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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
The truth could cost her everything.
Her whole life, Ava Carson has been sure of one thing: she doesnt measure up to her mothers expectations. So when Mitchell Carson sweeps into her life with his adorable son, the ready-made family seems like a dream come true. In the blink of an eye, shes married, has a new baby, and life is wonderful.
Or is it?
When her picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, Ava convinces herself she can fix it. Its temporary. Its the stress. Its Mitchells tragic history of loss.
If only Ava could believe her own excuses.
Mitchell is no longer the charming, thoughtful man she married. He grows more controlling by the day, revealing a violent jealous streak. His behavior is recklessly erratic, and the unanswered questions about his past now hint at something far more sinister than Ava can stomach. Before she can fit the pieces together, Mitchell files for divorce and demands full custody of their boys.
Fueled by fierce love for her children and aided by Graham Thomas, a new attorney in town, Ava takes matters into her own hands, digging deep into the past. But will finding the truth be enough to beat Mitchell at his own game?
Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that thingsand peopleare not always what they seem.
Laura McNeil is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a masters degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When shes not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family.
Deana5 Stars Out Of 5thrillerSeptember 28, 2015DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The book is not your typical feel good , perfect life kind of book. What it is though, is a story of a husband and wife and their unraveling marriage. It starts out with Ava , Mitchell, Sam and Jack. They seem to be a normal family with a nice house. The husband works hard and the wife who utterly adores her family. But lurking, deep in the dark hole of Mitchell, the husband , is a man who craves control. He is eerily chilling in his diabolical ways and explosive in his need to have the upper hand . As the story begins to explore their life, we find Mitchell start to become this meanicing , scary person who thrives on power.
The story is told from several characters perspectives . It was a great way to envision what each person perceived as the author wrote the story through their eyes. As I began to get further into the story, I felt a sense of tension and chills run through my body. The book has many layers to it, but as you peel away the layers sheer terror abounds. Mitchell is a devious , unstable person who seems to believe that no woman can be trusted. Out of nowhere one day, he decides to take the children , leave Ava and file for divorce.
As Ava starts to fight for custody of her sons, Mitchell begins his plan of complete destruction of Ava . The author gives us chilling glimpses into an evil, heartless man who will do anything to keep his kids. It's like a cat and mouse game, where only the strong survive. It's a thriller at the top of its game, with graphic almost unthinkable acts of terror aimed at those who get in Mitchell's way.
There are a couple of really great words spoken by characters in the book. . The first was from Dr.Bennett , who is trying to determine who is best suited to have the children. As she is talking to Ava she says, " Everyone has a center of gravity. Every family too. It's the tangible things that make us feel grounded and whole. "
All of us want a stable life, to feel secure and not to have to walk on egg shells around your spouse. We want the hero to come in and save the day. As Jack say, " Some heroes are made, not born. They don't wear costumes or special amulets. They are mothers , men, kids, and regular people. They might get bruised , broken , or beaten down. But they don't give up."
I received a copy of this book from Chicklit Plus for an honest review
DMSELFAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5***Warning*** Not a Christian BookAugust 30, 2015DMSELFAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Center of Gravity
(Thomas Nelson [registered trademark of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc] 2015)
Two verses in the Bible come to mind when I read Center of Gravity.
"Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things."
"Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind."
I'm not going to say that this book is good. Despite the flawed point of view of an eight year old or the lack of distinction between the characters' voices, the story is actually promising. BUT it is not a Christian book. It is NOT a clean book nor clean read. IT IS NOT an acceptable read.
I expect more from a Christian fiction book published by a large, well known Christian publishing house. To me, Thomas Nelson has foregone the Gospel and Jesus in exchange for the mighty dollar.
The library, where I reserved a copy, doesn't label this as Christian. The book scan (UPC) on the back doesn't even label it as Christian, but for it to be published under Thomas Nelson, many Christians are hoodwinked into believing that this book is a Christian book.
Below is a list of what this book contains that is expressly against our Christian faith:
I will start with the words first...
P--- (out of context. Use in the place of angry not urine):
p. 22, p. 258 (once said by the eight year old in the story)
p.32, p.279, p.291, p.300
A-- (out of context, meaning butt, not donkey):
p.44, p.65, p.110
H--- (out of context, used as a curse or oath, not as in a place, i.e. eternal hell):
p.46, p.165 (x2), p.216, p.291, p.295
p. 47, p.49, p.132, p.146, p.164, p.189, p.204, p.205, p.215, p.216, p.264, p.273, p.276, p.297
B----d (out of context, used as a curse/oath/derogatory name, not as an illegitimate offspring):
p.95, p.104, p.105
D----d (out of context, not as a condemning nature of sin, but as an oath/curse):
There are also scenes which a Christian and the Christian market will find unacceptable.
One scene of sex that is borderline soft porn in description.
Homosexuality is written in a way that condones this sin. This not considered acceptable in the Christian market.
Only one religious reference other than taking the Lord's/God's name in vain (3 instances):
Excerpt from Center of Gravity:
"...I send up a silent prayer. To the angels, to the heavens, to all that is good and true in the universe."
This is NOT Christianity. As Christians we are forbidden to pray to angels, the heavens, or to the universe. Our prayers are to God/Jesus alone.
As I mentioned above, Thomas Nelson is a leading publisher in Christian fiction. If it has the Thomas Nelson name and trademark, readers assume that the book is a Christian book. Now as readers we must be wary of these wolves in sheep's clothing. Check the book out thoroughly, read reviews, use the library before spending hard earned money on a book that will pollute the mind.
Thomas Nelson should be ashamed to have such a book associated with their name.
lara in the rockies1 Stars Out Of 5yuckAugust 28, 2015lara in the rockiesQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This is NOT a christian book. Swearing, a gay couple, a psychopath, abused children......why is this book being sold on cbd? there is not ONE drop of this book or anyone in this book remotely christian....this is a secular book with a lousy creepy story. what a huge dissapointment!
EmilyRib Lake, WIAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Good, but Sad, ReadJuly 11, 2015EmilyRib Lake, WIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Written by: Laura McNeill
Published by: Thomas Nelson
I love reading all kinds of fiction, and I was excited to receive the opportunity to read and review Center of Gravity.
This book tells the story of a woman who is fighting her controlling husband for custody of their two boys.
Who the book is for:
Those who enjoy a book that squeezes the heart.
What I liked:
The story of this book really drew me in. I was reading and reading, trying to get from one part to the next.
The characters in this book are so real, and I like the fact that the book is told from multiple perspectives.
The story is very realistic sadly.
The book is definitely something that kept me interested. It actually reminded me of the kind of book that you would expect from James Scott Bell.
What I didnt like:
Some of the language in this book is surprising for a Christian book.
There is a gay couple mentioned in the book, which I found unnecessary.
This book got me down at times the point, I know, but still a bit hard to deal with.
Overall, despite everything, I really liked this book.
I give Center of Gravity 5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book free to review from Book Look Bloggers. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.