Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Book Review: Hold Her Down By Kathryn Biel #50BookPledge

About the Book:
Elizabeth Zurlo is lost. She's a wife, a mother, a teacher, a PTA volunteer—but somewhere along the way, she's lost herself. Depression and despair can lead to desperate measures and when she is pulled back from the brink of suicide, Elizabeth slowly tries to rebuild her marriage and reclaim her life. Just as she has finally started to put herself back together, a scandalous novel rocks her small town ... and costs Elizabeth her social standing, friendships and ultimately, her marriage. However, the man who seemingly destroyed Elizabeth's life, helps her realize who she is and what she needs to do to become the woman she's not only capable of being, but the woman she used to be.

About the Author:
Kathryn Biel hails from Upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients' needs and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her debut novel, GOOD INTENTIONS, was released in 2013, and her second novel, HOLD HER DOWN was released in 2014. Her musings and rants can also be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather.

My Review of the Book:

I personally believe that if you are a mom and/or married you can relate to this book.  I know so many moms, myself included that love doing things for our family.  You get busy cooking, cleaning and taking care of all of your families needs, but somehow along the line you forget a bit about yourself.  Although, I have to say I have never been in the situation as an adult of being so lost that you feel desperate for a way out.  I have however, been in a situation where I have been envious of other women around me who seem to be managing it all so easy.  It might be just that it appears their kids listen better or they seem to have more energy, better sense of style while still managing to maintain their family.  As a women you see it as though there is something you are doing wrong and your own imperfections.  These women might appear that they are living the dream life, but as it was shown in Hold Her Down reality is being a mother is just living life within a larger scale high school.  All the women will have some sort of struggle and it is important to remember it is just an illusion that they do not!

I loved the message of empowerment from Hold Her Down.  The main character, Elizabeth's journey is really quite inspirational.  She is easy to relate to and loveable all the while coming across as 100% human.  She is a women that you would love to be friends with as she is real in every sense of the word.  She has flaws, struggles and weaknesses, but she is also a protector, beautiful and caring.   I really did love this book and look forward to checking out other books by Kathryn!

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All views expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in anyway.  I was supplied a book for review purposes and not compensated for this post.


Views expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in anyway.  I was supplied an ebook for review purposes only and not compensated in any other way. 


Samantha March said...

Thanks for sharing your review!

Kathryn said...

Thank you so much for that beautiful review. That is just the message I was hoping to convey in writing Hold Her Down. We all sit there, looking at what each other has, but never truly knowing what is going on behind closed doors. I'm so very glad you enjoyed this book!