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Wordsmith Unleashed on The Hardest Thing in This World

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 The Hardest Thing in This World by Nicole Eva Fraser
Amazon | Amazon Author Page

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Note: This work was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Greetings everyone! The Review Board here to share its thoughts on The Hardest Thing in This World. First to give her take, Wordsmith Andi.

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The Wordsmith Weighs In

*Note: I received a copy of this text in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.*

Written and told from the perspectives of three women in a family of four, The Hardest Thing in this World is a more-than-worthy read. From page one I was engaged and riveted, absorbed in the writing and the story that unfolded. I simply could not put this book down until I finished, gobbling it up in voracious chunks. I even spent several lunch hours nose-to-Kindle, not even able to go 8 hours without needing to read just a little bit more, need to know what happens next!

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Frasier has a beautiful eloquence to her style that enraptures, amuses, and stings like a bruise deliberately poked for that delicious zing of wounded nerves reminding us we are alive and feeling. She brought these three characters to life – Melody (the mother), Kayla (the elder daughter), and Renee (the younger daughter) with such raw honesty that I couldn’t help but relate with each of them.

In the reading I was periodically reminded of another favorite, Wally Lamb. In The Hardest Thing in this World we’re introduced first to Melody in a foreshadowing of events to come and then quickly cast back into the past to pick up where it all began. This is a story about family and how each perspective differs from the next yet still harmonizes with the rest. Frasier throws in an unexpected but wholly appreciated dash of paranormal, giving us the appearance of Renee’s ghost at the forefront of the story. The paranormal element continues throughout although often as a low-key background noise to the otherwise raucous adventures and misadventures of these three women as they navigate their way through life without any guideposts or maps to lead the way.

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Frasier pays homage to family dynamics, unafraid to show the ugliness that can sometimes happen behind closed doors, or its ultimate effect on a family already so individually divided. Each character’s voice is unique as is their perspectives, with Melody and Kayla’s perspectives delivered in first person; Renee’s oddly different in third person. I wondered at this difference for much of the book, only realizing why when Renee has her first dissociative break in college. This seemed to me a stroke of genius writing, and this was my overall thought as I devoured this book start to finish. Frasier just has this way of putting sentences together that left me breathless and a more than a little envious of her talents as a writer.

There are no negatives to this read – only one slight discrepancy that might have just been a typographic error but Sebastian’s brothers are listed as the same age but not stated as twins, both being thirty five.

It might be understatement to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and as such I bestow a much-deserved rating of 10 stars. Frasier is a talent ne’er to be missed!

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Now, let’s hear from the Unleashed One.

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Unleashed Speaks

The Hardest Thing in This World begins with one of the characters Melody seeing the ghost of her daughter Renee while making a visit to see one of her patients. Then, from that point, the story goes back into time and the experiences are told from different perspectives: Melody (the mother) and her two daughters (Renee and Kayla). Through the eyes of these women it goes to show that the hardest thing in this world is to live.

This time, I’m going to start with potential opportunities (Cons).

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Cons:

  • There was a certain twist hinted as it pertained to Melody’s brother Michael, yet it didn’t quite blossom to fruition. My curiosity about it was peaked and one of the things which kept me invested in the story but I was a bit disappointed when nothing was expanded on it. For me, it took away the potential to make him a richer character and not so “cookie cutter” or in alignment with the “athlete blueprint”.
  • Winch was a character that also enticed my interest but there was not enough detailed insight into Winch’s mental state and disposition.
  • In certain areas, the timeline proved hard to follow. In a couple of chapters, I had to reread just to make sure I was following everything properly.
  • For those readers who want a clear cut resolution, The Hardest Thing in this World may not satisfy that request. No, it’s not a cliffhanger but it’s not very tidy either. The ambiance is closer to lingering than anything.

Now on to the highlights (Pros).

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Pros:

  • The details coinciding with mental illness (treatments and medicines, especially) were remarkable! Either the author was meticulous in her research or she knows something about it firsthand.
  • Syntax wise, The Hardest Thing in This World was done to a high standard. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation challenges were nonexistent.
  • The complexity of the female characters (Melody, Kayla, and Renee) kept the pages turning. I had this great need to know what happened next, particularly with Renee. I saw parts of myself in Kayla because of my past situation with dealing with a loved one who had issues that mirrored the ones of Renee.
  • The paranormal aspect (sighting of ghosts) intermingled with the rest of the story nicely. It did not feel out of place and added more depth to an already intriguing story.
  • The romancing the words component, along with splashes of poetry here and there, made me smile and was refreshing in a world that is leaning more towards modernization of the writing craft. Kayla’s interactions with the two men she loved and her bond with her sister was explained with a development and intensity that placed me right in the room along with them.
  • The pacing was even. It was not sluggish to where I was begging for the chapter to end, nor was it accelerated to the point where I was dizzy.

Unleashed Verdict: 9 out of 10 Stars

The opportunities were not enough to diminish the overall lovely execution of The Hardest Thing in this World. With its emotionally gripping content and realistic snapshot of a family just trying to live, this is a page turner that I highly recommend.

Well, let’s tally up the final score:

The Hardest Thing is This World has garnered 9.5 TRB Stars.

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I have an appreciation for the unique, love for all types of art, and fierce attractions to brilliant intellectuals (from book smarts to street smarts). Lover of humanity but feel humans have lost their way, just trying to stay true to myself as conformity threatens to take me away. Simply one head, many crowns: Author. Reviewer. Columnist.

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