mute christine bernard book review giveaway

    Hello lovelies and welcome to my first book review. Plus there is a lovely surprise in store, I’m doing a giveaway at the end of the review.

    To be honest, I was a bit perplexed when I read the title of this book. But upon reading the book, I was so intrigued and found myself reading it for hours and not wanting to put it down. This book made me think about life and our relationships with people.


    Rebecca Marley is a brilliant writer who works for a popular magazine called Lifestyle. Although good at expressing herself in her written articles for the magazine; the same cannot be said about her personal life.

    On the brink of having an emotional melt down, she approaches her boss with a weird proposal. By needing a break from life and the social world; she challenges herself to be completely silent for 9 months by not communicating to anyone. She would become mute.

    During the 9 months she would document her journey and progress with monthly magazine entries.

    Could it be possible for someone to go from living a normal life in society, to suddenly not speaking to anyone for 9 months? Never before did Rebecca follow through with a challenge she started. And as she starts this challenge, it is not as easy as she initially thought . Could she do this and can she live a life without truly needing other people?


    Mute is the first book that I read by Christine Bernard.  My initial thought was – how could this author possibly write an entire book on someone who is not going to speak to anyone for 9 months. But, Christine’s writing style had me captivated from the start.

    Christine describes (the main character) Rebecca’s outlook on life perfectly.

    This character struggles to deal with the pressures of life and sees the world as a selfish place to live in. She is socially uncomfortable, self-conscious, frustrated, pessimistic, angry, moody and has so much resentment bubbled inside of her.

    The characters of Rebecca’s parents were wonderfully written.

    In the beginning Rebecca annoyed me a bit. However as I continued to read the book, the pieces of the puzzle finally started fitting together. The technique Christine used to write these complex issues into the book was incredible. It kept me intrigued and I felt the emotions alongside Rebecca. It gave me a clearer understanding why she has these character traits and how these issues affected Rebecca’s relationship with her father, mother, friends, ex-boyfriends and her working relationship with her colleagues. Could these issues also place a damper on any future love interests?

    By documenting her journey of silence, it revealed a vulnerable side of Rebecca but yet she was also so brave. Mute focuses on self-acceptance, inner peace, personal change and forgiveness.

    I didn’t expect the book to end the way it did. In saying that, I am really excited to read the sequel to this book to discover new developments in Rebecca’s life.

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. So much can be taken from this book as it deals with real life issues. I therefore highly recommend this book.


    My rating for this book is 4.5/5 stars.

    **I received this book from Christine Bernard in exchange for an honest review.**


    I have three (3) Ebook copies of Mute to give away. Two (2) winners will be selected from my blog entry and one (1) winner from my Instagram page. For the Instragram entry, you need to head over to my page  https://www.instagram.com/millerinthecity/

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      • Noleen Miller
        October 8, 2018 / 10:00 am

        Keeping fingers crossed that you do as it is open to international readers as well. #globalbloging

    1. October 8, 2018 / 11:18 pm

      Certainly a different sort of book, wow to 9 months of being mute, that would take some doing #Globalblogging

    2. October 12, 2018 / 10:02 am

      Love the sound of this book – when I started reading the review I thought it was me! lol. I’ve worked for a mag for the last 9 years but it all got a bit much for me – especially trying to juggle the blog – one of them had to go. So instead of going mute I jacked in the job! Now I’ve got more downtime 🙂 Popping over from #StayClassyMama

    3. October 12, 2018 / 11:42 am

      This is my kind of book and shall write down the title. Thanks for sharing X #Stayclassymama

    4. October 12, 2018 / 12:50 pm

      Sounds an interesting read, we all need to understand accept the insecurities in ourselves and others.

    5. October 13, 2018 / 4:15 am

      This sounds so intriguing! #GlobalBlogging

    6. October 14, 2018 / 7:56 pm

      I’ve really got back into reading recently, and this is being added to my reading list as we speak! Thanks for joining in with #TriumphantTales.

    7. October 14, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      OOOooohhhh!!!! This sounds super intriguing. I can’t quite imagine how the author would pull off something like this, which makes it even more appealing to try. Can’t believe I missed the giveaway though! I’ll be keeping an eye out for this book. Thanks for sharing with the #dreamteam xx

    8. October 14, 2018 / 11:37 pm

      It sounds like an unusual premise for a book and it must be fascinating to see how the plot develops. Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

    9. October 15, 2018 / 2:28 pm

      This sounds like an interesting read, I can’t quite imagine how the author would draw you in. Adding to my list to read. Thanks for linking up #twinklytuesday

    10. October 17, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      So intrigued by this book!! What a unique idea!! I’ll be seeking it out , I like something a little out of the ordinary! #blogcrush

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