About the Book
Author: Marsha Cornelius
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Number of Pages: 381
Synopsis: Frank Barnes is content living on the streets of Atlanta. A soup kitchen and a makeshift shanty sure beat his days as a POW in Vietnam. But Chloe Roberts can’t handle the eviction that sends her into the hell of homelessness. With no family or friends to turn to, Chloe and her children are sucked into the traumatic world of night shelters, and dangerous predators.
When they bump into each other at the soup kitchen, Frank offers Chloe a glimmer of hope that she can pull her life back together. She rekindles his lost sense of self-worth by taking his mind off his own problems. But they will not meet again until Frank is riding high as a working man, and Chloe has hit rock bottom. By helping Chloe rebuild her broken life, Frank banishes the demons from his own past. Unfortunately, the past comes strolling back into their lives, threatening to destroy the happiness they have finally found.
Frank is a Vietnam War Veteran like many other heroes, he lives on the streets. He figures nothing could be worse than his time spent as a POW, but he soon discovers just how violent the streets of Atlanta can be.
Chloe is also learning a thing or two about the streets after being evicted from her apartment with no where to turn and two small children to look after. She seeks refuge at the women's shelter and for the sake of her kids tries to follow the routine of day shelters, night shelters, and soup kitchens. During a visit to the soup kitchen she meets Frank. She is appalled by is haggard appearances, and although he seems helpful, Chloe shies away from him. Chloe is more determined than ever to get herself and her kids off the streets. But, just when her situation seems to be turning around devastation strikes from all directions. Now, completely hopeless Chloe is but a shell of her former self. Can she overcome the tragedy her life has become?
Meanwhile, Frank has be given a second chance and he plans to do whatever it takes to keep from screwing things up. He has a job, plenty of food, clean clothes, and shelter. It seems his life couldn't get any better so when he sees a zombie-like Chloe and her two children in front of the Roswell shelter he is compelled to help them. Chloe is resistant and it takes some coaxing to get her to bring the kids and go with him. Chloe is no longer the woman Frank remembered and he's not sure she will ever be again, but he's determined to do what he can.
Losing It All is completely captivating and utterly heartbreaking, yet it is also a testament to the power of the human spirit. Just when Frank is ready to give up a miracle puts Ray in his life and when Chloe loses all hope a miracle brings her Frank. Despite heartache, good comes to those who deserve it and that in itself left me inspired. I also have to admit that when little Ethan muttered those three little words to Frank I felt my heart leap and my eyes filled with tears.
The author effectively brings her characters to life on the pages and her ability to spin a fascinating tale shines through. I absolutely loved Losing It All and highly recommend picking up a copy.
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