Wenchy Weekend Reads Review – ALL THE BROKEN PLACES by Anise Eden


by: Anise Eden


All of Cate’s problems are in her head. That may be her greatest strength.

Cate Duncan is a promising young therapist, dedicated to her work. But after her mother’s suicide, she is seized by a paralyzing depression. To save her job, Cate agrees to enter a program with Dr. Angeline MacGregor, run by her stern son, Ben, and housed in a repurposed church. Cate doesn’t quite understand what the program entails, but she soon learns that the skills she will develop there may not only help her learn how to cope with her own problems, but will also lead her to a much greater purpose.

The MacGregor Group is a collection of alternative healers whose unconventional approaches include crystals, aura reading and psychics. They know that their life’s work invites skepticism, and welcome the chance to prove naysayers wrong. But they need the unique abilities that Cate can bring, and as she slides ever closer to her own abyss, they will do everything in their power to protect Cate from those who wish her harm―including herself.

A powerful novel of suspense and a wildly inventive start to this paranormal romance series, ALL THE BROKEN PLACES engages readers with its striking blend of the supernatural and the psychological.


Advance Praise for ALL THE BROKEN PLACES:

“With the introduction of a charismatic group of alternative healers, Eden creates a unique world that readers will find fascinating.”

-RT Book Reviews
“This atypical paranormal romance is rich in the details of parapsychology….artfully written series starter.

– Publishers Weekly

“ALL THE BROKEN PLACES is not simply an engaging paranormal romance. Peopled with broken characters the reader wants to see mended, it tackles the subjects of mental health and suicide with empathy and grace. I enjoyed heroine Cate’s journey to self-discovery and her path to healing, and can’t wait to see her battle new demons with her friends. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Eden.”

– Rosanna Leo, Author of Vice


This is definitely one of the more original paranormal romances I’ve read in a while. I thoroughly enjoyed the colorful cast of characters, and the way they contrast the deeper issues of the book.

Cate Duncan has carved a life out of being an excellent therapist. She has a way with her clients that goes beyond listening to them. She doesn’t quite know why she can feel their emotions so vividly, or how she can reach out to them when they aren’t even in the same room and send them calming vibes.

When her mother commits suicide, Cate’s world is turned upside down, and she battles her own depression by sinking deeper into her clients’ problems. This takes a toll on her, though. The feelings start to cause her physical pain, which she can only relieve when she is with Sid–a friend with benefits.

That’s when Cate meets Doctor MacGregor and her handsome ex-Marine son, Ben. They explain Cate can absorb other’s emotions the way she does because she is an empath. And if she stays on the same path she’s on, she could end up burning up–or worse, like her mother. They offer to train her to use her gift properly in their program, which focuses on all aspects of parapsychology. And the story takes off from there.

One of the things I liked most about this book was the writing. Anise Eden’s writing is lyrical, yet accessible. And I really loved the others we meet in the program–who all have their own unique gifts to help Cate learn how to use hers. Kai and Pete were particular favorites of mine, but I’ll let you experience them for yourself to see why.

This book goes beyond the paranormal as it tackles deep issues such as depression, suicide, and domestic abuse. All of which are handled with care in Eden’s capable hands. We also get the love story, complete with the swoons, and I’ll admit I was rooting for Cate and Ben from the moment I met him.

I think this book will appeal to readers who love romance, with a little paranormal thrown in. I definitely wait to see where the rest of the series goes!

Review: 💎💎💎💎💎

(Five Healing Crystals)


Author Bio:

Author and plant lover Anise Eden spends most of her time tucked away in her writing nook imagining things that aren’t there. On those rare occasions when she emerges from seclusion, Anise may be spotted in coffee shops, staring at her laptop screen and silently moving her lips as she reviews bits of dialogue. Although Anise claims that she’s the one in charge, the characters in her head do sometimes make her laugh out loud at inappropriate moments.

Visit her at: aniseeden.com


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