Once Confronted

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Once Confronted

Once Confronted After a normal day turns disastrous Madison Craig tries to put her life back together She s jumping at shadows and finds even familiar places terrifying Can she forgive the men who hurt her Her frien

  • Title: Once Confronted
  • Author: Lynne Stringer
  • ISBN: 9781925139785
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • After a normal day turns disastrous, Madison Craig tries to put her life back together She s jumping at shadows and finds even familiar places terrifying Can she forgive the men who hurt her Her friend Evan Mansfield sees no need to do anything but hate their assailants He struggles with bitterness, but Maddy wants to move on What will she do when one of the men asksAfter a normal day turns disastrous, Madison Craig tries to put her life back together She s jumping at shadows and finds even familiar places terrifying Can she forgive the men who hurt her Her friend Evan Mansfield sees no need to do anything but hate their assailants He struggles with bitterness, but Maddy wants to move on What will she do when one of the men asks for forgiveness

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    1. Vicki on said:

      What a strong and powerful message this book gives. With forgiveness and getting past pain as the guide, Maddie is a compelling character that makes you want to know her story. Some of the areas were skimmed over and some were really well told. I will certainly be looking for more books from this author. It is worth reading to see that there is a light at the end of a painful tunnel. I was provided a copy in advance by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

    2. Brenda on said:

      Working in a busy city bookshop in Sydney was a stop-gap for Madison Craig; although she enjoyed it, she found working beside Evan Mansfield made the hours more pleasant. The intense shock of coming face to face with two robbers, both armed, was terrifying – both Maddy and Evan’s lives changed in an instant. Maddy found she could no longer live and work in Sydney, and moved back to Brisbane to her parents. But Evan remained in Sydney.As Maddy tried to come to terms with what had happened, sh [...]

    3. KAT ⚛ Kitty Kat's Crazy About Books ⚛ on said:

      TITLE: Once ConfrontedAUTHOR: Lynne StringerGENRE: YACHAPTERS: 18RELEASE DATE: 01st October, 2016ONCE CONFRONTED: This is more YA than I thought it would be but has such a strong message attached to it that we all could learn from. Working in a busy city bookshop/coffee shop in Sydney was a stop-gap for Madison Craig and what goes from being a normal mundane day in a bookshop/coffee shop takes a turn for the worst when two young men come in and hold Madison Craig and Evan her co-worker at gun po [...]

    4. Jeanette on said:

      Having enjoyed Lynne Stringer's YA Sci-Fi Trilogy, I was looking forward to reading her latest release - a New Adult contemporary novel set in Sydney and Brisbane. In Once Confronted, Madison Craig would rather be in Paris with her friends for her gap year, instead she is working in a bookshop in Sydney. Late one night two men enter the shop and what happens next changes her life and that of her co-worker Ethan. Maddie returns to Brisbane, eventually enrols in Social Work degree and gradually st [...]

    5. Paula Vince on said:

      The story shows how the impact of a few terrifying moments can adversely affect a person's life from then on. Even when your conscious mind is thankful to have come through, and happy to put it behind you, PTSD can have a strange way of rearing its ugly head. Time isn't necessarily a solvent for all wounds, and tears may be unexpectedly close to the surface at random times.It all starts when the main character Maddy Craig and her good friend Evan are held up at gunpoint and robbed while working [...]

    6. Kathryn on said:

      An easy read about a subject that I imagine is anything but easy if you’ve experienced what the main character has experienced. I liked the characters - Maddy especially was lovely! I think I’d have liked to see a bit more depth in the characters, however the fact that they aren’t as fleshed out as I might like may be due to this book being more YA than I normally read. But having said that it slots into the YA category and has a young adult for the main character, I don’t mean to imply [...]

    7. Susan Barnes on said:

      I enjoyed Once Confronted, though it did take a little while before it really engaged me. The event that triggered the story happens early on in the book, but then it is important, in order to maintain the reality of the story, to move forward in time. However, this part of the story seemed a bit 'jumpy'. Nevertheless, once I was past that, I really connected with the main character, Maddy and felt Lynne did a great job of describing her internal conflict, which was triggered by a number of even [...]

    8. Jenny Glazebrook on said:

      A deep, thought provoking, very believable story with a satisfying ending with all the skill and talent I've come to expect from Lynne Stringer. So many people could learn from this story. I found it going deep into my heart and will be one of those stories that becomes a part of who I am. I loved the characters. They were real and grew on me more, the more I read. A bit after 11pm last night, my husband asked me who to blame if I couldn't get up in the morning. I simply pointed to the name on t [...]

