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Emma Carter isn’t your average loving mother and wife. Actually, she’s not loving at all. Unable to move on from a tormented childhood of abuse she’s now at risk of losing her own family. Hopeless, she goes to bed every night secretly longing to not wake up the next morning. That all changes the day her mother is murdered while living on the streets. Emma must now face all Emma Carter isn’t your average loving mother and wife. Actually, she’s not loving at all. Unable to move on from a tormented childhood of abuse she’s now at risk of losing her own family. Hopeless, she goes to bed every night secretly longing to not wake up the next morning. That all changes the day her mother is murdered while living on the streets. Emma must now face all of the pain she has spent years trying to numb with pills and alcohol when she is forced to travel back to her hometown to identify her mother’s body. If only it were that easy… Will reliving the abuse all over again help Emma forgive her mother or send her spiraling back into a world she fought so hard to survive?


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Emma Carter isn’t your average loving mother and wife. Actually, she’s not loving at all. Unable to move on from a tormented childhood of abuse she’s now at risk of losing her own family. Hopeless, she goes to bed every night secretly longing to not wake up the next morning. That all changes the day her mother is murdered while living on the streets. Emma must now face all Emma Carter isn’t your average loving mother and wife. Actually, she’s not loving at all. Unable to move on from a tormented childhood of abuse she’s now at risk of losing her own family. Hopeless, she goes to bed every night secretly longing to not wake up the next morning. That all changes the day her mother is murdered while living on the streets. Emma must now face all of the pain she has spent years trying to numb with pills and alcohol when she is forced to travel back to her hometown to identify her mother’s body. If only it were that easy… Will reliving the abuse all over again help Emma forgive her mother or send her spiraling back into a world she fought so hard to survive?

30 review for Souls Set Free

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I started reading this book knowing that I would not like Emma in this book much since she was such a cold, heartless person towards her family in the synopsis, which actually peeked my interest in wanting to read it even more. Well after reading through it some I realized that I did not hate Emma at all, that I could actually empathize with her and how she was dealing with everyday life. After reading about her mother Anne and what she went I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I started reading this book knowing that I would not like Emma in this book much since she was such a cold, heartless person towards her family in the synopsis, which actually peeked my interest in wanting to read it even more. Well after reading through it some I realized that I did not hate Emma at all, that I could actually empathize with her and how she was dealing with everyday life. After reading about her mother Anne and what she went through as a kid, I saw myself in Emma. I was the one who had to grow up early in life to make sure my brother was fed and he was up and ready for school. I hid my mother’s pill addiction from our family and it ultimately cost her, her job and almost her kids and life. This book is moving and emotional and you go on a touching journey with Emma as she is taken back into her life after her mother passed away, reliving everything she vowed to forget. Emma is a mother to two little girls, Christine and Bella. Emma is trying to make the pain of her childhood and past go away by taking sleeping pills and drinking it away, not realizing that she is going to lose those who love her no matter what. Her husband Jansen has always seen her as this beautiful, amazing and strong woman who is slowly slipping away in life. He is giving her space and wanting her to go visit her mother in California, hoping it will help to heal the old wounds and fix Emma. So that she can start to be the wife and woman he fell in love with and married. Before Emma can make the decision to go visit her mom she is dealt with the information that her mother is dead and the decision to visit her mother is made for her. While trying to process what has happened to her mom she is hounded by her family that is in California on what she is going to do and when she is coming to claim and identify her mother. Her family in California who are her Aunts and Uncles have always just thrown her mom to the side letting others take care of her and letting her mother live on the streets without getting her help. Things at home fall short with her older sister Kelly who also is fighting an addiction to drugs and Emma winds up taking this journey from Texas to California alone. It is during this time that we learn exactly what it is that has Emma in such a deep depression. We learn about the abuse she was dealt with from her mom and how she being the middle child, was the one who wanted to protect and nurture her other siblings from her mom’s wrath. We learn that she tried drugs at a young age and found herself in the same situation she vowed to never go down. After finally getting to California and going to the Police Station & Medical Examiner’s office to identify her mother, it is there that Emma starts to get closure, and I don’t hate her so much anymore. I learned through her journey to California everything she went through and she had so many reasons to be shut off from the world. She had so many reasons to hate her siblings after all the years and everything she did for them and they were both selfish in thinking that she didn’t do anything to help them. It is here that my heart was bleeding for Emma. While she was spending her last moments with her mother in the morgue, she forgave her for everything, forgave her for being a bad mother, forgave her for not being there for them when they needed her, forgave her for the crappy life they were dealt. Along her journey in California, Emma is given some of her mother’s belongs from the Police Station. She is going through it and sees a journal that her mother had written in prison as part of her counseling and healing. Emma learned so much about her mother and her past that I could not help but to want to reach through the book and hug her and comfort her and take all of her pain away. No one should have to learn about their parent in the way that she did, but it helped to heal her wounded heart and let her move on. When getting ready to leave for Texas, she notices that it is a cold morning and heads down to the pier with the blankets she brought from home to give to some of the homeless families that might have kids who are cold. She remembers being one of those homeless kids after she ran from her mother one night, and a woman gave her a sweater to help warm her that night and she would never forget that moment and how much that sweater has meant to her over the years with helping to comfort her. She wanted to repay the gesture by helping the other families there. She happens to meet a woman named Sherral and gives her the sweater she has cherished throughout her journey in life, when handing the sweater over she puts $80 in the pocket in hopes that it will help the woman. A year has passed after she returns home from California and she is headed back this time with her kids and husband to spread her mother’s ashes along a mountain there. Here it is that she runs into Sherral who is now working at a grocery store and has changed her life because of the small gesture that Emma showed her when she gave her the sweater. It is there that she learns another part of her mom and how she was when she was on the streets. She was showing Sherral how not to fall into the wrong crowd and not get caught up in the life on the streets hoping that she didn’t wind up like her. Sherral reminded Anne of her own kids. After speaking with Sherral about her mom she is finally realizing that her mom really was not the demon she thought her to be during her childhood and it helps her to remember all the fun times they had while she is on her vacation in California with her kids. My heart was full open bleeding, I was angry as hell and I wanted to punch Anne and protect the kids myself and then there was the raw love that Jansen showed for Emma no matter what she put him through. By the time it ended I understood Anne so much more and why she was how she was and why she changed so much after that last stunt in prison with hoping she could mend things with her kids. You could tell that throughout this book that Kimmie put her heart and soul on the pages for us to feel the emotion she had while writing this book. I cannot even begin to explain to you how many feelings I felt from her through this book. It was amazingly written and I am grateful she let me in on her story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    DeLaine Roberts

