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Nts a different set of dangers than Amy Raye has planned for and she finds herself on the verge of the precarious edge that she's flirted with her entire life When Amy Raye doesn't return to camp ranger Pru Hathaway and her dog respond to the missing person's call After an unexpected snowfall and few leads the operation turns into a search and recovery Pru though is not resigned to that The she learns about the woman for whom she is searching and about. Exceptional Read on so I can tell you why The Hook I couldn t resist Berkley s pre publishing description or my GR friend Patty s review of this titleThe Line While other girls turned sweet sixteen she learned how to field dress a deer The Sinker Epigram We can never break free from the dark and degrading past Let us see life again nevertheless in the words of Isaac Babelas a meadow over which women and horses wander MAXINE KUMIN Women and Horses I rarely read a book that I can t put down but I knew in this case I had to in order to savor the experience So put it down I did reading it over several days allowing time to contemplate stretching out the suspense and sheer beauty of this survival story Breaking Wild reads like a memoir purposely so as described by author Diane Les Becuets In an interview on NPR she explains that there could be a memoir in her but at this time she prefers to write autobiographical fiction which frees me up because I care so deeply for the people in my life not to have to inflict any hurt or shame on anyone else I d read her memoir in a minute yet I respect her wishes to keep her experiences of pain and sorrow hers and hers alone until if and when she wants to share themMarch is celebrated as Women s History Month and many books will be recommended that feature strong women Breaking Wild features not one strong woman but two and deserves to be added to that list Amy Raye is on a hunting trip for elk with two male companions Raye a bow hunter has yet to get her tag and sets off alone to remedy this She wounds a male elk and must track him to make the kill Somehow she becomes horribly lost in the Colorado wilderness in snow pack conditions and freezing cold Prue Hathaway and her rescue dog Kona set out to find the missing Raye This is no easy task and after several days of horrific weather Raye is feared dead What is initially a rescue mission soon becomes one of search and recovery Over several weeks we are privy to Amy Raye s and Prue Hathaway s thoughts and feelings as the story unfolds in alternating chapters and we learn the back story of their lives There is a profound feeling of unity as one woman hopes for rescue and the other tries not to give up that hope Diane Les Becuets portrays two determined brave courageous women in this her debut into adult fiction Amy and Prue are so real my emotions were raw throughout This might not be the book for those of you who are against hunting of animals for any reason For the rest of you let me assure you that Les Becuets shows a deep respect for the elk her character hunts and the gift this flesh provides She details the hunt perhaps than some may tolerate In addition her lush descriptions of nature and the wilderness made Breaking Wild an adventuresome read for meI have purchased a copy of Breaking Wild and will be donating it to my public library I predict it will be a word of mouth hit with readers

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Breaking Wild

Amy Raye's past the she suspects that Amy Raye might yet be alive Pru's own search becomes an obsession for a woman whose life is just as mysterious as the clues she has left behind As the novel follows Amy Raye and Pru in alternating threads Breaking Wild assumes the white knuckled pace of a thriller laying bare Amy Raye's ultimate reckoning with the secrets of her life and Pru's dogged pursuit of the woman who against all odds she believes she can fin. I truly enjoyed this uniue novel by Diane Les Becuets featuring two women Amy Ray Latour a bow hunter in pursuit of elk and Pru Hathaway the search and rescue ranger who with her dog Kona searches for Amy when she disappears during a camping tripThe novel is told in alternating chapters from both Amy and Pru s point of view and also goes back in forth in time so the reader learns about each woman s childhood young adult life and current situation While at the most literal level Amy is lost and Pru seeks her the reader learns that in the metaphorical sense each of the women is both lost and seeking Both characters have a realistic depth to them and Les Becuets gives us a novel that feels both character driven with the suspense of wanting to know how the plot will endI mention the two women as main characters but Les Becuets beautifully draws a third character worth mentioning the landscape Nature plays an important role in the story and the author s vibrant description of the setting and Amy and Pru s love of nature is thoroughly enjoyableThank you to NetGalley and Berkley for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review

