New Release, Review, + Giveaway: Fighting Back by Rebecca Barber

Title: Fighting Back
Series: Meet the McIntyres #3
Author: Rebecca Barber
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 5, 2018
Blurb
Holly
Growing up,
I was treated like a Princess.
But
everyone knows, to get your happily ever after, you have to fight for the
fairy-tale.
And I’d
certainly endured more than my fair share of fights.
Relentlessly
bullied at boarding school, my brothers brought me home to help me heal.
But I was
scarred by the secrets I harboured, both inside and out.
Being home
though, means risking everyone finding out my ugly truth.
And I can’t
let that happen.
Jack
My family’s
a mess.
It’s
probably why I spend more nights asleep in my ute, than I do in my own bed.
I don’t
have the time or the energy to deal with anything more.
One day at
a time is all I can handle right now.
Yet when I
see her, the broken girl sitting alone in the dirt, I can’t simply drive past.
Before I
know what’s happening my life’s tangled with my tortured, beautiful neighbour.
And there’s
nowhere else I’d rather be.
TWO 🎩🎩 hats from Britt

This book put me through the wringer. Heartbreakingly bringing something so many face right to the forefront. I applaud the author for doing this. We need more people to stand up against bullying, especially now when you can no longer escape it in your own home with social media. So why the two stars? Ok, this part is hard.

I hate when I can’t rate a book higher. I know how much heart and soul an author puts into each and every book. The reason I can’t rate this book higher despite the wonderful writing and heartfelt story may even seem small to some people, but to me it’s not. See, this book about how hard Holly worked to overcome the horrific bullying she endured contained something perhaps even the author doesn’t realize is hypocritical.

The regular use of slurs against disabled people. I know, I know. You may not even realize how offensive these little words are but to anyone who’s ever loved someone with a disability words like the R word and the same word replaced with an F in the beginning are heartbreaking. I don’t think for one moment this author intended to use these words so casually as an insult against people with disabilities, but it doesn’t take away the fact that’s exactly what they are. I’m stepping down off my soapbox now and going back to my regularly scheduled positive self.

**ADDING TO CLARIFY**

I am referring to the use of these words by the main character & her family and friends. I am not referring to these words being used in the acts of bullying against Holly, truthfully the ONLY characters who did not use these words were the bullies.

WHY DO YOU NEED TO CLARIFY SOMETHING ON YOUR OWN BLOG BRITT?

I don’t. I had to add that to my early review posted to good reads because people were confused as to who was actually using these words. I guess this makes a clarification to my clarification. 🤔

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Author Bio
I’m just me. A clumsy, introverted, bubble bath loving, chocoholic who would rather read a book than go shopping. And god forbid if you try and make me shoe shop!

I’m one of four kids to school teacher parents. A wife to a football obsessed husband. Mother to a fur-baby who isn’t aware of how big he is. Aunt to the most crazy/adorable little girls. And sister to two very determined sisters and one easy going brother.

I live in Canberra Australia and work too many hours a day at my day job.

I’m a book whore who can easily (and happily) read a book from start to finish in a day and when I do have spare time, you’ll find me in the writing cave.
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