Book: Losing Eva
Author: Jennifer Sivec
Genre: Chick Lit/General Fiction
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Brynn Michael has endured a horrific life. Heartlessly abandoned as young Eva, she was abused and victimized by the selfishness of others. Her early life renders her unable to truly let go and love.
Despite everything, she finds her inner strength and overcomes. She allows herself to trust her childhood love, Adam. With the promise of having her own family, it looks as though Brynn may finally have the happiness that always seemed unattainable.
But life takes a tragic turn and once again, Brynn is forced to face a life in turmoil. Will the arrival of a handsome stranger help turn it around or make it worse?
When the past unexpectedly catches up with her, Brynn must decide if she will embrace it or move forward on her own. Is love and happiness within reach, or is her chance gone forever?
I am just astounded after reading Leaving Eva and Losing Eva. You need to read Leaving Eva to understand what is happening in Losing Eva. Leaving Eva and Losing Eva has to be two of the best stories I have ever read. I have read many emotional books from great authors, but these two books’ are probably the most tumultuous books that I have read up to date. They are not easy reads, but they are sure worth it. I believe Jennifer Sivec to be an artist. Her words are her canvas. There is beauty among the pain that she composes in her books’.
Just a recap for Leaving Eva. In Leaving Eva, we saw the road that Brynn took when she started from the sobbing abandoned child known as baby Eva to the broken child known adopted as Brynn. Brynn’s life is painful. She has to endure beatings and a very emotionally unstable adopted mother. Brynn can’t even have a life with her husband. Brynn has everyone in her life try to beat her down or abandon her. She has every reason to turn into a bitter person, but she overcomes so many tragedies to turn into a beautiful young woman. Life will never be easy for her. The amazing turn around with Brynn is that she makes the decision to change her own destiny.
Then we turn to Losing Eva. After reading this book, I needed to hold my child close to me and reassure myself that he was still there. I needed to reassure my son that even with the health problems I had lately that I was working on healing. I even looked at my son’s baby pictures and thanked God that my son was granted a miracle and lived after birth, and with help from European scientists my son was able to continue living as he got older. We didn’t even have to leave the United States to save his life.
Brynn’s life continues to take the difficult road. She continues to lose people close to her. Through this she perseveres. At times she barely hangs on, but the thing is that she does hang on. She doesn’t try to kill herself. She doesn’t turn to alcohol or drugs.
I don’t want to go to all of the details, because it is a story that you need to read the plot line as it develops. I think that right now I should have stock in Kleenex. My tears flowed and flowed and my heart wrenched from the emotions that I experienced. The story was so well constructed that at many times it played in my mind as a movie.
And OMG are there twists and turns. At times, I was left with my jaw dropping open.
I want to thank Jennifer Sivec for giving us readers a chance to see her difficult but beautiful stories. I look forward to reading more by Jennifer. I do suggest these books for reader’s TBR list. Reading Jennifer Sivec’s stories are permanently stamped in my memory.
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember~journals, poems, short stories. I always wanted to write a novel and started several over the years, but for some reason I could never see them through to the end. Until Eva came along.
I was abandoned as a child, at about the age of 2 or 3 which I strangely never gave a lot of thought to. Then I became a mother. When my youngest child was about 2, I watched him sleeping one night as I often did. But this night, I was gripped by this heart-wrenching realization that he was about the age that I was when my parents left me. Something stirred inside of me, and eventually Evawas born. “Leaving Eva” began as a story of a girl who was heartlessly abandoned, and then her story took on a life of its own. It was no longer the story that I began, and it became something else entirely.
I’ve always been somewhat of a late bloomer, but I am happy to have finally gotten in touch with my inner Author. She’s always been there lying dormant inside of me, reflecting in other parts of my life. But now she is awake and alive, shining through me every day.
I am very fortunate to have a wonderful supportive husband, two beautiful children, and an incredible family. I have a career that is rewarding and challenging and I get to work with amazing, funny, talented people every day.
Writing has been an escape, a refuge, and an outlet for me. I feel so lucky to get to channel my energy and my creativity through my writing.
With the Eva Series left open for a possible third book, I am moving on to a couple of other projects that are currently in the works. I hope that my readers will continue to stay with me through this journey as I grow and evolve.
I am so grateful for the support I’ve received and the amazing people that I’ve encountered along the way!