    Absolutely Riveting! Souls Set Free is a beautiful story of heartache, courage, inspiration and love. Kimmie Easley did a beautiful job bringing out every emotion I owned while reading Emma’s journey! Her words were carefully crafted in this release, her debut novel. My heart ached for Emma Carter as I read the story of her journey. It’s a heavy one, coming to grips with “acceptance” and finding that true peace that only comes when one accepts their past and moves forward, breaking the chains that Absolutely Riveting! Souls Set Free is a beautiful story of heartache, courage, inspiration and love. Kimmie Easley did a beautiful job bringing out every emotion I owned while reading Emma’s journey! Her words were carefully crafted in this release, her debut novel. My heart ached for Emma Carter as I read the story of her journey. It’s a heavy one, coming to grips with “acceptance” and finding that true peace that only comes when one accepts their past and moves forward, breaking the chains that bind them. The true love story between Jansen and Emma was beautiful. One surrounded by commitment and desire, but grounded with utter devotion. It’s more than a “light at the end of the tunnel” kind of story. The emotions are very raw in dealing with abuse, tragedy and loss and the author has done a fabulous job in scene setting and dialogue. This story is an absolutely riveting page turner! A must read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Souls Set Free is a heart wrenching, yet heartwarming journey of a young woman’s struggle to reconcile a past fraught with violence and pain. The unbearable agony heaped on her by a dysfunctional mother is only one of the many issues she carries with her, affecting her marriage and the relationship with her children. The journey is raw and this debut author puts the story in that context to draw us in and live it with her. My hope is that others who suffer abuse in childhood can read this book a Souls Set Free is a heart wrenching, yet heartwarming journey of a young woman’s struggle to reconcile a past fraught with violence and pain. The unbearable agony heaped on her by a dysfunctional mother is only one of the many issues she carries with her, affecting her marriage and the relationship with her children. The journey is raw and this debut author puts the story in that context to draw us in and live it with her. My hope is that others who suffer abuse in childhood can read this book and find the triumph this character found. I look forward to more from Ms. Easley.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Monica Cardoza

