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Book review: “Mud, Sweat and Tears” by Bear Grylls

Mud-Sweat-TearsTitle: Mud, Sweat and Tears

Author: Bear Grylls

Genre: Memoir & Autobiography

Publication date: May, 2011

My ratingNovel Girl - 5 stars

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Bear Grylls has always sought the ultimate in adventure. Growing up on a remote island off of Britain’s windswept coast, he was taught by his father to sail and climb at an early age. Inevitably, it wasn’t long before the young explorer was sneaking out to lead all-night climbing expeditions.

As a teenager at Eton College, Bear found his identity and purpose through both mountaineering and martial arts. These passions led him into the foothills of the mighty Himalayas and to a karate grandmaster’s remote training camp in Japan, an experience that soon helped him earn a second-degree black belt. Returning home, he embarked upon the notoriously grueling selection course for the British Special Forces to join the elite Special Air Service unit 21 SAS—a journey that would push him to the very limits of physical and mental endurance.

Then, disaster. Bear broke his back in three places in a horrific free-fall parachuting accident in Africa. It was touch and go whether he would walk again, according to doctors. However, only eighteen months later, a twenty three-year-old Bear became one of the youngest climbers to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest summit. But these were just the beginning of his many extraordinary adventures. . . .

Known and admired by millions as the star of Man vs. Wild, Bear Grylls has survived where few would dare to go. Now, for the first time, Bear tells the story of his action-packed life. Gripping, moving, and wildly exhilarating, Mud, Sweat, and Tears is a must-read for adrenaline junkies and armchair explorers alike.

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bear-grylls1Bear’s autobiography is punchy, addictive and a wild ride in the reading experience itself.

I’ve been a fan of his Man vs. Wild show for years and his fierce determination and passion. But it took me about a year or two to finally get onto this book. I have to say I never read non-fiction unless it has to do with writing or publishing. And the last non-fiction, and non-writing/publishing-related book I’ve read was Portia de Rossi’s autobiography more than a year and a half ago.

Boy I feel inspired and enlightened by reading something “real”. Bear made me feel hopeless yet inspired–hopeless about how much I complain and how lazy I am; and inspired to change my attitude and go at life.

Bear’s writing style is fast, action-like, written with purpose as if you are there with him on every adventure and moment. It took me through his ancestry, growing up as a lost kid, finding his passion for adventure, his SAS days, climbing Everest, his recovery from breaking his back, and a conclusion about his life now.

It gives you hope because he wasn’t born a star or born with great talents or abilities. He just worked really hard, got lucky and never stopped being grounded.

Bear is such an “every” man. In fact, I’m going so far to say as he thinks he’s more ordinary than most people. He has such humility. He believes he’s not the best physically, he believes — or at least he did back in his earlier days — that he was nothing special and had to fight harder than most fit people to achieve success with his adventures. Reading the book, you believe that he’s ordinary, nothing different. But think about the achievements almost all people on this earth have failed at that he can say he’s done. If someone else had to speak about him, they’d say the opposite. But hearing how he narrates his life is quite special. Because after you read more of this book, you see just how absolutely extraordinary this man is. It gives you hope because he wasn’t born a star or born with great talents or abilities. He just worked really hard, got lucky and never stopped being grounded.

After reading the way this man pushes himself (mostly mental, because let’s face it: every body has a physical capability, and his mental strength far outshone the mere limit of a human body) I feel proud to have shared his stories.

If you’ve heard about the book or love Bear, read this. ASAP!

Five, big, brave and courageous stars!

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Book review: “Maybe Someday” by Colleen Hoover

maybe-someday-by-colleen-hooverTitle: Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication date: March 18, 2014

My ratingNovel Girl - 5 stars

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Includes a free original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.

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colleen-hoover-authorI just finished this novel in half a day, which hasn’t been done in years, not since Twilight made me fall in love with reading again. I’m both dreading and loving that I’m writing this review because it’s the last first experience I’m going to get with this book.

Maybe Someday is one of the best books I’ll probably ever read and is far too exceptional for anything I could say to describe it. But listen anyway because I’m begging you.

Just trust me.

Ready?

