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2019 American Fiction Awards Finalist - Coming of Age, Family Saga, Inspirational, New Age Fiction, Romance/General 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards Finalist - Young Adult 2017 New Apple Book Awards SOLO Medalist Winner - Young Adult Inspirational 13th National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist - New Adult Fiction If love is true, how long should you wait? How much pain sho 2019 American Fiction Awards Finalist - Coming of Age, Family Saga, Inspirational, New Age Fiction, Romance/General 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards Finalist - Young Adult 2017 New Apple Book Awards SOLO Medalist Winner - Young Adult Inspirational 13th National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist - New Adult Fiction If love is true, how long should you wait? How much pain should you endure before moving on? Love: A Tangled Knot is a new edition of a romantic novel penned by the award-winning author of Flipping, Eichin Chang-Lim. "I enjoyed navigating the hearts of the characters, feeling their desperation as the conflict reaches crisis point, and wondering what will happen next. Eichin Chang-Lim injects realism into the story and makes it feel as if it is unfolding before the reader."~ Editorial Review "This author has a knack for the genre and way of tapping into a very volatile generation. I’m really impressed with this book." ~Award Judge’s Commentary "I love that the author knows how to reach her audience (whether that by young adults or adults of any age). This book can really reach the reader on so many levels." ~Editorial Review A clean romance about the struggles of a couple to keep their family together against all odds. With the Golden Gate Bridge in sight, the story begins. Kayla is an ambitious seventeen-year-old who is content to deliver "real-talk" to her boy-crazy best friend, Breeana, while running the high school’s environmentalist club. She has no time or desire for boys, viewing even a crush as an unwanted commitment. Until Russell Mancini joins Beach Cleanup Day. Kayla learns that she’s a sucker for love just like her peers. Their relationship seems perfect, but fate conspires against the pair. Kayla’s dreams are shattered when she becomes pregnant. Struggling to make ends meet, Russell makes a decision that threatens to destroy their relationship, irrevocably steering his course away from Kayla and their daughter. Kayla finds herself pitted in a conflict she would never have expected. As Russell’s fate presents him with a seven-year incarceration sentence, Kayla must pick up the pieces and stay firm in her marriage. Dreaming of the day her daughter will have a father once again. Will Kayla and Russell untangle the knot that was once their love? Or will temptations and inner demons succeed in moving them further apart?


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2019 American Fiction Awards Finalist - Coming of Age, Family Saga, Inspirational, New Age Fiction, Romance/General 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards Finalist - Young Adult 2017 New Apple Book Awards SOLO Medalist Winner - Young Adult Inspirational 13th National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist - New Adult Fiction If love is true, how long should you wait? How much pain sho 2019 American Fiction Awards Finalist - Coming of Age, Family Saga, Inspirational, New Age Fiction, Romance/General 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards Finalist - Young Adult 2017 New Apple Book Awards SOLO Medalist Winner - Young Adult Inspirational 13th National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist - New Adult Fiction If love is true, how long should you wait? How much pain should you endure before moving on? Love: A Tangled Knot is a new edition of a romantic novel penned by the award-winning author of Flipping, Eichin Chang-Lim. "I enjoyed navigating the hearts of the characters, feeling their desperation as the conflict reaches crisis point, and wondering what will happen next. Eichin Chang-Lim injects realism into the story and makes it feel as if it is unfolding before the reader."~ Editorial Review "This author has a knack for the genre and way of tapping into a very volatile generation. I’m really impressed with this book." ~Award Judge’s Commentary "I love that the author knows how to reach her audience (whether that by young adults or adults of any age). This book can really reach the reader on so many levels." ~Editorial Review A clean romance about the struggles of a couple to keep their family together against all odds. With the Golden Gate Bridge in sight, the story begins. Kayla is an ambitious seventeen-year-old who is content to deliver "real-talk" to her boy-crazy best friend, Breeana, while running the high school’s environmentalist club. She has no time or desire for boys, viewing even a crush as an unwanted commitment. Until Russell Mancini joins Beach Cleanup Day. Kayla learns that she’s a sucker for love just like her peers. Their relationship seems perfect, but fate conspires against the pair. Kayla’s dreams are shattered when she becomes pregnant. Struggling to make ends meet, Russell makes a decision that threatens to destroy their relationship, irrevocably steering his course away from Kayla and their daughter. Kayla finds herself pitted in a conflict she would never have expected. As Russell’s fate presents him with a seven-year incarceration sentence, Kayla must pick up the pieces and stay firm in her marriage. Dreaming of the day her daughter will have a father once again. Will Kayla and Russell untangle the knot that was once their love? Or will temptations and inner demons succeed in moving them further apart?

