March Newsletter – When One Series Becomes Two … and other news from quarantine

Fear not. Life isn’t finished with you yet.

~ From Broken Lines (War Across Waters #1)

Well, my readers, these are certainly crazy times we’re living in. We’re part of a historic moment and whether we consider that good or bad, it is certainly important. Our world has an opportunity before us, just as we do in any historic moment, to learn from what we’ve experienced and come out better for it. It may take time, and it may not be an easy road, but I believe in the end, we will indeed be better. Social media and the internet can be harmful in many ways, but in times like this, it also has the ability to unite us like no other time in history. Quarantine during the influenza of 1918 looked very different than quarantine now, and for that I am thankful. Have hope readers. Humanity is a beautiful species. We will prevail.

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In between seasonal allergies, homeschooling, and doing our part to social distance, I’m also managing to work on my writing each day. I always say that one hour a day will get the book done and that’s still my motto, even if that hour is broken into ten minute increments. During this time, I’ve been switching between administrative tasks for Broken Lines and outlining the next book, Unsettled Shores. Before the libraries closed, I also managed to check out a rather large stack of research material, which I aim to focus on in the next several months. And lastly, within all of these other tough decisions, I made one more: Hope or High Water is now officially two duologies.

Yes, you read that correctly. One world, two series. So, what exactly does that look like?

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As shown above, Across Oceans and Twisted River are now under the series title, Over the Atlantic, while Broken Lines and the forthcoming Unsettled Shores will make up the series, War Across Waters. Based on reader feedback, these books can be read in any order, although several characters do follow through all four books. So, if Across Oceans’ Edwardian England just isn’t to your liking, start in St. Louis with Twisted River. Or if you prefer The Great War on the American home front, wait for Broken Lines, then read the first two as prequels. Take the journey any way you like!

And now is the best time to do so! From now until Easter (April 12), both books are on sale for 50% off ebooks and 25% off paperbacks. Get your copies here: Across Oceans and Twisted River.

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Finally, in case you missed it, last week I released a statement related to COVID-19 and the postponed upcoming release of my third book, Broken Lines. Although this news may be disappointing, newsletter subscribers will still have the opportunity to read the first two chapters on its original release date, April 25. These chapters will not be posted on the website or social media, so make sure to subscribe in order to receive this sneak peek.

Recommended Reads

Looking to add more reading material to your quarantine list? This month, instead of reviewing a new book, I’m going to provide a list of books which I found to be either positive, humorous, and/or uplifting. Because we could all do with a bit of inspiration and a few laughs, could we not?

Also, one of my favorite locally owned independent bookstores, Main Street Books, is currently offering free shipping for all orders placed in the United States. I was not compensated by Main Street Books to endorse their services. I just really love promoting small businesses and the historic district this one is located in. To order from them, visit: https://mainstreetbooks.indielite.org/

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January Newsletter – Off to Betas and Of Beast and Beauty

“You can do this, little girl,” he said. “You will be a good mother.”

“But how, Father? How can I be a mother when I’ve had no mother to guide me?”

With a kiss to her brow, he smiled. “Never say that. Always be thankful for your mother, even if all she taught you was who not to be.”

~ From Twisted River (Hope or High Water Book 2)

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Yes, you read that right—Broken Lines is finished and off for beta reader review! But I’m not taking a break. This is the month to clear my mind so I can start final edits with fresh eyes on March 1. In the meantime, I am re-reading Across Oceans and Twisted River as a refresher, making notes of anything I might have overlooked while writing Broken Lines and tying up loose ends for the next and final book in the series. Continuity is key! I’m also starting the task of requesting library research materials and hopefully will get through another fictional read just for fun if time allows. In the coming months, I’m eagerly anticipating the opportunity to advance read new material from some of my favorite authors, and can’t wait to share my reviews with you all. So if you’re wondering why you don’t see me on social media as much, I simply don’t have a breath to spare! I promise I’ll always report on the important things though and if you ever have a question or comment, e-mail me. I check my messages nearly every day.

