Starting from Broken

Starting from BrokenRaised In The System, Liz Murphy Longed For The Day That She Would Have A Family Of Her Own To Care For, To Love Happiness Is Just Within Her Reach When Tragedy Strikes, Ripping Everything Away, Leaving Liz So Hopeless And Desperate That She Attempts The Unthinkable Braxton Wright Cares Only For Three Things His Bars, Making Money, And His Mother He Doesn T Do Relationships, Stays Far Away From Girls That Need Anything Other Than One Night Meeting Liz Leaves Him Conflicted Wanting To Know Her, To Keep Her, But Scared She Will Crack The Foundation He S Sacrificed So Much To Build As Liz Learns To Live Again, Braxton S Life Shatters, Leaving Him In A Million Pieces Could Love Be Enough To Bind Two Broken People, Or Will The World Succeed In Tearing Them Apart 3.5 stars Starting From Broken was a beautiful story of starting love over with someone who knows exactly what it s like to be in a misguided and deceitful relationship.I enjoyed that both main characters Braxton and Liz were needing to walk away from their past and find a new future FT Zele, definitely wrote the book with heart and feeling There was one twist that I felt was somewhat cliche or too coincidental but this is a work a fiction and often in life strange things happen So this twist 3.5 stars Starting From Broken was a beautiful story of starting love over with someone who knows exactly what it s like to be in a misguided and deceitful relationship.I enjoyed that both main characters Braxton and Liz were needing to walk away from their past and find a new future FT Zele, definitely wrote the book with heart and feeling There was one twist that I felt was somewhat cliche or too coincidental but this is a work a fiction and often in life strange things happen So this twist did not affect the overall story or vibe.Overall the characters were well developed and you got a sense of who they were and where they d been Their background stories were plausible and fit with the tone of the story i also enjoyed that one character didn t over shadow or overtake the other Their personalities were balanced What I loved most was Braxton s motivation for how he kept himself closed off and unavailable That was refreshing I always enjoy familial ties of a character.And while the characters back stories weren t necessarily new and unheard of, there wasn t a time where I was thinking, oh been there, read that I am a reader that really loves the supporting characters stories embedded within the main story and these characters, Sophie and Travis, most definitely have their own story and I hope that FT Zele decides to take their story further and give us another book based on them.I liked that Zele added just enough humour that the story wasn t too heavy or drawn out.Throughout the story I could feel the emotions the author wanted to elicit and the flow of the story was relatively smooth and worked well.This was Zele s second book and I can see the confidence in her story telling grow I look forward to reading another story from her Starting From Broken by F.T Zele is a heart breaking story about starting over, with your life and with love A story of love lost and found again and how sometimes love does not conquer all and the lesson that no matter how much love you give to another it won t always save them from themselves as you would hope Starting From Broken is my first book by F.T Zele and I can guarantee that it won t be my last, as this author has a way of grabbing the reader and thrusting them into the story wi Starting From Broken by F.T Zele is a heart breaking story about starting over, with your life and with love A story of love lost and found again and how sometimes love does not conquer all and the lesson that no matter how much love you give to another it won t always save them from themselves as you would hope Starting From Broken is my first book by F.T Zele and I can guarantee that it won t be my last, as this author has a way of grabbing the reader and thrusting them into the story with such a ferocity that keeps you turning each page until the very end Starting From Broken was a 4 star read for me and I highly recommend it to others I stare at a broken tile on the ceiling and count the holes I imagine the tile is me broken and full of holes except no maintenance person will be able to replace or fix me Liz Murphy found love despite the odds that were against her, growing up in the foster system, never thinking that she would find a love of her own or truly belong to a family that is until she met and fell in love with Jacob and his quirky but fiesty sister Sophie But when Jacob is taken from her way too soon, she fell into a life of surviving but not truly living That is until one night when she meets Sophie at the bar after work and is enamoured by feelings she never thought she would have again for a virtual stranger It is only after a series of chance meetings that Liz and Braxton finally have their first date which leads to so muchthan either of them anticipated.Braxton Wright has no time or place in his life for anything other than a one night stand He adores his mother, who is suffering from a rare form of MS, and every success that he has in his life has been to make things easier for his mother Never getting close to a woman has been his motto, as most girls makes demands on his time, and that is time away from his mother and the limited time that she has left in his world Something about Liz makes him re think he manwhore ways, and he goes as far as to tell Liz about his mother and what she means to him, why he behaves the way he does with the woman in his life before her Although Liz would never dream of taking Braxton away from his mother, she is unsure of whether she is