Diane Les Becquets Ë 6 Review

In captivating prose Diane Les Becuets tells the story of one woman missing in the Colorado wilderness and another bent on discovering the missing woman's whereabouts in an unforgettably moving and thrilling literary debutIt is the last weekend of the season for Amy Raye Latour to get away Driven to spend days alone in the wilderness Amy Raye mother of two is compelled by the uiet and the rush of nature But this time her venture into a remote area prese. 35 A adventure story a survival story and a story about two very strong women Pru is raising a teenage son alone is in charge of maintaining the integrity of archeological sites but often is also called in for search and rescue Amy hunting with two men is a bow and arrow hunter going out alone to being down an elk She doesn t returnWe learn the woman s back stories as they take turns relating their stories I admit to having a hard time in the beginning of this book with the character of Amy Yes I was judgmental something I am working to overcome Part of my next year s challenge being less judgmental when reading fictional books Slowly though I came to realize she is flawed with due cause events going back to her childhood And boy did I admire her survival skills While reading we do not know if she will make it or not the two narrations do not sync in time and this proved very suspenseful The mountains and the wilderness described is just beautifulI ended up liking this book very much Finely written we get to know the main characters pretty well get into their heads see why they ended up where they did I know one thing if are power grid is ever hacked someone like Amy would be my choice of companion ARC from publisher


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  1. says:

    i got this book from netgalley thank you netgalley and i read it wayyy back in october when i was helping my dad move the netgalley archive date wasn't until march so i thought i have plenty of time to review it but between various holidays and mood swings and whatnot i kept putting it off and when i finally went to check my notes and bookmarks yesterday i realized that the netgalley archive date has NOTHING TO DO with the expiration date

  2. says:

    35 A adventure story a survival story and a story about two very strong women Pru is raising a teenage son alone is in charge of maintaining the integrity of archeological sites but often is also called in for search and rescue Amy hunting with two men is a bow and arrow hunter going out alone to being down an elk She doesn't returnWe learn the woman's back stories as they take turns relating their stories I

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    DecisionsWe all make them every second of the day But do we honestly weigh the impact upon those we love? Like the pebble thrown carelessly into the pondthe concentric circles seem to go on foreverAmy Ray Latour ventures out on an elk hunt during the last weekend of the season with two male hunting companions Colorado wilds are just the pla

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    Women represent the fastest growing demographic among North America's bow hunters make room guys the fairer sex is joining ranksIn this adventurous Tour de Force novel Amy Raye Latour and Pru Hathaway are both fleeting champions in the wilderness Both women are driven with purpose with an endurance to go beyond their limitationsphysically me

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    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life45 StarsI thought that this was a great book I love a good survival story so the blurb really caught my attention This book was most certainly a survival story but it was so much than that The characters made this story come alive I kept the pages turning because I had to know what was going to happen next I was glued to the book from the time I started reading until I had re

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    Exceptional Read on so I can tell you why The Hook I couldn’t resist Berkley’s pre publishing description or my GR friend Patty's review of this titleThe Line While other girls turned sweet sixteen she learned how to field dress a deer”The Sinker – Epigram We can never break free from the dark and degrading past Let us se

  7. says:

    Absolutely riveting story of two woman one Amy Raye Latour who gets lost in the Colorado wilderness as she tracks an elk she wounded while hunting and two Pru Hathaway a ranger who sets out to find Amy Raye Both women have compelling histories that are interwoven with the search and rescue narrative I think thou

  8. says:

    I truly enjoyed this uniue novel by Diane Les Becuets featuring two women Amy Ray Latour a bow hunter in pursuit of elk; an

  9. says:

    A taut literary thriller with fierce characters a breathtaking setting and nuanced beautiful prose? Sign me the hell up Diane Les Becuets has crafted an exceptional novel that strips the layers of human emotion to the barest instincts of survival She pins the reader to a map of northwest Colorado and holds her fast to the exuisite

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    The first part of this book was a bit slow and tedious to me but I am so glad I stuck with it because the 2nd half was very good It is a book a