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THE REASON IS YOU
by Sharla Lovelace
Anything but normal…
Dani Shane just wants her daughter to have what she never did—a normal life. But “normal” leaves the equation when sixteen-year old Riley is found talking to Dani’s only friend, Alex—who has been dead for forty years.
In the small river town of Bethany, Dani never fit in. Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn’t stop the talk. Now that she’s back, so is Alex. Mischievous and sexy and still hot enough to melt her shoes. Between his popping in at inopportune moments and her having to hide her daughter’s new talent, Dani fears that her plans for staying under the radar may be short-lived.
As Dani scrambles to get solid footing under her family, secrets buried for forty years begin to unearth themselves. She and Alex have always been connected, but he is hiding something. The computer is making her hear things. Weird memories that she doesn’t recognize keep popping up in her mind. Then there’s that little thing she hasn’t told her daughter yet—that some of the people she sees aren’t breathing.
Starting over sucks, but at forty it sucks the life out of you. This thought squeezed my brain on the six-hour drive to Bethany from Dallas. I second-guessed my decision for the ninety-ninth time, eyeing every exit ramp as a potential escape hatch. As we got closer to the dark clouds looming above my hometown, in a Ford Escort with no air-conditioning and my sixteen-year-old daughter hanging her naked legs out the window to dry her pretty little coral toes, I felt the options slipping. One by one.
Not that I wasn’t grateful to have a destination. My dad loves me, and he’s never judged. But this time was no visit. It was the real deal, with bath towels and Tupperware and everything that would fit in a U-Haul trailer. My head started to bang out a rhythm just thinking about it, but I knew it was the smart thing to do. I’d tried everything after losing my job, and despite the number of times I pushed reality aside, it kept waving at me.
I had Riley to think about. I had to keep a roof over her head, and I couldn’t afford to be choosy on what roof that was. We would be okay. I glanced over at her, eyes closed, jamming to whatever her iPod was pumping into her head, and I prayed she would be okay. That she wouldn’t be tainted by association with me.
“So, when do we get to Podunk?” she said after we drove through Restin, the nearest big town. Not big like high-rises. Big like it has a Walmart.
I’m just gonna put it out there that there are times when I HATE my sister, Harlie. She gave me this book to read and said I think you will like it. It has a ghost, a hot new boss to drool over and a daughter that she thought I could identify with. What happened is that I cried buckets and Pink doesn’t cry over a book.
This book had it all for me. Family dynamics, secrets, starting over, love, a hot ghost that was totally in love with Dani but is withholding something big from her at the same time. Plus, throw in Dani’s new boss and what you got is a beautifully written novel about the power of love in all forms. *sniff* I still can’t get over how this book sucked me in from the beginning and never let go. Even after I read this book a week ago, I’m still thinking about it and what it did to my heart.
This is not your typical romance either. Its not a boy meets girl, they date, have a fight and get back together with their HEA. Its so much more than that. Everyone has ghosts in their lives but Dani can actually talk to them and its made her an outsider and when she finds out that her daughter can do the same thing, it completely freaks her out. I would be freaking, too. After moving to her hometown, Dani just wants to have some stability for Riley. There are plenty of twists and turns in the book that will keep you interested and turning the pages.
I never did figure out the “secret” until Ms. Lovelace revealed it. I love that in a book. I don’t need to be hit over my head with the “whatever” early and I like to try to figure out things myself. Unfortunately, I was a little slow with this one and once it was said, I just about lost it…in a good way. 🙂 I can not impress upon you to read this book. It completely ripped my heart open and took hold. I’m not sure when I recover from it and in some way, I don’ want to. This story is too beautiful and touching.
The ending made me cry the hardest and the longest. I knew it was coming but I still wasn’t prepared for it. That’s excellent writing that I’m still smarting from it but loved it all the same.
Run…don’t even think about it…read this book and see if you agree with me. My sister Harlie is usually right about books but I don’t think I’ll ever forgive her for recommending a book to me where I cried and still thinking about it a week later. I can’t wait to read more from Ms. Lovelace. Off to shop for books and oh and I’m stealing her graphics, too. *sticks tongue out*
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sharla Lovelace is the National Bestselling Author of THE REASON IS YOU, BEFORE AND EVER SINCE, and the e-novella JUST ONE DAY. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her family, an old lady dog, and an aviary full of cockatiels.
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THE REASON IS YOU (available in trade paperback online and in stores)
Mass Market version (978-0425254868) with new cover available May 7th, and for preorder now!
Tagline: “Sometimes falling into the past is the way forward.”
Trade size and ebook versions also available anywhere books are sold.