Friday, February 14, 2014

Kismet by A.E. Woodward PLUS Giveaway!


It's LIVE!!  The much anticipated release by A.E. Woodward is available now! 

Blurb Katie’s world came crashing down in an instant. Her husband, daughter, and unborn baby. . . all gone in a flash. The life that she’d come to know, gone before she ever really got to live it. With a broken heart, she deals the only way she knows how, by shutting it all off. No communicating, no feelings, just pure nothingness. Alone with nothing but her own thoughts and a well meaning family, she moves back to her childhood home, a horse farm. It’s there that she finds herself healing along with the horses her family rehabilitates. But when Parker McKenzie comes back into her life she’s reminded of all that went wrong, and all that she lost. Will Katie ever begin to heal? Or will her secrets and loss be too much for her to overcome? Perhaps, this is her kismet.  

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I started this book without reading the blurb so I wasn't sure what I was in for. Thankfully this book didn't disappoint. 

Katie has just experienced the worst pain imaginable. In one fell swoop she loses her husband, daughter and unborn child in a car accident. Katie walks away from the crash practically unharmed physically. Emotionally she doesn't fare so well. She won't talk to anyone because talking about it makes it real. So she lies in the hospital bed and screams until the nurses give her enough drugs to knock her out. People keep talking to her in hopes she will deal with the tragedy but Katie just wants to slip into oblivion. She feels guilty that she survived. When the doctors release her from the hospital her parents and brother decide it's best if she comes home with them in hopes that her childhood home may help her heal. The horses on their farm were always a sort of therapy for Katie. What she wasn't prepared for was seeing Parker again. 

Can Katie finally come to terms with the hand that she's been dealt and be able to move on with her life? Does she deserve to have a second chance when everyone she loved has been taken away from her? 

There were a few twists in there I did not see coming especially the last one! The ending was.......I'm not sure how to describe it. It was very fitting and made the book even better. 

I won this book from the author. This review is my honest opinion.

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Hearing murmurs coming from a corner of the room, I begin to stir. My eyelids are heavy, more than likely from all the drugs. All I ever do is sleep so I couldn’t possibly be tired. In fact, I should be rested, but I’m not, for my sleep is never really restful. One horrifically painful memory, playing over and over again while I sleep, isn’t exactly my idea of a good night’s rest.

The more awake I become, the more my curiosity grows, and the faster my heart begins to beat. The anxiety is slowly creeping in again. I do my best to control it, but instead I find myself taking quick shallow breaths. The feeling is all too familiar. I know myself well enough to know that I need to calm down. I’d done it before. In fact, at one point of my life, I’d been a professional at controlling my anxiety, and I know all the strategies to get myself under control. But those strategies I learned so long ago don’t do much for me anymore. In fact, they’re useless…powerless. Just a weak David pitched against an all-too-strong Goliath. The gaping whole in my chest is just too much to overcome.

They were the only things in my life that made sense, and their love for me was the only thing that kept me going. Without it, I wouldn’t know how to go on living. Like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, Michael had put me back together and Zoe had made me whole again, igniting something deep within me that I thought had been lost forever. I feel a tear prick my eyes. If I had known that morning would be the last time I’d hug her, I would have never let go.
Eventually, despite the urge to know what’s going on around me, I stop trying to open my eyes. Lying awake, with my eyes still closed, will have to suffice. I’ve completely lost track of time. No one can talk to me about what happened because straight away I start losing it, and they have to drug me again. The two people who loved me unconditionally, are gone. It’s bad enough that I have to relive it every day and night in my dreams, I don’t need someone talking to me about it in my consciousness.

It’s unbearable to hear about them, and the way they were taken from me. The words cut through my heart, slicing through all my hopes and dreams, and leaving cut up pieces behind. I can’t deal. I won’t deal. So instead, I scream to get them to stop.
Truth is, I already know what happened, all too well in fact. It’s something that I will never forget, no matter how badly I want to. I just don’t want them, or anyone for that matter, talking to me. I don’t want to think about it. To know that I finally got what was coming to me was punishment enough.

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  1. Kismet sounds so amazing. The MC certainly has a lot to deal with! The cover is beautiful and your review made me very excited to read this one. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win. How awesome! :)

  2. I should probably include my name. :)
    ~Jess Haight


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