Darkest Dawn Reviews
Finding Light in the Dark  (5 star)
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Amazon Review
by Kelly Marshall

Bonny Brookes has written another gut-wrenching story --
this time about the hardest decision any woman will ever
make.

Linda is faced with an unplanned pregnancy, alone and
unemployed,she struggles to find the answer that is right for
her. Abortion? Adoption? Could she raise a child alone? In
the midst of this life-changing event, she is buffeted by
heart-breaking abandonment, attacked by vicious dogs, and
stunned by a cruel death that leaves her inconsolable.
Loving hands reach out to her and Linda is able to find
peace and joy with the decision she makes.

This story, based on true events, is well-written and steeped
in emotion. Darkest Dawn will encourage and inspire
you.Reading Linked Lives reminded me of my own dear
friend Charlene who died way too soon. Like Bonny and
Lori, Charlene and I had a friendship that lasted many
years, through husbands, pregnancies, children, job
changes and tragedies. Bonny's book brought it all back to
me, and I must admit, I grieved again for the friendship that
enriched my life. Bonny Brooks wrote this book to honor her
friend Lori and in doing so has reminded us all of the beauty
and joy of long-term friendships. I enthusiastically give this
book five stars. I finished it with a lump in my throat and
tears in my eyes."
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The Darkest Hour is Surely Just Before the
Dawn
 (4-star) - Readers' Favorite Review
by Dr. Oilva Dsouza

A truly heart-rending story that deals with despair and
desperate situations. Many of us have gone through rough
patches in life and through Linda's story in Darkest Dawn,
the author, Bonny Brookes, has given an insight into open
adoptions and the turmoil of a birth mother. The story is not
only about losing but also about victory in the face of
adversity. The book seeks to provide comfort, hope and
succor for those in pain and manages to do so very well.
The darkest hour is surely just before the dawn and the title
is apt for this lovely story.
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Award-Winning American Novelist
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Linked Lives Reviews
Friends For Life  (5 star) -  Amazon Review
by Kelly Marshall

Reading Linked Lives reminded me of my own dear friend
Charlene who died way too soon. Like Bonny and Lori,
Charlene and I had a friendship that lasted many years,
through husbands, pregnancies, children, job changes and
tragedies. Bonny's book brought it all back to me, and I must
admit, I grieved again for the friendship that enriched my life.
Bonny Brooks wrote this book to honor her friend Lori and in
doing so has reminded us all of the beauty and joy of
long-term friendships. I enthusiastically give this book five
stars. I finished it with a lump in my throat and tears in my
eyes."
Beautiful Friendship  (5 star)- Readers' Favorite
by Faridah Nassozi

Linked Lives by Bonny Brookes is a non-fiction book about
the lives of two wonderful women and the beautiful friendship
that they shared. Bonny and Lori's friendship began when
they were teenagers, and grew stronger as they grew older,
remaining best friends for the rest of their lives.

In her memoir, Linked Lives, Bonny Brookes talks about her
life and the beautiful friendship she shared with her best
friend, and how this friendship helped them survive many
challenges. What makes this friendship even more special is
how the two managed to remain so close while living
thousands of miles apart, in an era before mobile phones and
all the other forms of modern communication technology that
we now enjoy. Even when they did not talk for many months,
they still remained as close as before and there were never
any awkward moments the next time they talked. Bonny
showed me that you do not need to be near someone to be
there for them when they need you. Her memoir tells a
beautiful life story, with all life's challenges, tragedies, and
triumphs, and I loved reading every single page.
True Friendship  (5-star) - Readers' Favorite
by Teodora Totorean

Linked Lives: A Memoir of an Extraordinary 40-Year Friendship
by Bonny Brooks is the story of the friendship between Bonny
and Lori. They met in their teenage years and their friendship
carried on throughout their lives. Even though their lives took
opposite directions – Lori stayed in their home town while
Bonny moved from place to place several times – they always
found the time to call each other. Through their phone
conversations, readers find out what the two friends have been
through, from love life and raising children to career choices,
family events or bereavements. Their lives couldn't have been
more different yet they shared something extraordinary: a
lifelong friendship and unconditional love for each other. While
Bonny graduated high school and then went to college, Lori
gave up school shortly before graduation; while Bonny failed to
find “the one” in her life, Lori had a happy marriage after
getting divorced at a young age and struggled to provide for
her two infant children for several years. Their friendship was
not built on their differences, but on the capacity to understand
each other’s choices and be happy for one another, and
sharing their most intimate thoughts and feelings without the
fear of being judged. And this, in my view, is true friendship.
The book Linked Lives: A Memoir of an Extraordinary 40-Year
Friendship by Bonny Brooks is enjoyable to read, even though
you might shed a tear or two along the way. But the two life
stories will bring sheer joy as well to any reader. The story
could be the story of any friendship and this is the powerful
message of the book. No matter what kind of life you have and
whether you'll find “the one”, go to college, have a career or
raise children, if you have a Bonny-Lori kind of friendship in
your life, you can conquer anything, from illness, poverty, and
addiction to achieve happiness and fulfillment. A page turner
book, I really enjoyed it.
Linked Lives  (5 star) - The Author's Show
by Linda Thompson, Host

It’s been said you’re stuck with family, but have the privilege of
choosing your friends. And when friendships last for decades,
“till death do us part,” they are more precious than gold. Such
is the story Brookes shares in Linked Lives, her tribute to her
best friend of 40 years, Lori. I fell in love with both these gals. I
shared their laughter, their tears, their ups and downs as they
traveled through this journey called life. While Lori’s life ended
way too early, their shared memories are what Bonny wanted
to relay to Lori’s family after her passing. She’s done her
friend proud. This is truly a wonderful book in every way and I
tip my hat to Bonny for having the strength to tell such an
intimate and personal story.
Linked Lives is the recipient of the Beverly Hills
International Book Award
and Readers Favorite  
National Book Award a
nd multiple 5-star reviews.
Darkest Dawn is the recipient of the NIEA
National Book Award
and multiple 5-star reviews.
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Linked Lives  (5 star) - Amazon
by Lane Elliott

What a lovely book. Well written with a heart. An easy read
then pass it on to your best friend. Get the tissues ready.