TITLE : Shattered Dreams
AUTHOR : Brenda Kennedy
GENRE : Soft Romance
RELEASE DATE : December 15, 2014
Emma Greyson, Age 22, Has a loving husband, Max, and a newborn son, James. She is finally living her dream, until fate steps in and shatters everything.
Trying to deal with the death of her husband and learning how to be a single mom, Emma decides to move from Fort Drum, New York, back to her hometown of Sarasota, Florida.
Four years later, Emma has a fresh start with a new job and new friends. She meets an attractive doctor, Alec Collins. Taking things slowly, she is happy with the way things are going until fate steps in again and reveals the ugly truth of Alec's past.
Emma and Max are so happy with the arrival of their son in their lives and dream of a happy life together but everything falls apart when Max is killed. Shattered Dreams is the first book by Brenda Kennedy that I have read and I am happy to say, enjoyed.
The first time I laid eyes on the book, I was instantly intrigued by the cover and then the blurb further attracted me to pick up the book.
The story is well planned and executed in a meticulous way so that the author succeeds in maintaining and heightening the readers' interest in the book. The story is written from the POV of several characters and chapters are dedicated to their perspectives. While this made the story more interesting, I was sometimes confused also. I had to go back and check who was telling the story in that particular chapter.
The life and trials faced by Army men and their families is so beautifully brought to life in the book that it made me misty eyed and also more appreciative of their efforts in giving us, civilians, a more protected and safe living.
The dialogues are well balanced and captivate the readers in the story. I was so involved in the happenings in Emma's life that I could not keep the book down until the very end and then too, I stewed a little because I was left hanging in a cliffhanger with a major suspense and because I could not buy the next book as it is still not out!
The characterization is well played out and will connect the readers instantly with everyone and make you feel as if you have known them from a long time. There are so many lovable characters that you will miss them as soon as you have finished reading the book. The budding romance will also steal your heart and make you root for a HEA for our beloved protagonists and the cute baby, James.
All in all, Shattered Dreams is a book that will interest you and captivate you. A promising start to a new series, it reads like an episode from a successful serial and will leave you anticipatory of the next installment. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all romance lovers.
I received an ARC from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.
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First and foremost I am a wife, mother and grandmother.
I am also a nurse and a new author.
I moved to sunny Florida in 2006 and never looked back. I love fresh squeezed lemonade, crushed ice, teacups, wineglasses, non-franchise restaurants, ice cream cones, boating, picnics, cookouts, throwing parties, lace, white wine, mojitos, strawberry margaritas, white linen tablecloths, fresh flowers and Pinterest. I also love to read and write and to spend time with my family. My books thus far, have been inspired by the things I love and the people who influence me, every single day to be a better person.