    Everyone has a story. Only that Emma had no idea what her mother’s story was, now that she knows will she be able to forgive her mother or was there never anything to forgive. This story ripped me apart. There was no escaping the emotional ride I went through reading this story. I can’t believe how Emma just wanted to be gone, just go to sleep and not wake up. She had a loving family that would just be devastated. Everyone has a past and people still went on to live happy lives but it seemed that Everyone has a story. Only that Emma had no idea what her mother’s story was, now that she knows will she be able to forgive her mother or was there never anything to forgive. This story ripped me apart. There was no escaping the emotional ride I went through reading this story. I can’t believe how Emma just wanted to be gone, just go to sleep and not wake up. She had a loving family that would just be devastated. Everyone has a past and people still went on to live happy lives but it seemed that Emma was drowning. She was back to taking pills this time it was only sleeping pills but she was chasing them down with alcohol not good at all. Her husband is a husband that every woman deserves. He is strong and so compassionate with Emma only that he is to light with her. He doesn’t challenge her but I understood him he was scared of what would happen to her. There marriage was holding on a by a thread and her daughters noticed her change. She was not showing them love and her oldest Christine noticed. Emma lived a rough childhood being the second eldest and the one that was the mother figure to her older sister, Kelly and her young brother, Josh. Her mother, Anne, was there for them but at times she would go on a rampage and usually Kelly got it first. Josh was the one that their mother loved the most and she tried not to get angry in front of him. Only as time passed Kelly left with their father and she stayed behind with their mother. Then it seemed that she was now the punching bag and one day it got too much for her. She ran away after her mother pointed a gun at her and with her finger on the trigger. Shit I don’t blame her I would have been so hysterical and crying out of my mind. I believe I to would have ran away far away but I would have hated to leave my brother behind. Now Emma is married to Jansen and has two wonderful girls, Christine and Bella. She received word that her mother was murdered and now she needs to go identify the body. I could not believe that her mother had family in Ventura, California and they would not go to claim their sister. Then what really upset me was her sister and the way she was with Emma but especially her brother. I could not believe him he was so selfish and huh I’m going to stop now. Emma was a brave woman to drive all the way from Galveston, Texas to Ventura, California in her emotional state. She will have a lot of thinking to do on her own and maybe that would help her get her life back on track. Emma knew that she could not live without her family and she needed to change her life or else. Souls Set Free was an exhausting, gripping emotional ride. I couldn’t put down this read. It enthralled me from the moment that I started reading till the very end. I had not even realized that my tears were running down my checks except it was a little hard to read. My heart broke for Emma and what she was going through not only now as a mother but as a child. A child should not go through what she did, not ever. A child should be loved and treasured by their parents. A mother should believe what their child tells them not accuse them of being something they are not. Emma should have been able to talk to her mother about what happened. I love the writing style of this author, it’s clear and focused. The pace of this story and the memories that Emma was remembering were perfect. The part that I loved was when Emma was reading her mother’s journal but the part that killed me was when she read the letter that was addressed to her. This story is an amazing read of two people that are devoted to each other but one is trying to deal with the pain of the past. Once she is able to overcome the abuse and the loss of her mother and letting everything go will she be able to finally appreciate the precious family that she has.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Barrett