43 review for Love: A Tangled Knot

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anna Casament Arrigo

    Once again, Ms. Chang-Lim manages to weave a well-crafted, beautiful tale of love, coupled with all the conflicts and trials of relationships. A VERY well written, page turner! Highly recommend!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robin Morgan

    I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE download. While this book fits this genre quite well, I feel it also might be suitable for the more mature YA reader as well. Young lovers who seemed to be smitten by each other from time to time make errors, errors which can and will have a profound effect on their lives. The biggest of these is when the young woman and high school senior winds getting pregnant by the guy she’s apparently in love with. In this book by the author, Eichin Chang-Lim, Kayla O’ I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE download. While this book fits this genre quite well, I feel it also might be suitable for the more mature YA reader as well. Young lovers who seemed to be smitten by each other from time to time make errors, errors which can and will have a profound effect on their lives. The biggest of these is when the young woman and high school senior winds getting pregnant by the guy she’s apparently in love with. In this book by the author, Eichin Chang-Lim, Kayla O’Neill is the young woman and Russell Mancini is the guy. Given his age, I loved the fact he accepted his responsibility for having given into temptation, violating his Catholic faith in causing Kayla to become pregnant because of the premarital sex they had engaged in. Fate as a way of making things happen, which is how Russell wound being in the wrong place and at the wrong time, and winds up being incarcerated in federal prison for seven years. Seven years is not bad when you consider it might have been much longer. He had gotten the shorter sentence because of the saving factors which came out during the trial, which the judge had thoughtfully taken into when he pronounced Russell’s sentence: “Mr. Mancini, although you have been found guilty on all charges, in light of the fact that you are a first-time offender, your gainful employment, and your apparently sincere remorse, the court has decided not to sentence you to maximum term proposed by the prosecution.” Kayla had a hard time in staying committed to her marriage, but due to her love for Russell, and her desire to keep their family together, she succeeded. As would be expected, Russell had an extremely difficult time in finding work so he could be the husband and father he’s determined to be. Love might be a splendid thing, but being a child of the 1950’s, the song “Young Love, First Love” by Sonny James came to mind my mind as I read this book: They say for every boy and girl There's just one love in this whole world And I know I've found mine The heavenly touch of your embrace Tells me no one could take your place Ever in my heart Young love (young love), first love (first love) Filled with true devotion Young love (young love), our love (our love) We share with deep emotion…….. Fate had thrown Russell a curve ball which landed him in federal prison for the past seven years. Did fate have an ultimate reason for allowing this to happen? Will fate now come back and set things for Russell and his reunited family, so he can provide them with everything a good husband and father should? I’m not saying. But I am giving Ms. Chang-Lim the 5 STARS this book deserves.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Myron Stenzel

    As readers, we search the pages of a book to find something. Most of the time, we search for a means of entertainment, relaxation or just to pick up a book to pass the time. What we fail to realize at times is that we are searching for more than "just a story". We search for true meanings that will allow us to take on life's challenges with strength and the purest of heart. Have I lost you? Stay with me here. Ms Chang-Lim took me on that search when I opened the pages of this well-defined and mea As readers, we search the pages of a book to find something. Most of the time, we search for a means of entertainment, relaxation or just to pick up a book to pass the time. What we fail to realize at times is that we are searching for more than "just a story". We search for true meanings that will allow us to take on life's challenges with strength and the purest of heart. Have I lost you? Stay with me here. Ms Chang-Lim took me on that search when I opened the pages of this well-defined and meaningful journey of life's challenges wrapped up in the most powerful feeling we all could possibly possess, love. I felt the passion Kayla & Russell had for each other as life's difficulties made them stronger through their early years when most would have given up. We all make mistakes, some are greater than others and Russell ends up making a decision which imprisons him testing the true love between him & Kayla. I am a firm believer in never giving up and I took that from these pages with faith, hope and love. That, is what I found in my search through these words that define life for so many people. Although this book ends abruptly, I know why Ms Chang-Lim did what she did. She has me thirsting for more of her writing. Yes, I could go on how this story unfolds, but I would do an injustice for all those who enjoy a good search through pages to fine their own meaning. I invite you to pick up a copy of Tough Scratches, Book One and you will realize that life isn't fair; however, the power and passion of love will carry those who embody its true potential.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Dolan

