REVIEW: FINDING OUR FOREVER BY BRENDA NOVAK

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Finding Our Forever

 

Brenda Novak

 

Received from Netgalley

 

FINDING OUR FOREVER is book one in the new series, Silver Springs by Brenda Novak. It is the story of Cora who is searching for her birth mother. Not because her adoptive parents were mean to her or anything like that. She always felt loved and wanted growing up. But she has always felt something was missing, a piece of her heart maybe. When she hires a private detective to find her mother, she learns that her mother runs a school for troubled boys. Cora accepts a job at the school, never telling anyone why she is there, and prepares to be the new art teacher. She is there to learn a little about her mother and maybe to find out why she gave her up. Her job is only for a year and then she will leave, never revealing who she is. She just hadn’t planned on falling in love with her mother’s adoptive son Eli.

 

FINDING OUR FOREVER will have the same effect on you that all of Brenda’s stories do. Once you start reading, you will not be able to stop. Putting down FINDING OUR FOREVER is going to be very hard for you, as it was for me. Brenda Novak takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride and she never lets you go. The elephant in the room whenever Cora is anywhere near her birth mother, will have you on the edge of your seat, waiting and worrying. Will Aiyana ever learn the truth about Cora? Will Eli for that matter? You are going to be flipping the pages rapidly waiting for Cora to tell her secret, trust me.

 

Silver Springs is going to be an awesome series and all the characters Brenda Novak introduces you to in FINDING OUR FOREVER, hopefully will be in the future stories. Once I started reading this heart tugging story, my heart was all about Cora. I know she felt a bit jealous by the relationship that Eli had with Aiyana. Why couldn’t she have that closeness with her mom the way he did? Will anyone ever get their happy ending? My emotions were all over the place, one minute giggling, one minute crying. I have only read Brenda Novak once before this and it was just a novella, but after reading FINDING OUR FOREVER I’m going to go back and read her other series, Whiskey Creek. The next book in this series, NO ONE BUT YOU will be out in June and I just hope I can wait that long!

STANDALONE SUNDAY

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by  Megan @ bookslayerreads.  Standalone Sunday was created to let others know about all the standalone books you have loved, but maybe don’t get the attention they need. Megan created the banner as well and anyone joining in can use it too. Please go check out Megan’s blog and say hello!!

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FROM GOODREADS:

 

“This is the story of Wendy, the girl who is in love with Simon. But it’s really the story of you and that one person who keeps reappearing in your life.” – Christine Frazier of Better Novel Project

For fans who cried their way through The Fault in Our Stars and fell in love with Eleanor and Park, These Are the Moments is the newest title in young adult and new adult fiction.

You can’t go back.
You can’t go back.
You can’t go back.

Wendy Lake… Big dreams. Small bank account. Back home from college, she’s the girl with the day job, the girl whose mom still packs her lunches, the girl with the memories she can’t shake.
Simon Guidry … The boy who holds her past in his pocket. And maybe her heart, too.

This is the story on-again, off-again Wendy and Simon, told in the now and then of their relationship. As the couple is thrown back into each other’s lives through their friends’ wedding, These Are the Moments dares to ask the questions:

Do people ever really change?
Do two people, who can never make it work, actually make it right?
And most importantly, do they even want to?

 

MY REVIEW:

 

THESE ARE THE MOMENTS hooked me right from the beginning. I finished it in one sitting and forgot everything else I was supposed to be doing. The beginning of the story started with Simon and Wendy’s very first meeting, on a bus heading to a church retreat. Wendy is smitten with Simon as he wooed her and that began their ten year relationship. Welcome to Jenny Bravo’s debut novel that is going to rip your heart out and leave you holding your breath, waiting for what comes next!

 

The secondary characters are just as important in THESE ARE THE MOMENTS as are the main ones. Wendy’s friends have always been there for her through all her ups and downs with Simon. Her sister is going through some rough stuff as well but Wendy is always ready to catch her sister, Claudia before she falls. Claudia tries to do the same for Wendy. She just wants her sister to be happy, whether it is with Simon or without. I couldn’t help but think of my own younger sister and both of our first loves. The characters in this heartbreaking story are very real and they will make you reminisce about your own growing pains of being a teenager.

