CLP Blog Tour Review: Hold Me Down by Kathryn R. Biel

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Synopsis:

Elizabeth Zurlo is lost. She’s a wife, a mother, a teacher, a PTA volunteer—but somewhere along the way, she’s lost herself. Depression and despair can lead to desperate measures and when she is pulled back from the brink of suicide, Elizabeth slowly tries to rebuild her marriage and reclaim her life. Just as she has finally started to put herself back together, a scandalous novel rocks her small town … and costs Elizabeth her social standing, friendships and ultimately, her marriage. However, the man who seemingly destroyed Elizabeth’s life, helps her realize who she is and what she needs to do to become the woman she’s not only capable of being, but the woman she used to be.

 

 

 

my book thoughts

I was drawn to this book because anything that has to do with mental illness, I naturally gravitate towards.  Being a family therapist, that always piques my interest.  However, this isn’t a book that dives too deep into that aspect and doesn’t go into much detail about her suicide attempt.  Kathryn Biel’s writing reminded me a lot of the movie, “Desperate Housewives”, all rolled into one book.

There is suspense, intrigue, love lost/regained, self empowerment, and the storylines flows well.  While this book could have easily dived into a darker side, Kathryn keeps this book to true “Chick-lit”, which balanced well.

I love the title, the storyline is really good, but I didn’t care much for the book cover.  It’s a “pre” Elizabeth, and not who she eventually becomes.  Otherwise, a good read!

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Kathryn Biel’s Blog Tour:

 

May 19 – Tabby’s Tantalizing Reviews – Review

May 21 – Chick Lit Goddess – Guest Post

May 22 – Authors to Watch – Review

May 26 – The East Village – Review

May 28 – Every Free Chance Book Reviews –  Excerpt

May 30 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews –  Guest Post
May 30 – Books in the Burbs – Review

June 2 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

June 3 – Cupcake’s Book Cupboard – Review, Guest Post Q&A & Excerpt

June 4 – Two Children and a Migraine – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt
June 5 – Every Free Chance Book Reviews – Review

June 6 – Book Reviews and More by Kathy – Guest Post

June 9 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

**Everyone who leaves a comment at CLP Blog Tours will be entered to win a print copy of the book! Please note this is open to US residents only.**

 

Author Bio:

Kathryn Biel hails from Upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients’ needs and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her debut novel, GOOD INTENTIONS, was released in 2013, and her second novel, HOLD HER DOWN was released in 2014. Her musings and rants can also be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather.

Connect with Kathryn!

Blog: http://kathrynbiel.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “CLP Blog Tour Review: Hold Me Down by Kathryn R. Biel

    chicklitplus said:
    May 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing your review!

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      Books in the Burbs responded:
      May 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks for working with me! You always have great tours and I’m glad to participate in them!

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    Kathryn said:
    May 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you for the review! It is a bit on the dark side for chick lit, but sometimes we are always not in a happy place. The cover is an interesting thing. I had a vision for it, and a wonderful photographer, William Leblanc, made it come to life. It is exactly what I wanted, but I have realized that while the photography is stunning, it may not always translate into drawing the reader in. I do love it though. I hope you check out my next book (to be released in the fall), as it delves more into mental illness. Thanks again!

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      Books in the Burbs responded:
      May 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Your book definitely walks the line with chick lit, but you kept it within the Chick-li genre, and readers will enjoy reading a different side to that genre. Overall, a really good read!! The cover is interesting and I am glad your artist was able to create your vision! I certainly look forward to your future books!

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