All There Is by Violet Duke is now LIVE! Get ready for a beautiful, heartwarming, FEEL GOOD romance!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Violet Duke debuts an emotional series about letting go, starting over, and trusting in the redemptive power of love.
Emma Stevens made a fresh start in the small town of Juniper Hills, but she still lives with the guilt of an impossible choice from her past: saving her sister—but leaving her stepbrother behind—in a fire that destroyed their home. The boy next door may have dragged them to safety, but he also caused the fire that devastated her family. She swore she’d never forgive him, so she’s stunned when he shows up on her doorstep.
Jake Rowan has never been able to escape the worst day of his life, when he took the fall for his older brother, who started a tragic fire. Years later, he’s carved out a life as a carpenter, but when he runs into Emma again, he’s reminded of everything he’s lost—and everything he still longs for.
Jake has never forgotten Emma, the dream girl whose life he destroyed. And she’s never stopped thinking about her first crush. As they grow closer—and old secrets are unearthed—will they be able to help each other heal, or will their hearts remain broken and burdened by the past?
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3.5 Stars from Tiffany!
Cute, but not my speed
This is the first book I have read by Violet Duke as she tells a sweet and tangled tale with All There Is. It's the first in her Juniper Hill series and a great start.
From the blurb you can tell this book is going to be all kinds of complicated. Jake is the cause of the fire that changed Emma's life forever. Fourteen years have gone by and she's still thought of him every day. The good and the bad.
Jake lives with survivor's guilt with a twist. A twist I couldn't wait to see unfold. He's done his time for the crime, however will always punish himself for what he did to Emma. He's loved that girl since he was a teen and the past fourteen years apart hasn't changed those feelings a bit.
Naturally, Jake and Emma (so weird because these are my kids names) find themselves once again directly in each other's lives. He's there to help and she doesn't need him, but she does really. They both carry mountains and mountains of guilt and the back and forth was almost exhausting at one point.
I liked Jake and I liked Emma, however I needed more from thier story. More heat, angst or something to keep me interested page after page. The secret was constantly looming for Jake and I hate to admit this, I started skimming to get to it.
The book is well written with a short epilogue. Along with Jake and Emma we meet Emma's sister Megan and Jake's brother Carter. It is a small town setting, so the quirky neighbors also help bring the story along. Violet Duke set the second book up nicely and while not totally in my wheelhouse, I will read it because again, we're going into it with some heavy extenuation circumstances. Plus I know what to expect from her writing now.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education ecstatic to be on the other side of the page now writing emotion-rich stories with fun, everyday characters and sweet, sexy match-ups. Since her debut series in 2013, over a million readers have put all four of Violet’s laugh & cry contemporary romance series on bestseller lists and Top 10 charts across the major eretailers, both in the U.S. and internationally. When she isn’t feeding her book-a-day addiction, Violet enjoys doing far too many things without checking the directions first (often with outrageous power tools she has no business operating), and cooking impossible-to-replicate ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. She lives in Hawai’i with her kids (Violet & Duke) and Mr. Violet Duke (their ringleader), with a PJs-and-rubber-slippers work dress code she takes very seriously.
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