ready to start a relationship with him, as that would be taking away from Jacobs memory.Once Liz comes to terms with needed to move forward with her life and possibly opening herself to love again she discovers a secret so devastating, it makes her question everything that she ever knew about her life, her marriage and her husband It is then when things seem fall into place for her and she finds the comfort that she needs in the arms of Braxton But is Braxton s love enough Can they bother over come their past hurts to put together the broken parts of themselves and become whole within each other Or will they remain broken, just going through the motions of living You will have to read to find out and I highly recommend that you do There are second changes in life Never be scared to take them and always give them, because without them, you might be missing out on what was meant to be Starting from Broken F T ZeleRaised in the system, Liz Murphy longed for the day that she would have a family of her own to care for, to love Happiness is just within her reach when tragedy strikes, ripping everything away, leaving Liz so hopeless and desperate that she attempts the unthinkable Braxton Wright cares only for three things his bars, making money, and his mother He doesn t do relationships, stays far away from girls that need anything other than one night Meeting Liz leaves Starting from Broken F T ZeleRaised in the system, Liz Murphy longed for the day that she would have a family of her own to care for, to love Happiness is just within her reach when tragedy strikes, ripping everything away, leaving Liz so hopeless and desperate that she attempts the unthinkable Braxton Wright cares only for three things his bars, making money, and his mother He doesn t do relationships, stays far away from girls that need anything other than one night Meeting Liz leaves him conflicted wanting to know her, to keep her, but scared she will crack the foundation he s sacrificed so much to build As Liz learns to live again, Braxton s life shatters, leaving him in a million pieces Could love be enough to bind two broken people, or will the world succeed in tearing them apart My reviewI m going to start my review by thanking Ms Zele, this is one of the most powerful and heartbreaking then heart warming stories that i ve read in a long time The leading lady, Liz Murphy, was used to being alone and feeling unloved so, of course, she grew up longing for a family of her own, she met her husband and her little world was perfect.until his life was cruelly cut short and Liz was all alone again with only her best friend Sophie to support her She then decided that nothing was worth the pain so she retreated into a grief stricken shell where nothing seem possibleso she attempted to end it all Sophie decided that she wouldnt let Liz wallow in her depression any so drags her slowly back to lifeenter Braxton Braxton was also operating in self destruct mode, with a long string of meaningless one night encounters and working towards a full breakdown There was only one woman that mattered to him and she was his sole focus He had no time to even entertain the thought of a relationship.This book was written in an educated and emotive fashion I adored the secondary characters Sophie and Travis they provided the much needed softer side to the story I find myself in a bit of a quandary herei m in love with the story and the characters, its exceptionally well written and the internal narratives provided by both characters gave you a greater insight into their feelings Here lies the problemHow on earth with Zele manage to top this with her next novel 5 stars If i could awardherei would very well done Ms Zele A new author to add to my must read list Liz Murphy was used to being alone Moving from pillar to post in the foster system had her yearning for the family she never had After losing her husband, she lost all hope that life could have anythingfor her Two years later, she was still struggling to hang on as she clung to work to keep herself moving forward Her best friend Sophie has been her constant champion and she won t let Liz hide any longer On her first official outing in a long ti A new author to add to my must read list Liz Murphy was used to being alone Moving from pillar to post in the foster system had her yearning for the family she never had After losing her husband, she lost all hope that life could have anythingfor her Two years later, she was still struggling to hang on as she clung to work to keep herself moving forward Her best friend Sophie has been her constant champion and she won t let Liz hide any longer On her first official outing in a long time, Liz is shocked to find herself instantly attracted to Braxton Wright, pub owner and boss to Sophie s new boyfriend Braxton, too, was operating in broken mode He was concentrating on work as well but for a different reason His ailing Mom meant everything to him and that was his focus for every decision he made whether at work or in his almost non existent personal life Trying to keep each other at arm s length isn t working but their tentative steps to get closer are marred with past baggage and misunderstandings Faced with another tragedy, would this be the straw that finally breaks them both I really enjoyed this standalone, full length novel Liz and Braxton each struggled with their own demons and the author revealed these very personal battles in eloquent fashion Without their inner voices letting me know what was motivating their actions, I may have been put off by the speed in which they went from strangers to lovers to enemies and wary friends What might, on the surface, have seemed like over the top drama was actually real people struggling with real problems that