Thursday, April 6, 2023

My Thoughts and More on Mirrored Reflections by JF Ridgley



Book Details:

Book Title:  Mirrored Reflections by J.F. Ridgley
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+) ,  418 pages
GenreChristian Romance
PublisherR Pride Publishing
Release date:   December 2022
Content RatingPG-13 +M.  This is a Christian Romance, no sex. two hot kisses. Lots of trauma but a happy ending. There is a language warning: Chad's debridement is painful, being a burn survivor is painful and the story is about also about sexual trafficking.
Book Description:


Opposites attract and Chad and Sierra are that.

Chad is destroyed on the outside by a suicide bomber while Sierra is broken on the inside by human trafficking. They are each other’s reflection of who they are - beautiful but ravaged by life.

Chad Michaels, an Afghan vet, comes home to a suicide bomber who destroys not only his family but the man he was. Now, he must deal with life as a burn victim -- as a monster. But Sierra sees what a beautiful man Chad truly is.

Not all wounds are flesh. Many are inside one’s soul where Sierra Smith’s scars run deep. Yet, Chad sees the innocence that Sierra fails to see. Kidnapped at the early age of six, Sierra was raised to become a high-end prostitute who now dreams of becoming a nurse...someone who helps heal people not service them. But her past relentlessly haunts her.

​Sierra and Chad are determined to help each other heal from their traumas – whatever it takes. And, somehow, with God’s help, they will survive to see a brighter day.
My Thoughts:

This is a story about two broken people who are trying, and sometimes not trying to just live and breathe. And the question is, can they move on, and could they move on together?

Sierra is a woman with a horrible background. Kidnapped as a young girl and sold and forced to do unspeakable things, she has escaped and is now working her way to becoming a nurse. She works in a burn unit and a man has been brought in who had everything to live for. 

Chad is a father and husband and a veteran. Glad he was to be home until a terrorist decided to take his wife away and turn him into what he deems a monster. He is severely burned, and he must heal on the inside and out so he can be the father his little girl needs.

This was an emotional book and for more sensitive readers please take note that this is more of a mature read. It does deal with hard topics and there is a bit of foul language throughout. Chad and Sierra are both dealing with deep wounds and sometimes they are judged for those wounds. Chad for looking like a monster and Sierra for the life she lived. But they are so much more than their circumstances.

In the author's notes we are told this was a little bit of Beauty and the Beast and Phantom of the Opera. I could see that. 

I was provided a copy of this novel by the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

Meet the Author:

JF Ridgley is the author of eight novels and short stories set in ancient Rome and three contemporary romance novels. She loves researching history and writing fiction based on real stories of real people. She also loves to write contemporary romance because the ancient Roman saying of ‘Live. Love. Laugh.’ is just as true today.

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  1. This sounds like a wonderful book & I really love the cover! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a good book!


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