Monday, October 27, 2014

a book in review & excerpt

Brief Summary
Laura and Nicole, childhood friends separated by mysterious circumstances, meet again quite by accident and renew their friendship. 
Laura is a devoted single mom. She's stuck in a going nowhere relationship, but doesn't realize it until she meets Adam, her newly dubbed Airport Hottie, on the flight home after spending a whirlwind weekend with Nicole. 
Nicole is now married to the man of her dreams, but she carries deep wounds from a childhood filled with secrets, constantly afraid to trust any true happiness she encounters. 
Together these two best friends work toward uncovering the long buried secrets of Nicole's horrific past, ultimately freeing her to believe in and embrace the new life she's worked so hard to create. The friendship nurtures both women and Laura finds her own self confidence and the revelation that what she needs is within reach, hers for the taking. 

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I loveeee this cover. This was a great, easy read. The story is not short on love, drama, and a past that continues to haunt two old friends. The bond between Laura and Nicole is one that lasts forever. This book is a perfect weekend read when you just want to relax and get away to another world. This 4 star book will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next, xo!

Laura stared stupidly up at Airport Hottie (just Adam, she chided herself in her head). He was so completely out of context that it took her a moment to regain her composure. He’d just strolled over and called her by name, smiling widely, obviously happy to see her. She stared into his sea blue eyes, mute. He saved her by speaking first.
“I was hoping you’d remember me,” he told her, and his low, smooth voice sounded like rich, steaming coffee to her, warm and inviting.
Boy, do I ever need to get laid, she thought, and felt her cheeks burn at her own silent audacity.
“Of course I remember you, Adam,” she answered, adding, “The flowers you sent were beautiful, thank you.”
“I wasn’t sure if you’d gotten them.” He nodded to Charlie, who was watching the interaction with interest.
“Oh, uh, Adam, this is my son Charlie; Charlie, Adam.”
Charlie had a devilish glint in his eye Laura did not like. She wondered briefly if he’d overheard her nickname for the man during Nicole’s visit. She tried furiously to send him a don’t-you-dare message with her gaze.
Charlie returned Adam’s smile and put a hand out. “Nice to meet you. Do you work here? Funny, I think my mom has mentioned you.” He feigned concentration, trying to remember.
Laura would’ve kicked him if he wasn’t her son. Adam graced her with a small half smile, hopeful. “Really? That’s great. And as a matter of fact, I do sort of work here. Not for Farm and Fleet, but I volunteer for the shelter. Are you looking to adopt a dog, Charlie?”
               Having gotten Charlie onto a subject he was invested in, Adam gestured at the rows of cages. “Want me to show you a few of the best ones here?”
Laura fell into step behind the two of them as they toured the rows. Charlie did fall in love with two puppies, as she’d anticipated, but neither seemed quite right for them. She was pleasantly surprised when, after over an hour, Charlie looked at her and said, “I think I’ll wait. I want to be sure.” He shook Adam’s hand again, “It was nice meeting you Adam, thanks for your help. I’m gonna go check out the baby goats outside, Mom.”
Laura was left standing alone with Adam. She glanced over his shoulder at the dogs, then to her right at the livestock fencing, studied her shoes for a bit … and finally looked at him. “Thank you, that was really nice of you.” She buttoned her coat, switched her purse from one arm to the other. That’s exactly what he is, she thought. Nice. That’s all. She turned to go.
“Hey, Laura,” he leaned in toward her, and she caught the faintest hint of a subtle, spicy scent, “would you have dinner with me tonight?”
Her mouth was suddenly too dry to speak. She wondered if he could tell she was trying to suck in her belly. “I, ah, no, I can’t,” she stammered, thinking, why can’t I? “Charlie’s waiting, I have to go, I’m sorry,” and she wished she would just shut up. What the hell was she doing?
Adam looked genuinely disappointed. He tipped his head to the side a bit and captured her gaze with those intense blue eyes. She noticed that little cowlick again at his temple and wondered if his jet black hair was as soft as it looked.

Author Bio

Tracy Gardner Beno is a Metro Detroit native who has lived in and around small, rural communities like those described in The Fall of Our Secrets. Her stories draw readers in with recognizable characters and real emotion, seasoned with intrigue and a dash of humor. She loves spending time with her husband and two children, reading, writing, and catching her favorite bands in concert as often as possible. She works as a Registered Nurse in her day job and when she's not writing novels she contributes short stories and articles to Verite Magazine where she's a staff writer.

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THE FALL OF OUR SECRETS takes the reader on a hopeful journey of love and discovery.

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