I could relate to The secondary characters provided that down to earth element that the main characters needed to keep them grounded Sophie and Travis are friends we all wish to have Jade also provided a beautiful and sweet touchstone for Braxton and Liz This novel was both heartbreaking and hopeful and it will be on my re read shelf so I can enjoy it all over again Diane I was given this ARC in return for a honest review.What do you get when you have two broken and defeated souls When you thought everything was alright and then the next day everything gets ripped away from you When a chanced encounter can bring you back to the living.F T Zele has answered all these questions with this great story.Liz is a twenty something professional who s world was rocked two years prior due to her husbands sudden death With encouragement from her best friend Sophie I was given this ARC in return for a honest review.What do you get when you have two broken and defeated souls When you thought everything was alright and then the next day everything gets ripped away from you When a chanced encounter can bring you back to the living.F T Zele has answered all these questions with this great story.Liz is a twenty something professional who s world was rocked two years prior due to her husbands sudden death With encouragement from her best friend Sophie, Liz soon starts to realize that she hasliving to do By getting into much needed therapy and facing her fears head on, Liz soon starts to live again.Braxton is a local bar owner with no desire for a perminate relationships His only constant relationship is back at his house and she is his main priority By constantly working and keeping all female connections to a one night only basis, Braxton has given himself a certain persona But what Braxton wasn t expecting was his savior to walk right into his bar one night Both Liz and Braxton have numerous encounters with each other and start to form a friendship But what they don t know is that this new friendship isn t what they think it is Feeling start to form and both start to divert back to their old habits Can their new found friendship feelings survive Liz and Braxton will have to grow up and decide that their old ways might not be the best.This is a uplifting story about two broken souls who find each other just at the right time Both play major parts in each others healing and without one another, Liz nor Braxton would heal like the need to This story got me in a few places I found myself at times crying like a baby but then at certain parts I found each character lived in his or her head TOO much Constant self doubt was also a major issue with each character, which at times made me roll my eyes But all in all I did enjoy the book and loved its happy ending I would recommend this book to my fellow readers let s just say wow oh wow. I m still coming down from my high Great way to start 2015I m so in awe of the emotional roller coaster I just went through while reading this I cried, laughed, was shocked to my core. In the beginning you read of a girl who had her heart shattered to pieces Not broken shattered. So much so she doesn t think she could ever move past it Just when she thinks she s got things figured out things get worse, a whole lot worse and I find myself un comfortably giggling let s just say wow oh wow. I m still coming down from my high Great way to start 2015I m so in awe of the emotional roller coaster I just went through while reading this I cried, laughed, was shocked to my core. In the beginning you read of a girl who had her heart shattered to pieces Not broken shattered. So much so she doesn t think she could ever move past it Just when she thinks she s got things figured out things get worse, a whole lot worse and I find myself un comfortably giggling I mean this poor girl has been through so much you can t imagine it can get worse and it does It s like wow What else. I felt so bad for Liz I liked her instantly though Yes, she was going through crap but she was strong even if she didn t always see it Once she made up her mind that was it She needed some help along the way though. In comes Braxton, doesn t the name say it all Oh but he is so muchAt first I thought he was a bit arrogant Totally full of himself but as you get to know him he s pretty much just like Liz He s strong and independent and doesn t have time to let anyone in his world full time Liz and Braxton never saw each other coming Their story was so tragically beautiful and real They literally started from broken Both of them shattered in their own ways Both struggling to find themselves and just let go This book made me see them both for who they were and I loved every second of them Sometimes you need a story that isn t fluff and roses You need one that s going to pull your heart strings, one that will rip out your soul and bring you back totally light headed and high from what you just read This book was that for me I was told that it s a break Em down and put them back together kind of book and that s exactly what this book is I needed this read and if you want a read that is real and will challenge every emotion you really need to read this Lost love, new friendships and finding a way to live and love again.I went into this book blind I did not pay much attention to the synopsis because I just wanted to see what story the author could write With that being said, I am impressed From the very start of the book Ms Zele had me hooked The reality of this story is spot on Liz has gone through something that people should not have to deal with but that is just life If it were not for her friend Sophie, she would have never made it Lost love, new friendships and finding a way to live and love again.I went into this book blind