By readbetweenthelines on 5 Jun. 2016
A thoroughly enjoyable read..the characters are well rounded and believable and the story line weaves seamlessly between the generations and such diverse locations as Ireland, New York and Miami. The author has a wonderful eye for detail and captures the mood of the characters perfectly. Nothing is off limits as the plot takes aim at addiction,religion and the relentless pursuit of money and fame. I really did not want to finish this book.
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HASH(0x9284fb4c) out of 5 stars Her hopeful but dismal situation is contrasted some years later with her beautiful offspring’s meteoric rise to fame as celebrit 29 May 2016
By Virginia Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Don’t let the title of Ellen Frazer-Jameson’s Dark Hole in My Soul make you think this might be another depressing book. Quite the contrary. It’s an exciting romp around the life and times of one Kathleen (Kathie) O’Shaunessey whose early Irish childhood poverty growing up in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, is ameliorated only by her melodious voice and beauty. Her hopeful but dismal situation is contrasted some years later with her beautiful offspring’s meteoric rise to fame as celebrity singing idol, Serena Perez, reality show host, doyen of the gliteratti of New York and Miami. Readers get a glamorous tour of luxury hotels, 5 star restaurants and spas, not to mention Miami’s historic role in Cuban/American relations.
Although the stereotypes abound and the action is at times recklessly paced leaving behind some scorched earth of a plot, this is an emotional book that explores the unspoken perspective of unwed mothers, drug kings, the power and cruelty of the Catholic Church, the seriousness of addiction. Resonances of the world of Michael Jackson, Prince and Judy Dench in Philomena crop up, bringing a timeliness to the novel.
The story is seen through the eyes of many different characters but begins and ends with Kathleen. Frazer-Jameson does her research and gives readers a fly on the wall view of the world of pop with all its hype and pomp. “Serena was a pop sensation…The technical team running the sound and light console that looked like the flight of a jet liner flashed giant images…She was surrounded with ephemeral visuals, chandeliers, candles, and sparkling moonbeams which added magic and mystery to transform a human being into a phenomena.” This is just what we want to visualize – glamor larger than life, as we mere mortals know it.
The book is a high end fashion magazine with human interest stories within, just what the doctor ordered for your next summer getaway.
HASH(0x92546c9c) out of 5 stars A ride on an emotional roller-coaster! 4 Jun. 2016
By Betty Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
It has been a long time since I enjoyed a book as much I did 'Dark hole in my soul', I am not normally one for reviews but in this case I felt that I simply had to write one! The story had me gripped from the opening scene when the author seductively invites you to enter the impressive world of the Miami elite! The main character Serena is absolutely gorgeous, I delighted in the elaborate descriptions of her amazing designer outfits, the decadent parties that she attended and her exciting, dangerous romance. However, what was so different about this story is that it is not simply one of glitz and glamor, instead the reader is exposed to two starkly different worlds. One of riches, glamour and status and the other of poverty and misfortune. Right from the beginning of the book I was emotionally moved by the contrast between Serena's lifestyle and her birth mothers. This desperate reality only becomes harder to bear as the tale unravels and you learn more of her mother's tragic tale. The author crafts a tale that has you indulging in luxury and glamour one minute and feeling a deep seated pull of your heartstrings the next. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a book that will take you on an emotional journey. Absolutely brilliant!
HASH(0x92672b4c) out of 5 stars A great read for fans of any genre! 4 May 2016
By Gary A. Rosenberg - Published on Amazon.com
Ellen's book is a great read for fans or Romance novels. My preferred genre is suspense, but I'm glad I got the opportunity to check this one out. Since I am a Florida resident, and have also spent a good deal of time in NYC, it was exciting to share the characters' adventures in both these familiar settings. Highly recommended!
HASH(0x92539270) out of 5 stars Only love can redeem the pain was simply wonderful to read ... 5 May 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Ellen Frazer-Jameson get's five stars, her latest novel Dark Hole In My Soul:Only love can redeem the pain was simply wonderful to read and will keep you captivated from start to finish.
HASH(0x9253c618) out of 5 stars weaving a tale of intrigue and love that delivers a breathless heartfelt story 4 Jun. 2016
By latinagringa - Published on Amazon.com
Ellen Frazer - Jameson’s Dark Hole in My Soul is a page turner, taking us on a wild ride from Miami to New York and back, weaving a tale of intrigue and love that delivers a breathless heartfelt story.
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