February 8, 2014

Book Review ~ Believe by Mel Teshco and Kylie Sheaffe

Title: Believe
Author: Mel Teshco and Kylie Sheaffe
Release Date: November 5th 2013
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Do you believe in the power of unconditional love?

James Edward Bowheart is a genius in the making, a student doctor who has it all . . . or so it seems.

His lawyer father is an alcoholic, his mother a strict, god-fearing woman with a critical eye and a cold heart. His sister, Josie, is warm, smart, and overly-sensitive. She sees things no one else can. In and out of mental institutions, she is reviled by their parents.

James begins to question his own logic, fearing the unknown when he too begins to see things, dream things, the drugs he has come to rely on exacerbating the problem.

Only when a new neighbor—a single and very pregnant young woman—helps him to see outside the square and accept the unexplainable, does he truly start to Believe...

My Thoughts

When I realized that Believe was a bit of an inspirational read, I must admit it made me a little hesitant. I’m not a huge fan of stories with a spiritual or religious background to them, simply due to my own beliefs and upbringing, but I wasn’t about to let that sway me, I have an open mind. And I’m happy to say, it wasn’t at all what I expected.

The imagery in Believe has been really beautifully done, I was immediately caught up. The people became real for me very easily and done so believably, and the opening poem captivated me.

I loved the emotional turmoil that each of the characters had to go through to find their way in life. The underlying message of self belief, of a higher power, of there being something more, was so moving, and the beautifully written and emotionally charged poems helped bring each person’s journey to life. The added bonus of the heartfelt poetry was genius. They helped to reinforce the story, bringing up all kinds of feelings and memories that the characters (and I) may have overlooked. But as the story progressed, I found the differing voices, the small time jumps/flashbacks, a little distracting. I know it can all get a little overwhelming sometimes when the POV jumps around, but overall, I think it was done reasonably well and they were imperative to tell this story, it all came together rather nicely in the end.

Believe is a carefully written journey, it’s so much more than just a book, and I really did enjoy the ride. And while I think some people may miss the real message and might not get it, I definitely think romance readers of all genres will enjoy it.

Believe is full of really great characters with lessons to learn and beautifully written, evocative poems; great sentiments that stir up the emotions… so you might like to keep the tissues handy!
4 Stars

Mel Teshco grew up in Australia, where her seemingly gypsy dad and ever patient mother saw her living in many areas of the East Coast, along with her sister and two brothers.

Each new home stimulated an already over-active imagination, where she spent as much time dreaming about fantasy worlds as the real world - the fantasy sometimes being much better.
Now living on a small rural property with three horses and a handful or two of cats, she is happily married with three children of wide-spread ages and a stepson.

Not only does she adore writing darker-style paranormals, she also enjoys writing paranormal erotica and has some published works with Ellora's Cave.

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