Private Sessions

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iUniverse, Oct 13, 2010 - Fiction - 200 pages
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Jordy Blackwell is an educated guy from Ashton, Maryland who understands loss. As a young child, he loses his grandmother. A case that goes unsolved. He inherits most of her money with the condition that he attends college and law school. His grandmother wanted him to be a suit-wearing man, a lawyer, a somebody.

By the time he gets to college, he is alone in the world. He loses his mother and home during a domestic dispute the year he begins school. He continues on the road to living up to his grandmothers wishes and graduates from law school. But his life takes a destructive turn. He loses his girlfriend, his stamina for wanting to be a lawyer, and his self-identity. He dances with sex and drugs, and attempts to lose his life.

He finds himself in a hospital in the care of Dr. Davis. She forces him to examine his life, and to determine what he wants from it. As his life story unfolds, Jordy makes interesting discoveries.


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(reviewed by Jennifer Shaw for
In Nigel Barto’s "Private Sessions," readers are tossed into the tortured life of Jordy Blackwell. Jordy is a man torn between what others want
for him, what he wants for himself, and the life he actually lives. The sudden death of his grandmother leads to an inheritance that could very well save him from his tortured life. He strives to make his grandmother’s dream for him come true, but his attempts fail. Jordy falls victim to his inner demons, finding himself in therapy. His inner demons come to light through sessions, spilling forth emotions, loss, murder, and pain. Could private sessions be exactly what Jordy needs?
Jordy’s story is quite intense. This emotion-packed story keeps you enthralled and needing to know what happens next. While Jordy’s decisions weren’t always the best ones, readers can definitely relate to his pain and emotional distress, as well as his inability to make good choices for himself.
"Private Sessions" is a fast-paced read that brings realistic emotion front and center. This is my first experience with Barto’s work and I’m glad I had the opportunity. The characters and plot were well-developed, keeping me involved until the last page. I highly recommend "Private Session" to anyone looking for a fast, intriguing read.


Chapter Three
Chapter Five
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter Twenty Four

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