    4.5 Lightning bolts from The Storm Goddess! Sometimes, your past doesn't just haunt you, it consumes you. It takes everything you are and that's how you live. Is that the way it should be? Well maybe not, but for some, putting that past behind them simply isn't that easy. It isn't meant to understand....that's just one of those things that become what it is. Emma Carter is one of those people. She's got a loving husband, and two amazing daughters. But she's bound to events in her past that she fe 4.5 Lightning bolts from The Storm Goddess! Sometimes, your past doesn't just haunt you, it consumes you. It takes everything you are and that's how you live. Is that the way it should be? Well maybe not, but for some, putting that past behind them simply isn't that easy. It isn't meant to understand....that's just one of those things that become what it is. Emma Carter is one of those people. She's got a loving husband, and two amazing daughters. But she's bound to events in her past that she feels she can never escape. The weight of that past drags her down until there's nothing left to feel. She's there, but yet she's so far away. The one event changes everything. Emma begins a journey of a little soul searching, forgiving, and shedding that image of her past. I'll say now this book has a few touchy subjects. Childhood abuse, and a bit of drugs and alcohol. There are flashback scenes that really tore me up inside, but they're in the book to show the reader the exact reason Emma is so traumatized. Even though she tries to dull her pain, Emma is the strongest of her family. I wanted to smack her brother and sister around for leaving some of the most painful things up to Emma to do. Emma is just about on the brink to keep her family together after she's shut everyone out for so long, and now the times are tested when she has to face some hard decisions. Even with the beginning impression of Emma, I connected with her on a strong level. Though not the same situations, I admit I hung onto parts of my own past for so long. I carried anger, resentment and so much more until I had to learn to let go and move on. So reading about Emma and her struggles really, really touched something in me. She has a very supporting and loving husband, Jansen, and I am so glad she had a husband that stood by her no matter what. Emma wasn't at her best, but Jansen never, ever gave up on her! I love this guy! The emotional wallop hits readers right away, and it doesn't stop. There were times I cried, I yelled and I of course wanted to jump in that book and knock some common sense into some characters. Emma's family is full of dysfunction, but she manages to come out of it less unhinged, unlike her siblings. The ending stole my heart...what a surprise! Emma really came a long way and I love what happens in the last part of the story. This is a moving novel about forgiving and love. I look forward to what else Kimmie Easley has to offer in her writing career. This is a story I can see many people relating to in one way or another. It's so true to life, and even in some of the most heartbreaking scenes, the story captured the essence of the situation so well. Highly recommended!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicci Hartland

    I received an ARC from the author for review. Rarely do I find a book that makes me want to read it in one sitting. This is one of those gems. Emma Carter had a loving and supporting husband, two gorgeous girls and a great house by the sea, but her past was still tormenting her. After the death of her mother, she takes a harrowing journey back to her childhood and relives some of the memories of her past. I traveled with Emma Carter on her emotional journey through her harrowing childhood memories I received an ARC from the author for review. Rarely do I find a book that makes me want to read it in one sitting. This is one of those gems. Emma Carter had a loving and supporting husband, two gorgeous girls and a great house by the sea, but her past was still tormenting her. After the death of her mother, she takes a harrowing journey back to her childhood and relives some of the memories of her past. I traveled with Emma Carter on her emotional journey through her harrowing childhood memories. You could feel her emotions jump out of the page at you while you were reading. Sometimes, you need something big in your life to awaken you from your slumber and encourage you to live your life again. Emma needed the death of her mother to be able to get the spark she needed in order to become alive again and be the mother and wife she really wanted to be. The writing was very haunting and you could be in the same place watching or even feeling what was happening. Emma’s character is very believable trying the break the chain of alcoholism and drug abuse but in order to do that she has to travel back to her childhood and confront the demons but what she finds instead is an insight into her mother’s memories and childhood. The story is very compelling and a must read for all. Just before I read this book, I stumbled upon this quote from Brigitte Nicole that pretty much sums up Emma “One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever have to make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.” Emma was courageous in seeing that she needed to give up her torment in order to survive and live not many people can do that. I can’t wait to read more from Kimmie

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Walker

    I would venture to say that a lot of us have heard how people would trade anything to have our lives. But, then they really don't know a lot about our lives! How could they unless they have lived it? I believe it took a lot of courage by the author to write this book. It is a journey that will draw you in. I would also venture to say that we all know someone who is dysfunctional. I think we should all learn how to live and forgive - no matter what has happened to us in our lifetime. I am glad tha I would venture to say that a lot of us have heard how people would trade anything to have our lives. But, then they really don't know a lot about our lives! How could they unless they have lived it? I believe it took a lot of courage by the author to write this book. It is a journey that will draw you in. I would also venture to say that we all know someone who is dysfunctional. I think we should all learn how to live and forgive - no matter what has happened to us in our lifetime. I am glad that the author put her story out there. I believe it will help a lot of people, especially anyone who has suffered abuse in our childhood. And, unfortunately, there are plenty of us to go around. I think you will find "Souls Set Free" emotionally rewarding and uplifting. Jeannie Walker - Award Winning Author