Recommended Reads

41HPUGypXBLSome people can’t stand retellings, but when done correctly, I think they’re wonderful. It’s always interesting to see a well known story with a different imagining. Chanda Hahn’s Of Beast and Beauty is the first in a series of fairytale retellings around Lady Eville, a literal witch of a mother who plans to use her magical daughters to extract revenge against the seven kingdoms. She sends her beautiful daughter, Rosalie, off to marry Xander, a beast of a prince, in order to take down his kingdom from within. Little do they know that no plan is without fault, secrets run deeper than the blood their truth can draw, and everyone is wearing a mask … but whose true colors will be revealed first? From the minute of Rosalie and Xander’s first meeting, I enjoyed that the author didn’t conceal that they were both up to no good. They each had their own selfish motives and I’m not sure she actually wrote their characters to be likeable. Yet it didn’t take long before I actually liked them both. The historical fantasy world Chanda Hahn creates is quite believable, and the banter between the characters kept me interested and sometimes guessing. Being a retelling, I assumed at some point everything would turn around, they would get their act together, and finally become honorable rulers. But did they? You’ll just have to read and find out. All I’ll say is the story definitely had a couple twists to the usual tale, and I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the series.

For more information on Chanda Hahn’s books, visit: https://www.chandahahn.com/

Upcoming Events

University City Library Local Author Event – February 25, 2020

Broken Lines Book Launch – April 25, 2020 – Location TBD

St. Charles City-County Library Local Author Fair – Spring 2020 – Date TBD

ACFW Conference Storyfest – September 18-19, 2020 (Please note, I will be attending this event as a reader and will not have a sale table. However, I would love to meet up with any readers on a one-off basis. Please send me a message.)

Do you know of an organization, book club, fair, coffee shop, book store, etc. that would be interested in hosting an author talk, book signing, or needs an event speaker? I would love to meet some new faces! If so, send me a note via the contact page.

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December Newsletter – Cover Reveal, Pre-Order, and Juliet

After all, there is no better time to love again than Christmas.

~ From Twisted River (Hope or High Water Book 2)

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A belated Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I spent the past few weeks completing last minute shopping, spending time with all sides of our family (three days of craziness and fun!), and celebrating Christ’s birth at our church on Christmas day. We even had a wonderful surprise of nearly seventy degree weather, giving our family some much needed time outdoors including an energetic battle with cloth snowballs. I also presented about my books at the Stephens College Alumnae Club’s holiday luncheon, having the opportunity to meet and chat with so many wonderful women from my alma mater. Honestly, it’s been so busy that I haven’t had time any time for reading, let alone editing Broken Lines. But this weekend I plan to battle through at least ten more chapters, catching up to my planned timeline.

Speaking of which, in last month’s newsletter I announced that Broken Lines now has a publication date of April 25, 2020. Well, there’s even more good news this month—a cover reveal and pre-order link! This cover took far longer to design than the first two books, requiring several versions (and meticulous editing) before finally settling on the one you see below. In fact, I purchased, mocked up covers for, and returned three separate outfits before I finally located this maroon dress. Luckily, my perseverance paid off as the style fits the main character, Amara, perfectly. One of the advantages of being an indie author though is the ability to make changes, so I welcome your feedback on the current design.

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Ebooks are available for pre-order via this link, so make sure to grab yours today. Unfortunately, I am unable to mark the paperback for pre-order just yet, but there will definitely be one available. More details to come in future newsletters!

And if you’re visiting my newsletter for the first time, welcome! You can read the full description of my third novel here.

Recommended Reads

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This month’s recommended read is perfect for historical fiction and contemporary fiction lovers alike. Reminiscent of The DaVinci Code and National Treasure, Anne Fortier’s Juliet weaves a tale of intrigue that beautifully merges historical fact with fiction. Julie Jacobs, a no-name American with a love of Romeo and Juliet, receives a summons from her late aunt to go to Sienna, Italy and reclaim the contents of Julie’s mother’s safe deposit box. Inside she discovers that not only is Romeo and Juliet’s story true, but her given name is actually Guilietta Tolomei, directly descended from the house of Juliet. The family feud is still brewing, the curse is still upon both their houses, and only deciphering her family’s secret past can save her future. But if she’s Juliet, where is Romeo? And, when she finds him, will he be cast as the true hero or another cleverly disguised villain?

