Monday, December 22, 2014

Book Review Spotlight - Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles by Brenda Perlin

Shattered Reality by Brenda Perlin is a heart-felt story written as a fictional piece. However, it is based on actual events in the life of the author.

Through the eyes of Brooklyn, the story chronicles the childhood, teenage and adult years of her life. It continues through to the start and end of her marriage. Ultimately the story brings Brooklyn to the love of her life and soul mate, Bo. Together, the two battle many odds to be together.

Told with honesty and sincerity, the author pulls the reader through the good times and the bad times of Brooklyn's life - openly discussing adultery and being a home-wrecker. But, through it all, I genuinely liked Brooklyn and cheered for her when she became ill and cheered even more for her when her ex-husband and Bo's ex-wife gave her so much grief during the latter part of the book.

I do not want to give away too much of the story. So, you will just have to read it to see where Brooklyn and Bo end up.

Ms. Perlin is a very talented author and Shattered Reality is a wonderfully written novel that I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good love story.

Burnt Promises by Brenda Perlin is the second book in the Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles and one that fills in the rest of Brooklyn's story after the ending of the first book, Shattered Reality.

The story of Brooklyn and Bo is complicated to say the least. They are finally together, but cannot seem to get away from the hatefulness of Bo's soon to be ex-wife, Ruth. Maneuvering through the legal system, Bo is faced with many obstacles in his pursuit of freedom from his crazy, over the top wife. How long will it take before the divorce is final? It could be years - from Brooklyn's perspective.

Brooklyn gets assaulted by Ruth at the gym where Bo and Brooklyn first meet. Ruth gets away before the police come. Brooklyn gets a restraining order on Ruth. Brooklyn must also endure Ruth's anti-semitic verbal attacks through out the course of the divorce proceedings.

In Burnt Promises, the reader is taken on a roller-coaster ride of emotion and I found myself wanting to scream at Ruth for her stubbornness, craziness and all out hatefulness. The woman was scorned, I get that, but sometimes you just need to cut your losses and move on.

I felt empathy and compassion for Bo and Brooklyn, they found their soul mate in each other and just want to live happily ever after. Hopefully they can do that when Ruth finally lets go of the marriage that has been broken for years and she allows Bo to move on.

Brenda Perlin has a wonderful way of weaving an emotional, thought-provoking tale. I thoroughly enjoyed this second installment of the Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles and have already read the next book, Fractured Vows, which gives a great perspective of the story from Bo's point of view.

Fractured Vows by Brenda Perlin is the third book in the Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles. It is written from Bo's point of view and fills in the blanks of the second book, Burnt Promises.

Bo's perspective of the aftermath of his decision to be with Brooklyn is one of heart-felt emotion and monumental frustration. He is consumed with the antics of his soon to be ex-wife, Ruth. She has been wronged and she will not let Bo off easy for his infidelity.

Bo is plagued by emails, texts and phone messages from Ruth during the course of the two-year battle with her to end their marriage. The communications start off reasonable enough, but quickly escalate into a crescendo of bitterness, spitefulness and all out nastiness. Bo's attorney cannot get Ruth to agree on a divorce settlement. And when she does agree, victory is snatched in an instant when Ruth changes her mind for the umpteenth time.

Ms. Perlin again strikes a home run in weaving another emotional, thought-provoking tale. Looking forward to the next book and eager to know what happens for the couple after this.

Brenda Perlin is an independent adult contemporary fiction author. Brenda evokes emotional responses in her readers by using a provocatively unique writing style. Her most recent work, the Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles is hitting the reading community full force with its third and final installment, Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles: Fractured Vows. Critics and readers alike are praising the story as an exciting and engaging read.

Earlier in 2014, Brenda expanded her writing ventures into a whole new writing world. Co-authoring Ty The Bull, Brenda supports one little boy in voicing his heartwarming story of overcoming his childhood bully.

In September of 2014, Brenda expanded her writing world once more with the illustrated book, Alex the Mutt. Published by Blossoming Press, Alex the Mutt explores the journey of love and loss of a beloved friend and family member, Alex, the family dog.

Brenda continues to write and has new literary works on the go that her fans eagerly await to get their hands on.

All of Brenda's works are accessible through Amazon and their subsidiaries.
"From life's tragedies came stories that I hope will inspire others," - Brenda Perlin


  1. Thank you so much for the beautiful page you made for me and the fabulous reviews. I am blown away. Appreciate your kindness, understanding and support. Happy holidays!!!

    1. You are so welcome, Brenda. Loved the story! Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season and a happy new year.