I did not pay much attention to the synopsis because I just wanted to see what story the author could write With that being said, I am impressed From the very start of the book Ms Zele had me hooked The reality of this story is spot on Liz has gone through something that people should not have to deal with but that is just life If it were not for her friend Sophie, she would have never made it through After two years of just existing she meets Braxton juicy name, I know Now this is where things just heat up Braxton being the sexy complicated man that he is a total jerk But I loved him, I know I am twisted He has his reasons and they are justified, he is doing what he needs to do to protect himself.I enjoyed watching Liz become a strong woman after all her heartache She learned how to face her past and stand up for herself when Braxton reverted back to his dark place No matter what the out come of the book was going to be I knew that Liz would be just fine I am reminded of a couple of lessons that we have been taught one time orNever just assume that you can figure out someone, just because you think it does not mean it is true Assumptions are not what they seem and Braxton learns this lesson Overall this book was very good I was impressed with the characters and the honesty that they gave one another I was afraid that Braxton and Liz both were going to continue to not share each others story, but when they did it was the right time When you start from broken, the only way out it to put yourself back together and start over What happens when the one person you thought was meant for you really wasn t What if the person you were truly meant to be with is a broken soul, just like you, and you have to endure heartache to find him or her Liz Murphy has a reason for being so reserved about starting a relationship Broken for two years, she tried the unimaginable after thinking she couldn t move on from the cards she had been dealt With the help of therapy and her best friend Sophie, she learns to slowly pick up the pie What happens when the one person you thought was meant for you really wasn t What if the person you were truly meant to be with is a broken soul, just like you, and you have to endure heartache to find him or her Liz Murphy has a reason for being so reserved about starting a relationship Broken for two years, she tried the unimaginable after thinking she couldn t move on from the cards she had been dealt With the help of therapy and her best friend Sophie, she learns to slowly pick up the pieces in order to move forward.Braxton Wright is a local business owner concerned with making money for one specific reason He doesn t desire a relationship, for fear that it might interfere with the one person who means the most to him For Braxton, random hookups mean no feelings get involved and he can concentrate on the matters at hand.A series of chance meetings between Liz and Braxton instantly proves there is an undeniable attraction, but will each of them allow the other into their life Starting from Broken is a triumphant story of two broken characters and their struggle to piece together their lives in order to find their happily ever after Ms Zele has created a story full of happiness and despair, but most importantly, a story to teach readers that true love is worth a second chance A wonderful read and most definitely a recommendation from me 5 StarsTruly enjoyed Braxton Liz s story Braxton is definitely a bad boy with a hidden soft side He made you want to smack him one minute then give him a hug the next Love his commitment to his mother his love for her Made my heart melt Liz has been dealt with such a crappy hand in life From a rough start in life to losing her husband then finding out he was a lying cheater You really just want to give her a happily ever after She is stronger than she thinks doesn t put up with Bra 5 StarsTruly enjoyed Braxton Liz s story Braxton is definitely a bad boy with a hidden soft side He made you want to smack him one minute then give him a hug the next Love his commitment to his mother his love for her Made my heart melt Liz has been dealt with such a crappy hand in life From a rough start in life to losing her husband then finding out he was a lying cheater You really just want to give her a happily ever after She is stronger than she thinks doesn t put up with Braxton s crap I love how she makes him step up to be a better man This book kept me enjoying it from beginning to end Looking forward tofrom this author For new beginnings and both of us starting from broken and mending the pieces, together Reviewed by Penny Clingan Starting from broken is a great love story Your heart will break for this amazing woman Liz The tragedy and sorrow she goes through seemsthan one woman should be able to handle She finds unbelievable strength to move past the heartbreak and take back her life Braxton s love for his mother is so heartfelt His story is equally touching as he works to make the life of the woman who gave him his, struggle free Keeping his heart closed off almost costs him everything The unconditional lo Starting from broken is a great love story Your heart will break for this amazing woman Liz The tragedy and sorrow she goes through seemsthan one woman should be able to handle She finds unbelievable strength to move past the heartbreak and take back her life Braxton s love for his mother is so heartfelt His story is equally touching as he works to make the life of the woman who gave him his, struggle free Keeping his heart closed off almost costs him everything The unconditional love that Liz shows him, makes Braxton realize that everything he has wanted is right in front of him Reading the journey of these two people, will keep you glued to this book