14 May 2010

Through the emotional wringer...Review: Shiloh Walker - No Longer Mine

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Type: eBook
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Date: 04-27-2010
Length: Novel
ISBN: 978-1-60504-991-5

Main Characters: Nikki Kline and Wade Lightfoot
Book Origin: Personal E-Book Library

Cover Summary:
One woman, one man, and a love that won’t let either of them go.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks and dealt a fair share of hardship, Nikki Kline never gives up a fight. Even when her reason to keep going is ripped from her, Nikki tries desperately to hang on. But when the man who broke Nikki’s heart comes back into her life she doesn’t know how much she can take. Especially since that man seems determined to win back her damaged heart.

Wade Lightfoot is a man who knows he’s made more mistakes than most. As much as he would like to repair the damage he’s done to those he loves, Wade also knows there is no going back. But when he sets out to put things right the last thing he’s prepared to find out is that he had a son. A son he’ll never get the chance to meet.

When the truth is out and all the old wounds are bared, it seems impossible that Nikki and Wade will find their way back to each other. But true love is an undeniable force that even past hurts can’t destroy.

This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.
Product Warnings
This title contains heartbreaking tragedy, lies and deception, and a scorching passion that nothing can deny.

My Review: Some stories just resonate in the heart of the reader and NO LONGER MINE was such a story for me. Shiloh Walker is the first to admit this isn’t the most perfect written story but that was of little consequence to me. Sometimes perfect isn’t needed to get a story told that is so raw and real as the one of Nikki Kline and Wade Lightfoot. The beginning is already very dramatic and by chapter three Shiloh Walker already had me in tears.

A very intimate cast of characters conveys a very intimate story where Nikki works very hard for all the good things in her life. Nikki is in college to become a nurse, she is engaged to Wade Lightfoot who is the love of her life, and she is writing stories. Nikki is gradually shaping her life to the one she wants until she and Wade have a fight, and his following actions scar their love for life. Now Nikki faces a whole different future that demands all of her will power, her strength and zest for life.

Nikki is definitely a heroine who is dealing with intense emotional scars, but she is also resilient, trying to work through the pain and become a better woman. She is a successful author, deals with issues such as her books being available at pirate sites and has passionate conversations with her editor. Above all she is a very private person and I got to see a very personal side of her. One that I think will leave no woman unaffected and will make many emphasize with Nikki’s progress. Wade is the one who made such a grave error in their initial relationship and he has become a wiser man since then, owned up to his mistakes and tries so hard to be a good man. He is a good man; charming, carries his responsibility and his side of the story is almost as deeply affecting. He is a man who is willing to step beyond his boundaries to get back the one woman he so loves and that made him a hero of worth in my book. Together Nikki and Wade gave off the vibe they were meant for each other but both had to go through the motions to accept that fact.

With an emotional-laden theme such as losing a child a story can easily get heavy handed. Though NO LONGER MINE is no easy read by any means the sheer tenacity of the characters was inspiring, held hope for the future and I empathized with them from first till last page. The motivations and the internal and external conflicts are all told with a ‘no hold back’ writing voice. It was like the author didn’t want to deny the reader any facet of the emotional process and I truly went through all the rough ups and downs with Nikki and Wade. I was completely wrapped up in the desperate attempts of Wade trying to connect again with the only woman he ever loved. Opposite of him is Nikki with a whirlwind of feelings pounding against the darkest corners of her heart. It saturated the pages with a pain that ran so deep I wondered if she would ever feel the beauty of life again. The step-by-step progress of Nikki coming to terms with what happened, of Wade getting through to Nikki, of love lost and found again is an unequivocal force behind a romance that rings so true to real life.

There are a handful of family members and friends who are connected to either Wade or Nikki but it is the latter two who really shined in the spotlight. The conflicts, the misunderstandings, the Mars/Venus moments are giving an incredible picture of two people torn apart. They both don’t know exactly what to do to make the situation better, yet they feel a love that demands to be shared with that significant other and a pain that needs to be shared in order to heal. At times I found Nikki a little too stubborn or Wade’s temper flaring a bit too much, too soon, but in the end it made them human, flawed and very recognizable in their actions. After such an intense build up I would’ve loved to have gotten a more prolonged ending. I wanted to revel in that long awaited blissful moment where Nikki and Wade got their happy time. I did get ending that was a wonderful one; it brought closure, a new beginning but the celebration of romance and love found again felt cut short somehow. Perhaps above all it is a personal thing that I would like to linger in such a HEA moment though.

