Author: Lenore Skomal
Release Date: October 1st 2012
Read it in: a few days
Source: Blog Tour, For review
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Jude Black lives in that in-between, twilight place teetering on death but clinging to life in order to bring her baby into this world. Only she knows the circumstances surrounding her mysterious fall off the bluff that landed her in the hospital being kept alive by medical intervention. Only she knows who the father of her baby is. In this poignantly crafted literary novel, the mystery unfolds and the suspense builds as the consequences of Jude’s decisions threaten to reveal everyone’s deceptions, even her own. Bluff offers a sensitive look at essential questions such as the value of human life, the consciousness of those in a coma and the morality of terminating life support. At the core is the story of a tragically misunderstood woman who finds peace, acceptance, understanding and even love on her deathbed.
Literally chapters from the end of the book, and cutting it close to my deadline, i’m writing an early review? Why? Because I feel I already can.
I’ve enjoyed Bluff because Lenore has a way of writing that makes what she’s saying quite powerful. I’ve read a few chapters where some serious subjects have been discussed, but she handles them beautifully.
The character of Jude falls off a cliff into the bluff which results in her being in a coma and her baby kept medically alive, until the stage when the baby can be born. Reading chapters through Jude’s eyes were tough because she felt unable to do anything – which she was due to the consequences of falling off a cliff in the first place. She was left paralysed and in a coma and all she could do was watch as other people spoke around her – tough.
I originally worried that this book was going to be like something else I read recently (coma patient watching and listening to everything that’s going on around them…) however I was wrong, especially since there was a sort of mystery involved. Who was the father of the child? Did Jude fall, or was she pushed? These made the novel more interesting and I enjoyed it.
As I said, I’m literally chapters from the end of the novel, and to avoid spoiling anything at all, I’m ending the review here. I’m loving Lenore’s book, though it’s not something I think I’ll pick up and re-read. For that reason…
My Review: Part 2: THE END!
I’m keeping this short, because I’ve already written a review for the main bulk of the book. But since it was a midway review, that meant my overall thoughts haven’t been made clear! I have now finished the novel! And can comment!
All I have to say, honestly, is how much I hate the father of Jude’s unborn child. GAH! I have no words for you!
Overall, I enjoyed the book. The ending didn’t let me down, but the rating is remaining the same. Sorry! I did enjoy it though!
Novel Publicity Blog Tour Notes
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About the author: Lenore Skomal wants you to eat her books. Her passionate desire is to touch your heart, inspire you, and luxuriate in the world of the written word. She is an award-winning author with the single goal of resonating with others. Winner of multiple awards for blogging, literature, biography and humor, her catalogue spans many genres. With 30 years of writing experience, 18 books published, a daily blog and weekly newspaper column, the consistent themes in her work are the big issues of the human experience and adding depth and voice to the intricacies involved in living a multi-dimensional existence. She has won many Society of Professional Journalist awards, the Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference honorable mention for best fiction, Writer’s Digest 73rd Annual Fiction Contest, New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens 2003, and most recently, the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award for humor for “Burnt Toast.,” her first anthology of her award winning humor columns. From journalism, to literary fiction, to humor and biography, her writing is consistent, if not in genre, then in message.
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