Publisher: Dafina / Kensington Books / Penguin Random House
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Format: Paperback - 320 pages
Kindle - 2006 KB
Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Women's Fiction
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To the world, Best Lightburn is a talented writer rising up the masthead at international style magazine James, girlfriend of a gorgeous up-and-coming actor, and friend to New York City’s fabulous. Then there’s the other Best, the one who has chosen to recast herself as an only child rather than confront the truth.
Ten years ago, on Christmas Eve, Best and her two older brothers took a shortcut over a frozen lake. When the ice cracked, all three went in. Only Best came out. People said she was lucky, but that kind of luck is nothing but a burden. Because Best knows what she had to do to survive. And after years of covering up the past, her guilt is detonating through every facet of her seemingly charmed life. It’s all unraveling so fast: her new boss is undermining and deceitful, her boyfriend is recovering from a breakdown, and a recent investigative story has led to a secret affair with the magazine’s wealthy publisher.
Best is quick-witted and headstrong, but how do you find a way to happiness when you’re sure you haven’t earned it—or embrace a future you feel you don’t deserve? Evocative and emotional, The Thunder Beneath Us is a gripping novel about learning to carry loss without breaking, and to heal and forgive—not least of all, ourselves.
My Book Review:
The Thunder Beneath Us is a compelling women's fiction story that easily draws the reader into the drama and emotions that come with the complexity of life, the dynamics of relationships, and learning to confront one's past, heal, and move forward. Set in New York, the reader can't help but get drawn into magazine writer Best Lightburn's story as she discovers that the perfect life that she has been living may not be so perfect after all, especially when her traumatic hidden past comes to the surface, and threatens her carefully reinvented life.
Author Nicole Blades weaves an intriguing and complex women's fiction story that will easily keep the reader engaged and turning the pages. This dramatic story provides much food for thought as Best's life begins to crumble, and is forced to confront her painful past in order to embrace happiness in life. Best's traumatic back story is heartbreaking and pulls at the heartstrings, but her journey of personal discovery and healing is realistic, compelling, and empowering.
The Thunder Beneath Us is an emotional story about loss, forgiveness, healing, and learning to move forward in one's life.
RATING: 4 STARS
About The Author
Nicole Blades is a novelist and journalist who has been putting her stories on paper since the third grade. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, by Caribbean parents, Nicole moved to New York City and launched her journalism career working at Essence magazine. She later co-founded the online magazine SheNetworks, and worked as an editor at ESPN and Women’s Health.
Now a freelance writer, her features and essays have appeared in MORE magazine, Cosmopolitan, NYTimes.com, WashingtonPost.com, MarieClaire.com, BuzzFeed, SELF, and BlogHer. Nicole has been a speaker and panelist at BlogHer and MA Conference for Women. She also created Ms. Mary Mack, a blog that aims to bring compassion and common sense back to parenthood.
Nicole lives in Connecticut with her husband and their son.
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