    9. Ashley on said:

      Rating: 4/5(I received a free copy from the publisher, Rhiza Press, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)***Minor spoilers***Madison was normal. She has a loving family, good friends, and is working during a gap year before she goes to university since she doesn't know what to do yet. She works in a book store while living with her aunt, and everything is fine until one night, nearing close, the store gets robbed. Maddy is held at gunpoint, and her coworker Evan is knocked unconscious [...]

    10. Saarah Niña on said:

      At the risk of sounding spoilt, I want a sequel!Initially, I was very much indifferent with this book, there was no emotional entanglement on my part. I'm surprised I got all the way through to the end. But now, I have a very mixed reaction. One thing I'm certain of, though, is I want there to be a sequel. But I will graciously allow you to make your own decision: so the book begins with Maddy at her summer job at a bookstore in Sydney Australia. She's grumpy about it (which is actually surprisi [...]

    11. Adele Jones on said:

      Being a fan of Stringer's 'Verindon trilogy', I was keen to read this work, which is very different from her SciFi Romance. ‘Once Confronted’ is a story of forgiveness and healing from the perspective of a victim of a violent crime. Based on the author’s own experience as a victim of an armed robbery, the story lays bare the raw emotions of someone experiencing PTSD after such a confrontation – in this case main protagonist, Madison Craig. Paralleling the coping mechanisms of two differe [...]

    12. Hristina on said:

      This book is on such an important subject, and (this is the writer in me speaking) so much could've been done. Characters who have survived trauma are always interesting to read, each and every one of them can have a different way to deal with the events.However, in this book, the main character seems to not have any opinion or feeling after surviving a traumatic event. She's just empty. Which also stands for the completely unrealistically written book.

    13. Lynn Fowler on said:

      I must confess when I started to read this book I was expecting a rather bland YA romance. I was wrong. It took only a short while before I realised that this is a book which confronts some very serious issues.The central character, Maddy, is in Sydney under protest: she wanted to be in Europe with her two best friends, but her mother would not allow it. Sydney is a compromise, and working in a book shop is an even greater compromise. The only two good things about it are decent coffee and her c [...]

    14. Simon Patterson on said:

      I enjoyed this book so much, I ended up finishing it in the wee hours of the morning in a single sitting. I just kept wanting to know what happened next, as I was moved particularly by Maddie, the main character, and many of the people she encountered throughout.This moving page turner brought me much joy as well as sadness and empathy, particularly for many of the children in the book. The feelings of the characters and their interactions are really well covered.As well as being a ripping yard, [...]

    15. Melanie on said:

      ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was truly surprised by this book. I really didn't know what to expect when I started this book but I was hooked once I started this story. The author is new to me but I will definitely read more of her work.The story of Maddy and her ordeal was so realistic that you felt part of the story. Maddy was strong, compassionate and had very endearing qualities. She struggled, faced her fears and took all the lessons that life threw her way [...]

    16. Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader on said:

      I received this book from netgalley for review.I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. The first half was just ok to me, but I'm glad I kept at it. The second half was so good. I loved the part of the book once Maddie was able to go back to confront her attacker. Her growth was pretty incredible, but watching Evan not do so well was sad. The author did a great job of showing how different people react to the same situation in different ways. Some will become stronger and better themselves w [...]

    17. Lou-Lou Belle on said:

      ARC Kindly provided by Netgalley for an honest review. An interesting story about forgiveness towards those responsible for traumatic events in our lives.Just not well executed enough to hold attention.

    18. Connie Huddleston on said:

      Once Confronted tells a story of a type of fear known as PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder – which may include anxiety, anger, and flashbacks. It is caused by a traumatic event that is usually life threatening. Madison suffered such an event and is trying to put her life back in order. I found the book slow in the beginning, but realized the author had captured the “time” needed by her character to face her life and find solutions to her fear. I would encourage any young person who h [...]

    19. Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews on said:

      Madison’s best friends are on the trip of a lifetime spending part of their gap year in Europe. Meanwhile her parents feel it just isn’t safe; so instead, she’s in Sydney, only an hour plane ride from her home in Brisbane. Working in a coffee shop that doubles as a book store wasn’t ex-actly what she’d had in mind for her big year. But hey, at least one of her co-workers is nice to look at. Then, irony of all ironies, one night at work she’s robbed at gunpoint. So much for a safe gap [...]

