger, Drew’s father had unkindly informed him that he was adopted when he was a child. Drew decided that he needed to find his birth parents so he could better understand himself; he wanted to know who they were, why they had given him away. When Drew announced his intentions, his adopted family splintered even further.

Drew finds himself floundering in a maze of lies, family secrets, and heart wrenching deception. No one is who they seem to be; and there are no happy endings for anyone involved.

D.L. Hodges has crafted a thought provoking, tragic story. The plot contained material that really made me think about the importance of love and a solid support system through a child’s formative years. When we grow up in that environment we often take it for granted, but for the millions who grow up in violent, dysfunctional, uncaring homes they are left to struggle on their own. Many of them find their way to prison, just as Drew did, and Hodges painted a vivid and realistic picture of that life. Drew was possibly more fortunate than most inmates, when a man who played a defining roll in his life during and beyond his incarceration took him under his wing.

As Drew explores his past, the reader is forced to look at the role his mother played and how it influenced his father and set into motion his future. And the discovery of his birth parents is shattering. Oh what tangled webs we humans weave!

If you are looking for a “feel good story” of redemption, Fissures is probably not for you. If you enjoy a book that will challenge you and make you think; one that will hold your attention from page one; a plot that forever keeps you guessing as it reveals one more twist and turn–THIS IS A BOOK FOR YOU!

Enjoy!!

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The Assignment

I enjoyed this book on so many levels.

I enjoyed the apparent intimacy that Solon has with the Philippines, making me feel that her descriptions of the country, the people and the culture were accurately portrayed and that I could believe that they were a true reflection of the culture. I appreciated the history that she wove into the story, portraying the pain of an actual event in history for the people and the devastation to the country during WW II.

Sophie Mathews and Eric Santiago’s relationship was touching and drew me in from the very beginning. Sophie did not want to accept this one last assignment to the Philippines, but her boss insisted and she went with reluctance and trepidation. She loved the country, but she did not want to see Eric again. She had met him ten years earlier when she had been there on another project. They had fallen in love, but Eric had kept a secret that had torn them apart and she had left feeling hurt and betrayed. However,once she meets Marina Suarez who is the focus of her assignment, she senses that there is a big story surrounding her. Her journalist fervor, her spunk and unflagging determination drives her to discover what Marina’s dark secret is. It is inevitable that Eric and Sophie meet. He still loves her and he does not want to lose her again, but he is caught between his feeling for Sophie and his loyalty to Marina, his long time friend. He knows much of Marina’s secret and he keeps it, even though it could threaten his new beginning with Sophie.

I treasured Marina Suarez’ story; so unlikely, so tragic and so real. It showed her strength and determination, her endurance, her love, her pain and grief, her acceptance, moving on with her life but never forsaking the undying love that she harboured in her heart.

The climax of the story was a real heart tugger and the ending was so fitting. The characters became very real to me and I felt their emotions. There were two heroines in this book for me: Sophie and Marina.

It is a story of incredible characters, love, pain and loss, deep grief, determination and second chances. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys a heart touching read with many twists and turns. I wasn’t disappointed. I don’t think you will be!

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