 

THESE ARE THE MOMENTS is told in two time frames. Then and now. Then is all about the beginning of Simon and Wendy. Now is all about Wendy preparing to be the maid of honor at her friend Vivian’s wedding. My emotions were all over the place in the then as well as the now. Wendy and Simon really love each other but they just can’t seem to get it right. At times, I hated Simon and then other times, I couldn’t love him enough. This couple exhausted me and left me feeling emotionally drained. At the same time, I was cheering for him to just do the right thing. Why is it so hard for these two, who obviously love each other, to be happy? Will they survive and find a way to stop walking away from the other? Is it possible to love someone so much but not be able to be in the same room? Anyone who has ever been in love can answer this one! Of course!

REVIEW:BRING ME HOME:A ROCKY ISLE REUNION BY PENNY HARMON

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Bring Me Home: A Rocky Isle Reunion

Penny Harmon

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BRING ME HOME is the final book in the Rocky Isle Romance series and I loved every word of it. Before I read this series, I had never heard of Penny Harmon, but once I read the first book, I was instantly hooked on this very talented and awesome author. The series, based on a group of women who are best friends, just kept getting better and better. Of course, now I am sad as the series has ended and I feel like I lost my best friend.

BRING ME HOME is Dee’s story. She grew up on the island but when she married Brad she moved to the mainland. When she feels her marriage is heading down the wrong path she packs up her kids and heads to Rocky Isle to get away. Once she is there, she realizes how much she has missed the island and her friends. Moving back is never an option as Brad works for a big firm and would never leave. How is she going to be able to return to her home and leave the island and her best friends behind once again? The island is the only place that has ever felt like home to Dee.

Penny Harmon has a way of making you feel like you are a part of this friendship circle that these women share. Through out this wonderful series, I always felt like I was sitting right there in the diner with these devoted friends, feeling exactly what they were feeling. When it seemed as if Brad was cheating, I was ready to pack my bags, get on the ferry and kick his butt!! Once I started BRING ME HOME I couldn’t put it down. Why does my family always want to be fed when I’m emotionally invested in an awesome story?

The Rocky Isle Romance series should come with a box of tissues or at least a warning to keep the tissues handy. The love these women have for their friends is truly heart warming and you can’t help but shedding some tears. Penny Harmon teaches you, while reading, that true friendship never goes away. No matter how long you and your best friends are apart. Okay Penny, I’m patiently waiting for your next series

REVIEW:I SAW HIM FIRST BY PENNY HARMON

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I SAW HIM FIRST by Penny Harmon is independently published and after reading it, it is way better than some of the professionally published books I have read. I SAW HIM FIRST is the first book in the Rock Isle Romance Series and I’m so excited to read the rest. Five women on the island and they each get their own book. Oh happy day……..I can not wait to read about these five women that I now consider to be my friends.

I SAW HIM FIRST is Mallory’s story. She works at the rental shop with her Dad. He hasn’t been feeling well and she came back from Boston where she was going to college to help him. She loves living on the island and even though she loves her parents and they are very close, she knows she needs to get her own place. While working at the shop she has a clear view of everyone getting off the ferry. One day, she sees a roman god, well in her mind anyway, coming her way and she immediately texts her four friends letting them know she saw him first!

Michael is on the island for the summer to get some peace so he can finish up his next book. Mallory learns he is a best selling author, one she has never read. Once home, Mallory does a search on him on Google and learns he usually has super models on his arm. Mallory knows he would never look twice at her plus he will be gone by the end of the summer. Michael winds up living next door to her cabin and Mallory finds herself sitting by her window upstairs spying on him!

Mallory soon learns that her attraction to Michael isn’t unanswered and here is where I SAW HIM FIRST will tug at your heart and soon, shatter you. You will be like me, not able to stop reading until you find out what happens. Penny Harmon does a great job of pulling you right in and never letting you go. Her characters are not perfect and you will find them very relatable. As soon as I finished reading, I wanted to pack my bags for a trip to Rock Isle. Penny describes the setting perfectly, so much so that I could almost taste the salt coming off the ocean. Penny Harmon has a new fan and she is now on my author radar of books I HAVE to read!

 

ABOUT PENNY HARMON

Biography

While I have been writing since I can remember, it wasn’t until 2006, after my kids were grown, that I decided to take my writing seriously. I have written for newspapers and magazines, and I have had several short stories published. In January of 2016, I finished my first novella Complicated Inheritance and am now working on a romance to come out in March of 2016 which is the first of a series.