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Leaving Eva Playlist
Safe and Sound-Megan Hilty
I Never Told You-Colbie Caillat
What Can I Say-Carrie Underwood
Forever and Almost Always-Kate Voegle
We Both Know-Gavin DeGraw/Colbie Callait
Losing Eva Playlist
I Won’t Give Up-Madilyn Bailey
Beam Me Up-P!nk
Better That We Break-Maroon 5
Click Click Boom (Saliva)
Wasting All These Tears-Cassaddee Pope
1000 Times-Sara Bareilles
Already Gone-Kelly Clarkson
All We’d Ever Need-Lady Antebellum
Not Alone-Darren Criss
Look After You-The Fray
Life Ain’t Always Beautiful-Gary Allan
You Can’t Break a Broken Heart-Kate Voegel
Is It Over-Kris Allen
20 Fun Facts:
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20 Fun Facts about Jen
- I’m short, but I think I’m tall. I never realize how short I am until I am trying to reach something or unless I’m standing next to someone who is 6 feet tall or above. I’m oddly in denial about my lack of stature.
- I have a bit of a potty mouth. It’s something I’ve wrestled with since I was a teenager. There was about a decade of my life where I was extremely disciplined, but not anymore. It’s so bad, that my children reprimand me from time to time (although I do show restraint around them something slips out occasionally).
- I’m a teacher at heart. I love to teach and I love to learn. The entire process of discovering something new and grasping it is amazing to me. Watching my children learn how to read and do math has been a beautiful process to see unfold. I have a huge admiration for Teachers.
- I can be overly zealous about something when I really want it, almost to the point of annoyance. Once I get my teeth into something, I’m all in. This trait has served me well over the years, but it does require either self-restraint or someone very strong to tell me “NO.”
- I hate my feet. I get pedicures on occasion, but I think that I have Fred Flintstone feet. Square and flat L
- I played the Violin in middle school and the trumpet in High School. Yes, I was a Band Geek. I didn’t play either instrument particularly well but I did have fun. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
- I’m one of those crazy people you see driving down the road, music up, singing my heart out like I’m singing to at Madison Square Gardens for my Farewell Tour. I truly believe that I’m invisible in my car.
- I am asleep before my head hits the pillow and I am a sound sleeper. Rarely do I stay awake with my thoughts, but they will wake me up in the middle of the night and keep me up once in a while.
- I love Horror movies. Give me zombies, aliens, slasher movies, Freddie, Jason etc. The only movies I absolutely cannot watch are movies like “The Deer Hunter” where people are lost in remote areas and terrorized by (fill in the blank). Those types of movies freak me out in the weirdest way.
10. I was adopted. I was born in Seoul, South Korea and have no way of knowing who my parents are. I’ve been in the US since I was three. I have a deeply innate sense of gratitude that I get to be here, living this life, every day.
11. I hate lima beans! I think it’s a texture thing, but I am definitely not a fan. I used to gag on them with I was a kid. It’s really the only food that I despise.
12. I always think I’m cooler than I am. I am probably more like the ‘Nerdy Ronald Miller’ in “Can’t Buy Me Love” but I always think I’m more like ‘the Fonz’.
13. I am one of the least coordinated people you will ever meet. I always have a mysterious bruise on me from running into or hitting something. I walk into walls, I can’t dance, and I’m extremely ungraceful. I can walk in heels though, unless I’ve had more than a couple of drinks, and then I’m toast. Being required to do a line dance of any sort would be my own private Hell.
14. I am in love with Google. Yes, I would marry it if I could. If it weren’t for Google, I would be so dumb. I even had to Google “how to walk in Heels.”
15. I’m only funny around funny people. I’m not a particularly funny person on my own and I can’t write ‘funny.’ But certain people bring out the funny in me for some strange reason. I’d like to think that I bring it out of them, but I think it’s more the other way around.
16. I’m a much more laid back person than I was ten years ago. I look back at myself then and think “Lighten Up Lucy!” I’m either mellowing with age or gaining perspective, but either way, I’m easier to deal with now opposed to then.
17. By nature, I am a very impatient person. By choice, I am extremely patient with most things, now. It’s a daily war within me, but one I choose because the impatient me is very difficult to deal with.
18. I don’t have any tattoos. I don’t think I ever really wanted one, and I’m not opposed to them. I just don’t have any.
19. I’ve only ever had seven jobs in my entire life, some of them two at a time, and none of them I’ve ever left unfavorably. My current job has been my career, and I’ve been there for fourteen years. My parents instilled a strong work ethic in me, which is why I think I’ve learned to dig into the companies I’ve worked for and been able to learn so much.
20. I love trying to figure out what makes people tick. I do it with everyone, real and fictional. When I write, I will put a character aside for a while until they speak to me and tell me more about themselves. In a sense, I do the same with people. I love that every person has a story and learning about their story gives me a tremendous amount of joy. I love that everyone is so different, yet we all fit into this crazy world somehow.