Book Review: Bridge Over Sorrows by: Q.C. Masters

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Shadoe Publishing

Publication Date: November 21, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon

Synopsis: Shanti Dhawan longs for the affections of another woman. But her traditional past won't set her free...until one day when fate intervenes. Shanti finds herself thrust into another world, stranded, alone, and at the mercy of a strange and mysterious hermit. This woman who at first Shanti can barely imagine passing for human nurses her back to health, and soon Shanti discovers she is more than she appears. She captivates Shanti's imagination and then stirs feelings she thought she could never hold for such a person. Yet the woman is a sealed fortress to her. As her time runs short, Shanti must decipher the secret of the stranger's past to claim her love. Otherwise, she may unwittingly become the instrument of her destruction. It takes grace to recover from the loss of a loved one. But sometimes that grace is not enough, and then survival becomes its own punishment. When the scars grow too thick for any light to be seen, only the power of true love can deliver salvation.

Review: Shanti Dhawan comes from a traditional Indian family, but she is on the run because she doesn’t want to marry the man her parents picked out for her. Or any man at all. Shanti wants to find a woman she can settle down with and love forever. When some of her husband-to-be’s henchmen find her, she suffers an accident trying to escape from them. Surprisingly, she survives and is rescued by a mysterious woman, living along in the woods – a hermit by choice. Mati retreated from the world after her wife, Cheryl, died. She doesn’t want Shanti around and is nursing her back to health so she can get on her way. Shanti is determined to figure out the truth behind Mati’s past and perhaps become her future, as this strange woman has made a place in her heart.

BRIDGE OVER SORROWS is a dynamic and powerful novel about love, loss, and salvation. The author makes deft work of such heavy topics as Bipolar Disorder, abuse, sexual assault, PTSD, and depression. There are explicit sexual scenes, so please be aware of this prior to reading. I loved Shanti and Mati, they are two people with difficult lives and I felt deeply for them both. I was definitely part of their cheering section. I cried quite a bit while reading this story, which is ultimately about how love can conquer all. For me, BRIDGE OVER SORROWS cements Q.C. Masters’ reputation as a masterful author.

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