  8. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis Ketchersid

    SOULS SET FREE starts out with Emma, a woman who is very blessed with a husband who loves her & 2 beautiful daughters, but can't escape the pain of her childhood so she uses alcohol & pills to help her escape. She gets a phone call telling her that her mother has been murdered & thanks to a brother & sister who won't help in any way, Emma has to travel from Texas to California to identify her mother's remains & make arrangements for her funeral. Emma's husband isn't able to go with her so she ha SOULS SET FREE starts out with Emma, a woman who is very blessed with a husband who loves her & 2 beautiful daughters, but can't escape the pain of her childhood so she uses alcohol & pills to help her escape. She gets a phone call telling her that her mother has been murdered & thanks to a brother & sister who won't help in any way, Emma has to travel from Texas to California to identify her mother's remains & make arrangements for her funeral. Emma's husband isn't able to go with her so she has to make this long trip by herself. The rest of the story is one about discovering the horrors of her mother's own childhood & being able to see for the first time that her mother did love her very much. By reading her mother's journals Emma is able to let go of the anger that she has held onto for so long & that sets her soul free. This book was hard to read in places because of the subject of childhood abuse but I think we all have things in our past or childhood that can scar us if we let them. The secret is learning how to recognize the things that affect you & digging deep until you peel back the layers like an onion until you find what lies beneath. Then you remove it's power to hurt & replace it with understanding. This was a great story. I loved it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amie Knight

    I received this book to review by Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock. Although this isn't my typical read, I enjoyed this book. Souls Set Free is the story of a woman's journey to overcome the abuse and addiction that plagued her childhood. Emma is a shell of a woman who has trouble expressing her love for her daughters and husband due to her tragic upbringing. A trip to her childhood home brings forth devastating memories of abuse. Will Emma continue the cycle of addiction or will her trip I received this book to review by Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock. Although this isn't my typical read, I enjoyed this book. Souls Set Free is the story of a woman's journey to overcome the abuse and addiction that plagued her childhood. Emma is a shell of a woman who has trouble expressing her love for her daughters and husband due to her tragic upbringing. A trip to her childhood home brings forth devastating memories of abuse. Will Emma continue the cycle of addiction or will her trip home allow her to heal and overcome? The story was told very well by the author and I felt the characters were very relatable. I did sometimes feel that the author included too many details in the writing that I did not feel were necessary. Overall, def worth reading. A pretty good first book Ms Easley.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michele Shriver

    Ms. Easley's debut novel is a compelling emotional journey from start to finish. Although Emma was initially not the easiest character to connect with due to some of her choices, it was impossible not to feel sympathy for her as she embarks on a solo journey across the desert to identify her mother's body and make peace with the past. No one should have to endure the hurts that Emma has, but it was heartwarming to see her finally set free from the heartache. The backstory of Emma's life is caref Ms. Easley's debut novel is a compelling emotional journey from start to finish. Although Emma was initially not the easiest character to connect with due to some of her choices, it was impossible not to feel sympathy for her as she embarks on a solo journey across the desert to identify her mother's body and make peace with the past. No one should have to endure the hurts that Emma has, but it was heartwarming to see her finally set free from the heartache. The backstory of Emma's life is carefully woven in and the end result is a book that kept me up way too late and had me reaching for the tissues. I look forward to more from this author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ann Everett

    Souls Set Free is a story of how life can come full circle. Emma is tortured by memories of an abusive, mother unable to connect with Emma or her siblings. It's only after the death of her mother, Emma realizes she's heading down the same path with her own family. Luckily, her husband, Jansen, loves her enough to weather this dark period knowing that someway, somehow, she'll return to the loving, caring, woman he married. Souls Set Free is a story of how life can come full circle. Emma is tortured by memories of an abusive, mother unable to connect with Emma or her siblings. It's only after the death of her mother, Emma realizes she's heading down the same path with her own family. Luckily, her husband, Jansen, loves her enough to weather this dark period knowing that someway, somehow, she'll return to the loving, caring, woman he married.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mammy Oaklee

    Souls Set Free by Kimmie Easley is a book that will touch many hearts, and sadly many more people will connect on a real level with this book. It deals with many hard physical and emotional topics of today's reality. There are some minor grammar and punctuation errors. However, once started, Souls Set Free is very hard to put down, even for the sake of rest. As for the ending, it was a surprise, and my cherry on the cake. Souls Set Free by Kimmie Easley is a book that will touch many hearts, and sadly many more people will connect on a real level with this book. It deals with many hard physical and emotional topics of today's reality. There are some minor grammar and punctuation errors. However, once started, Souls Set Free is very hard to put down, even for the sake of rest. As for the ending, it was a surprise, and my cherry on the cake.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan Murphy