I get asked the question of “Why romance?” a lot. The answer is easy. Most romance novels have a Happy Ever After (HEA) and who doesn’t like a HEA? I can remember being ten and eleven years old and stealing my mother’s romance novels to read. Of course, back then, they weren’t as steamy as today’s romance novels. Whether you read contemporary romance or historical romance, the one thing you will find is they have a great plot and they leave you with a good feeling inside when you’re done.

I started writing romance stories when I was young…unfortunately, I never chose to do anything with them until now. Of course, the majority of my writing was lost in moves, but the ideas are still there.

I love to hear feedback from readers and you can email me at pennyharmonauthor@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!!!

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THROWBACK THURSDAY

 

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Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favourites as well as sharing books that you want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂 These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.

 

This week my pick is:

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FROM AMAZON:

From the New York Times bestselling author of GARDEN SPELLS comes a story of the Waverley family, in a novel as sparkling as the first dusting of frost on new-fallen leaves…

It’s October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.

Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections— rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds—are singularly effective, the business of selling them is costing her the everyday joys of her family, and her belief in her own precious gifts.

Sydney Waverley, too, is losing her balance. With each passing day she longs more for a baby— a namesake for her wonderful Henry. Yet the longer she tries, the more her desire becomes an unquenchable thirst, stealing the pleasure out of the life she already has.

Sydney’s daughter, Bay, has lost her heart to the boy she knows it belongs to…if only he could see it, too. But how can he, when he is so far outside her grasp that he appears to her as little more than a puff of smoke?

When a mysterious stranger shows up and challenges the very heart of their family, each of them must make choices they have never confronted before. And through it all, the Waverley sisters must search for a way to hold their family together through their troublesome season of change, waiting for that extraordinary event that is First Frost.

Lose yourself in Sarah Addison Allen’s enchanting world and fall for her charmed characters in this captivating story that proves that a happily-ever-after is never the real ending to a story. It’s where the real story begins.

 

 

MY REVIEW:

The Waverly women from Garden Spells return in Sarah Addison Allen’s latest, FIRST FROST. You do not have to read Garden Spells before reading this book though. I hadn’t and I wasn’t lost at all.

 

As the days grow shorter in FIRST FROST and crispness is in the air the Waverly women start to feel restless. If they can just make it to the first frost everything will be alright. But making it to the first frost can be trying. Bay is trying to navigate high school and her love for Josh. Bay has the gift for knowing where things belong is determined that she is meant to be a part of Josh’s life. But how can she get him to see it? He is a senior and the coolest guy in school.

 

Her mother, Sydney is desperately trying to have another baby meanwhile her hair just keeps getting redder. Her sister Claire is suddenly a candy sensation but is that what she really wants to do? On top of all that, an elderly con man is trying to blackmail his way into a bit of money to live on over the winter. We can’t forget Violet the kooky receptionist who works at Sydney’s hair salon. She is a lost soul that Sydney thinks she can save. When family is at stake the Waverly women pull together and support each other through these trying times.

 

FIRST FROST is a wonderful book about family, who we are and who we think we are. Add a little magic, an apple tree with its own agenda, a house that has its own ideas, and FIRST FROST is wonderful. The townspeople look doubtfully at the family whose backyard apple tree grows a strange fruit that, if eaten will show the eaters the moment of their death. It’s a mischievous tree that even throws its apples at the Waverley’s to get their attention. This adds to the legend of the family.

 

Sarah Addison Allen has created characters who I would love to call my friends. How can Sarah Addison Allen write such sensational stories? FIRST FROST is the first novel of hers that I have read but she truly warmed my heart like melted butter. I absolutely loved FIRST FROST and I loved the magical touches to it, and the way that each sister and daughter come into their own, embracing their differences and accepting each other as they are. A brilliant story that is sure to be a favorite for Sarah Addison Allen fans, and a great book for people who haven’t read a novel of hers.

 

FIRST FROST is a heartwarming read — and I hope the author revisits these characters in the future. I want to see what happens to them next!!

REVIEW: IT’S ONLY LOVE BY MARIE FORCE

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The Green Mountain series by Marie Force has been my favorite series since it started. When I see a new addition, I am so excited and happy to go back and visit my old friends, The Abbotts. IT’S ONLY LOVE is Ella Abbott and Gavin Guthrie’s story, and it hooked me right from the very first page. IT’S ONLY LOVE is the fifth book in this wonderful and heartwarming series.