At first, I’ll admit I wasn’t completely convinced by this novel. The first two days I only made it through 70 pages. My eyes were blurring in an attempt to keep the abundance of Italian names straight. But then something magical happened around page 100 and I couldn’t put it down, finishing the remaining 340 pages in two days. You can tell the author spent a considerable amount of time researching this novel, and I recommend that readers not skip her end note acknowledgements. The writing contains some dense descriptions like scenes from Tolkien, yet lyrical using descriptors that I could only hope to dredge from my mind while writing. I loved the author’s ability to tell two different stories side by side (Julie in modern day and Guiletta in 1340) and hold the reader entranced in both worlds.

IMDB lists the cinematic version of this novel as “Pre-Production.” I hope they decide to move this to production soon; it would make for a wonderful film!

For more information on Anne’s books, visit http://www.annefortier.com/

Upcoming Events

University City Library Local Author Event – February 25, 2020

Broken Lines Book Launch – April 25, 2020 – Location TBD

St. Charles City-County Library Local Author Fair – Spring 2020 – Date TBD

ACFW Conference Storyfest – September 18-19, 2020 (Please note, I will be attending this event as a reader and will not have a sale table. However, I would love to meet up with any readers on a one-off basis. Please send me a message.)

Do you know of an organization, book club, fair, coffee shop, book store, etc. that would be interested in hosting an author talk, book signing, or needs an event speaker? I would love to meet some new faces! If so, send me a note via the contact page.

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November Newsletter – Thanks and Medieval Time Travel

“There it is, love.” Elbows propped on the ship’s stern rail, he pointed into the radiant brushstrokes of the setting sun. “Can you see it?” he urged.

She strained to locate anything in the open water. “What am I looking for?”

He grinned, his face alight. “The future,” he breathed. He kissed the back of her fingers and placed her hand in the crook of his arm. “Our future. It is as bright as the sun.”

All she saw were the ripples of miles and miles of ocean waves. The future to her was still a world away. “When will it start?”

“Do you not know, my dear? It has already begun.”

~ From Twisted River (Hope or High Water Book 2)

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Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in the United States, a time when amid the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, we offer thanks for our country’s and our own personal blessings. Likewise, I want to offer a massive shout out of gratitude to you, my readers, for all of your continued support. A book is merely a bunch of words until someone reads it. Only then does it become a story. Having the opportunity to share my stories with you has been one of my greatest blessings. Often I still can’t believe that it’s actually a reality. Thank you for bringing my passion to life!

So, with the holidays coming up, what are the best gifts you can give an author? (Hint: most don’t cost a dime.)

IMG_1493Write a book review. Reviews help readers decide what they should and shouldn’t spend their time and money on. Even one sentence makes a big difference. And if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a public review, why not send a private note via the author’s contact page? I can’t speak for every author, but I think individual feedback can be some of the most helpful.

Suggest a library purchase. Libraries are one of the best ways for an author to find new readers.

Buy a book. If that’s my book, fantastic, but read whatever you enjoy. Authors are a team, not in competition. We enjoy helping each other succeed.

Interact. Follow your favorite authors on social media, then like, comment, or share. Social media algorithms are typically based on interactions rather than views. Pages with fewer interactions are more likely to disappear from your news feed.

Tell your friends. Most readers are more likely to choose a book recommended by someone they trust. Thank you to each and every one of you who have done so for me. Your recommendations are appreciated!

And speaking of telling your friends … here’s some more big news: Broken Lines has an official publication date! On April 25, 2020, get ready to travel back to pre-World War I America with police raids, high-stakes blackmail, and the usual dose of complicated romance. How far would you go to protect the ones you loved? How far would you go to protect yourself? And where is the line between the two?

Pre-order link will be available in the December newsletter, but you can read the full description here.