    I won this as a giveaway. It was good and kept me interested. Has a feel good ending. I enjoyed Emma as a character. The only thing I didn't like was that the dialogue seemed a bit forced. The parts I liked the best were when there wasn't much talking. It just seemed like it didn't flow very well. Aside from that it was pretty good :) I won this as a giveaway. It was good and kept me interested. Has a feel good ending. I enjoyed Emma as a character. The only thing I didn't like was that the dialogue seemed a bit forced. The parts I liked the best were when there wasn't much talking. It just seemed like it didn't flow very well. Aside from that it was pretty good :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Souls Set Free is a MUST read!! I was intrigued from the very first chapter! I literally cried. Souls Set Free was an emotional coaster but BOY! Was it worth the ride!! I connected to Emma and was able to relate to her on so many levels. This was Kimmie Easley debut novel. Ms. Easley was born to write! I look forward to reading more from Ms. Easley!

  15. 5 out of 5

    HastyWords HastyWords

    So much honest emotion packed into a well written book about a woman who confronts her demons and finds healing. I have to be honest, I found myself putting the book down in many spots just to cry. I would highly recommend this book if for no other reason than to see what a healing spirit looks like.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kimberli

    What a great book! The story is so real to life and what an amazing ending. I especially love the author's descriptive talent and the way she shows us exactly what Emma sees. I very much enjoyed reading Souls Set Free :) What a great book! The story is so real to life and what an amazing ending. I especially love the author's descriptive talent and the way she shows us exactly what Emma sees. I very much enjoyed reading Souls Set Free :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Faye Ridpath

    I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads. This book was very captivating. I was totally caught up in it. A very sad, beautiful book. I would definitely read more by this author.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen Boudrie

    Excellent read! This was a very uplifting book. A very visual journey of betrayal and forgiveness. It makes one focus on the brighter sides of life and letting go of grim darker times. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to see more from this author. Excellent read! This was a very uplifting book. A very visual journey of betrayal and forgiveness. It makes one focus on the brighter sides of life and letting go of grim darker times. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to see more from this author.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Well done! I was introduced to Kimmie on social media and encouraged to check out this book. I'm glad I did. I felt the story and the characters the whole way through. I strongly recommend this book. Well done! I was introduced to Kimmie on social media and encouraged to check out this book. I'm glad I did. I felt the story and the characters the whole way through. I strongly recommend this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    A touching story about pain and forgiveness A touching story about pain and forgiveness Apoinant journey through a life of love, hate, abuse and forgiveness. This story touched my heart. I recommend this book most sincerely.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stan Tehee

    This was a great read, a good story, with a feel of real life events. I liked the way the author used the flash backs to help the reader understand the main characters point of view.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michele Goldsborough

    The author did a sensational job writing this book. It is definitely a must read book. You wont want to put this book down.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    Awesome couldn't put it down was I started it Awesome couldn't put it down was I started it

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    Wonderful work! I really did not expect the impact it would have on me after finishing the book. It's going to be one of those that stick with me! Wonderful work! I really did not expect the impact it would have on me after finishing the book. It's going to be one of those that stick with me!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan Riley

    Please read my review on Amazon.com

  26. 5 out of 5

    Southern Sass

    You can check out my full review at: http://southernsassgirls.blogspot.com... You can check out my full review at: http://southernsassgirls.blogspot.com...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

