Monday, July 7, 2014

The Hunting Book Review

Title: The Hunting
Author: Kerry Peresta
Publisher: Pen-L Publishing
Pages: 247
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Inspirational
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Isabelle Lewis, top advertising salesperson at the Chatbrook Springs Sentinel newspaper, has a habit of falling in and out of marriage. After her last divorce, she shoved the emotional pain into a compartment in her brain to deal with later. With three teenagers to raise, bills to pay, and sales quotas to meet, introspection was a luxury she could not afford. Her mind needed a happy place. 
When Isabelle (Izzy) discovered online dating, it immediately became her favorite stress reliever and best friend. Often, she’d steal into the night after her kids were asleep to meet someone new. One fateful evening, the hunt for the perfect guy took a sinister turn when the mystery man she met turned out to be her worst nightmare! Reluctantly pulled into a web of lies, Izzy is forced to confront her demons. 
Snarky, suspense-filled, and real, The Hunting is an exquisite entwining of the crippling emotional fallout of divorce with the quest for a healthy, fulfilling relationship. This inspirational story rivets!
My Thoughts:
I bet this happens more than we really know. I have always been a little skeptical of online dating and maybe it is okay if you are in the ones that really do care and take the time to do the background checks, but it's that don't is what worries me. I myself have never tried it but do know of a few people who have and two of them ended up getting married and still are, so I think it does work, but like anything else, it takes commitment and hard work.

In this story, Izzy takes online dating to a whole new extreme and how in the heck she had the energy to go out every single night after her kids were asleep or so she thought, is beyond me. Even when I was young, I don't ever remember going out with a different man every single night! To me, that spells disaster and Izzy really does need a wake up call.

And that she does get but it will involve two of her children and a crazy man she met on one of those nights. Will it be enough to get her to stop? She really has to dig down deep when Social Services steps in and threatens to take her children away if she doesn't get the help she needs. Do her children mean more to her or does the addicting online dating mean more?

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Kerry Peresta’s publishing credits include a popular newspaper and e-zine humor column, The Lighter Side, and short stories in the published anthology, That One Left Shoe, and her debut novel, The Hunting, contemporary women’s fiction, released by Pen-L Publishing. She spent twenty-five years in advertising as an account manager, creative director, and copywriter before deciding to devote more of her time to writing.

She is currently working on her second novel, participating in writing conferences, and serving on the leadership team of the Maryland Writers’ Association. Kerry was a single mother for many years to four great kids, all grown and successfully carving out their own unique paths. She and her husband live in the Baltimore metro area.
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 


A GAL NEEDS said...

Sounds like a crazy read! My next step would have been online dating if I hadn't met my now husband first!

Kerry Peresta said...

Thanks for featuring the book, and reviewing THE HUNTING!
It was fun to be included in your blog on the PUYB tour :~)