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Sanctuary Of Mine by [Pratt, Shelly]
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First published as an e-book July 2013

When you see someone who looks like they need saving, you save them right?
Mackenzie is struggling. She’s burdened by a disease that well and truly has its grips on her. Outwardly she tries to hide it; inside, she’s crumbling.

The only way she has been able to feel in control of her life is by purging the despair that has its grips on her and won't let go.

Tyler Redding knows when someone needs help - he's seen it before. This time, though, he's not going to take no for an answer. From the moment he first sets his sights on Mackenzie, he's unable to think of anyone else. But how can he focus on a football career when his attentions are elsewhere?

With successful careers, a beachside lifestyle and each other’s love to contend with, life should be pretty damn good. But just when they think they have found their wonderful kind of normal, their perfect world comes crashing down.
It’s going to take a lot to keep Mackenzie from succumbing to her disease, but Tyler thinks he might just be the one to save her for good.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1004 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Shelly Pratt (Jan. 15 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E0D3QIG
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written July 18 2013
By Amazon Reviews - Published on
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I don't know where to start with this review, this book has left me so emotionally raw that I'm going to think about it for days.
Shelly Pratt has delved into the world of a heartbreaking disease and she has managed to absolutely crumbled my heart in to 100's Of pieces and then picked those pieces up and put me back together.
There are books written to teach us some thing in life and this book is one for me.
This book is about survival and fighting your way through something so HUGE it just hurts to breathe. When an author pours their heart and soul into a book you feel that essence, I was transfix from page one.
It was probably one of my ugliest but happy cries yet.
Simply amazing Shelly, you took my breath away and showed me that even with pain there can be light at the end.
5 massive stars!
You will not regret reading this book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh... July 24 2013
By Book Nerd - Published on
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This book was just ok to me it wasn't good and it wasn't bad it just.......was. The book was going pretty well for me and I was actually enjoying it until Tyler moved away. Then the book lost its luster to me and became boring. The letters between Mackenzie & Tyler were fillers and I HATE fillers in books! The letters were fillers because they(Mac & Tyler) are living in the age of telephones and cell phones. So all the pages spent on these letters could of just been phone calls and the book could've been filled with more substance. Now it would be a different story if the letters were of epic proportion however they weren't they were just basic regular pen pal letters to me now before buying this book. I read the reviews and not knocking someone's review but they said something along the lines of Mac getting over her eating disorder too soon and from having a sister that was bulimic. I can say that her recovery wasn't too soon at all like Mac my sister's eating disorder was due to her not having control over anything in her life.

Not like with others whom have eating disorders because they think they are fat or the disorder is more mental so they keep seeing themselves as fat even though they are skinny. So people who turn to an eating disorder for control tend to get back on track pretty fast once they feel they have more control in their lives. Now overall the book was just ok it lacked character depth and could have had a little more character development but overall it was ok. In my opinion I say you can borrow the book it wasn't THAT good that it's something you will reread or even care to have in your book library. Now this review is based upon the contents in the book and NOT the author. I understand that us readers read a book in a lot faster time than the time it takes an author to write it but even with that said this book didn't do it for me.
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent overall, but with a really good ending Sept. 21 2013
By R. Campbell - Published on
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** ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 stars**

Sanctuary Of Mine is about one teenage girl's struggle for control, one young man's dedication to help someone with love, and how how young romance and need to never let go can conquer all. With her parents divorced, her dad away on constant deployments, and a mother who doesn't listen, MacKenzie Deeks feels she has no control in her life. The only way she can find it is through her body, more precisely with her weight. She is bulimic and anorexic and believes she hides both disorders so well.

But she doesn't. People have noticed with a single look. Her mother. Her new best friend, who comfort eats. The most popular guy in school. They all know -- or at least suspect -- and they don't know quite what to do.

While Sanctuary Of Mine isn't the all gritty, gut-wrenching read I expected it to be, it was a book I enjoyed and that was well worth the time. I could feel Mack's nervousness and self-doubt, as well as her need to just let go. The urge to have some kind of escape while still maintain a sense of control was visceral in her actions and narration. Purging becomes that release and an addiction for her.

"I look a complete and utter mess, not at all like the pretty girl my dad used to call me. But for some reason, I feel better and in control. It's like with one simple purge I feel like a weight as been lifted from my shoulders. That feeling is kind of euphoric, which makes doing it kind of addictive."

Tyler Redding's desire to get to know Mack and help her was also palpable. Though seemingly a rugby jock with an ideal family and home life, he has his own hard experience with eating disorders. He's genuinely caring and nurturing while still being a guy who can think with his pants. Even though I found his infatuation with Mack in the beginning a little much without good reason, it did add to the mystery of how deep his affection truly went and if he simply wanted to be a savior. I adored him more and more with each page, though.

My favorite character has to be Mack's new best and only friend, Levi.

"Funny how two people can have such a different relationship with food. I avoid it, wanting some sort of control when I know other things are beyond it. He seems to like food - too much. It would appear in order to replace his misery he feeds himself to feel some sort of happiness."

Levi is the geeky, gay friend who accepts Mack with no questions asked. He was there for her, always, and eventually helps her fight herself along with himself. He and his relationship with Mack made me smile, laugh, and get all gooey inside.

I think my only big issue with the book was that I needed to see more of Mack struggling to fight through her disorders. That would have made the whole story more real to me, especially considering the severity of the subject matter. One minor thing: the mushiness between Mack and Tyler ... I wasn't expecting it. I could've done with less, but it did add that teenage angst and desperation to hold on to first loves.

The last third or quarter of the book was fabulous, ratcheting up on the drama, suspense, and real life pain. I teared up, couldn't put the book down even though it was 3am, and ... gah! I can't say or I'll spoil the ending.

Sanctuary Of Mine is a lighter story on eating disorders but no less moving, with wonderful characters, young romance that never dies, and a nice HEA. I'd recommend it to mature young adults looking for a serious topic with sweet romance as the highlight.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching subject matter with love July 16 2013
By Anonymous Reviewer - Published on
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Well, Ms Pratt, You told me on Facebook you thought I would like this more than RUINED and RUINING ANGEL. That is big shoes to fill, since I loved those books so much! I will say this book, being set in your home country instead of the USA (my country), read a little better with no problem in the English variences where RUINED had a few Aussie slants thrown in even though it was from an American's POV, but that never stopped me from loving the book! My point (yes there is one) is that is the only thing that makes this book better. I loved this book just as much as the two books mentioned above.

This book takes on the subject of eating disorders and how it affects the person and the people around them. Of course there is a love story interwoven in there too. I would have liked to have known what, if anything, set Tyler's sister off on her path of anorexia, since we knew Mack' s story about her start and how Levi seemed to start his comfort eating. I loved Tyler and how strong he was. He seemed so mature for his age, in more was than one! "Get back in the warm tub. That will help with the pain." He knows this at 19! He must have done lots of reading or something while away for a year and half! LOL
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Great Book July 23 2013
By Debbie - Published on
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Powerful story! This book is about Mack (McKenzie) and Tyler (the love of her life). Mack develops an eating disorder after her parents get divorced. Tyler recognizes Mack's problem because he lost his older sister to the same disease. These two start a friendship that develops into so much more. Tyler is her rock and helps her through her trying times. Levi is another great character. He's also been a strong influence for Mack and believer/supporter in her relationship with Tyler. You also get a wonderful happy ending for the couple.

There is a lot to the story, but no way to really describe without giving away spoilers. I thought this was a wonderfully written story that allowed me to feel all of the emotions the characters felt. I started and read straight through wanting to know what happens with them.

Great book and so worth the read.

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