Publication date: January 27th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*
A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.
My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.
No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.
All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.
But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.
Book Review ~ ‘The Replacement’ by Rachael Wade ~ 5 Stars!
‘The Replacement’ is one of those books that will just knock you over the head with its genuine heartfelt beauty and heartbreak. Rachael Wade has created such a wonderful story, with real issues and characters that broke my heart and then put the pieces back together again with a little bit of glue known as Ryder.
My adoration for Elise’s character shook me from the start. If you look at me and then at Elise, we would be the complete opposite of each other. Her actions and manner had me wincing, yet I was so desperate to know more about her, to understand what had caused her self-destructive behaviour, and to really know what it was that made Elise feel that only sex could give her a piece worth. I just had to know. And so started the incredible journey that is ‘The Replacement’.
I liked that whilst there were many other characters and faces in this story, the story was, in its essence, about Elise and her journey to self-discovery rather than further self-destruction. It was a hard journey to read, and at times I had to put the book down, take some deep, calming breaths, remind myself that this story was fictional, and then feel prepared enough to return to the story. But every second I was away from my Kindle, my thoughts returned to Elise, really concerned for her well-being, wishing with all my heart that she would get to the light at the end of the tunnel.
There were a number of recurring characters that made the journey all the more difficult. Christian in particular made me want to scream due to his high handed ways and the way that he hurt his wife to be with Elise. Although Elise was just as much to blame for their relationship, it was Christian’s dishonesty to his wife that made me most angry. Elise doesn’t seduce as much as she takes a man when he shows interest. That Christian at one time felt the desire to cheat on his loving and emotionally unstable wife had me spitting with fury.
And then we come to Ryder. The glue that stuck my heart back together.
I wish with all my heart that there is a Ryder out there for me. Ryder was the most gentle, kind-hearted and honest man that had ever come into Elise’s life (romantically I mean, as her boss, Tim, was a complete and utter sweetheart and deserves the gold star father-figure award). His completely untainted view of the world and his desperate desire to help Elise see the good in the world and herself, was just so heartwarming to read. He made no demands of her, and was there for her through everything, no matter her behaviour because he wanted to make her the best she could be. Elise’s actions when it came to Ryder broke my heart at times, her own fear of love causing her to throw any chance of it away recklessly, yet I loved that despite her many setbacks, the way that in her every action, the reminder of Ryder’s belief in her made her want to change and be a better person, and gave her the strength to move on from her past and make the best future possible for herself.
This review was purposely vague so as to not spoil anything about this amazing story, so I’ve just realised that this is a rather rambling review about my feelings, but it is the beauty of this book, Rachael Wade’s gorgeous and honest writing style that invoked such strong rambling emotions in me, and that is why this book is a must read, because trust me, you want to feel these emotions too because they are damn good ones!
5 Stars and a definite recommended read!
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