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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Sacred Tears is a work of fiction in the women’s fiction and interpersonal drama subgenres, and was penned by author Claudia Terry Pemberton. The work is intended for the general adult reading audience and contains some reference to tragic events, but no explicit content. Our central protagonist is Evie, a teenager on the cusp of adulthood who wants to follow her dreams and work in the world of fine art. But under strong parental pressure to get a dependable career as a doctor, it is only when tragedy strikes that Evie finds herself free to choose her own path, but also struggling with unimaginable challenges too.
Author Claudia Terry Pemberton is a talented author with a keen sense of character and emotion, and it’s these two factors that drive the story forward in Sacred Tears. I felt a close connection to Evie right from the off, from her idealized position as a young woman who feels like a fish out of water in her family life, through the pain and grief she suffers before she is able to realize her true dreams. I also found the dialogue to be especially engaging and brimming with truth, the kind of natural lines you’d hear in everyday conversation rather than sensationalized dramas. This contributed strongly to the emotional weight of the story and made every high and low even more intense to experience. Overall, I would definitely recommend Sacred Tears to readers who want harrowing drama with relatable characters and realistic emotional problems for those characters to work through.