Every nightmare has an end.
There’s no way Nora can ignore the beating. Same heavy boots. Same curses, same pained groans. But that was two years ago, and this a different man, a different part of war-ravaged Sarajevo. This is her second chance. She has to try.
And then she’s stuck with him, nursing him, putting up with him. Declan’s an ass. He’s rude and tactless. He’s arrogant. Dismissive.
Charming. Intense. Caring when she needs it most – and least expects it. He tears away the numbing fog that’s been her constant companion and offers her a way out and a way home.
And it damn near destroys her.
Nora’s survived two years in a war zone. Can Declan show her how to live?
I received this book for free from Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Fracture by Amanda Bryne is about War Torn Sarajevo. Interestingly enough I read another book at the same time I was reading this one, and both were about Sarajevo, but vastly different topics and genres. Nora is a young woman who has to sneak to get food, to rest her head, and to survive. She is used to seeing men and women alike being beaten, but when she comes upon Declan on the street having been beaten up, for some reason she feels pushed to help him.
It is not easy to help a man who really doesn’t want help, especially one like Declan. Nora must also be careful because if her hiding places, and her existence is discovered, she may be in more danger than she was before happening upon him. Since she is a woman, and Declan is not only a guy, but a larger guy than she, she has to enlist the help of her friends, other people just trying to survive. Declan has he recovers, becomes an ass, but also someone that shakes Nora out of her headspace, which she really needed. But is it enough to save them all?
If the reader didn’t know about the civil war that took place in Sarajevo, this book is a rude awakening, it is rough, and brutally honest about the issues that those who chose, or were forced to stay had to deal with on a daily basis. I don’t mean rough in the sense that it needs editing, I am talking about rough because it is sometimes hard to read. Coming from a background of at least knowing some of the overview of the conflict, it still hit me as to the amount of research and reality that the author was able to impart.
The story between Nora and Declan is confusing, hostile, comforting, awkward, and needed. It really changes page to page, and chapter to chapter, so if you are settling in saying “oh they now like each other,” turn the page, and they may be throwing each other out of their non houses. Overall this is a good book about how war can affect not only those who survived it, but those who are pushed to record it.