This is the best ever Colleen Hoover book.

Don’t think that Hopeless didn’t blow me away. It did. And it still makes my head spin when I think of it. But for one moment, throw away everything you think you know about the New Adult and Contemporary Romance genres. Open that trash can, empty out your pre-conceived notions and understand that this book is but isn’t those two genres. Maybe Someday defies the scenes and set ups of most of these books and creates a whole new Colleen Hoover genre. You can only hope to read something like it, that however is completely different, when she brings out her next novel mindblower.

Let me backtrack and describe this book for you. It’s about a girl, Sydney, who we meet rooming with Ridge and Warren because she discovered her boyfriend and best friend were sleeping together. She loves music but hasn’t given it the attention her talent deserves and Ridge plays and writes music but is in a writer’s block slump.

So they begin writing music together. Soon, something strange happens. I’m not going to give away any spoilers. It’s odd even writing this but this book is the most romantic thing I’ve ever read without any romance with what I’m about to say. I fell in love reading the interactions between these characters—as they unwittingly fell in love—with their first encounters and many after that when they weren’t even flirting, checking each other out or trying to get under each other’s clothes.

The trouble comes in because Ridge has a girlfriend. What follows is the weirdest love triangle I’ve seen written. Because this book has no bad guys. That’s right, you heard me. I loved the girlfriend, Ridge (our main man) and Sydney (our main girl). You can’t hate any of them despite the hard and deeply emotional situation you feel for Sydney and Ridge. This novel isn’t a story with cheating, so put that out of your mind. It’s told from the point of view of both Sydney and Ridge and for this reason, we completely understand everyone’s intentions and difficulties.

If you’re a Colleen Hoover fan or always been interested in her stories, you must, must read this one. Let me draw some comparisons:

  • If Lorde were a novel, it’d still not be the closest thing to Maybe Someday
  • If the on-screen chemistry between Jack and Rose in Titanic were a novel, it’d be the closest thing to Maybe Someday
  • If you’ve ever been away from the one person you love most for an extended period of time, then go to wait at the airport to meet them, that first moment when your heart stops and then takes off at a million miles an hour, and adrenaline courses through you would be the same as the overwhelming sense of love you’ll feel build throughout Maybe Someday until the very last word.

Maybe Someday is so rich in everything I’ve never read in a romance story before, nothing I expected to find, and anything I could hope to capture in my heart and mind.

P.S. This book can be read with a complimentary soundtrack at the website.

P.P.S. go to www.maybesomedaysoundtrack.com and read the extra, free epilogue.

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The Rental: a teaser

Today’s post is micro short.

Tiny and cheeky.

But oh, so worth it.

Read on for a teaser from The Rental, Part 1, my upcoming release from a scorching new Erotic Romance series.

The Rental pt 1 teaserNovel Girl - book descriptionEighteen-year-old Vee Wyland is no stranger to loss. In the blink of an eye, she loses her father in a horrible accident. And when she needs her boyfriend the most, he leaves her for her best friend. Suddenly, the girl that had everything unravels, caught in a downward spiral of grief and financial loss.

Drop-dead gorgeous and old crush, Rick Delaney waltzes in and opens her up to the world of The Rental, where everything is for sale, except sex itself.

It seems easy enough … guarding your heart, but selling your body.

But it’s hard to trust your ex-boyfriend’s brother.

Dealing with his own demons, Rick is drawn to Vee and the white-hot sizzle that flares when she walks into a room. From the moment they re-unite, their sexual chemistry is undeniable. He ignites passion back into her dull world, and it seems all fun and games until feelings get involved.

Fall into the scorching new world of The Rental, where hearts get broken and the foreplay builds to a thrilling climax.

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11 pre-release buzz and exposure tips for authors

In this post, I take off assuming you have your book listed on Goodreads, that you already have a book cover and all the other basics. This post is geared for authors needing to do their own promotion, so while it is great for self-publishers, traditionally contracted authors will find this helpful too if they need to do promotion of their own and are stuck for ideas.

