Friday, April 6, 2018


Welcome to my stop on the fun tour!


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Nina’s once-sweet life has unexpectedly turned sour. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, and her teenage daughter is slipping away from her. Then her father dies and issues with Nina’s mother come to a head; her estranged brother, Ray, comes home; and her sister, Lola, is tempted to blow a big family secret out of the water. They say the truth will set you free, but first it will make a huge mess of things.
All Nina’s got left is her final photography assignment shooting images for the book 32 Ways to Make Lemonade. Well, that and the attention of a younger man, but Oliver’s on-again-off-again romantic interest in her ebbs and flows so much she is seasick. And then Jack, her ex-husband, shows up, wanting to get back together.

As Nina struggles to find a way through her complicated relationships and uncover her true path, she discovers just how valuable a second chance at life and happiness can be.


I really do love being able to review books.  Reviewing for Shadow Mountain Publishing is always great.  I have loved everything they have sent me and this book is no exception.

This story takes you on a roller coaster ride in emotions.  There is so much heartache and loss in this book that it kind of tears at your heart strings.  BUT, there is also so much, love, forgiveness, and second chances, that your emotions are all over the place.  I LOVE it when a book can do that for me.

I don’t want to give too much away so I am just going to tell you a little about the characters that I love in this book.

Nina – Is looking at life as a single mother now.  She thought her whole live was going to be perfect.  Perfect house, perfect husband, perfect child.  Then life happens.  Nina, is a photographer, and most of her work is made up of taking pictures of food.  She can hear the talk around the office that it might get sold….so she has uneasy feeling easy feeling at work also.  Nina also has a 15-year-old daughter named Cassie, who doesn’t seem to like Nina at all.  Nina, and her sister Lola, are close and Lola seems to keep Nina grounded.  Then walks in Oliver.  Just in case her life wasn’t messy enough, in walks a yummy young man who is interested in her.  Nina has also recently lost her father.  Her life is a train wreck that you cannot turn the pages fast enough to see how it turns out.

Lola, Nina’s sister, is my favorite character out of all of them.  Nina, may be the MC, but Lola is still my favorite.  I love her outlook on life, and her beautiful ability to forgive and love.  She has a little problem with memory that I don’t want to talk too much about, but sometimes she forgets things at the most inconvenient times.  Lola is dating Chris, and well, let’s just say…. mmmmmm mmmmm.  Everyone around Lola is careful about what they say and do, because they are fearful that it will send her into some kind of memory loss or remembrance.  Neither of which any one wants.  Lola is so beautiful.  Really, I just grew to love her so much in this book.  I need to use her outlook on life every day!

Ray, is Nina’s brother.  The troubled soul.  The tortured soul, and the convicted soul.  Ray, has spent his whole life pulling away from everyone he loves, and one of those times it lands in in prison.  Ray, is the bad boy all the girls go for.  Well, that is what he wants everyone to think about him.  He is no good.  He doesn’t deserve to be loved.  He is a screw up.  Ray, really isn’t as bad as he makes himself out to be.  I couldn’t help be drawn to this tortured young man.  He lived his life doing everything he could to make those who love him most hate him.  He came and went as he pleased, and usually caused havoc when he was around.  Ray’s story is probably my favorite part of this book.  Lola, favorite character, and Ray’s story just made me see what so many other people I know might be going through.  It is sad and beautiful at the same time.

Cassie, is Nina’s daughter, and I don’t like her at all.  Yes, she is angsty teenager, but I still don’t like her.  She is a good character to not like 😉.  I feel bad that I don’t like her, but I don’t like any angsty teenager, so I guess it’s no a surprise I didn’t like her.  Most of the time I just wanted to smack her in her face.  But hey, the author did a great job of writing a character I loved to hate, so I guess that is great.

Jack, is Nina’s ex-husband.  I still haven’t figured out how I feel about him in this story.  I am still processing if I like where things went with him.  He’s a great dad, and seems to be a good guy, but I am still on the fence about him.  I would love to hear what you guys think about him though!

There are some other great characters in this book but these are the ones I chose to talk about.  I decided I didn’t want to talk about Nina’s mother, because the jury is still out on her as well. 

You should pick this one up.  It has so much to it.  It’s full of twists, and surprises, and second chances at life.  Who doesn’t need a second chance once in a while.  The author did a wonderful job bringing these characters to life for me.  I could feel their emotions while I was reading, and there is nothing better than that.  I felt like I was a fly on the wall during this whole book.  Right there in it, but no one could see me.  It was wonderful.  I hope you take the time to read it.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a blog tour in return for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.





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Amy Willoughby-Burle is a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us. She is the author of a collection of short stories entitled Out Across the Nowhere and a contributor to the anthology Of Mist and Magic.


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