Recommended Reads

img_1547.jpgI love a good time travel novel. It’s one of my favorite genres. Unfortunately, most of them simply fall short. But when I started reading Lisa T. Bergren’s River of Time series about two 21st-century sisters who are transported to 14th-century Italy through the remains of an ancient Etruscan tomb, I blew through all five books within the month. Since I spend a LOT of time reading about the early 20th century, I don’t often find myself choosing a novel set during the middle ages, and I definitely learned some interesting new facts about the time period. If you read the author’s notes at the end of each novel, you’ll learn that she spent tons of time in research, actually traveling to Italy to experience it firsthand.

This series contains so many fantastic elements all woven together into an intricate story: strong female warriors, handsome chivalrous knights, a heaping of clean yet slightly steamy romance, a sprinkle of comedy, gorgeous gowns, epic battles, epic betrayals, and so many questioning loyalties. Not to mention the constant question of how to return to the future and the ever looming threat over the Black Plague. Whew! Not a dull moment. (Ok, fine, one disclaimer. I did find that the first few chapters of Waterfall moved a little slowly, but after that, I was hooked.) Due to cliffhangers at the end of the first two novels, recommended reading order is: Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne and Tributary (novellas), then Deluge.

I was also excited to read on the River of Time Facebook page that Waterfall is currently being considered for a movie. So, fingers crossed that they get the contract and adapt it well! For more information on Lisa’s books, visit https://lisatawnbergren.com/

Upcoming Events

Stephens College St. Louis Alumnae Club Holiday Luncheon (Private Event) – December 2019

University City Library Local Author Event – February 25, 2020

St. Charles City-County Library Local Author Fair – Spring 2020 – Date TBD

PennedCon Writers Conference – September 17-19, 2020

Do you know of an organization, book club, fair, coffee shop, book store, etc. that would be interested in hosting an author talk, book signing, or needs an event speaker? I’m working on my schedule for the upcoming year and would love to meet some new faces! If so, send me a note via the contact page.

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October Newsletter – Ready for Edits and Christmas Novellas

Time always appeared as a predictable element. Seconds into minutes. Minutes into hours. Hours into days, on into a lifetime. He couldn’t stop it or slow it down, rewind it or influence its course. It was a simple fact: Life keeps moving and one must move with it.

~Across Oceans, Hope or High Water series Book 1

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Happy Halloween to my readers and a very happy one it is!

After ten months of researching and drafts, it’s finally time to edit Broken Lines! Let me just say, I love editing. Absolutely love it. Writing for me is the hard part; give me a red pen any day. It’s a truly incredible experience to see a horrid first draft turn into a beautiful final product. If you’re a writer, go find the first draft of the first project you ever wrote and pick any part. Then read the same part in the final product. Now read your favorite part of your current work in progress. Believe me, your mind will be blown at how far you’ve come. And if you’re working on your first project now, don’t give up! Keep writing, keep learning, and focus on what drives your passion. Remember, every book you see on the best seller list was once an awful error-filled first draft. One day, you’ll be glad you stuck with it too.

If all goes according to plan, I aim to spend the next two months immersed in edits with plans to distribute a draft to beta readers in January. Estimated publication date is late March or early April.

Recommended Reads

Julie Christmas

If you’ve followed my page for a while, you know I’m a fan of Julie Lessman’s edgy inspirational novels. Last year, I reviewed her Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series (found here), but realized I hadn’t yet reviewed her Christmas novellas. I know it’s Halloween, but the Christmas season is right around the corner, so if you’re looking for a quick read with some steamy yet (mostly) clean inspirational romance with a holiday flare, I recommend giving one of the O’Conner Christmas novellas a try. While the series focuses on the four sisters from the original novels, you do not need to have read them prior. In fact, if you haven’t read any of Julie Lessman’s books yet, a novella could be an excellent place to start.

What I enjoyed most about these stories is that, while they are technically romances, each one centers around a relatable marital issue rather than a new romance. In A Whisper of Hope, the conflict stems from a desire for more children (or less), A Dream Fulfilled deals with outside friendships, The Best Gift of All centers around time devoted to children versus time devoted to one’s spouse, and A Gift Like No Other is about when the romantic spark fades and how to find it again. Even the best marriages have their troubles and sometimes any one of these topics can quickly leap from tiny concern to monumental issue. Often, like the characters discover, one may not even know exactly how they ended up there. While I enjoyed all four, I think The Best Gift of All was my favorite, and would recommend it to all married parents especially.