 

Ella has loved Gavin for years, and she always thought it was one sided. Gavin has been having a hard time ever since his brother Caleb died over seas while in Iraq. He can’t seem to move past the pain and start living again. He only knows that he feels alive when he is with Ella. He doesn’t feel he is good enough for Ella, and he thinks she deserves someone better. He is damaged goods in his mind and is afraid he is going to bring her down with him. Can Ella get him to see how wrong he is? Will he give himself a chance to be happy again?

 

It’s always great to revisit all my old friends in Green Mountain, and IT’S ONLY LOVE is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. You will get wonderful updates on all the residents and the Abbott family. It was nice to see the whole Abbott family rally around Ella and Gavin and give them the support they needed. While they want Ella to be happy, they constantly warn her to be careful. My heart really broke for the youngest Abbott sibling, Max. I hope he gets his story soon, and I’m excited to see where Marie Force takes him.

 

IT’S ONLY LOVE will have you laughing and crying at the same time. I was cheering for Ella and Gavin to get it all together and finally be happy. How does Marie Force keep making me fall in love with this family over and over again? It’s her perfect writing and descriptions that pull at your heart and never let you go.

COVER REVEAL:WISH YOU WERE HERE BY RENEE CARLINO

From Renée Carlino — the bestselling author of Swear on This Life and Before We Were Strangers — comes a brand-new novel about a restless young waitress whose one-night stand with an enigmatic artist takes her on an unexpected, life-changing journey toward an impossible decision.

We’re thrilled to show you the gorgeous cover of Wish You Were Here (out Aug. 15) and treat you to a sneak peek at what awaits!

 

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OMG!! Isn’t this cover awesome?? I can’t wait to read this one!!

 

EXCERPT

Villains was an unpretentious tavern with live music about five blocks from our apartment in the Arts District of Downtown LA, where Helen and I had been living together for the last eight years. I’d heard of other people’s friendships imploding after they became roommates with their BFFs, but Helen and I were always joined at the hip. We’d known each other since we were little kids growing up in the same suburban cul de sac, and we’d been together through twelve years of grade school and four years of college at UCLA. If we had any problem, it was that we were maybe too comfortable with the idea of becoming spinsters together.

Helen loved Villains because, deep down, I was pretty sure her Plan B was to become some rock god’s muse. Whenever we’d go to a concert, she’d stand in front of the crowd near the stage and sway back and forth in an attempt to get the attention of the lead singer. It wasn’t subtle. I’d usually sit at the bar and watch the spectacle from afar.

When it came to dating, I always waited to be approached. I’d  had boyfriends, but nothing had lasted longer than a year. I had a way of turning every date into a yearlong relationship instead of getting out early, when I knew it wouldn’t last. I just couldn’t get into the one-night-stand scene. But Helen had no rules about anything. I envied her for that.

After our shift ended, we went back to our apartment and peeled off a layer of tortilla soup, got ready, and headed to Villains around ten. I was wearing my party uniform—black blouse and jeans—and Helen was in a red, high-waisted, A-line skirt and sleeveless white blouse with platform heels. She always looked way hipper than me.

Once inside the bar, she shouted, “Damn it!” I followed her gaze to the stage where an all-girl band was setting up.

“Bummer,” I said.

“Let’s leave, Charlie. This is lame.”

“No, I like it here. It’s so close to our apartment. Don’t make me go back out there.”

The lead singer approached the mic and tapped on it. “Check, check.”  When she tore off a crazy guitar riff, Helen’s face lit up. “Okay, fine. We can stay for a while, but we’re getting shots!”

Remember how I said Helen had no rules? She liked attention, and it didn’t matter who it came from. We sat at the bar and took shot after shot, forgetting all about tortilla soup, Luc, and the messiness of our lives. An hour into the set, Helen left me to approach the stage. She stood near the front and tried desperately to get the lead singer’s attention, but the woman wasn’t having it. Maybe she was straight? After more shots and watching Helen’s pathetic attempts to catch the singer’s eye, I found myself sitting in a booth, comforting a rejected—and very drunk—Helen.

“Why doesn’t anyone want me?” she slurred. “Not even that gay chick with the guitar.”

“Well, no one hit on me either.”

“No one ever hits on you, Charlie! You’re stand-offish!”

“What? No I’m not,” I whined.

“Your eyes scream, ‘Stay away, I hate one-night stands.’”

“Everyone hates one-night stands. They’re awkward as hell.”

“You’re just a prude.”

