Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Boarding House by Sharon Sala

I've been reading the backlog of books downloaded to my Kindle since my move.  There's no cable hook-up in my bedroom.  During the holidays I clicked on The Boarding House by the incredible writer, Sharon Sala. 

I can honestly say it grabbed my interest from the beginning of the book and held it long after I read the last line.  I've told several friends about it and encouraged each of them to read this amazing novel.

Though known for writing romance both as Sharon Sala and Dinah McCall, the talented author has penned a strong novel not of the romance genre.  The Boarding House will be appreciated by anyone who loves an excellent story, major conflicts, memorable characters, and a plot twist that still has me cocking my head and thinking "Whoa, I never saw that coming!"  A little voice in my head says with my career, I should have realized the secret.  But I was so spellbound by the brilliant novel, I did not see the surprise until it was revealed.

And no, I am not going to do Ms. Sala the disservice to reveal it to you.  All I will tell you is that this is one of the best novels I have read in many years.  It is the story of unimaginable pain, the kind that would destroy the average person.  Yet, the lead character, Ellie Wayne, not only copes, she triumphs in the end.

I'll leave the blurb below to describe the plot for you.

As for me, I bow down to Ms. Sala for her ability to portray a tale of ongoing abuse and ultimate redemption in a realistic way. Only an author with deep understanding of the human condition could create this story and bring it to such vivid life.  Brava!

This is a novel that will make you applaud and tell your friends.  Read it, you won't be sorry.

Oh, and by the way, this would make one heck of a movie!  Listen to me Hollywood, this is the stuff Oscar voters await. 

I truly give this one all five stars!


Ellie Wayne doesn't just live. She survives.

New York Times bestselling author Sharon Sala brings emotional intensity to an unforgettable story of survival, empowerment and raw courage.

Ellie Wayne has grown up in frightening circumstances, damaged by a sexually abusive father and mentally fragile mother. Scarred and still threatened by a father she hates and fears, Ellie believes her future holds nothing more than danger, shame and secrets . . . until the unspeakable happens, and Ellie is forced to choose. She can claim her life or continue to hide in the shadows.

One amazing man might be the miracle worker who can help Ellie see that she has the power to move on with her life, to hope for something more. If she can trust him.

Readers will cheer for this amazing woman as she struggles to leave victimhood behind.

Sharon Sala is a long time member of Romance Writers of America writing as Sharon Sala and Dinah McCall. She writes romantic suspense, Young Adult, and Women's Fiction. First published in 1991, she's a seven-time Rita finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, four-time winner of the Career Achievement award from Rt Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader's Choice Award and five time winner of the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence as well as the Bookseller Best Award. Her books are New York Times, Usa Today, Publisher's Weekly mass market best-sellers. Writing changed her life, her world, and her fate.

Look for her Young Adult paranormal mysteries, the The Lunatic Life series from Bell Bridge Books.

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