Blog Tour: These Gentle Wounds

Apr •  25 •  2014

I received this book for free from Blog Tour, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: These Gentle WoundsThese Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar
Published by Self-Published on May 8, 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: Blog Tour, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion
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Sometimes I wish I’d lost a leg or something. Everyone can understand that. They never get it when what’s been broken is inside your head.

Five years after an unspeakable tragedy that changed him forever, Gordie Allen has made a new home with his half-brother Kevin. Their arrangement works since Kevin is the only person who can protect Gordie at school and keep him focused on getting his life back on track.

But just when it seems like things are becoming normal, Gordie’s biological father comes back into the picture, demanding a place in his life. Now there’s nothing to stop Gordie from falling into a tailspin that could cost him everything—including his relationship with Sarah, the first girl he’s trusted with the truth. With his world spinning out of control, the only one who can help Gordie is himself . . . if he can find the strength to confront the past and take back his future.

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Words cannot express how happy I am that I was able to read this book. Helene Dunbar has made it to the top of my list of authors to look out for. These Gentle Wounds will definitely leave a mark on you and will want you only wanting more.

I do not want to give away a main point that is brought up in the book so I am not going to tell you everything except, I do not know how I would be able to live with what Gordie went through with his mom. I would wish nothing like that on anyone, even though I understand why it did, but there are others ways to deal with this.

This book was such a thrill for me to read. Every chapter felt simple and to the point that the chapters flowed and after finishing the chapter I was happy to start reading the next one. There was so much family drama but I think what I really liked was the relationship between Kevin and Gordie.

Gordie’s and Kevin relationship as half-brothers is something really amazing and I am glad that Gordie has someone like Kevin to watch out for him. I really wish I had that connection with my brother but we are close in a different way. Gordie has to deal with a burden with a dark past and he looks to different people for help and guidance and I feel that this is not what makes him a weak character. There are times where we all need to have someone to talk to and I am glad that there was someone there for Gordie.

Overall there was so much in this book that I would want to talk about but I would rather have you read it and fall in love with this book just as I have. Take a chance with a debut author that will definitely capture your heart.

I give it 5 bites!




About the Author:

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Helene Dunbar usually writes features about fiddles and accordions for an Irish Music Magazine, but she’s also been known to write about court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She’s amazed that she has a day job that pays her to spend time on Facebook and Twitter, and that, on a good day, gives her time to let the voices in her head out into the world to tell a story.

If she had to put money on it, she’d bet that if music didn’t exist, she wouldn’t be able to write.

She’s lived in two countries, six states, and is currently holed up in Nashville with her husband, daughter, two cats, and the world’s friendliest golden retriever.

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  1. Giselle
    Apr 25, 2014

    Oh I love a book with sibling relationships and this one sounds really good. It sounds like it’s written in a very addicting way too with the simple, to the point chapters. Great review, Chayse!

  2. Wow! This sounds great! I can see this being a very emotional book, but well worth it. Thanks for the great review.

  3. Candace
    Apr 28, 2014

    I hadn’t heard of this before but you make it sound like a must-read!