NO LONGER MINE delivered a heart wrenching, yet beautiful griping tale where love received a second chance. Two real, utterly wounded and flawed people had a difficult road to follow to get reunited again as lovers. This is a story that is a diamond in the rough in regards to the incredible potential Shiloh Walker has for storytelling.

4 stars

Quote Nikki:
Over the past few months, since Wade and his little girl had packed up and left, she had come to realize a person didn’t have to be there physically. Jason was still with her, tucked safely inside her soul where he couldn’t be hurt. The memories of his father and sister he had never known were with him. With a sigh, she rose to her knees, pressed her hand flat to the headstone. Silently, she said her goodbyes. It was time to let go. And it was time to get on with her own life.

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  1. Omg Leontine.... This is a very beautiful review you have done with this book. I have not read this book nor any of Ms. Walker's work yet... but this sounds like a very heart wrenching book. Honey you sure do know how to deliver an awesome review to us!!!
    Great job!!!

  2. I really NEED to load this one on the reader! Great review! And I love Shiloh Walker's contemporary work!

  3. Another new author for me too!! I guess I'll be looking up her books on fiction database (fictiondb.com) to get the reading order. Don't want to miss any!! Have a great weekend Y'all!!!

  4. Wow, this book sounds deeply emotional and tragic.

    Hmmm...Shiloh Walker. She can really write them tortured, can't she? One has to be mentally prepared before picking up one of her stories to read.

    This novel obviously touched your heart, Leontine. Beautiful review.

    Hugs, VFG

  5. glad you liked it Leontine... I know this one is going to be hit or miss for people. Glad it worked for ya and thanks for the lovely review!

  6. @Cecile - I have only read SW in contemporary stories and each one delivered for me. Now I have the first in her Hunter serie too and can't wait to see what she dishes out ;)

    @Pearl - Yes, do upload it so we can talk some more SW LOL

    @Ducky - I've read FRAGILE - BROKEN & now NO LONGER MINE, her characters and storytelling is very powerful. I hope you get to read one soon!

    @VFG - Yes, she can write them tortured and I will always want more from this author LOL I'm glad the review came across the way i wanted too ;)

  7. I heard that it was a very emotional book, and I do get sad pretty quickly.

    Great review, and have a great weekend!

  8. I saw this one and passed it up because I thought it was a re-release *bangs head*

    I'm getting all emotional just reading your review.

  9. Fabulous review!! Sounds like a great emotional read, hope you have a good weekend!


  10. Leontine, you're equal parts brilliant & evil!! I stumbled across your blog last night & found your review of No Longer Mine by Shiloh Walker. So in true instant gratification style I bought it on Amazon & poof like magic there it is on my iPhone! - this is at 2 in the morning, rather happy with my purchase I settled in to read the first couple of chapters...3 1/2 hours later, I'd finished the whole thing & I declare it to be awesome.

    Thanks for a great review, I look forward to visiting again.

  11. @Blodeuedd - It is definitely a story that yanks the emotional strings, you need to be up for such a read!!

    @Marissa - That it sure was, both an emotional read and I had a good weekend :)

    @Cataluna6 - Welcome at my corner of the WWW and hope to talk to you often! Oh I had that same reaction when I read an excerpt of NLM. I instantly wanted to buy it but I had to wait for another 10 days or so. But on releaseday I bought it- read it and by the end of the afternoon had the entire book read.

  12. This is without a doubt one of my favourite book my this author..

    May I recommend you read The Missing and Beautiful Girl as well by her..


  13. @EH - Hi hon! The Missing already caught my attention and YAY for me, my new monthly CC bookbudget is almost untouched so I can buy at will again LOL I actually bought NLM after I read an excerpt at your blog!


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