Loved is an inspiring and poignant coming-of-age story as well as a moving portrait of the struggles that we all face as we grow up and find ourselves suddenly expected to have all the answers. Kim Carlson is a quiet, optimistic dreamer when she trades in the golden fields of her youth for the busy big city streets of her future. She leaves behind a life of Sunday mass, goLoved is an inspiring and poignant coming-of-age story as well as a moving portrait of the struggles that we all face as we grow up and find ourselves suddenly expected to have all the answers. Kim Carlson is a quiet, optimistic dreamer when she trades in the golden fields of her youth for the busy big city streets of her future. She leaves behind a life of Sunday mass, good friends and homework for a world where skipping class, drinking, and friends who leave her alone on her birthday are the norm. On the road to building a career in the music industry and searching for true love, she instead finds loneliness, betrayal and heartache.Just as she falls in love with the kind of man who would never break her heart and things are falling delightfully into place, everything is torn apart "like a shack in a hurricane." Kim is faced with a choice: quit believing in the possibility of love and happiness, or fight for the woman she wants to be and the love she wants to have. Kim overcomes each setback with increasing grace and wisdom, proving that sometimes the wrong choices can lead us to the right places....
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This was a good novel and quite easy read. One could easily relate to the characters and particularly the main character. It was easy to get lost in the book. Sounds weird, but I especially loved the font and the spacing of the words on the page! It was more inviting, compared to a book where the words are all congested on a page; no fun.
Loved is a novel that will strike many familiar chords with any woman who has ever doubted herself, who has ever fallen in love with the wrong man at the wrong time, who has ever had her heart broken. Kim Carlson is easy to root for – she’s pretty, she’s smart and she’s talented, but never pretentious. Her journey from self-doubting teenager to strong, confident woman is relatable and touching. The story covers a lot of bases, from Kim’s first love in high school to her successful career in Nashville ten years later, and readers will feel like they’re paging through someone’s journal – in a good way.Though it’s intriguing to watch Kim navigate the waters of her changing relationships with men, friends and the God she never stops believing in, the center of the story is her first love, Chase. Chase changes her forever and permeates every single relationship that comes later, as first loves often do. I found myself nodding my head so many times, pausing to highlight portions of the story that resonated so deeply for me. Chase is so right for Kim in that he understands her and completes her, but they have massive barriers to overcome in terms of their life trajectories. Most women have had this experience at some point or another and it’s always an exhilarating and painful ride. Kim is the light to Chase’s dark soul, and they fit together beautifully but can’t seem to get the timing right. Kim says soon after meeting Chase, “I always believed I was a happy person with a sad soul…Somehow, without having experienced what he had, his scars resonated with me.” Kim has to make some really difficult decisions about how to chase her dreams, which involves moving 600 miles away, while finding a way to keep Chase in her life. Choosing herself and her dream is often hard, but it’s integral to her ultimate transformation from girl to woman.Kimberly Novosel is a promising writer, willing and able to delve deep into her heart’s core and share what’s painful and true about love and life. That fearlessness is what keeps you turning the pages, wanting to hear her next observation, waiting for the next sentence that’s so honest you’ll want to scribble it in your journal to remember it later. Though much of her novel feels like a memoir and the plot covers a lot of ground, there are moments when Novosel pauses to really paint a picture, and it’s gorgeous when she does. My favorite moment in the entire novel: “I tucked the Camel coupon from his cigarette pack into my pocket, a souvenir of the moment where he said maybe. I would hold on to his maybe for as long as it would take, even forever.” Having held on to a few maybes in my life, I can relate. Well done, Kim Novosel.
I very much enjoyed this glimpse into the life of a young lady and the journey of her struggle to discover who she truly is. So much of our life is surrounded by flashy, popular, successful, seemingly happy examples of what our life should look like, who our friends should be, and what should make us happy - it's not until each of us, individually, is able to break through that facade of blinding trickery that we're able to uncover how it is we really want to spend our time, learning who should be our friends as identified by their presence in our lives encouraging us to become an even better version of ourselves, and embracing the activities, moments, and dreams that draw a happiness into the very depths of our being. I'll admit that I did relate with the author's early heartaches and how much that can shake your foundation, but then, as I continued reading, I found myself wishing I could have been there with her in those difficult times to help her see that her own value wasn't found in boys, relationships, or being "wanted". I'm certain that if I wrote my life story down on pages for others to read that I would get the same sort of feedback, others wondering how I allowed myself to be caught in a web of misplaced daydreams and floundering self-worth. It was certainly a conquest to read her words as she overcame these obstacles and blossomed into a vibrant, confident woman.If I could give a separate review for the publishing company it wouldn't be quite as grand. There were several errors throughout the book, which I always find distracting. Step it up Inspivia Books!!! Or maybe you should just hire me as an editor :-)
Loved is captivating, and inspiring. Kim Novosel is a wonderful new writer and you won't be sorry you read this book. The novel walks us through the life of Kimberly Carlson, from high school through adulthood as she falls in and out of love, has her heart broken, and discovers not only who she is but who she wants to be. Loved was so well written and real that I felt the joys, heartache and loss just like the heroine of the story, Kim. This book is not a romance novel, but has both beautiful and tragic love stories within its covers. Loved is a poignant story not only about falling in love, but more importantly, learning how to love yourself. Women of all ages will identify with this story and the journey of Kim Carlson. Loved is a must read.
