Reaching for the Light
Marie Krepps & TL Katt
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Mental Illness affects people in all walks of life, all countries and all nationalities. It does not discriminate. Those affected are friends, family members and you. Authors Marie Krepps and TL Katt have opened their minds and imaginations to assist in mental health awareness, something they both feel passionately about. Follow their characters as they reach for their light.
High Heels & Ice Cream - Marie Krepps
Brianna suffers from depression and anxiety, but she won’t let it stop her from moving in with the chatty and attractive Carla. When her attraction to her roommate becomes something more, Brianna has to decide if she will let her inner demons win and run away as usual, or face her fears and admit her true feelings.
Bloom - TL Katt
At the hands of Jen’s husband, the man who should love her unconditionally, she suffers one nightmare after another. His bombardment of mental abuse leaves her a shell of a human and her mind unable to let go of the terror, she relives it again and again. Jen’s actions become more impulsive and dangerous.
Can she reach the light and find solace to begin her coping journey from PTSD?
Four solid stars!
The two stories in this book deal with some tough themes. They were sad and stressful to read at times, but they do deliver on much happier endings than beginnings, as promised!
I loved the characters and flow of the first story, "High Heels & Ice Cream." Ms. Krepps did a great job of writing her little piece of the world and the people in it, even those who were only mentioned briefly. Bri’s struggles were well-worded and real, and Carla was lovable through and through. The only complaint I have is that the story ended very abruptly! Maybe it’s just the beginning of something Ms. Krepps will expand on? I can only hope!
The second story, "Bloom", was less enjoyable to read, and understandably so – there is no easy way to write about abuse. There were a couple of parts that I even considered walking away from for a minute; I hadn’t really known what to expect from this story, thus some of the details of Jen’s life with Cam bothered me. All in all, Ms. Katt did a pretty decent job of getting me into the mind an abused woman – I say ‘decent’ only because I feel like this story would be better if it were a bit longer. I wouldn’t necessarily want to read more of the horrific details, but I feel like Jen and her ending could’ve been rounded out better somehow.
I give this book four stars because I love the messages it sends, and the stories were solid – oh, but how I wish they weren’t so short!