Book Review: Just Beneath the Surface I by: R.H. Ramsey

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: February 22, 2012

Origins:  From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: When Kendall Berkely takes a look in the mirror, she not only desperately wants to run away from the stranger staring back at her; but she also knows that her days are numbered. She can feel it in her bones, and has the bruises to prove it. To make matters worse, Kendall will soon discover that her seventeen year old daughter, Diamond is on a path nearly just as dangerous.

Review: Kendall and Michael have been together for 14 years, share a home, a life, and two kids – Diamond and Julian (Jules). Kendall loves Michael, but hates his immaturity and irresponsibility. When Kendall finally realizes she and Michael aren’t ever going to get married, she decides she is done. Michael moves out and the kids are devastated. Shortly after their split Kendall runs into Michael’s boss, Spencer, at the store and they start dating. While Kendall is spending more and more time with Spencer, Diamond is making some bad choices of her own. She’s sleeping around, getting a reputation, and starting a relationship with an older man. Kendall’s relationship with Spencer starts to take a dark turn and it’s becoming obvious to everyone that something is really wrong. Can both Kendall and Diamond rectify the consequences of their decisions before it is way too late?

‘Just Beneath the Surface I’ takes a long hard look at an oft-overlooked issue…abusive relationships, whether physical or psychological. Yet the author handles this subject matter in a way which shows the multitude of feelings the victims go through and the reader is able to truly empathize. With realistic characters and situations, ‘Just Beneath the Surface I’ will hopefully open people’s eyes to when there are subtle signs of abuse. Well-written, emotional, and with a powerful message, ‘Just Beneath the Surface I’ will tug at your heartstrings.

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