CrossReaders Book Review: At the Edge of a Dark Forest  by Connie Almony

CrossReaders Book Review: At the Edge of a Dark Forest by Connie Almony

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Title: At the Edge of a Dark Forest

Author: Connie Almony

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Cole Harrison, an Iraq War veteran, wears his disfigurement like a barrier to those who might love him, shielding them from the ugliness inside. He agrees to try and potentially invest in, a prototype prosthetic with the goal of saving a hopeless man’s dreams.
Carly Rose contracts to live with Cole and train him to use his new limbs, only to discover the darkness that wars against the man he could become.
At the Edge of a Dark Forest is a modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Only it is not her love that will make him whole.


At the Edge of a Dark Forest by Connie Almony is a wonderful story of love between a man and a woman and the love of God for man. Cole Harrison is a veteran of the Iraq War and he came home missing his left leg and his right arm. He also has a disfiguring scar on his face and head but that was not a result of the war. Carly Rose is the daughter of the man that developed artificial limbs that work almost like human limbs but the business was almost destroyed by the dishonesty of Carly’s two brothers. She is determined to help her father rebuilt his company and she approaches Cole to try the artificial limbs and then hopefully he will invest in the company.

Connie did an superb job in the writing of this story and developed every element of the story in a way that touched my heart. The characters were so realistically portrayed that I almost forgot that they were fictional characters in a book. Every scene in the story was so true to life that I was right in the middle of the action. At times the dialogue was so intense that I had to take a deep breath and keep on reading. Cole felt that if he treated Carly with disdain and spoke harshly to her that she would leave him alone but she would not be discouraged by his speech and actions. I have not read such a touching story in quite some time. There were a few laughs in the story but most of the time I was reading with tears in my eyes. However, do not let that keep you from reading the story for I am just a softie and get very emotionally involved in books that I read. The story had a great ending!

I highly recommend this book to everyone that enjoys a book that shows what love can accomplish– the love of a woman for a man and the love of God.

Thanks to the author, Connie Almony, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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