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A Life Lived

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Sub-genres: Comedy Modern, Drama

Colin McKenzie sells used cars and spoils his dog. In his life he's seen a lot of stupidity and he's become cranky and opinionated. The boy who first made his heart beat faster works in town now, divorced, but there's nothing there for either of them. Then a storm brings new life into a stale world for Colin and after so many years...he finally lives.

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Story Recommendations (22 members)

  • Action Packed 9
  • Addictive/Pacing 17
  • Characters 21
  • Chills 6
  • Cliffhanger 7
  • Compelling 16
  • Feel-Good 16
  • Humor 19
  • Smoldering 5
  • Tearjerker 18
  • Unique 14
  • World Building 10

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  • 1. Chapter 1
    • 6,006 Words
  • 2. Chapter 2
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  • 3. Chapter 3
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  • 4. Chapter 4
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  • 5. Chapter 5
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  • 6. Chapter 6
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  • 7. Chapter 7
    • 3,592 Words
  • 8. Chapter 8
    • 5,528 Words
  • 9. Chapter 9
    • 6,865 Words

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I found this story via the genre news for April,  it was the 2nd most popular story of the preceding month and to be honest,  it should be number 1. Beautiful imagery,  laugh out loud snarky humour and characters that we have all met in our lives. Take the plunge and then the follow up story to ease the impact, tears and cheers it this 👌 👍 😄 👏 

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James Carnarvon

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Here, at GA, stories that are advertised as having no sexual content always pique my interest, because it suggests that the author may have something interesting to say from a dramatic point of view that does not rely on all the usual gay fiction tropes.

A Life Lived lives up to this promise. It's the touching tale of Colin, a misanthropic curmudgeon of a man whose life has been defined by missed opportunities. He disdains people in general, but loves his loyal dog Daisy, who is dying of cancer. Colin's familiar routines are shattered forever when Bailey, a frightened, abused runaway, stumbles into life, and, through a series of unusual circumstances, Colin becomes his guardian. As Colin tries, in his shambolic way, to protect and support the boy, so Bailey teaches Colin to care about life again.

Author Dabeagle writes with sincerity and genuine insight into the ups and downs of parenting traumatised children. The story is packed full of likeable and believable characters, and even our cantankerous anti-hero, Colin, will make you smile with his sharp-tongued wit.

The story ends on a poignant note that may not work for everyone but is guaranteed to leave you wanting more. I understand an authorised sequel is being written by another author on another site.

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

If you can survive the emotional rollercoaster that Dabeagle sends us on you will enjoy this story of a grumpy used-car salesman taking in an abused boy. I'm not giving away any spoilers or telling you of the plot, I want you to read and enjoy it as I have, and trust me you won't regret it. A five-star recommended read.

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   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

A very nice little story; that gives us a glimpse of a life lived well.  Great characters that latched onto your heart and never let go.

The premise was very loosely based on a real event, but the author took what was a tragedy and gave us so much more.

Writing and pacing were good throughout.  Sit back and enjoy this little slice of some of the things that make life worth living.  The simple moments and the decisions you make that can take your life on a journey of discovery and joy that you never knew you were even looking for.

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   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

I'm hesitant to write this because the story isn't over it is continuing on The Doghouse by another good author .But what is already written is outstanding.If you love dogs and Love stories about kids overcoming a bad situation you will love this

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   7 of 7 members found this review helpful 7 / 7 members

Dabeagle takes you one a ride with a car sales man who only loves  his dog that get's attached to a stray kid. just binge read this and you won't be disappointed. 

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