    'Tough Scratches' is the debut novel of Taiwan-born Eichin Chang-Lim. Being a frequent reviewer of independently-published books, I often find myself reading material that is outside of my preferred genres. Nevertheless, I must confess to approaching this YA coming-of-age romance with a greater-than-usual degree of trepidation. I need not have worried. Ms. Chang-Lim approaches the story without sentimentality and the cloying (and sometimes irritating) emotions accompanying many rite-of-passage/roma 'Tough Scratches' is the debut novel of Taiwan-born Eichin Chang-Lim. Being a frequent reviewer of independently-published books, I often find myself reading material that is outside of my preferred genres. Nevertheless, I must confess to approaching this YA coming-of-age romance with a greater-than-usual degree of trepidation. I need not have worried. Ms. Chang-Lim approaches the story without sentimentality and the cloying (and sometimes irritating) emotions accompanying many rite-of-passage/romance tales. Her protagonist, Kayla, is a level-headed young lady who deals with the tribulations that life throws at her with stoicism and courage. The writing is concise and unfussy, and I enjoyed the way the author gave us 'slices' of Kayla's life over several years, rather than bogging down the narrative in spurious detail. 'Tough Scratches' is a quick read - ideal for the beach, or for putting your feet up on a cold afternoon - but is no less rewarding for that. It is an optimistic novel, dealing with the finer aspects of human endurance in the face of adversity. Ultimately, it is about the redemptive power of love: a thought we should all cling onto.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Martha Perez

    A Tangled Knot captured me right from the beginning to end you will love Russell and Kayla’s characters by making mistakes in life we all know we will pay the consequences in every bad decisions. This story is reality of life we all should learn no matter how good a person is things could spiral out of control even when you’re not at fault you could be at the wrong place Russell makes a wrong choice that will affect everyone’s life and pay the price for years. Fantastic story a page-turner has l A Tangled Knot captured me right from the beginning to end you will love Russell and Kayla’s characters by making mistakes in life we all know we will pay the consequences in every bad decisions. This story is reality of life we all should learn no matter how good a person is things could spiral out of control even when you’re not at fault you could be at the wrong place Russell makes a wrong choice that will affect everyone’s life and pay the price for years. Fantastic story a page-turner has love, drama, captivating and much more it was written beautifully I recommend this book! It’s amazing and intriguing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    As the title indicates, love can be a tangled knot, but is it possible for it to be untangled? This novel explores both sides of that issue in a well-written story that this slow reader went through in record time. Starting in high school, the story follows the lives of Kayla and Russell, their ups and especially their downs. I loved the ending, which I won’t reveal, but what it took to get them there was a testament to love and forgiveness. This is a good, clean romance that I recommend to anyo As the title indicates, love can be a tangled knot, but is it possible for it to be untangled? This novel explores both sides of that issue in a well-written story that this slow reader went through in record time. Starting in high school, the story follows the lives of Kayla and Russell, their ups and especially their downs. I loved the ending, which I won’t reveal, but what it took to get them there was a testament to love and forgiveness. This is a good, clean romance that I recommend to anyone seeking a love-infused, inspirational read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Svendsen

