A tortured soul meets a damaged family…
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?
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. 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 Since her father died two years ago, she’s grown quiet and withdrawn. Cat’s Valley was 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 left him in pieces…
Four 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 murmured rumors. Everything changed when she and her children barged into my life. It was an accident, and I don’t deserve them, but now that they’ve stepped into my life, I’m not sure I can let them go.
*This book is intended for mature audiences, ages 18+. It may be enjoyed as a standalone!
Gwen is a widow with 2 young children, Kelsey and Daniel, living in a small town in Colorado where she moved her little family in the hopes of giving them a chance to move on from their ever-present grief.
Alexander is a damaged soul, one who has isolated himself to deal with his own loss and the physical and emotional scars that don’t allow him to move on.
When a storm brings Gwen and her children to his doorstep and he’s forced to spend time with them, the bonds that form will give all of them a glimpse at what they thought permanently lost.
This is a heart gripping story about people dealing with massive losses in their lives, how guilt can cripple some of us and, in some cases, prevent us from moving forward.
Alexander and Gwen have an immediate connection and gravitate towards each other, but the amount of mixed signals he gives her had my head spinning. IMO, it’s the empathy between Alexander and Kelsey that steals the story. The way they connect through their grief and guilt feels so deep it seems to come out from the pages of the book.
In all, this is a good story, nicely written and with an easy flow that prevents it from being boring, but it’s not my usual genre and I felt the ending was a little flat after such an emotional ride.
3.5 Book Corner Stars
"I don't deserve you. I don’t deserve whatever could happen between us.” I want to object, but he continues before I get a chance. “But there’s something I want more than my self-loathing for wanting something I shouldn’t.”
“What?” I rasp.
“A chance to know what it feels like to kiss you.”
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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 intended to distract Alex and help her pass the time while her husband was away for work. 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!