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December 22, 2016


Clay N Sauls

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 Rallying at the news that a girlfriend in Seattle was sexually abused, the narrator abandons his life in Massachusetts and drives west to avenge her. Dreams of Beatrice's gratitude for his concern and noble action carry him over the long miles. Unfortunately, this damsel has no desire for rescue.
The Life That Got Away alternates between adventures of the narrator's past cross-country road trip and his current adjustment in Seattle. Dealing with Beatrice's rejection of his desire to right her wrong--as well as her not-so-subtle rejection of him--he sees all through gray-colored lenses. Love is dead, he claims. But is it? Believing it is so makes it so, and he fails to see the beauty and love all around him, even blossoming in another woman's desire for him. Will he realize that in time, before...
Clay Sauls takes the reader deep in the mind of a man alternately dealing with a noble mission and rejected love. Who has not traveled both courses, even like the narrator, at the same time?
Paperback, 146 pages
Expected publication: September 27th 2017 by Book Publishers Network
ISBN 1945271175 (ISBN13: 9781945271175)


Clay attended Coe Brown Northwood Adacemy. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in English followed by graduation from the University of New Orleans with an MA in English Literature. While living, writing and bartending in Portsmouth, NH, Boston, MA and New Orleans, LA Clay became intimate with those cities. He embraced the high life and the low life while learning that people are more complicated than they seem.

 The main character is dealing with being rejected by a lover. On top of that a mission is on his mind.     The author lets the reader delve deep into this man's mind.    This man has a lot of problems.   His personality is flawed, as so many of us.   He is a loner as such and has a habit of going out at night to the dark depths while carrying his weapon, a fish scaling knife. Just a little eerie, wouldn't you say. The author does a fantastic job of putting creepy in creepy.  Beatrice, Beth, is the girlfriend living in Seattle.   He finds out she has been sexually assaulted.   He drops everything and goes to defend her.  The thing is, she doesn't want him to defend her.     But this doesn't stop him.  He says he loves her deeply but I'm not sure this is a love anyone would want.   The story goes back and forth between the past and Seattle.  This man doesn't see things as black or white but an in between.  He has been outright rejected by Beth, both his love for her and his wanting to defend her honor.    Has love been trashed?   Maybe, or maybe not.    He can't let go and in doing so he fails to see there is love and beauty in other places.  The author gives you so much to think about.  What is going on with going out late at night with a fishing knife.?  Is there a deep dark secret behind that?   Will he ever deal with the rejection of Beth and go on?   Or will the rejection send  him deeper into the dark depths of his, perhaps, twisted mind?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4  STARS. 


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