    I loved this book! It was full of clean romance, and dealing with the tough stuff of life when facing the consequences of a bad decision. I loved how Kayla and Russell remained devoted and strong in their relationship with one another through teenage pregnancy, single parenthood, prison, forced separation. I have the greatest respect for those people who face difficulties and are able to not only face their situations, but improve their situations as Kayla worked at throughout the novel. I found I loved this book! It was full of clean romance, and dealing with the tough stuff of life when facing the consequences of a bad decision. I loved how Kayla and Russell remained devoted and strong in their relationship with one another through teenage pregnancy, single parenthood, prison, forced separation. I have the greatest respect for those people who face difficulties and are able to not only face their situations, but improve their situations as Kayla worked at throughout the novel. I found myself practically cheering for Russell as he not to desert Kayla but worked hard to support her as best he could, until one of his actions resulted in tragic consequences. This was a very inspiring novel showing courage and strength on the part of both Kayla and Russell. Through a seven year prison sentence with only a couple of visits in all that time, their love has remained strong and they have been faithful to one another. As Russell’s prison term nears an end, Kayla meets someone and she finds herself attracted to him. Then the book ends. I thought that the ending of this book was rather abrupt and there was no real conclusion to this story. It was rather like the cliff-hanger at the end of a season on a television show. I thought the characters were realistic and believable. The book flowed nicely. I liked the message that love and hope are powerful in overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Other than the abrupt ending to the book, I thought it was a delightful read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I gave it 4 stars. Thank you to the author who provided a free review copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Abby Vandiver

    4 1/2 Here's a book that a lot of people can relate to, I know I could. Kayla and Russell are high school sweethearts who have to grow up quickly. Life, many times, destroys love, however, there are times when love endures. This is that kind of story. Kayla stands by her man through thick and thin, and Russell learns how to be a man, taking care of his responsibilities. This is a well-written story, which holds your interest. A short read at about 160 pages, it flows and the characters are believa 4 1/2 Here's a book that a lot of people can relate to, I know I could. Kayla and Russell are high school sweethearts who have to grow up quickly. Life, many times, destroys love, however, there are times when love endures. This is that kind of story. Kayla stands by her man through thick and thin, and Russell learns how to be a man, taking care of his responsibilities. This is a well-written story, which holds your interest. A short read at about 160 pages, it flows and the characters are believable. My complaint is the abrupt ending. It makes the book seem unfinished and isn't enough of a dramatic cliffhanger to draw you in to wait for the next installment. I would, however, recommend this book. I enjoyed it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen Ingalls

    A well-written story of love between two people who fall in love while in high school. Kayla gets pregnant and Russell wants to give her an appropriate wedding and ring. However, Russell makes a fatal decision that challenges their unconditional love. Is Kayla strong enough to raise her daughter on her own? Can Russell move on with his life?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joseph DiBartolo

    This was a beautifully written emotional ride about teenage Kayla. It was fast-paced and kept you turning the pages to see what could possibly happen to her next. Follow Kayla through her teenage years as she attempts to overcome the many obstacles that lay before her. I'm looking forward to see where the story goes from here. Well done by a very talented author. This was a beautifully written emotional ride about teenage Kayla. It was fast-paced and kept you turning the pages to see what could possibly happen to her next. Follow Kayla through her teenage years as she attempts to overcome the many obstacles that lay before her. I'm looking forward to see where the story goes from here. Well done by a very talented author.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark Jones

    A heartfelt and timeless story of a young woman overcoming hardship against all odds...very sweet! ♡ :) Mark

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Volchko

    A heartwarming read Ordered this book through Kindle Unlimited, enjoyed the story very much. Eichin Chang-Lim is a talented author. A lovely, heartwarming read. Five stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Themarcusg

    I thoroughly enjoyed being invited into the lives of Kayla & Russell. The quick pace of the storytelling felt like a reflection of how life feels sometimes, which made "Tough Scratches" even more relatable; life keeps happening, even when it does not feel pleasant. This really puts the reader behind Kayla, pushing for her to get back up again & persevere. She's the everyday hero, the face we may look past in the grocery store, but see staring back at us in the mirror. It felt great to read "Tough I thoroughly enjoyed being invited into the lives of Kayla & Russell. The quick pace of the storytelling felt like a reflection of how life feels sometimes, which made "Tough Scratches" even more relatable; life keeps happening, even when it does not feel pleasant. This really puts the reader behind Kayla, pushing for her to get back up again & persevere. She's the everyday hero, the face we may look past in the grocery store, but see staring back at us in the mirror. It felt great to read "Tough Scratches". Chang-Lim skillfully crafted a light & fun story with a much deeper meaning & reminder: Regardless of what life throws at you, you must always get back up again. Always believe. Kudos to Chang-Lim on her debut work! Well done!

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