One note on A Gift Like No Other. While all of Julie’s novels contain romance steamier than typical inspirational novels, this novella’s subject matter lends itself to a higher level of written romantic passion.

For more information, visit julielessman.com

Upcoming Events

University City Library Local Author Event – February 25, 2020

PennedCon Writers Conference – September 17-19, 2020

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Do you know of an organization, book club, fair, coffee shop, book store, etc. that would be interested in hosting an author talk, book signing, or needs an event speaker? I’m working on my schedule for the upcoming year and would love to meet some new faces! If so, send me a note via the contact page.

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September Newsletter – PennedCon Review, The Broken Girls and The Dating Debate

His lack of explanation only left her as puzzled as she had been at Christmas, wondering what he was hiding. Left alone, the entire mess was sure to drive her to madness. The question sat just behind her teeth like a caged animal snarling to be set free, but for once that’s where she left it.

~ From Across Oceans (Hope or High Water Book 1)

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71035914_2528878007344267_380046529148223488_nThis month’s main event was PennedCon, 190 authors and around 1,000 readers coming together to raise money for charity. Thank you to everyone who came out for the conference, whether you purchased my books or not. This year you helped raise $13,366 for Action for Autism. More incredible, on the final day of the conference, an anonymous donor matched that amount for a total of $26,732, bringing the conference’s six year total to over $89,000! That’s simply amazing! We’re helping change children’s lives all through love of reading.

I also enjoy these types of events because, while I primarily read historical fiction, I believe there is much to be learned from those who read and write all sorts of genres. At PennedCon, there are authors in every category from paranormal to sci-fi, romance to steampunk, and even children’s books. Talking about books is one of my favorite things to do, and it was so much fun connecting with each of you. I received great feedback over the three day conference, and I’m excited to implement some new ideas over the coming months. Stay tuned!

As a side note, if you attended PennedCon, you might have noticed the banner behind my table. Well, there’s a story behind those photographs. Yes, they indicate that my novels are historical fiction, but they also happen to be relatives of mine. The boy on the left is my great-grandfather, the couple in the middle are my grandparents, and the woman on the right is my other grandmother. Even though my ancestors may be gone, they’re still an important part of my ongoing life story and inspire me every day. I enjoy sprinkling tidbits from my family tree throughout my novels, and love that I can share some of their history with you.

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Recommended Reads

35533431._uy500_ss500_.jpgWith Halloween coming up next month, I decided to feature The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. Part murder mystery, part ghost story, this dual timeline novel follows journalist Fiona Sheridan in 2014 as she searches for answers to her sister’s murder over twenty years ago. Juxtaposed with her story is that of four friends in 1950 at Idlewild Hall, a boarding school for troubled girls and also the location of Fiona’s sister’s murder. Although the convicted killer sits in jail for the crime, Fiona can’t shake the feeling that there is more to the story. As she digs deeper into the mystery, she discovers long buried secrets within the school and learns that she may not be the only one seeking justice.

I don’t read many ghost stories as I’m not one for scary novels, but this was recommended to me for the historical aspects, and I’m glad I gave it a chance. Simone St. James creates a paranormal mystery that honestly is more intriguing than frightening, although there were a few chapters where I would have rather not been reading at night. While I liked Fiona’s side of the story, in particular her interesting relationship with the sheriff’s son, I really enjoyed the chapters around the girls at the boarding school. Each has her own troubled personal background which we find out in small pieces rather than explaining everything at the beginning. I felt like I was participating in my own investigation, digging through past and present, physical and ethereal, slowly putting the pieces together until the big reveal at the end.

For more information, visit http://www.simonestjames.com/

611gW6XVJxL._SY445_QL70_.jpgI also jumped into my PennedCon purchases this past week. Wanting something fun, I chose Chris Cannon’s The Dating Debate, the first in her Dating Dilemmas series. In short, it’s about Nina, a teenage girl who doesn’t believe in Valentine’s Day, loves books, and is searching for someone who is fluent in Harry-Potter-nerd-speak. And wouldn’t you know, the perfect guy just happens to live next door! Nina and West are cute and humorous together and have some equally entertaining sidekick friends (who are the leads in the next book). Although most of the novel is not mentally taxing, the author does address the issue of mental illness through West’s mother’s hoarding. The scenes where he discusses how her illness influences his life actually took me by surprise and were some of the most moving of the book.

