Michael Golvach : Missing Pieces

Missing Pieces

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Fiction

Mysteries & Thrillers, Romance

For Readers Of

Brett Easton Ellis, Harlan Ellison, Robert Anton Wilson, Robert Shea, Stephen King

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Print Length

572 pages

ISBN

1516841972

Publisher

CreateSpace

Publication Date

02/14/2016

Language

English

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***Winner of the Silver Medal Award in the Global Ebook Awards in Both The "Popular Fiction" and "Romance/Erotica" Categories 2016***

***Winner of the Bronze Medal Award in the Readers Favorite Book Awards in The “Romance-General” Category 2016***

***Short-Listed in the BookViral Book Award 2016 - Top 38 out of over 1000 Entrants***

Mandi Wexler grew up in a dysfunctional household, suffering unspeakable abuse. As she grew older, she lost more and more pieces of her soul until at last she matured into a hollow, haunted shell of a human being. Now she is an abused automaton who bends to the will of vicious and evil men, shutting out the good in the world and resigning herself to a life of misery, giving up all hope of becoming the vibrant young woman she could have been.

Michael Skyler grew up in a military family, becoming used to never setting down roots, never alone yet always lonely, but never lacking for love and care. When he meets Mandi, he finds himself deeply drawn to her, even though he is hard pressed to explain why.

Mandi tries her best to drive Michael away, not wanting him to see the scars on her body and soul. But the more Michael pursues her, the more she finds herself falling for him. Yet winning Mandi's love is not going to be easy for Michael, even if he can help free her from her self-imposed enslavement, for deep within Mandi lurk personal demons more menacing than any man ever could be. Will Michael be driven away by Mandi's dark secret, or will his love finally help Mandi replace the missing pieces of her heart?

Editorial Reviews

"Beguilingly intelligent with a powerful moral dimension, Missing Pieces is the latest release from Michael Golvach. A slick and facile
novel he is completely at ease with his narrative, never striving for
effect but careful to be sure we get the message. There's a humane
sensibility always bubbling beneath the surface that's simultaneously
sympathetic and fiercely judgmental and one quickly gets the sense that
there's something needful and anguished going on, sometimes veering
towards disturbing as we come to know more about Mandi's abuse.
Emotionally charged, Golvach's characters are strong and believable as
further aspects of their back stories are revealed and it's to his
credit that he achieves an equitable balance between show and tell. On
this level it's a chilling reminder of an unfortunate truth that no one
comes away from severe childhood trauma unscathed and Mandi's internal
angst is handled with as much complexity as Golvach's underlying theme.
A
powerful and thought provoking read that will linger well beyond the
last page, Missing Pieces is one of those novels you will want to talk
about. Certainly deserving of a place on your bookshelf it is strongly
recommended." (BookViral)

"There is only one
word that describes this novel: "beautiful." The story is so powerful
and poignant that you can actually feel the pain deep inside you. You
become one with the characters and that is a major gigantic star for the
writer. The story is moving, the characters are strong, and you will
simply love them for being the way they are. Many times, writers are not
able to write really good dialogues, but in this novel they are on
point, like REALLY on point. The characters are beautiful, the story is
beautiful, and the cover of the novel is just perfect! You do not want
to miss this one; it is a novel that will stay with you for a long,
long, long time." (Rabia Tanveer, Reader's Favorite Reviews)

"Missing
Pieces is a tender romance about letting go and getting second chances.
I really enjoyed Golvach's characters and the intensity that built
between Michael and Mandi. I thought their slow burning love affair was
really well written. I wanted Michael and Mandi to figure out a way to
get together quickly, but having it take time (due to Mandi's
insecurities) helped build the tension in the story. I was really
invested in their relationship's outcome, and I thought that was a very
smart way to build the tension. I also liked the fact that this romance
talked about some darker topics not usually associated with contemporary
romances. I felt Golvach brought an awareness that I, for one, really
appreciated." (Anna Smith - Reader's Favorite Reviews)

"Many
questions will come into readers' minds while reading this story and
that keeps them hooked till the very end. The author brings out the
contrasting backgrounds and psyches of the main characters of Michael
Skyler and Mandi Wexler effectively, and the rest of the characters
complement the plot beautifully. The plot is fast paced and the detailed
and vivid descriptions make the scenes, characters, and the events come
alive. The story is sad, it's tragic; it's palpable and touches the
hearts of readers. The story shows love beautifully and how everyone
would like to have someone so caring, so loving, and so protective like
Michael in their lives." (Mamta Madhavan, Reader's Favorite Reviews)

"I
found Missing Pieces by Michael Golvach to be a very heartbreaking and
emotional roller coaster ride, but also very complex and moving. Any
time a book deals with trauma and abuse, it's guaranteed to be a
difficult read, but I think Golvach does an excellent job telling the
story and describing the abuse in a very non-offensive way. The story is
very emotional and raw, and it was heart wrenching to read about what
Mandi grew up in and how it affected her life, even into later years.
It's a very sobering thing to realize that how we are treated when we
are young has such a direct impact on our lives, all the way to
adulthood. Mandi could have turned out so different if she had been
loved and treated with respect in her childhood. The choices we and
others make have lasting consequences. I really liked the relationship
between Mandi and Michael. They each had inner demons that only the
other could tame. It was endearing to see how their relationship
blossomed and grew as the story progressed. I would recommend Missing
Pieces by Michael Golvach to all fans of romance and drama genres."
(Charity Tober, Readers' Favorite Reviews)

"I really enjoyed
Missing Pieces. It is an endearing romance about two completely
different people who end up falling in love, and I loved that message. I
also really liked that it touched on some darker issues, like Mandi's
childhood and the abuse that she suffered. You don't always see that
kind of intensity in romantic stories, but I thought Golvach handled it
well in this novel. The darker parts of the story were woven in well and
weren't too dark, and there was always Michael's character nearby to
lighten up the intensity and give Mandi and the reader hope that the
story would brighten up and take on a happier ending. Balancing the
darkness and lightheartedness was a really smart way for Golvach to
handle the story." (Renee Taylor, Readers' Favorite Reviews)

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