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Do a Goodreads paperback giveaway

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Though many people are reading eBooks, paperbacks are still shiny and wanted formats. They’re special formats of books to put on a real shelf. The benefit you’re going for here regardless if they read the paperback is exposure. It’s free to list and only costs you the price of the book and postage which is peanuts compared to book ads.

Take advantage of the fact that Goodreads report many books average 900+ entries and many of them even reach thousands of entries. Now THAT is a lot of new people seeing and reading about your book!

Create and share teasers on social media

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Sharing the favourite parts of your book on social media helps create an army — whether small or enormous — that will get excited about your release too and in turn help promote it out of their own excitement and interest. So go on and grab a properly licenced image (creative commons, stock purchase, or with permission signed by a photographer) and add text.

Images + text = creates more attention, so grab a short excerpt (1-5 sentences, relatively average size) or a tagline and add it to your text and post to social media, welcoming and inviting people to share it.

Share about 3-6 teasers (or more if you have the time) before release and spread it out over a few weeks, not crammed into a few spammy-and-annoying days before release.

Send out ARCs to reputable reviewers weeks before release

Timing is optimal for sending out ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies). Give only days and almost all your reviewers won’t have time to get to it, and give a few months and they could forget about it by the time it comes to reading just before release.

Depending on the length of your book, go for 2-6 weeks ahead of schedule, depending on if you have a novella or short novel upwards to an epic saga.

Do a book blitz or blog tour or review tour

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 9.05.38 AMThese days, book tours are effective for exposure rather than generating book sales, and book blitz are heading that way too with the market more flooded than ever before.

As I said above though, you need to create a buzz, and you can’t stop trying to create the biggest buzz possible. Book blitzes are a cheaper option and are probably just as effective as book tours (since you can organise reviews on your own, and for free) so the little investment for a book blitz is worth it. You can get tens of blogs upwards to hundreds posting on release day or week for your book. They list the cover, synopsis, Goodreads link, book buy links, and often excerpts or teasers.

Companies for book blitzes or tours include Xpresso Book Tours, AToMR Book Blog Tours, and Love Between The Sheets Promotions. (I personally vouch the quality of these hosts)

Update your social media with posts about your progress on the book

Stay current in the mind of readers and find new readers by posting regularly about your book.

Don’t be spammy and make continual posts about them, so break these up amongst other types, but vary it and gain excitement for your book by posting fun facts, casting characters images, funny bits during your editing process, interesting things about the characters or storyline. Anything that will get people reading and asking questions.

Link reviewers with books sites where they can now post their review of your book

It’s hard for reviewers to keep track of all their reviewing list so kindly remind them they can now post their book review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc, as well as Goodreads if they haven’t already (the former is true for self-publishers since most can’t have book site links before they click publish).

Send out email with book links to bloggers on review day

Book bloggers are overworked and that’s an understatement. Regardless of this fact, they are still gracious people who will help authors share links for their book if they have the time and are interested. Gather the emails of book bloggers who accept and invite authors to email them promotional stuff and let them know that your book is live with link/s and thank them for their help and time.

N.B. always BCC everyone or email individually with their names in separate emails!

Do a post with links

If you have a blog, why not use, it? For every social media account you have, post links with your books.

Pictures help for a better result so add your book cover and/or a teaser to your post and link Goodreads and all the available book sites to buy your book. For Amazon, I recommend using a site like BookLinker because it sends the clicker to their country’s Amazon site. You then don’t have to list the ~11 country Amazon links AND you can check your click hits, too!

Send out to email subscribers

Do you have an email newsletter list? Don’t forget about this one! Most authors don’t use this regularly so it can be easy to forget. Why not use the tens, hundreds, thousands, or more people you have waiting to hear stuff about your books? Regardless of your list length, this will be beneficial!

Highly recommended and free!

Highly recommended and free!

Do a pre-release tour or book blog post features

It’s popular to do a feature on book blogs when and after you publish, but even if you’re a self-publisher who can’t list pre-order links, you can still gain interest and start that buzz by doing a feature with a host, or asking some bloggers yourself if you can feature you and your book on their site.

You never know what will work for exposure, so why not see if book bloggers want to feature you and get in front of their many thousands of eager book-reading followers?