    20. Ineffable Book Blog on said:

      I really fell in love with this book!Once Confronted tells the imaginative and heartbreaking story of a girl affected after getting robbed at her job. This novel follows her after that frightening night and all of the places it leads her to as she struggles with facing death (and maybe worse) in the face and surviving. This was definitely a survivor's story and I loved the struggle of the characters being brought to life as they all seem to handle their demons in different ways. The best part ab [...]

    21. Bookworm LLC on said:

      Once Confronted is a story about a woman who is held at gunpoint while being robbed at her job and how she copes afterward. I think the author was trying to show what it's like for people who suffer from PTSD. However, I feel she fell short. The story line was alright but I just couldn't connect with her characters and felt at times she was almost making fun of people who actually do suffer from PTSD. I feel she did not do a lot of research on this issue and therefore fell short with this story. [...]

    22. Amy's Book Reviews on said:

      DNF at 32%I received a complimentary e-copy of ONCE CONFRONTED from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.My opinion of this story became increasingly more negative until I gave up. Since ONCE CONFRONTED is written and published in Australia, I hesitate to criticize the writing. I will say that the telling overshadowed any showing, which made for a dull, unemotional read for an emotional topic.After Maddie is robbed at gunpoint while working, she returns home and decides to study social wor [...]

    23. Ruth Bonetti on said:

      The dedication page suggests that Lynne Stringer wrote with some experience of trauma similar to that experienced by her heroine, Maddy. This adds validity as it poses an important question: how can one cope and move on when paralysed by panic attacks after being the victim of a violent armed robbery? The book tackles tough themes of forgiveness, acceptance and resolution. Maddy's challenge to confront her assailant brings healing and a hint of deeper relationship. This contrasts starkly with he [...]

    24. Laura on said:

      Once again, a good book, covering a tough subject, in this case it is what happens to you after you are assaulted, how do you move on?Because the assault happens at the beginning of the book, we have the whole rest of the book to see the best way to overcome it. Maddy takes one approach, her co-worker, Evan, another.And I get that this is trying to show how long it takes, but I felt as though I was moving through mud to get to the conclusion. For the conclusion, for the process, I give it three [...]

    25. Dominique Laura on said:

      This story had a lot of potential and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.Madison is a character that I think a lot of people can relate to. She goes through something traumatic and ends up living with the damages and consequences that it brought—something, again, that a lot of people can relate to.It's a story that focuses on forgiveness and overcoming fear, whether from a person, event, whatever. I didn't connect with the characters as much as I wanted to, but it was an enjoy [...]

    26. Patrícia Gonçalves on said:

      While reading this story it felt like I was reading a diary. It was interesting to read about the two characters with PTSD and the different ways they dealt with it. Maddy's story sends a powerful message of forgiveness, how to cope with trauma and move on from painful situations.

    27. Cindy on said:

      Once Confronted is a story about a woman who is held at gunpoint while being robbed at her job and how she copes afterward. I think the author was trying to show what it's like for people who suffer from PTSD. However, I feel she fell short. The story line was alright but I just couldn't connect with her characters and felt at times she was almost making fun of people who actually do suffer from PTSD. I feel she did not do a lot of research on this issue and therefore fell short with this story. [...]

    28. Darleen on said:

      » Review can also be found on Orchids & Amethysts.Title: Once ConfrontedAuthor: Lynne StringerRating: 2.5/5Thanks to NetGalley and Rhiza Press for letting me receive a digital copy of this book.After a normal day turns disastrous, Madison Craig tries to put her life back together. She’s jumping at shadows and finds even familiar places terrifying. Can she forgive the men who hurt her? Her friend Evan Mansfield sees no need to do anything but hate their assailants. He struggles with bitter [...]

    29. Iola on said:

      Brisbane teen Madison Craig wanted to spend her gap year in Europe with her friends, but her parents were worried that was too dangerous. Instead, she’s living in Sydney with her hippy Aunt Myrtle, and working in a bookshop with the rather attractive Evan. It’s all a little boring until Madison and Evan are robbed at gunpoint. Madison returns to Brisbane afraid of almost everything, at the same time as trying to convince everyone around her that she’s okay. She enrols in a degree in social [...]

    30. Michelle Kidwell on said:

      Once Confrontedby Lynne StringerRhiza PressNew Adult, Teens & YAPub Date 01 Oct 2016I am voluntarily reviewing an arc copy of Once Confronted through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley:She could have been in Europe but instead she was in Sydney. Maddy's home is Brisbane only an hour away from Sydney by plane.Evan is twenty five seven years Maddy's senior and Maddy likes him but isn't sure that he feels the same way.One day Maddy finds herself staring at the gun aimed at her f [...]

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