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All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives

Monday, July 23rd, 2018
Manipulated
Lives
by
H.A. Leuschel
Genre:
Psychological Fiction
 
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heart-breaking and utterly gripping!’ 

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brilliant and important book … I could barely put it down’

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‘You
NEED to read this. Your family needs to read this, your friends need
to read this, your children … NEED to read this’
 
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Five
fictional, compelling true-to-life stories about how people can be
manipulated by others.

 

Manipulators are everywhere. At first
these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because
that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty,
disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey –
but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and
angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to
satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy
for their victim.
In this collection of short novellas, you
meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each
of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a
manipulative individual.
First you meet Tess, whose past is
haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced
Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled
father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a
better life for herself, followed by a manipulator himself, trying to
make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Lastly, there is Lisa,
who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to
what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our
very feeling of self-worth.

 

 

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Helene
Andrea Leuschel gained a BA in Journalism & Communication, which
led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and
Edinburgh. She later acquired a Master in Philosophy, specializing in
the study of the mind. 

 

 

Helene
has a particular interest in emotional, psychological and social
well-being and this led her to write her first novel, Manipulated
Lives, a fictional collection of five novellas, each highlighting the
dangers of interacting with narcissists.

 

 

She
lives with her husband and two children in Portugal.

 

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The Secret Life of Daydreams

Friday, April 8th, 2016
The Secret Life of Daydreams by Lucinda Whitney
“Sometimes the dream you never planned for is the one you can’t live without. Six years after a painful divorce, Josh Conrad is happy traveling the world as a photographer. When he arrives in Portugal, he plans to complete the assignment as quickly as possible. What he doesn’t plan for is Sofia, the girl he baptized eleven years earlier on an LDS mission, and soon he’s making excuses to prolong his trip. Sofia Monteiro leads a structured life in Braga, Portugal, teaching high school by day and caring for her mother by night. After she reconnects with Josh through mutual friends, the memory of a failed relationship and her new graduate program are enough reasons to stay away from him. As they collaborate on a project, Josh is wary of repeating his old mistakes and Sofia hesitates to spend time with an American who’s only passing through. Can two people with wounded hearts bring themselves to trust their dreams to each other? “
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 My review:

What a great read this has been for me. I found myself wanting to keep going to see what will happen next. The main character was a great example of how Jesus Christ atonement works in real life. It also shows and how being good does make a difference in our lives. Faith also plays a great part on this story. The plus to me was that I have been in Portugal before and saw many of the things describe about the people and their culture first hand. It was fun to re-live the memories.

Sofia is a faithful LDS teacher of a high school and takes care of her mother who mental capacity is going fast. She has lots of things going on in her life but seen Josh after eleven years is not what she needs right now. He was the missionary who baptized her and whom she had a big crush then. To add her pain he had left the church and wants nothing to do with it. She will stand on her values even if that will leave her alone forever.

An uplifting tale that will keep you entertain for a long time.