On the surface, All the Broken Places seems to be a paranormal romance, and it certainly has those elements. The romance was key, but, I think the bigger story was Cate’s involvement with the MacGregor Group, and finding a place that she would fit in. This book was about how our insecurities set us apart. That if we embrace who we are, we will find a place to belong. Following Cate on her journey of self awareness was fun, frustrating, and emotional. A journey I really enjoyed!
The synopsis below, is taken directly from the author’s website aniseeden.com.
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.
When presented with each member of the MacGregor Group and their gifts, I was surprised at Cate’s skepticism. She herself, lived with a pretty strong empath gift, and realized that how she helped her clients was different than the usual therapy techniques. However, I quickly came to the conclusion that her skepticism was a way for the author to introduce all of these other fabulous characters to the reader. Her interactions with them were both funny and heartbreaking. She really didn’t have a lot of experience at interacting with others on a personal level. As her mind opened, her people skills improved.
After I finished reading I realized that All the Broken Places surprised me! I read the synopsis and thought this could be interesting, but didn’t realize that I would relate to the main character so much. The words, psychic, aura, crystals were not unfamiliar to my siblings and I. When we’d have a family reunion, we’d be presented with our chart to read about how our planets were aligned or if Mercury was in retrograde. We had an Aunt that used to rely on horoscopes when hiring employees, and our mother is a retired Hypnotherapist who practices Reiki and meditates using crystal Chakra bowls. I, like Cate, the main protagonist, used to be kind of skeptical, but when presented with evidence, have opened my mind to different possibilities. Reading about Cate’s skepticism turned belief reminded me of, well, me. I’m not sure that other readers will have that same affinity for Cate as I did, but it is an enjoyable book to read, the story was interesting, and the character detail was great. You can tell that this is the first book in a series. I can’t wait to read the next book!
I received a copy of this book from Anise Eden for my honest and unbiased review.
Copyright 2016 Deborah Kehoe A Chick Who Reads All Rights Reserved
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