Monday, May 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Hold Her Down by Kathryn R. Biel

Elizabeth Zurlo is lost. She's a wife, a mother, a teacher, a PTA volunteer—but somewhere along the way, she's lost herself. Depression and despair can lead to desperate measures and when she is pulled back from the brink of suicide, Elizabeth slowly tries to rebuild her marriage and reclaim her life. Just as she has finally started to put herself back together, a scandalous novel rocks her small town ... and costs Elizabeth her social standing, friendships and ultimately, her marriage. However, the man who seemingly destroyed Elizabeth's life, helps her realize who she is and what she needs to do to become the woman she's not only capable of being, but the woman she used to be.

~~I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review~~

This is the first book that I have read by Kathryn. This isn't going to be the last. This book is a finding yourself/love yourself kind of book. When I started to read it I was trying to remember what this particular writing reminded me of. The writing style of this book reminds me of the movie stranger than fiction, you are reading the author talking about the main character, with interjection from the main character her self every now and then. She is narrating the main characters life. I first thought that it was a little strange, but I soon found that I liked it. It gives the reader a sense of knowing her inner most thoughts on everything that is going on in the book.

Elizabeth is the perfect mom, PTA, dinner on the table, laundry folded and put away. She is starting to feel unloved, and not wanted. She is doing the same routine every day, day after day, and she is done with it. Till the scandal hits the town they live in. 

Kathryn has written a love story. One that is completely different from the other books that I read. I for one think that it is a breath of fresh air to read something that is different.

Kathryn Biel hails from Upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients' needs and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her debut novel, GOOD INTENTIONS, was released in 2013, and her second novel, HOLD HER DOWN was released in 2014. Her musings and rants can also be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather.


  1. Thanks for kicking off the tour!

  2. Today of all days, my computer went down (well, actually it never got up--it wouldn't turn on), we had a medical emergency and tons of things after work, so I'm just getting on to see this. Thank you for the wonderful review! I'm glad you liked the book and hope you like my other works as well. Thank you for the feature.

  3. Congrats on the tour, Kathryn! So good to see HOLD HER DOWN being well-received as it was such a great book! Enjoy the tour and I can't wait to see where else you find yourself this week! xoxo

  4. Thanks Heather! I can't wait to read your new novel, Back to December. I'm definitely going to enter the Goodreads giveaway for that!