Hey crew check out my review for a beautifully written story. RIPPLE by LD Cedergreen.
Kendall Brooks has an impossible decision: Tell the truth or protect the lie?
She has buried herself in years of undergrad, medical school, and now her residency–hoping to leave behind what she is unable to face.
Her world is rocked to the core when she returns to her small hometown and runs smack dab into her first love, Adam McCoy.
Adam is the key. He stirs up old emotions that send Kendall spiraling back in time, remembering all the moments that led them to her ultimate deception.
Will revealing the truth of what transpired all those years ago provide her the self-forgiveness that she desperately craves or will her devastating secret destroy the only man she has ever truly loved, shattering her heart in its wake?
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I stood at the cold dark water’s edge, my reflection staring back at me from the glasslike surface. The reflection of a girl that I no longer knew. I breathed in the overwhelming scent of pine and recognized the tranquility that surrounded me. The soft hum of the city in the distance, the echo of an eagle’s cry overhead, the steady drum of my heart—the only sounds that could be heard in the quiet serenity that was present all around me.
Inside an entirely different scene existed. Whirling thoughts, like hurricane-force winds, blew through my mind while a dark, thunderous storm was raging inside my soul, cutting the power to the central organ of my existence—my heart. I was destined to weather this storm on my own. After all, like Mother Nature, I was the controlling force behind these conditions.
I threw a stone into the mirrored surface of the water before me and watched the small circular wave expand from the point where it broke through the stillness.
It was hard not to think of the stone as the choice I had made, the choice that inevitably created waves in the smooth waters of my life. The first lie, like the first ripple in the water, seemed so small but quickly became more significant. Each wave growing in size and depth, impossible to stop. The effect from that one choice spread through my life like the ripple moving across the surface of the water.
I longed for the stillness.
Ripple by L.D. Cedergreen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ripple was an interesting read for me. The first chapter had me quite intrigued and wanting to get to the heart of the story. As I continued to read I was anticipating something in the story. I’m still not sure what that something is or was. I kept reading and had a friend who had read it ask me if I was just wrecked with what I was reading. I told her where I was in the story and she again asked about my emotions toward this book. Here’s the thing, I couldn’t give her an answer. She didn’t understand why I wasn’t more emotionally involved in the story. I told her I would get back to her and let her know once I had finished—maybe that moment was at a different part of the story.
So I get done reading. And yes I cried during a couple of parts. But for the most part I felt lost. Hold up—don’t cast Ripple aside just yet. Hear me out. After I finish a read, I like to mull it over for a couple of days. And for those two days, I wasn’t sure what I was feeling after reading Ripple. On one hand I couldn’t put it down and on the other I didn’t have an overwhelming reaction. Yet somehow I had a book hangover. I couldn’t figure it out and then it hit me—I felt lost. Just like the characters felt. Just as the characters lost their way in the story. I realized I actually had connected to the characters and felt their loss and their sadness. I felt everything they felt from the beginning of the story to the very last word.
I don’t think I have ever had a reaction to a story like this before. And realizing the quiet force, made this a beautiful story. It’s as if I felt the ‘ripple’ effect of the main characters Kendall and Adam. It’s very subtle in it’s delivery but has lasting effects.
L.D. Cedergreen had a well-developed story that pulled at your heartstrings. Her characters were all likeable even when some of their choices were not. The story was relatable on many levels whether the events have happened to one before or not. Her words are simple yet poetic.
Ripple is one of those reads that through the angst your heart is pulled, your heart hurts and our heart smiles. It’s definitely worth the time to read. D 4/5
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L.D. Cedergreen has always enjoyed writing. It started as short stories, and later developed into poetry–some of which has been published–and now her first full-length novel. She’s a vivid day dreamer, a passionate reader, and a fan of all music.
She is a small town girl at heart. Originally from Washington State, she now resides in Southern California with her husband and two little ones. As much as she would like to call herself a beach girl, she is–without a doubt– grounded by her small town roots.
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