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Do you remember the last time someone suggested a book to you? Or do you remember when you were first introduced to one of your favorite authors?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately after recently buying some new books for my eight year old daughter. The girl has caught the reading bug from me and has been sampling a variety of books lately. (I have to mention, as a prime example of hilarious irony, she hates to write.) We’ve talked about the type of books I read when I was her age and she’s started exploring new series. I love seeing the excitement in her face when she tells me about a story she’s reading. I can’t help but remember when I was younger and discovered a new series or author. And I remember the times when I excitedly shared a book or author I loved with someone and that person later telling me they loved the recommendation. There’s just something special about finding someone that feels the same appreciation for an author or book.
When was the last time you recommended a book or author to someone? When was the last time you received a recommendation about something to read? Was it everything it was promised? :)
About The Author
As with just about every other writer on the planet, Kristen grew up an avid reader. She started with young adult before she technically hit the age range and moved on to sci-fi classics by Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. At fifteen, her best friend gave her a book she just had to read! The book was Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts. Always a sucker for a happy ending, she was a goner and fell in love with the romance genre. Having started writing novel length stories at the age of eleven, Kristen’s stories all took a romantic turn from that point on.
Going After The Heart by Kristen Beairsto ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: CBLS Promotions
Going After The Heart by Kristen Beairsto
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: December 17, 2012
Format: Paperback - 234 pages / Kindle - 453 KB / Nook - 657 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by CBLS Promotions.
Gavin Bergstrum can’t handle the direction his life has taken. Not only did he get laid off from his job, but his wife seems to barely remember he exists. Convinced he’s tried his best to change things, he begins to wrestle with the possibility of divorce. But he can’t think straight in the same house as Lizzy. Hating to leave his daughter, but needing time to think and come to terms with what he feels he needs to do, Gavin decides to return to his small home town in Oregon and stay at his family ranch with his father and brothers.
In shock, Lizzy gives Gavin his space. But as time passes and he doesn’t say a word about their marriage, Lizzy decides it’s past time she takes matters into her own hands. Without a word, she follows Gavin to Oregon.
Now facing a daughter who blames her for everything, an irritated husband, and a small town that feeds on the drama, Lizzy finds herself trying to figure out how to convince Gavin to give her another chance, teach her daughter it takes two to make a successful marriage, and overcome her own insecurities – all without compromising who she is.
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
My Book Review:
Every now and then a contemporary romance story comes along that not only whisks the reader away with a tale of passion and love, but also depicts the reality of issues within a relationship or marriage. In Going After The Heart, author Kristen Beairsto weaves a wonderful tale that mixes enough romance, humor and emotions that will keep the reader engaged and eagerly turning the pages.
Lizzy and Gavin Bergstrum have been together for fifteen years, with ten of the years as a married couple. As in any marriage, there are the typical ups and downs that they have faced together, but three months ago Gavin up and left Lizzy when he couldn't take being low on Lizzy's priority list any longer. Lizzy is an author whose career has taken off within the last few years, it has taken more and more of her attention, leaving very little left over for their eight year old daughter Sky, and even less for Gavin or their marriage. The final straw that broke the camel's back was when Gavin had tried within the past eight months, and three more times the week before her left, to tell Lizzy that his salesman's position with a hardware manufacturer was in jeopardy due to the economy, but she was always too busy or traveling on her latest book tour, and never found out that he did get laid off. Gavin left for his father's ranch in Selma, Oregon to clear his head, but when three months go by without either one of them addressing the issues in their marriage, Lizzy travels to Oregon with Sky, who blames her mother for the separation, to confront Gavin and hopefully repair their marriage. Can Lizzy and Gavin go after the heart of the matter by figuring out what they really want, or will it destroy their marriage for good?
Going After The Heart is an enjoyable romantic story that follows the trials and tribulations of Lizzy and Gavin Bergstrum's marriage. Set in the picturesque small town of Selma, Oregon, nestled in a valley of the Siskiyou Mountain range, author Kristen Beairsto weaves a sweet romantic tale written in the third person narrative that alternates between Lizzy and Gavin's perspective on what has gone wrong in their marriage. After a bit of glaring and growling, their undeniable mutual attraction draws them back together to decide what they really want from each other and their marriage. Mixed with humor, passion, romance and emotions, this fast paced story captivates the reader's attention and transports them into Lizzy and Gavin's life as they work out the issues that tore apart their marriage. And if that isn't enough, the author gives the reader an added bonus with another love story interwoven within the storyline between Gavin's younger brother Graham and next door neighbor Clare Wilder. In this romance, Clare has been in love with Graham since she was a kid, but alas ... Graham never seemed to notice her, or did he?!
This is a story that has a wonderful touch of reality that every reader can relate to when it comes to issues within relationships that motivates people to fight for love and their family. I really enjoyed the mixture of romance, passion, humor and emotion that ran throughout the story. The author does a really good job of interweaving flashbacks of Lizzy and Gavin's relationship in the past with the present. I think it made it easier for the reader to relate to both of the characters, and be able to follow along with their individual perspective of their relationship.
With a really fun cast of characters (especially Gavin's four lovable younger brothers and his father Ray) whose dialogue and interactions kept me laughing, smiling and sighing; a richly detailed description of the setting that easily transports the reader to the picturesque small mountain town of Selma, Oregon and the Bergstrum family ranch; and a heartwarming storyline filled with romance and family drama; Going After The Heart simply has everything that a reader could ask for in a contemporary romance story.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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