Loved was a surprisingly refreshing read for me. The story is a coming of age journey and Kim's quest is honest. The character of Chase truly made my heartbreak. I found myself highlighting passages, Novosel is an amazing writer! Here are a few of my favorites:"It felt like someone had turned out the lights in my heart""He shaped me like he had written me in a song. I breathed life from his words and I danced to his melody""Eyes are windows and the rooms inside of me were different now" While Loved does not leave you with romantic melodies dancing in your head, it does give you a dose of the reality of life (heartbreak and struggle not optional).
You may remember back in the summer I interviewed Kimberly as a preview to her debut novel. And I was pleased to see the enchanting lady I spoke with translated onto the pages of her book. As a backer for her book, I received a copy from her in the mail to read. Finally as exams passed and the busy holidays were winding down, I settled into Loved, anxious to see what it was all about. From the prologue, I was hooked. Having been let down at my most recent birthday party (less than half of the people who promised to come showed up), I could instantly relate to protagonist Kim’s 20th birthday party experience. Having such a low turn out to an event that means a lot to you puts everything into perspective and makes you re-think everything — am I really liked? Have I offended anyone as of late? Why doesn’t anyone care about me like they care about others? All those questions rush through your mind and it’s hard to see yourself for who you really are. As the story moved along, I began finding it harder and harder to relate to Kim. As each relationship began with vigour and got lost in the dust, I started feeling sorry for Kim. She put so much of herself into finding her other half, that she lost sight of who she was. I’ve never been in that type of situation before. Sure, I’ve had failed relationships — but none of them lasted longer than three weeks, so I didn’t have as much of an emotional connection to them as Kim did. As she went from guy to guy, I started feeling less and less sorry for her. There is nothing wrong with being single and being yourself, and yet she just couldn’t understand that. It frustrated me and I started dreading what she’d get herself into next. Maybe I’ve just been lucky — I’ve only had one serious boyfriend that I’m currently with — but I ended up not relating to Kim as much as I had wanted to, which saddened me. I had been looking so forward to seeing myself in Kimberly’s book, just as other readers had done, but that just wasn’t happening. I also couldn’t relate to the whole religious side of the book. I am by no means a Catholic like Kim, so when she referred to God or talked about the bible, etc., I couldn’t jump on the boat and pray with her. As much as I wanted to. Characters and religion aside though, I loved Novosel’s writing style. She has such an easy, fluent and engaging voice, that even though I couldn’t relate to Kim, I still wanted to read. She offers a fresh take on the age-old “love yourself” campaign, and it didn’t feel forced. It felt real. I loved the fact that the story didn’t end happily ever after; instead it had a satisfying, and yet unsatisfying, ending. Much like life. Life isn’t cookie-cutter or perfect or “happily ever after.” It’s always evolving — going from person-to-person, job-to-job, city-to-city — always bringing one step closer to end. And like Novosel explains, sometimes in the end all you really need to do is love yourself.
Does the word ADORE cover it?I have been one of the few very lucky people in this world to read Loved in it's very early stages and I couldn't be more excited for it's publication. This book, written over many years by my close friend Kimberly Novosel, was so incredibly truthful. I found I couldn't keep my greedy little hands off of it. It was truly one of those "I can't put it down and want to read all the time and when I'm not reading it I'm thinking about it" phenomena that I relish. I found that I related so much to the main character. I too grew up in a small town, I too had big dreams, I too let myself fall in and out of love with men who not only didn't get me, but certainly didn't deserve me, or treat me by any means the way a good woman should be treated. Men that consistently confused me, let me down, and I kept going back for more. I've also had those beautiful men in my past that left a permanent stamp on my heart. That will be forever missed, created an everlasting void, and will never replicated identically in another. Dearest Loved, please give me another page to read, please tell me how the story ends, but yet please don't let it be over. After all, it felt like my story, and I was hungry to know how I would turn out.Admittedly, I found myself envious of her in many ways. She was more adventurous than I, and it seemed more brave too. I wanted to be like her and regretted ways in which I hadn't been like her in some of the choices I had made. I was also was grateful for some of our differences. The results of many of her choices didn't always turn out as she originally hoped for with sweet naivety, and instead, proved to be very disappointing. It was in these instances I felt I had dodged a bullet that she wasn't as fortunate to avoid. This book has appeal for women of all ages because those women, at one point in time, either were this character or will someday be this character.Loved is a must read. Any young girl out there can learn from the main character's struggles, take them to heart, and hopefully be better for it. By feeling an easy compassion for the lovable main character, I hope women of all ages can learn to love themselves by seeing themselves in her. You can't help but root for her success, her ambition, and her journey. You want her to win because you want to win yourself.
Kimberly Novosel’s writing is heartfelt and genuine. Loved is reminiscent of a Taylor Swift song – so supremely real that every young woman in America will be left wondering how it is that Novosel was so accurately able to capture the events in her life. In Loved, Kimberly Carlson struggles to find herself and true love in a world that seems to be desperately trying to make her just like everyone else. She encounters amazing life-affirming experiences and devastating heart-breaking tragedies. Just when you think that life has knocked her down once and for all, Kimberly is able to summon the strength to get up once again. She begins to realize what it really means to be Loved and finds that true love comes from the place she would least expect it – within. Kimberly Novosel’s ability to chronicle this journey is unmatched. I hope this is only the beginning for Novosel and I look forward to reading more from her in the future!