Side note: Look for the included easter egg when Nina is shown reading a shape-shifting dragon novel. This is in direct reference to the author’s own Going Down in Flames fantasy series.

For more information, visit: http://www.chriscannonauthor.com/

Upcoming Events

Do you know of an organization, book club, fair, coffee shop, book store, etc. that would be interested in hosting an author talk, book signing, or needs an event speaker? I’m working on my schedule for the upcoming year and would love to meet some new faces! If so, send me a note via the contact page.

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August Newsletter – Prepping for PennedCon and A Man Called Smith

Fear and Love are so similar. We can do some indescribably regrettable things due to either.

~ From Twisted River (Hope or High Water Book 2)

IMG_0974It feels like this summer flew by, doesn’t it? Much of my time this month has been spent getting back into the swing of regular school days and the excitement of matron of honor duties for my friend’s upcoming wedding. For part of her bachelorette party, we painted wooden signs, and I’m pretty pleased with the results.

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The writing life is … well, the writing life. Exciting and frustrating in all the best ways.

You know that feeling when you have a solution to a problem, but for the life of you can’t get your brain to tell you what it is? That’s been me this month working on the final climactic outline for Broken Lines. I have about four different ways that the novel might go and none of my characters are telling me which one to use. Instead, an unrelated character shuffled in and suggested quite calmly, “Maybe you could let me speak once in awhile. Just a thought.” As a result, four new chapters were added and I discovered some brilliant research that will be perfect for Book #4. I still don’t have the initial problem resolved, but my character’s suggestion gave the story the unexpected boost it needed. Hopefully by next month’s newsletter, my other outlining questions will all be answered.

When not reprimanding my characters, I’ve been preparing for the upcoming book conference, PennedCon, on September 12-14, 2019 at the Red Lion Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. I will be signing books with all those authors listed below, so if you’re looking for a lot of reading material in one place, grab a ticket and come join us! I designed some fun new free swag items, so swing by my table in the Colannade Ballroom to pick up a couple and say hi. If you haven’t read my books yet, grab them at a two-book paperback bundle discount, and ebook readers, I also have signed swag just for you.

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Last but not least, interested in attending for FREE? I have two more tickets that I’m looking to give away which include entry on Friday and Saturday plus the Red Coat PR party on Friday night. First person to comment or send me a note via the contact page wins!

Recommended Reads

Man Called SmithA Man Called Smith by Tanya E. Williams was my most anticipated read of the summer and left me with so many mixed emotions. The story begins with the aftermath of John Smith losing his beloved first wife, Violet, and quickly escalates through his time married to the heinous and conniving Bernice. Due to horrors witnessed in World War II, he has become a man bent on avoiding personal conflict, most often at the cost of his children’s happiness. As a result, his sixteen-year-old daughter, Calla, spends life planning for the day when she can escape and build a better life. But when that day finally arrives, it results in a question with no perfect answers and no turning back.

I can almost guarantee that at some point this book will leave you in an emotional puddle on the floor. At least it did to me. Throughout the story, you’re rooting for John, praying that he’ll pull his life together and save what’s left of their family. You’re rooting for Calla that she’ll finally find the love she’s always longed for and a place to call home. You’re rooting for the belief that, no matter how far gone life seems, we all have an opportunity to rise from the ashes. It is an experience as hopeful as it is heartbreaking, right up until the novel’s moving final chapters. Definitely Ms. Williams best work yet.

Although this novel is the third in a trilogy, it can be enjoyed as a standalone. If you haven’t yet, I would recommend reading the first two books as it will give you a full perspective on the Smith family and the choices they make. My reviews on the first two novels can be found here: Becoming Mrs. Smith and Stealing Mr. Smith.

For more information visit: tanyaewilliams.com

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