BLACK CANVAS by Nicole Kidwell | Book Review

I really prefer to buy books by indie authors who self publish because it’s my personal way of honoring their labor of love. In the past year or so however; I have very rarely gotten to do just that so my list of “must have” books is growing by the dozens each day! Every now and then I’m totally surprised when a book is emailed to me on a whim as was the case with this gem. And before I knew it, I was fully immersed in the blood, sweat and tears of a fellow writer.

*Trigger Warning*

I felt like an old classmate and I were playing catch up while reading Black Canvas. Both adults now; trying to explain away any awkwardness and moments of distance in our past. Nicole Kidwell’s book opens with all too relatable and very painful #MeToo moments. I found myself having to put the book down because of the tears I was fighting. I then returned with pen in hand to jot down some of my favorite lines:

“Poisonous pain seeps deeply into the floor and is relived within the creaking of every board.” (Haunted House)

“She followed you instead of her instincts that day.” (Killed The Cat)

“Well he wanted to run, but the power of her love kept him enslaved.” (First Escape)

For any woman who still believes in love while trying to put the pain of her past into words. For any reader embracing the survivor they are with strength and self love; this book will be a great addition to your collection.

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