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When you think you know what's happening, you're only half way there.
It is enough to break any man: watching what could have been my future slip away before it was ever in my grasp. The possibility of losing someone I loved before she was even mine is something I never would have imagined -certainly nothing I'd ever wish on anyone. I went to her every day and waited. Waited for the impossible, for a sign, for her to look at me ... hoping sinner are granted miracles, too.
Just one glimpse of him was all it took. In the next lane, at a stop light was the man I would fall in love with and marry. People talk about love that takes time - the kind you fall in to. We were more like a crash and burn. When our lives intertwined I knew I would never be the same. He was the man I would cherish the rest of my life, who would father my children. In an instant our life together began, and in an instant it would end. The late nights; the excuses; the lies. And in the blink of an eye, it was like we never were.
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Sweet Nothing was nothing like I expected, even while reading I found myself a little stupefied (by the end, a lot stupefied). It started off so strong, I felt a connection to the story, but also a strong involvement with the romance. The pacing of Avery and Josh's relationship was perfect, an instant connection, while still taking its time with development and just the right amount of tension. As the story progressed, it lost some momentum and began to stagnate. At the halfway mark, I felt like I had already read a complete story. This only served to pique my interest, wondering where the story could possibly be going considering it was only half way done. A big shoe was about to drop. The synopsis says it all:
"When you think you know what's happening, you're only half way there."
Even though I didn't see it coming, by the beginning of the wedding scene I had a strong sense of where this story was going. Things were about to get interesting. And they did. At first, it was a little difficult to switch gears that fast. It was such a sharp turn that I felt like I was being pulled into a completely different book. It was a little unsettling, but intriguing at the same time. As creative as I found this new twist, I felt like its development needed more time. Then it ended. It just ended. I was left feeling incomplete. Unfinished. Confused. Then I couldn't help but question my own intelligence, feeling incredibly dense because I didn't "get it." I didn't understand. So what happened? What?
So many questions.
Part of me wondered if that was possibly the intent, leave it open for interpretation, but it was hard for me not to feel like I was missing something. Did I miss something? Perhaps the whole purpose of this book was to mess with my head. And it did. My head is messed.
Very interesting read.
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About the Authors
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers series, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1. Beautiful Redemption and Beautiful Sacrifice, books two and three of the Maddox Brothers series, respectively, have also made appearances on the New York Times bestseller list.
Novels also written by Jamie McGuire include: Red Hill, an apocalyptic thriller; the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy; Apolonia, a dark sci-fi romance; and several novellas, including A Beautiful Wedding, Among Monsters: A Red Hill Novella, and Happenstance: A Novella Series.
Jamie lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with her husband, Jeff, their three children, three dogs, three horses, and a cat named Rooster. When Jamie is not writing, you can find her hiking, running, or looking for a sweater.
Find Jamie at www.jamiemcguire.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Teresa Mummert grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania where she began dating her husband when they were only sixteen years old. They married at eighteen and soon moved to Louisiana as her husband began his military career. They are the proud parents of four children, that they are raising in Georgia.
Teresa began writing when her husband was deployed to Afghanistan as a way to cope with him being away at war. She soon became a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her work includes, the word of mouth bestselling, White Trash Trilogy which landed here a three book publishing deal with Simon & Schuster. She has also written the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel The Note, The USA Today bestselling novel Safe Word, Perfect Life, Pretty Little Things, the Honor Series, Rellik, The Good Girls, Something Wicked, and Sweet Nothing.