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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Both Sides of Love by Kimberly Wenzler - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Lizzie loses everything she holds dear in one devastating moment. She and her best friend Nan are on their way to a party when they get into an accident. Nan doesn't survive and Lizzie is severely injured. She will never look the same as before the accident. She needs numerous surgeries, her face is disfigured and she has a limp. After months of recovering Lizzie is finally ready to get on with her life again, but she has changed. She now calls herself Beth. She's no longer the person she used to be and has therefore broken up with Daniel, her soulmate.

Beth is married and has a daughter. Her husband is a wealthy doctor and on the outside it seems like she's done well for herself. Because her daughter is at school and Beth has nothing else to do she joins the PTA. There Beth finally finds someone she can connect to, the first person she can be partially herself with after the accident, Noreen. Noreen and Beth soon become best friends. However, there's something about Noreen Beth doesn't know straight away and when she finds out it's too late to fix the situation. If Beth wants to stay friends with Noreen she has to pay the ultimate price, will she be able to do this?

Both Sides of Love is a beautiful emotional story. Beth has lost so much, she's a deeply troubled woman and there isn't much happiness in her life. She's kind and caring and she loves her daughter more than anything, but she can never give herself completely to anyone or be open about who she is and what she feels. It's heartbreaking to see how much she's lost in one terrible moment. She isn't the bright successful student with the gorgeous boyfriend any longer and has left the woman who was going to change the world behind. Beth is a wife and mother with a big empty house and a large hole inside of her. Kimberly Wenzler describes her grief in a raw and honest way that often brought tears to my eyes.

 Both Sides of Love is a multilayered story about complicated relationships. Noreen is quite a whirlwind and balances Beth's personality very well, so the story never becomes too heavy, which is something I really liked. I kept hoping life would be kinder to Beth eventually and that she'd find some kind of happiness after all the heartbreak she has to go through. Noreen and Beth both have their flaws and issues, but their connection is unbreakable, which is something I absolutely loved. Beth doesn't tell Noreen about the sacrifice she's made, she just gets on with it. She gives what she can give and Noreen takes what she can get, which is a fascinating topic for a story.

Kimberly Wenzler writes about true love and loyal friendship in a fantastic way. Beth will never let anyone see who she truly is, but Noreen constantly manages to challenge her and that makes her come out of her shell a little. Noreen is gorgeous, outspoken, honest and impulsive while Beth is introverted. They are a team and that makes it even harder for Beth when she discovers the link between Noreen and her past. Kimberly Wenzler describes her doubts, reluctance and stubbornness in a great way and I couldn't stop reading because of it. I love a good story about complicated relationships and Both Sides of Love is a book I really enjoyed. I highly recommend this fantastic moving story.


If you love stories about friendship, soul mates and complex situations you should definitely read Both Sides of Love.

About Kimberly Wenzler

Fifteen years ago, I gleefully traded in panty hose for spit-stained sweats and enjoyed my full time position as a stay-at-home mom. When my younger child stepped onto the bus, I started working again from home, and found immeasurable joy in my hobby of writing. Eight years later, I published my first book, Both Sides of Love.

I live on Long Island with my husband and two children. And no, no dog. Sorry.



Guest post

If you had to choose between your true love and your best friend, who would you choose?
By Kimberly Wenzler

It might seem like an easy question to some, but for Beth Butler, it will be the toughest decision she’ll ever make. How can she alienate the person who brought her back to life to be with the only one she ever really loved?

When I set out to write my first novel at age thirty-eight, I had no formal training outside of a lifetime of reading, filling journals, dabbling in poetry and an obsession with stories. After a decade in sales, I became a stay-at-home mom. When I put my younger son on the school bus for the first time, I decided to write a book. A year later, I had a finished manuscript, which I promptly tucked away in a drawer. Though rough and below par for public consumption, that manuscript taught me three important lessons. 1.) I could complete a daunting task I set out to accomplish, 2.) I knew very little about writing and publishing a book and 3.) I’d finally found, close to forty, what I truly loved to do.

I spent the next few years drinking in everything I could about the process; I took writing classes, read incessantly, joined two book clubs to understand what women looked for in a story, indulged in a dozen How-to books, and joined a writer’s group. I wrote three more manuscripts (also relegated to that drawer) before I set upon writing what would be my first published novel. Through all of this, I discovered that I was drawn to stories involving the complex relationships that women have and how each one fills a need: the female friendship, the mother/daughter dynamic, self-acceptance, and of course, true love. The possibilities are endless.

In Both Sides Of Love, Beth Butler struggles with these relationships and finds strength and solace with Noreen, who becomes an anchor for her, a light in her lonely world and eventually her best friend. But Beth holds a secret from Noreen, a secret that if divulged, would certainly fracture their relationship beyond repair.

I would like to thank Anniek and Suze for supporting independent authors and for reading and reviewing Both Sides Of Love. You have my deepest gratitude.

Oh, and what happened to that initial manuscript? Ten years later, I pulled it out of that drawer, re-wrote it and with the help of a team of professionals, published the following year. It is called Letting Go.


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  1. Both Sides of Love sounds like a beautiful emotional story about friendship and soul mates.

  2. I read this a few years ago and really enjoyed it, it's one of those books that stays with you.

  3. This is a new author for me so thank you for your honest review!

  4. Thank you, Suze, for your wonderful review and for your hospitality!

  5. Kimberly this sounds like an intriguing book with lots of levels. I enjoy books about friendship. I can understand why Beth is completely different after the loss of her best friend and the consequence of the accident on herself. I know smaller life situations for myself have caused a massive change in how I behave,think and feel. This shows how you have a true understanding of how people react to upheaval. This book is going on my wish list. Also thanks for the writing tips. Good luck with the next book

  6. this looks like a great read, i always love a story that doesn't stick to a boring formula but makes its own! thanks xx

  7. Thank you for the chance to win an interesting book