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Publisher's Summary

Eva Dawson is lost. 

Working as a photographer, she stumbles upon the world of urban exploration, and starts to find beauty in broken things. 

Meanwhile, her marriage is just as broken as the buildings she sets out to explore. Can she find a way to create a future, or is happiness a relic of the past? 

This book is an exploration in its own right, a fascinating journey through one woman’s attempts to change her life for the better.

©2019 Jayne Rowney (P)2020 Jayne Rowney

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  • Becky
  • 24-02-2021

Can this marriage be saved?

This book is a downer. A marriage in shambles. Two people living derelict lives. Seek counseling. Try to change. Try to spend more time together. All from her perspective. Can the marriage be saved?
I listened on Audible with an excellent narrator.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Story Origin.

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  • Catrina P
  • 21-02-2021

A very real, emotional story

My heart broke for Eva as she tried to rediscover herself, her lost friend, and repair her crumbling marriage. I had a sense of what was to come, and I must say, I was, on some level, quite satisfied with the outcome.

J.E. Rowney is a new author for me. I was quite impressed with her writing. The vivid pictures she painted and raw emotions she brought out... it was like watching things unfold right before me.

The great narration by Wendy Wolfson also added to my enjoyment. She really brought the story to life.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Hanny
  • 13-02-2021

No HEA

This book doesn't have a HEA, in the normal sense, but having been in a similar relationship, I can honestly say that it is much happier since.
It was a hard read for me, as I have enough "real-life" in my real-life, and prefer my reading material to be more on the happy-escapism side.
The narrator did a good job.
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  • J. Allen
  • 03-02-2021

can you fix the broken?

An intense read / listen that follows the weeks in the life of Evangeline Dawson who is struggling to find her own happiness as well as the happiness of her marriage to Mark once again. Rowney provides us with a captivating read that took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Hurt and confusion as well as hope and anger. Incredibly well written I feel almost like an interloper viewing Eva's life as a fly on the wall but with access to her inner most thoughts and emotions. For anyone who has been married or in a lengthy relationship some of her reactions (biting her tongue and letting un-necessary aggrievements slide) seem all to close to home. As I listened I kept thinking how there are always two sides to any relationship and I wanted to get an inner sense of Mark's thoughts and feelings but in the end the journey we must walk is our own as was this walk of Eva's. A lovely, heartbreakingly beautiful work. What's the saying? "There is beauty in the broken"

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-2020

Worth a read!

Great writing style, amazing narrator. The relationship in focus made me incredibly frustrated so many times though... All in all a great book!

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  • Kristie galindo
  • 11-09-2020

Good story

This was my first book by J E Rowney. The story was good but Mark sure is a Wanker and there were times I was very frustrated with Eva. The author did a great job with the writing to evoke these emotions! The narration was fantastic.

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  • Cindy Scheffler
  • 08-09-2020

A decent story

This was well written, it was just not for me. I wish there was more of the exploring of the buildings.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 07-09-2020

Enjoyable British chick lit/urban exploration

Derelict, my second read from author J.E. Rowney. Enjoyable British chick lit/urban exploration. 6-hours 59-minutes and 182 pages, but reads longer with the twists, turns & detail written into it. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reading & reviewing it. Wendy Wolfson's narration and accent add to the book's enjoyment. I look forward to reading more from this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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