“Ugh. Let’s go home, I’m over tonight, and I don’t want you throwing up in this bar.” Between Helen, my brother, my mom, and Helen’s mom, I got enough crap about the state of my love life.

“No, I wanna dance.” Helen slid out of the booth and fell directly on her ass with a thump. I pulled her up by the armpits, wrapped my arm around her waist, and started dragging her toward the door. We were making a scene, but Helen was finally getting her wish: the lead singer was staring at her, along with everyone else in the bar.

“I got it, I got it,” she said.

“I don’t think so, babe. You can’t even walk.” I propped the door to the bar open with my foot and led her out onto the street.

“I think I got roofied,” she slurred as her head lolled against my shoulder.

“I think it’s the ten shots you took, not to mention the vodka from earlier.”

We turned a corner and I looked up just in time to see a guy standing directly in front of us with his head down, staring at something written on his palm. “’Scuse us,” I muttered, trying to navigate around him, but he was standing in the middle of the sidewalk, holding a bag full of what looked like Chinese takeout.

“Yum, is that Chinese food?” Helen asked.

The guy looked up at her strangely and then looked down at the bag in his hand. He was wearing shorts, flip-flops, and a black hoodie, which shadowed his eyes. Not the most fashion-conscious outfit. “Oh this? Yeah, it is. Are you hungry?”

I started pulling Helen forward, “Come on,” I whispered.  “You can’t eat some random guy’s Chinese food on the street.”

She stumbled but caught herself before falling over.

The man walked to her other side. “Let me help you,” he said.

“No, no, we’re fine,” I protested, but Helen had already slung her arm around his shoulder. She reached up and pulled his hood back, and he turned toward her, nonplussed, his striking brown eyes wide with curiosity. He was undeniably good-looking, and would be in anyone’s book. “I’m Adam,” he said. “Let me help you.”

“Nice to meet you, Adam. I’m Trixie and that’s Dottie. I think we got this.” I said.

Adam grinned. Two deep dimples punctuated his cheeks. “Trixie and Dottie, for real?”

“Yep,” I said curtly.

Helen rolled her eyes. “That’s Charlotte and I’m Helen.”

I elbowed her in the ribs. She leaned in and whispered, “He has Chinese food and he’s cute.” She said the last part a little too loud, which made Adam smile.

“Adam, do you live around here?” I asked.

“Yeah, I live on Molina.”

“Why were you headed in the opposite direction then?”

He looked straight ahead so I couldn’t see his face. “I must’ve gotten flipped around.” I looked at him curiously. Maybe he’s new to the neighborhood?That would explain why I haven’t seen him around.

“You wanna eat at our apartment?” Helen slurred.

“That’s okay,” Adam said. “I’ll just walk you to your place.”

“It’s right up here.” I pointed to the steps leading up to the front door of our building. “This is good here; I’ll get her up the rest of the way.”

He stopped, looked at the side of our building, and crooked his head. “Ahhh, man, I love that mural. It’s like wolves dancing in a bed of flowers.”

I followed his gaze to the large, abstract mural that took up the whole side of our building in a riot of grays, pinks, oranges, and blues.

“We always thought those streaks were blood,” Helen said, making sweeping motions with her hand.

“That’s a pretty gruesome interpretation. Those are pink and red flowers, obviously,” he countered. “Their beauty is meant to emphasize the equally wild beauty of the wolves.”

I tipped my head and squinted. “Now that you mention it, they do look like flowers. But why are the wolves angry if they’re dancing in a field of flowers?”

“Maybe they’re allergic,” Helen offered.

“Who says they’re angry?” Adam replied. “The flowers are rising up from the ground to embrace them. To me, they look happy.”

I stared at him as he stared at the mural, completely transfixed. Silence washed over us as we stood in the street, two best friends and a stranger sharing an oddly sincere moment together.

“Well, it was nice meeting you, Adam,” I said, gently breaking our collective daze. “Thanks for your help.”

“No problem. It was nice to meet you, ladies.” He nodded at us, gave a little wave, and headed up the street. But as we turned and made our way up the stairs, we heard Adam call out, “Oh, I almost forgot!” He jogged back toward us, pulling a take-out container from his plastic bag. “Here, I told you I’d share.” He held the little carton out to me and looked into my eyes with total sincerity. He pushed his thick, wavy brown hair back with his other hand, and I felt something pull within me.

“That’s okay.”