    I try never to give up on a book and was glad “Souls Set Free” was a short read as I had to force myself to see it through. The very first paragraph produced a grammatical error which foretold many more, plus typos and run-on problems. Throughout there was a change from first person to third person. One minute it was “I” pondering, next “Emma” pondering. It didn’t read correctly or easily and really needed significant editing. The language was simple and didn’t grab or affect me. I found it hard I try never to give up on a book and was glad “Souls Set Free” was a short read as I had to force myself to see it through. The very first paragraph produced a grammatical error which foretold many more, plus typos and run-on problems. Throughout there was a change from first person to third person. One minute it was “I” pondering, next “Emma” pondering. It didn’t read correctly or easily and really needed significant editing. The language was simple and didn’t grab or affect me. I found it hard to believe in Emma as a clean-speaking woman in her circumstances and wondered if the omission of any expletives was to appease a particular reader audience. As for the story, there was nothing I haven’t come across or read about many times before but this version was full of holes. I wanted to know how old Emma and her children were. Why was her angelic hubby so extraordinarily kind and tolerant with her? He kept saying “You’ve been through much” but how did he know? Toward the end of the book it seems like he hadn’t known very much about Emma’s childhood past at all. So what did he know? Where was Emma’s father, child welfare agencies, police, medical people, neighbours, teachers when she and her siblings missed school and were beaten to the point of having bones broken? How did her Mum support her habit and her family? How low did Emma eventually sink? What happened at that point? Did she go to rehab? Did she ever work? How did she end up with her husband? What had caused the breakup with her siblings if she had been such a mother to them as children? Was she ‘clean’ when she had her kids? Was she under any supervision as a (former?) drug addict? The story had little depth and often dragged. There was page upon page of ”lovey dovey” interchanges or “I am a victim” ponderings while many important things which should have had bearing on the story were overlooked entirely… and as for the ‘happily-ever-after’ ending… Yeah right! I also found the characters thin and unbelievable: the sickly sweet, over-the-top perfect husband who never did or said a word wrong; the protagonist Emma, who went through considerable abuse and saw herself as the victim which was portrayed in my view, to the level of self-indulgence rather than creating any image of inner strength; Emma’s Mum who treated her children so badly yet was forgiven so readily… From the blurb, I thought this book would be the story of what happened once Emma's Mum died and she found out about her past. This took up a tiny fraction of the book at the end. Mostly the story was about Emma's feelings. This book might suit a young reader who still has most of learning about life before them and who hasn’t read many really gripping books. For me as a ten- books-a-month grandma, I found it shallow, dull and not well written.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Yomari

    This is such a powerful and inspirational read. From the first couple of pages I realized that this would be a very different book from what I usually read. This book is definitely about love, but not focused on romance, there is romance scrambled in there, but is but is not the main focus. It's about family, letting go of the past, forgiveness, but mostly how to accept ourselves and learn to love ourselves again in order to love others. I've read other books by Kimmie Easley, but this one is co This is such a powerful and inspirational read. From the first couple of pages I realized that this would be a very different book from what I usually read. This book is definitely about love, but not focused on romance, there is romance scrambled in there, but is but is not the main focus. It's about family, letting go of the past, forgiveness, but mostly how to accept ourselves and learn to love ourselves again in order to love others. I've read other books by Kimmie Easley, but this one is completely different in context. She is the kind of author that can bring a diversity of themes on her books and most of them always carry some level of depth and unspoken subjects, but Souls Set Free brings a whole new level. It's pages are engaging, deep and emotional, I'm so happy I could read Emma's journey towards the light!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Join Emma on her journey of trying to put her past behind her, healing and reconnecting to her wonderfully supportive husband and her two beautiful daughters. Emma has been basically living inside herself with all of her memories from her past. Alienating her husband and young daughters in the process. When a fateful phone call turns here world on it's axis, Emma begins her journey to free herself and making her family a priority. I believe that everyone can connect to Emma's struggle in some way Join Emma on her journey of trying to put her past behind her, healing and reconnecting to her wonderfully supportive husband and her two beautiful daughters. Emma has been basically living inside herself with all of her memories from her past. Alienating her husband and young daughters in the process. When a fateful phone call turns here world on it's axis, Emma begins her journey to free herself and making her family a priority. I believe that everyone can connect to Emma's struggle in some way and empathize with her. I have to say, there are certain parts of this book I read while on my lunch break at work and had to return with tear streaks running down my face. This book ripped my heart open....I was very well written and captured my attention right from the start.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    Souls Set Free takes you on an emotional roller coaster of emotions. Emma's story begins as an adult married to a wonderful man and the mother of two beautiful daughters, but she is extremely unhappy and feels disconnected from her family. Going home after her mother's death and remembering her painful childhood memories, takes her on an emotional path of self discovery and healing. After discovering and reading her mother's journal, Emma finds the answers she needs to understand her mother and Souls Set Free takes you on an emotional roller coaster of emotions. Emma's story begins as an adult married to a wonderful man and the mother of two beautiful daughters, but she is extremely unhappy and feels disconnected from her family. Going home after her mother's death and remembering her painful childhood memories, takes her on an emotional path of self discovery and healing. After discovering and reading her mother's journal, Emma finds the answers she needs to understand her mother and find the peace she needs. Emma returns home with a new outlook on life and reconnects with her husband and daughters to become the wife and mother she's always wanted to be. Such a heartwarming story!

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