- ‘A heartfelt tale, told with a deft touch.’ Rowan Coleman, Novelist
- 5.0 out of 5 stars Take The Journey Yourself, November 14, 2011
Elle Amberley has recreated every fiber of a woman’s being in Natasha, the main character in the Book. Every fear, aspiration, expectation,will,strength, weakness…all those things that every woman knows is beating within, makes up the cadence of this story. I loved it from the 1st page and found myself setting the alarm clock to squeeze in a few more chapters before the day begins.
To read this book, is to take a ride of an emotional carousel, laughter included.
A terrific book by an incredible author and an exceptional woman, Elle Amberley.
- 5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical from Beginning to End, November 21, 2011
Elle Amberley treats us to a quick read, woven with the lyrics of gentle lessons.
I am struck, Nowhere Left to Hide, showcases how truly valuable our friendships are and how much our female friends, in particular, mean to us as women.
Natasha, the main character, is a young university student who has endured horrific abuses in her life, yet somehow has been able to hold that pain close, see it clearly for what it is, and use it to be more conscientious and sympathetic towards others.
Even those people who were labeled as wicked or difficult, Natasha was able to see past their facade and see their pain was much like hers. Typically these types of people push others away, but Natasha helped them to see their sameness.
Being witness to Natasha’s sensitivity, turned people around. Suddenly they were understood. Suddenly they were accepted. Suddenly, they could let that big huge wall down and show their true selves. And isn’t that what we all want? To be understood? To be accepted? And to feel safe enough to let the guard down?
- 5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read !!, November 7, 2011
Reviewed By: Crystal Trent Dotson
Natasha Parker is a smart and beautiful young woman who has endured a childhood of distrust , pain , and abuse. She has closed herself off while finding ways to hide from those who caused her scars.
While attending college in England , she is offered to go to Santa Barbara for her last year , while a bit scared , shes excited for the chance. Once there she has no problem finding friends , she hits it off with Mike , Kirsten and Tyler. Her and Kirsten become best friends and Natasha starts spending more time with Tyler, who is trying to figure her out. While trying to build a new life for herself she is still haunted with her past, and finds it hard to open up and trust others. While Tyler is trying to take it slow and not be pushy , Natasha finally opens up to him and tells him her dark secrets, it’s a difficult road for her to go down , but it gives her a sense of relief , and helps to make life easier.
Natasha finds love with Tyler , she is finally happy , but after graduation her visa expires and she will have to return to England . With both of them going through emotional hell , Tyler is determined to be with his woman , and does something that no one was expecting.
I enjoyed this book , it is emotional , yet funny and easy going. Natasha had a horrible childhood , but she stayed strong and upbeat. Its fresh and clean and I will be passing it on to my teen daughter and mother.
- I’ve been reading the author’s blog for a while. I love her honest and refreshing views.
So when her publisher offered her book for review, I responded straightaway.
In her blog, Elle describes her writing process and how she laughs and cries with her characters while giving them life.
Guess what, I did that reading her novel. It is never truly sad though but full of humour and hope.
Yes, sometimes the main character throws in a wobbly but mostly she looks ahead.
I laughed and I cried, especially at the end, never quite knowing what was going to happen.
I absolutely loved this book. The underlying story should make you pity the main character but she’s so strong and full of life that you can only admire her.” by Lily Richards
- Abuse is ugly but here it’s treated with much understanding and compassion.
Natasha, the main character is a go-getter, even if she is running away from her past.
She jumps in at the deep end and finds herself in California. It might take her a while to trust people but when she's ready she goes for it,
much to her boyfriend's surprise. I loved the ending, even if it did mean putting the book down. Fortunately, there is a teaser and I have to say I can't wait to read Ms Amberley's
next novel. Thanks to Indio Press for letting me review this book.
- I enjoyed this book , it is emotional , yet funny and easy going. Natasha had a horrible childhood , but she stayed strong and upbeat. Its fresh and clean and I will be passing it on to my teen daughter and mother. Crystal Trent Dotson ( the whole review to be posted tomorrow)