Tainted Love: The Faith McKenzie Story by Erin Cawood

tainted love

 

For anyone in a relationship, the words ‘we need to talk’ can only mean one thing. In the last twenty-two years, the McKenzies have been through it, survived it, learned by it, and grown stronger from it, because life didn’t stop for breath when they needed it. Amongst the tears and the tragedies, the hopes and happiness, they’ve built something amazing: a happy family, a luxury lifestyle and a booming empire. Don’t they deserve to have it all?

But for the perfect wife, those four sinister words mean something entirely different. They’re a summons into a private world where what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors.

Faith has no doubt in Calvin’s undying love for her. It’s what kept her sane in the darkest hours. If only she could figure out what it is she does wrong… because it’s rapidly becoming apparent their tainted love is running out of time.

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

1 in 4 woman will be affected by domestic abuse. 50% of the royalties from sales of this series will be donated to charities supporting those affected by abusive relationships.

EXCERPT: 

You have to promise me something…

Promise me you won’t tell a soul what you are about to read? Unless something happens to me, no one needs to know.

My babies, Georgia and Caleb, only need to know what I have told them. I am unhappy. I have been unhappy for a long time. And therefore, I have gone away to heal my heart, my mind, and my spirit. They’ll understand, for me, their younger sisters are part of the healing process, and this is why I have taken the girls with me. I have promised to return, and I will. Somehow I’ll find another way into Georgia and Caleb’s lives. But… I’ll never go back.

I tell myself every day I should be thankful for what I have. Despite my sad situation I have you, my amazing younger brother. You’ve flourished into an all-state star quarterback and earned a scholarship to one of the best medical schools in the country. I have three wonderful daughters who still see fairy tales and dreams, and know how to reach for the sky. The eldest has high grades and a warm heart for children in need. She’s taken herself down the path to follow Daddy into the family profession. The younger ones are a delight. Barely walking, already they have flair for drama, song, and dance. I see stars in their eyes and fame on their horizons.

And my son is… well, he’s frustrating. He can whip a top grade out of the bag without studying. But his priorities lay elsewhere for so many years. Then, one day he came home with college applications, a volunteering job in the community, and a path he’d chosen on his own. I’m not quite sure when it happened, but it was some divine intervention for which I’ll be forever indebted.

We own a five bedroom house in the Hamptons, with vast gardens where I spend my days tending to roses and uprooting weeds. If I’m not in my gardens, I partake in coffee mornings, which entail little coffee and lots of shopping. I no longer try anything on in the store; I donate it to charity if it doesn’t fit. I have lunch at the tennis club where I no longer play tennis; an injury took me out of the game some years ago.

My husband and I have a regular sitter and spend many evenings at the social clubs of which we’re members. We dine on lavish food, drink the finest wines, and dance past the stroke of midnight. I drive a swift little roadster, top down, through summer, and a tough terrain SUV in the winter. I have a lot to be thankful for… including twenty-two years of marriage.

Oh, how I wish I could tell you this was some mid-life crisis! That with my oldest children flying the nest, I felt my life half-empty. I’m sure if you ask Calvin, it’s how he’ll explain our sudden departure from his life. But it’s quite the opposite, in fact.

I know it’s been years since we last spoke, and how angry you were when you left. But there are things I need you to know, little brother, and these things I kept hidden from you all.

MY REVIEW:

I had to take several breaks while reading Tainted Love by Erin Cawood because it was so bone-chilling honest that it had me quite emotional. Tainted Love goes into the world of spousal abuse and everything that it encompasses from the happy beginning, to the occasional harsh words that eventually turn physical.

Erin Cawood writes in such a manner that it felt as if Faith was sitting right across the table from me telling her story. I wanted to yell at Faith and tell her to get it together and leave but on the other hand I understood her reasoning on why she stayed. Overall, this book boils down to how much does Faith love herself and when does she decide that enough is enough. This was a great first book by Erin Cawood and I look forward to reading more from her!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Tainted Love in exchange for an honest review.

MY RATING: 5 STARS!!!!!

Buy Now @ Amazon & Amazon UK

Genre – Women’s Fiction / Contemporary Romance

Rating – PG13

More details about the author

Connect with Erin Cawood on Facebook & Twitter & GoodReads

THE GIVEAWAY:

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Comments

  1. Having just read the summary and your review, I’m very intrigued! This one I will have to read for sure! Thanks for the giveaway!

Speak Your Mind

*