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BOOK REVIEW: 27 Revelations by Harlow Hayes (a Giveaway too!)

27 REVELATIONS by Harlow Hayes

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Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Length: 264 Pages
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Date Published: 04.11.2017


Mara Goodwin is a professional keeper of secrets, or that is what she intends to be. As a counseling psychology student at Northwestern, Mara’s ambition is unrivaled. She has the grades, the compassion, and the dedication, everything she needs to gain entry into the clinical psychology program.

However, after a traumatic experience leaves Mara in a state of mental distress, she finds herself keeping more secrets than she intended, most of them her own. Finding herself in trouble with the law, her dreams of being a therapist are jeopardized and as a consequence, Mara is ultimately forced into group therapy. While in therapy, Mara holds on to her secrets with a death grip, but when life comes full circle, her past is revealed and with it the potential to destroy her future career, her friendships, and ultimately herself.

Mara is a fighter, even if she doesn’t know it yet, but with each attempt to salvage what she can of her broken life, she is met with a consistent punch to the gut. After being pushed to the edge by meddling roommates, a persistent ex-boyfriend, and a potential new boyfriend, Mara comes to the precipice of her destruction. Yet with her destruction also comes her rebirth, and revelations of love, pain, and growth.


When I first read the synopsis for this book I wasn’t sure how I would like it; the disclaimer is there that it might be difficult to get through if you are sensitive to rape and/or suicide.  Both of those are real issues that a lot of people have suffered with so I can understand why that warning was there & I was not sure I really wanted to read the book.  Also, as I’m sure you can tell from books previously reviewed on my blog, I tend to be drawn towards the more romantic & happy-go-lucky side of the spectrum and they are just generally more up-beat reads.  This book does have a happy ending but the journey to it is a rough one indeed.

I really enjoyed this book because in the beginning of it Mara is convinced that she is alone – well with the exception of Frankie, who let’s be honest is not a good friend to her.  But throughout the entire book she has people asking about her and checking up on her; she came to realize she was alone because she chose to keep everyone away.  Not that I blamed her – I imagine it is not that easy to find people are trustworthy after being attacked and raped.  I was so excited each time she let someone get a little closer to her because I felt that was a good indication that she was healing and her story would be a happy one.  But, as the character said herself, it seemed that every time she took 5 steps forward, she would slide 10 steps back.

I think this is an excellent book for anyone to read.  There is just something so inspiring about a woman overcoming struggles that tend to weigh heavy on the shoulders of those who have suffered through it themselves.  I liked how the author showcased the journal entries that Mara wrote because that really gave us even more insight as to why Mara operated the way she did.  There were many times while reading the book that I found my emotions were matching those of Mara’s and there were other times where I matched one of her friends because I honestly couldn’t understand why she was doing what she was doing.  This book was great at putting some perspective into my life and I hope others enjoy it as much as I did.


author - harlow hayesHarlow Hayes was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has always had a passion for writing and storytelling in its many forms, and when she’s not immersed in her writing, she enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction, watching movies, and listening to music. She currently lives in Chattanooga, TN. 27 Revelations is her first novel.

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