“No, we’ll take it!” Helen swatted at the box, ripping it from Adam’s grasp.

He chuckled at her and then turned his attention to me. I couldn’t pull my gaze from his, from that face full of kindness, those eyes that turned down slightly at the corners, giving him a slightly sad air. I should’ve felt uncomfortable, but I didn’t.

You know when you’re looking at someone and you can’t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That’s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel…happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn’t exist began exploding in my mind like fireworks.

I smiled at him; he smiled back. There was some sort of affinity between us, but I didn’t know where it was coming from, exactly. I didn’t know this guy half an hour ago, but now I needed to know him.

He glanced past me at the mural, and then he searched my eyes, squinting. “Have we met before?” he asked.

About Renée

Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and the bestselling author of Sweet Thing,Nowhere But Here,After the Rain, Before We Were Strangers,Swear on This Life. Her next novel, Wish You Were Here, comes out on Aug. 15 and can be preordered now.

 

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REVIEW: OUR SHORT HISTORY BY LAUREN GRODSTEIN

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Our Short History

Lauren Grodstein

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Karen Neulander is a political consultant and she is very successful at it. She is a single mom, with a six year old son named Jake. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer and knows her time on Earth is short. She decides to keep a journal for her son for when he is older and wants to know who his mom was. OUR SHORT HISTORY is their story.

OUR SHORT HISTORY shredded my heart over and over again. Jake becomes curious about his Dad and wants to meet him. Karen is torn by doing the right thing and protecting Jake. Karen and Jake’s father, Dave, had a short relationship but it was enough time for Karen to have her heart broken. At first, she thought Dave loved her and when she became pregnant she expected Dave to stand by her and with her. Instead he told her he wasn’t interested in being a family or a Dad and Karen walked away never telling him she had the baby. Once she contacts Dave to let him know about their son, he instantly wants to become Jake’s Dad.

I finished OUR SHORT HISTORY with a huge lump in my throat and tears streaming down my face! Lauren Grodstein broke my heart over and over again and she did it perfectly. When Karen finds out that her cancer has returned and she is no longer in remission I almost threw my Kindle across the room. I found myself so angry and I just wanted to reach out and hug Karen.

OUR SHORT HISTORY is a heart breaking story that will keep you up late into the night, reading and praying for Karen and Dave to get past their bitterness and fear to do right by Jake. I hated Dave at first and didn’t want him anywhere near Jake. I was so afraid he would break Jake’s heart just like he did Karen’s. But after a few chapters, I found myself feeling sorry for Dave. I get that Karen just wanted the best for Jake, any mother would. But Dave is his father and nothing she says can take that away from him.

OUR SHORT HISTORY is the first book I’ve read by Lauren Grodstein. Now that I’ve read this wonderful story, I’m going to go back and read her previous books and I’m excited about that. Do yourself a favor and read this beautiful and heart tugging story about a mother’s love and her journey to do right by her son whom she loves with all that she is and all she has left. Keep the tissues close by.

RELEASE DAY:Gansett Island Episodes: Victoria & Shannon

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Gansett Island midwife Victoria Stevens loves taking care of people, in her job and in her personal life, especially when it comes to her boyfriend of one year, sexy Irishman Shannon O’Grady. Fueled by combustible chemistry, her relationship with Shannon has been H-O-T from the first night they met. But she’s begun to wonder whether theirs is destined to be a short-term fling or possibly the love of a lifetime. When she goes looking for answers about his past, she learns something she was better off not knowing and isn’t sure what to do with her newfound information. What will happen when Shannon finds out she’s been asking questions about him, and will they be able to overcome the obstacles standing between them and happily ever after? Find out in this first Gansett Island Episode, which also includes the arrival of some long-awaited island babies!

 

 

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About the Gansett Island Episodes…
From Marie: My fictional island has become such a huge part of my life—and yours—over these last six years, and I’ve created so many characters who speak to me between books and during the writing of new ones. I can’t possibly give them all a new story in every book, but I still have so much to say about them. With that in mind, I’ll be launching a new “Gansett Island Episodes” series in 2017, featuring shorter stories about past characters who readers love and want more of. Mixed in with these episodes will be at least one full-length book a year. So we’ll have plenty more from our favorite island, with new stories for past characters as well as all-new stories, too. I’m looking forward to this new adventure and hope you’ll take the ferry to Gansett for the new episodes!

 

GANSETT EPISODE 1: VICTORIA & SHANNON
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