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Review: Tangle of Strings by Ashley Farley

tangle-of-stringsA nearly tragic accident leads to a discovery that rocks the Sweeney family’s world

Some families never resolve conflicts. Not so with the Sweeneys. Their sense of family, their love for one another, and their willingness to forgive have always triumphed and brought them back together. Until now. The latest crisis threatens to tear the family apart and crumble the foundation that has always proved itself rock solid.

At the heart of the matter are sixteen-year-old Annie Bethune and her boyfriend, Cooper. At stake are their dreams for the future. As to these dreams, no one in the family holds back when asserting an opinion.

Annie soon begins to feel like a puppet on strings with all those she loves telling her what to do. When those strings become tangled and a family feud develops, Annie, unable to bear the pressure, runs away. Straight into the arms of danger.

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Considering they come from a small town in South Carolina, the Sweeney sisters have no shortage of drama in their lives. Finally taking the focus off of Sam, this new book allows the readers to get some insight into the minds of Annie, Cooper, Sam’s new husband, Eli, and Heidi, Annie’s mother who abandoned her. This actually proved to work out well, because it allowed the story to expand in regards to the type of attachments the reader can make with the characters.

Annie is the primary focus of this book and I found myself surprisingly connecting with the young girl and sympathized with the predicament she finds herself in. The three Sweeney sisters don’t make life easier as Annie faces a life changing decision and honestly, the predicament furthered my dislike of Jackie as a whole. If I had to save a Sweeney sister from a drowning boat, let’s just say Jackie wouldn’t make the top two list.

The thing I did find to be interesting about this whole ordeal was the development of Heidi. I am by no means a fan of this character and I completely agreed with Annie’s anger towards the woman. But I found it to be interesting that as a reader, I was allowed so much insight to Heidi’s personality and past. Most authors would have stayed with just Annie’s point of view and I think it helps to smooth out my initial irk toward the character.

As for Eli’s parts of the story, I’ll be honest, I could have liked this book with or without his chapters. I suppose this is more of a personal choice, as I’ve been increasingly annoyed with characters in law enforcement after years of the same ole same. But none of this is the fault of the writing, it’s just a personal choice. I didn’t feel his storyline was really needed and the drama it brings to the book, doesn’t help to make this book good. The book was strong without it, in my opinion. But on the other hand, it helped to introduce new characters from their small town and hopefully, they’ll continue to play a role in the future books.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. Perhaps my like for the story comes from my own personal experiences, but I felt a real connection with many aspects of Annie’s story. It’s those kinds of connections that can really leave a reader wanting more and I can honestly say I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble they all find themselves in next.

Reviewer’s note: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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