Saturday, October 19, 2013

Broken Promises by Dawn Pendleton

Title:  Broken Promises
Author: Dawn Pendleton
Series:  Broken Series #1
Published:  April 18th 2013
Page Count:  290
Genre:  NA Contemporary Romance
Shelf:  Books I Bought
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

After three years in Boston attending college, Mallory Wells has come home to Casper, Maine to care for her father, who is dying from cancer. She left Casper without looking back, leaving her small-town life and everyone in it, behind. Including her sexy high school sweetheart.

Luke Bates was devastated when Mallory left him for the city life. He managed to pull himself together and move on, even if only just barely. When Mallory shows up in town, Luke vows to stay away from her at all costs. So why does he keep checking in on her and her father, showing up when he's clearly uninvited? Maybe Luke isn't as 'over her' as he thought.

My Review:

What a phenomenal story. You have your romance, along with real world issues all wrapped up in one fantastic package. Everything was laid out in such a vividly realistic and visual manner that I feel like I lived this novel. This is one of those stories that brings tears to your eyes for multiple different reasons. I cried both sad and happy tears throughout. The novel had a very mellow & down to earth pace that fit well with the plot and subject matter while still keeping you interested and caught up in the story.

The characters in this novel were brilliant. I can’t remember the last time that I was so invested in the lives of two characters in a novel, let alone the entire cast. They were all realistic and real people dealing with real world issues. It was great. My only issue with any of the characters was Rainy. Everyone knew something was up with her. Heck, the characters even know what it is. Unfortunately Pendleton doesn’t fill her readers in on this. I’m sure we’ll find out what it is later in the series, but it was talked around so many times in the novel that not knowing is driving me loopy.

Overall, this was a brilliant novel that I definitely read in a single sitting. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone. The author had my emotions tied in knots and had me guessing what would happen next, while taking me on a very spectacular will they won’t they journey. I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with.

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