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Book Review ~ THE ALTERNATIVE by S.Burke @pursoot #Anthology #RRBC #IARTG Available for Pre-Order.

Happy Thursday to all! AKA Share the love day! ♥

Today I’m delighted to share my review of The Alternative by Suzanne Burke.

Suzanne Burke

Suzanne Burke
Suzanne Burke

Suzanne Burke resides with her daughter and grandson in a small country town located hundreds- of-miles to the west of her previous home in Sydney Australia.

Suzanne had long wanted to write, life interrupted and she didn’t begin her journey into the world of writing until she was in her early fifties.

Suzanne has written her memoirs under the author name of Stacey Danson, both her non-fiction books have ranked in the top 100 paid in kindle on Amazon. “Empty Chairs” and “Faint Echoes of Laughter” continue to earn wonderful reviews.

Suzanne writes her powerful Thrillers “Acts Beyond Redemption” and “Acts of Betrayal” and her Paranormal anthology “Mind-Shaft” as S. Burke.

My Review

 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Author Suzanne Burke grabs readers, once again, in this powerful, penetrating collection of short stories.

Available for Pre-Order

Release Date: June 18, 2018

The Alternative by Suzanne Burke
The Alternative by Suzanne Burke

Author Suzanne Burke grabs readers, once again, in this powerful, penetrating collection of short stories. This isn’t a light-hearted read. No, these stories are riveting and stay with you long after you finish. The collection is as diverse, as it is enthralling.

Although all stories have the underlining premise of karma, each short pulled me in a different direction, as I charted my own path of understanding such complex situations and subsequent emotions. How do we define karma in our own hearts? The definition is clear on paper, but when attached to human emotion, human pain and existence, the layers of influence are impossible to ignore. In several stories, I pondered the ripple effect of one’s actions and the scope of its reach. For example, if a perpetrator is prosecuted by his/her victim(s) years after the tragic event, will the victim(s) find solace in the act of retribution? Or will he/she be forever tormented by the act of retribution and his/her willingness to carry it out? How will karma avenge him/her?

All stories can easily stand alone as engaging reads, but four, in particular, garnered my attention and continue to have a hold on me. Human Disinterest is a story that is sure to move all readers. The author shines light on the complex, yet fragile line between living a comfortable life and one of homelessness. The brilliance of this piece is that we see all sides of this often-stigmatized situation and we bear witness to the compassion and resiliency of the human spirit.

Alexis in Blue, Choices, and Hidden by Shadows are three stories that will be forever with me. The subject matter is as heart-rending, as it is poignant. PTSD is complex; its reach is grand in scope and carnage. Although works of fiction, author Burke is capturing the tragic reality of it and serving a greater good. It’s so easy not to read these stories because they are too dark, too uncomfortable. But we need to go there and feel it. To understand it as best we can and not just look away with indifference. I hope these stories start the conversation and steadily render cracks in the barrier known as stigmatization.

A collection of stories that holds the capacity to evoke so much emotion and, hopefully, all readers will reflect on their own beliefs and challenge those entrenched preconceptions influenced by time and favoured circumstance.

This is a soul-searching, highly recommended read.

Note: I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

You can connect with Suzanne via social media and her author/blog pages:

Website/Blog

Goodreads 

Twitter – Suzanne Burke @pursoot

Facebook

To read other works by Suzanne you can visit her website or Amazon Author page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Happy reading!

 

64 thoughts on “Book Review ~ THE ALTERNATIVE by S.Burke @pursoot #Anthology #RRBC #IARTG Available for Pre-Order.”

  1. This is an excellent review, Natalie, of Soooz’s latest masterpiece. The collection of stories blew me away. I needed to sit with each of the stories and let the impact of “Karma” settle. Powerful writing about thought-provoking choices, this book is a must-read.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. It’s a powerful collection for sure. The stories are still with me. That speaks volumes for their impact. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing. Wishing you a beautiful day! 🙂

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    2. ❤️️ Thank you, Gwen. This book means so much to me for so many reasons. The response has been simply amazing. I’m so pleased that it appears to have touched a deep chord of empathy with my readers.

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    1. So very true, Jan. It’s a powerful collection for sure. The stories are still with me. That speaks volumes for their impact. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing. Wishing you a beautiful day! 🙂

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  2. The Alternative is a powerful collection of stories. Alexis in Blue is one that really stayed with me as well. The justice meted out in each of these was unique, disturbing, and oh, so satisfying. Kudos to Soooz for such an awesome collection. A thoroughly insightful review, Natalie!

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    1. Thanks, Mae. It’s a powerful collection for sure. The stories are still with me. That speaks volumes for their impact. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing. Happy Thursday…AKA pork chop night! 🙂

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  3. Great review Natalie and post! It is a powerful collection of stories and I loved the Karma theme. Congrats on your upcoming release Soooz:)

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  4. My dear, Natalie. I have just come online and found this post waiting. Thank you seems so inadequate in the face of a review such as yours. My daughter and I are both in tears here, my friend. You took the journey and found within it all that I hoped my readers would find, and you have shared it so beautifully. I am both humbled and honored. Again, my thanks.❤️️

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    1. It’s with great pleasure, Soooz. This is a collection to be proud of. Bravo to you for going into the darkness to share the light. Huge (((hugs))) across the miles, my dear friend. XO
      As soon as Amazon allows me to post it, it will be shared far and wide. Cheers to you!

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      1. 🌹My life seems to be filled with light these days. I value the warmth of it. I hope my readers find this collection memorable. Thank you again, my friend. xo.

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    1. Wonderful to hear, Vashti. The stories will remain with me. It’s a powerful collection. Bravo to Soooz for shining the light on difficult and seldom talked about issues.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing. Cheers! XO

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