Hold giveaways for readers to win prizes

Authors have their cover completed well before publishing, so why not use that to even more of an advantage! Order bookmarks or key rings or another promotional item with your cover or cover image and then hold giveaways for readers in exchange for entries such as adding your book to Goodreads or sharing a picture or post on social media.

I hope this list helped you!

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Short n snappy reviews: The Night Circus, and Addicted To You

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

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Beautiful, magical, everything a fairytale is.

That’s how I describe this book. It’s definitely “literary” in its writing style. Erin makes you feel like you’re a child in an adult’s body, being read a bedtime story all over again.

Not only is this book about magic in all it’s classical, circus style but when you read it, your mind also escapes to Erin’s specially crafted world of THE NIGHT CIRCUS where you forget you’re reading a made up story and revel in the detailed story all around you.

If you want breathtaking storytelling, this is your book. It’s everything stories are meant to be and I just wish I had read (heard) it as an audiobook.

5 stars and recommended to those who love fairy tales (the real ones, not the Disney versions).

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Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted To You

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Novel Girl - book descriptionShe’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.

Novel Girl - my reviewOutstanding.

Addicted To You was a visual, exciting and eye-popping read. The writing was refined and developed, making every scene from parties to sex to the root of Lo and Lily’s respective alcohol and sex addictions come to life around you. I had my popcorn in a bucket and was happily sitting front row to a sexy, riveting, yet deeply engrossing show.

I bought book #1.5 and #2 promptly am SO excited for this series. Book #1 was complete and fulfilling, but there’s so much more left to experience. Great storytelling right there.

- Writing = 5 stars
- Story/plot = 5 stars
- Characters = 5
- Heat level = moderately high
- TOTAL = :D

Big 5 stars!

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$0.99 novel, anyone? A “Pulling Me Under” sale!

Who wants two books for $0.99?

At the moment, Precise is FREE and the novel in the series, Pulling Me Under is just $0.99!!! Buy now before you miss your chance!

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Blurb writing: you can do it (well)!

I’m in the process of revising my next novel, The Rental, an erotic romance in a series of books centred about characters working at The Rental, an escort-type agency where anything is possible except the sale of the most intimate act: sex. It’s an eye-catching topic and I knew from months ago I had to do it justice and get a killer blurb written for it.

Helpful Links

I won’t repeat information since there are so many resources out there, but I’ll direct you to the most helpful ones I found in my Googling expeditions. All these links below share some of the tips I really value when it comes to a good blurb: length, evocative words and imagery, killer opening and closing, conflict.

  1. 5 Tips – How to Write a Winning Book Blurb → Mentions use of certain “hook” words; write in a style similar to your book; use the book’s main theme as a way to focus the blurb.
  2. 5 Tips for Writing a Compelling Book Blurb by Amy Wilkins → Use shoutlines; use an excerpt from the manuscript; end with conflict.
  3. How To Write Back Blurb For Your Book → Hint the plot only; name main characters; use a question or hint of mystery that begs to be answered.
  4. The 5 core elements of a book blurb (and why you should know them) → pick-up line; don’t be misleading; keep them wanting more.
  5. How to Write a Brilliant Blurb for Your Book → Search for the subheading called: “Five basic elements”. It lists a sentence broken up by (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) showing you a structure. There is other great advice, so keep reading that post.

Word Count

I’ve heard a lot about suggested word counts, but I wanted to find out myself what the bestselling books were using. If you’ve heard of most of the books in the below list, you’ll know they’re huge sellers. I’ve used all popular books here as that blurb has obviously sold the book well. The word count difference is interesting.

Note the suggest word count ranges from 100-150 words.

Average Blurb Lengths

Book Blurb count
Twilight 151
Fifty Shades of Grey 152
The Submissive 138
The Siren 150
Bared to You 118
The Hunger Games 106
Harry Potter 145
The Giver 97
The Book Thief 140
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 187
Looking For Alaska 142
Wintergirls 167
The Da Vinci Code 222
The Time Traveler’s Wife 174
Water for Elephants 145
TOTAL 149

A working example

This is the go I had of my next novel, The Rental:

Would you sell your body for everything but sex if you needed the money?

