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June 30, 2013


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Everything in Arabelle's life is coming together. She has confidence, great friends, she's even dating Naak, a wealthy Thai socialite. But there are too many models in Bangkok. Arabelle’s broke, she can’t find an agent in New York, and Naak isn’t as wonderful as he first appears. Slowly the Shadows creep back into Arabelle’s mind, bringing with them thoughts of hopelessness and despair. The vile Shadows know something Arabelle’s refusing to remember and, if she’s not careful, they’ll use it to destroy her. Based on a true story, Arabelle’s Shadows takes us on a journey through the struggles of growing up, not quite making it as an international model, and attempting to overcome a crushing
Arabelle is aspiring to be an actress but in the mean time is modeling. Looking to become a huge success modeling then moving on to her passion which is acting. Arabelle is having some minor success and traveling to beautiful exotic places. All while trying to live her dream though she is followed by a darkness, voices within her talking her into doing unthinkable things such as trying to take her own life and trying to convince her that she is not worthy of love. Arabelle's childhood was far from great and she couldn't wait to get out and be on her own to follow her dreams. She has been through hell and back but still found ways to keep pushing forward even though her depression was trying its hardest to take over her live and push he back down in a hole. As I read this book I began to feel for Arabelle her depression was at the surface and she did everything possible to keep it at bay and try to live her life but every time she would open her heart or
let her walls down just a little she was bombarded with horrible thoughts and feelings. At first while reading this book I was confused by the dates and times knowing it was written in journal form her day to day experiences and sometimes there were gaps in her entries or there would be a flash back into her childhood or into a dark period that she remembered. As I read though everything flowed from one point to another so I didn't find myself obsessing as much over trying to remember the entry dates and times. I found this writing style to be very different from my usual reads and I liked the fresh style. It kind of reminded me of a movie I once watched with all the flash backs to an earlier time whether it was a happy or sad time. In this case most of the time Arabelle was reflecting on something sad but there were those few times she was truly happy where you really had hope for her and wanted everything to go her way and for her to have the happily
ever after she deserved for what she has endured. Arabelle has some very interesting friends and stories from her travels in Asia and Europe and that was always interesting to read about the things she was experiencing. I really did enjoy reading this book and I will be looking into more of Ms. Gaskins books.



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