I sit here before my computer trying to form the words for this review and find it difficult. You'll read the synopsis shortly and understand a bit about the story and I won't rehash the same details. My job is to discuss plot, continuity of story, character development, or basically how it reads.
So how does it read? Well I can't tell you that without telling you this is the first book I have read by Ms. Grayson. It is not the first Dark Romance I have read, nor is it the first book written in first person which has crossed my kindle. It is a book I WANTED to be good because I will be attending Book Events where Alex Grayson will be and wanted to be able to say "Yes, I loved your book."
What I read at the beginning had me setting my kindle aside and contemplating letting the promo company know I would not be able to finish the book. However, I chose to pick it up once more and was glad I did. Whereas the beginning chapters sound as if they had just come off the pages of roleplay, the more I read, the less clipped Alexander's chapters became. By the time I was in the meat and potatoes of the book, I had fallen for Alexander and Gwendolyn as a couple, as well as Gwen's children Kelsey and Daniel. My heart ached for their pain as well, especially Kelsey's.
Grayson has done an amazing job of touching on the guilt we all carry when someone we love dies. There is enough of it going around, we all think we are unique. If I had never picked the book back up, I would have missed so many wonderful moments of puppy love and healing along with many tears.
Bring the tissues for this one folks. Whether you think you are a hardened reader or not. It won't be Alexander or Gwen bringing them out, but Kelsey's pain which will bring you to your knees. At least she did for this tough old bird and I am betting she will for you as well. Though I feel this would have had a better flow in third person, once you get past the beginning you'll be hooked just as I was.
I received a copy of this ARC from the Author and Saints and Sinners Book Promotions for an honest review.
Her whispered prayers break her...
At night, as she’s drifting off to sleep, I press my ear to the door and listen to her heart wrenching pleas to bring her father back. Her words are agony to my healing heart, but I cherish the sound of them, for that’s the only time I ever hear my beautiful daughter speak. Since her father died two years ago, she’s grown quiet and withdrawn. Catalina’s Valley is to be our new beginning, a place where my family and I can heal, but what we find there is so much more.
Scars mar his body. Pain has darkened his life…
Three years ago, I lost the two things I cherished most in the world. They were ripped from my arms in the most painful and cruel way. Since then, I’ve kept to myself, preferring to stay away from the pitying looks and the uttered rumors. Everything changed when she and her children barged into my life. It was an accident, not meant to happen, but I wonder if maybe it was.
A tortured soul meets a damaged heart…
A lonely man, a widowed woman, a carefree boy, and a broken girl… Can the four come together and help heal each other? Or will fear of the unknown and guilt of the past keep them apart?
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Alex Grayson is the bestselling author of heart pounding, emotionally gripping contemporary romance including the Jaded Series, the Consumed Series, and two standalone novels. Her passion for books was reignited by a gift from her sister-in-law. After spending several years as a devoted reader and blogger, Alex decided to write and independently publish her first novel in 2014 (an endeavor that took a little longer than expected). The rest, as they say, is history.
Originally a southern girl, Alex now lives in Ohio with her husband, two children, two cats and dog. She loves the color blue, homemade lasagna, casually browsing real estate, and interacting with her readers. Visit her website, www.alexgraysonbooks.com, or find her on social media!
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