That’s the dilemma for eighteen-year-old, Vee Wyland. Three months ago she lost her father, and her boyfriend and her best friend deceived her in the worst way. All in one night. Her boyfriend’s brother, Rick Delaney, witnesses the event, supporting her for a fleeting moment.

One night she loses her job, halving the already tight income her mum and her depend on. She runs into Rick Delaney who propositions her.

Become a rental. Sell yourself for everything but sex.

From the moment Vee and Rick re-unite, their sexual chemistry is scorching. He ignites passion back into dull world. It’s simple enough until emotions are involved.

Fall into the scorching new world of The Rental, where the foreplay builds to a thrilling climax.

That was great (in my biased opinion), but read the current blurb, written by a friend (whom I am very indebted to and love!) of mine who knew nothing of the story but the key details I gave her, and then tweaked by me:

Eighteen-year-old Vee Wyland is no stranger to loss. In the blink of an eye, she loses her father in a horrible accident. And when she needs her boyfriend the most, he leaves her for her best friend. Suddenly, the girl that had everything unravels, caught in a downward spiral of grief and financial loss.

Drop-dead gorgeous and old crush, Rick Delaney waltzes in and opens her up to the world of The Rental, where everything is for sale, except sex itself.

It seems easy enough … guarding your heart, but selling your body.

But it’s hard to trust your ex-boyfriend’s brother.

Dealing with his own demons, Rick is drawn to Vee and the white-hot sizzle that flares when she walks into a room. From the moment they re-unite, their sexual chemistry is undeniable. He ignites passion back into her dull world, and it seems all fun and games until feelings get involved.

Fall into the scorching new world of The Rental, where hearts get broken and the foreplay builds to a thrilling climax.

The idea is to separate yourself from the story as the writer, and write the blurb as a marketing guru. So give yourself time, do a heap of blurb writing research, and get outside opinions to give you honest pointers.

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Book review: “The Pact” by Jodi Picoult

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Author: Jodi Picoult

Genre: Contemporary

Published: (first) 1998

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For eighteen years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty — they’ve grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other’s lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends, so it’s no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily’s friendship blossoms into something more. After all, they’ve been soul mates since they were born.

So when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is prepared: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head, inflicted by Chris as part of an apparent suicide pact. He tells police the next bullet was meant for himself. A local detective has her doubts. And the Hartes and Golds must face every parent’s worst nightmare and question: do we ever really know our children at all?

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Five stars isn’t enough for a book that has the power to make a reader believe so intensely. It’s a testament to Picoult’s talent when you can create a favourite book only to be topped by a latter book by the same author, and then again and so forth.

This is one of those rare books you need to read carefully because if you miss a word, you’re excluding yourself from witnessing one of life’s pure beauties.

Despite my continual praises that Jodi is my favourite author, I think I’ve put down all her books at some point and come back to it weeks or months later. Her books are literally double the size of a normal novel and with the types of storylines, writing, and characters she produces, I’ve struggled to read it in a continual gulp over the course of a few days.

The Pact, however, I read bit-by-bit and chunk-by-chunk every day and it totally absorbed me, every step of the way.

Like most of her stuff, I don’t always admire the characters because I can relate to them or they seem like me, or something I’ve done, etc. Sometimes I feel so strongly about her characters  because I can, yet cannot understand them. She brings such rich flavour, like she’s cooking up a grand dish with herbs and spices and sauces from here and there and creates something you can’t explain but appreciate. The focus of the story — the death of Emily — is how I’d describe that. Her boyfriend, best friend, and soul mate is the one I connected and understood. Both wowed me.

I don’t like revising the book description in my reviews — after all you can just read the blurb for that. I do love expressing just how much I feel for a book and this one, my Novel Girl readers, went straight to my Best Everrr shelf. Let me point out between books I’ve finished reading and couldn’t finish I sit somewhere around 300 overall. Only 47 have made it to this shelf. This book is incredible, and anyone who loves drama, crime shows, family dynamics, but most importantly those rare love stories like The Notebook or Titanic where it’s so pure and rich you pine after it for years afterward, will fall for the outstanding power of this read.

5+ stars! Mandatory reading.

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