Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Blog Tour: Around the Bend by Britney King

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Title: Around The Bend
Author: Britney King
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If you were to pass me on the street, you probably wouldn’t even look twice. I’m that normal. I’m just like you, only wealthier. I have it all. The kids, the family, the dog, a house on the hill. Hell—I’m so clich√©, I even have a white picket fence. I guess you could say that I’ve dotted my I’s and crossed my T’s. But what I also have—what no one sees in yoga, or at Nieman Marcus, or during the dreadful Ladies Who Lunch charity events I attend (because only God knows why), and perhaps most importantly, in the school pick up line—are secrets.
Deep, dark, deadly secrets.
We all keep secrets, don’t we? We all have thoughts in our heads, things we do, things about us that if people knew, they’d be shocked…right? Well, what if one day we just decided to let the cat out of the bag, so to speak.

What if we decided to let the whole world in on our dirty little secrets? And what if along the way, as we were spilling those secrets, we realized that things aren’t always what they seem and with that knowledge, it changed the whole story?

In this book, I’m laying it all out there. The unraveling of my life. My coming undone. What one might’ve seen had they been paying attention.

What I’ve found in life is people often believe lies before they’ll believe the truth. Well, here it is, in a nutshell. I’ll let you decide which is which.
Well this book caught me by surprise.  I am guilty of always trying to predict the storyline but I was well and truly duped this time.  I did not guess the outcome of this at all but I did enjoy the ride.
Jessica's life was changed overnight after a car accident left her in hospital and rehab as she struggled to recover from her injuries.  This left her using pain relief and alcohol as a coping mechanism which has caused a lot of sadness for her children and her husband is spending more time away from home.
Jessica has a pretty extravagant lifestyle, she comes from a well off family background and lives in a beautiful home, has hired help and wants for nothing.  Except her life back they way it was before the accident.
Myles Ingram is newly employed in her household staff and after meeting Jessica is determined to help her.  He is a Navy SEAL having a bit of time out between assignment.  Myles is looking at Jessica's situation from the outside, he knows once he formulates a plan and puts it into action that he can make her life better.
Despite the fact that Jessica puts a up a fight when it comes to Myle's plans, these two do form a friendship of sorts which will leave an everlasting imprint on both of them.  He shows her that she does have strength if she digs deep enough.   She in turn is also helping him.  Showing him that he too needs to let go of the past to move forward with his life.
"Sometimes people come into our lives for reasons we may not understand at the time, but that these people end up changing the course of our lives - forever and for the better."
This is a beautiful story of self love and healing.  Two people who started out as strangers  but taught each other how to forgive and feel again.  This is about being open to the possibilities that come from simply living life one day at a time.  This a bittersweet story that completely caught me off guard but I too learnt from it.
I give this 3.5 stars
ATB Teaser 4
Myles didn’t wait for a response. He simply grinned, grabbed her arm just above the elbow, and led her out of the bar, and back to his room. Pain was a given, she’d just realized. And sometimes, you just needed to give into it—no matter what form it showed up in.
Jessica watched him go as she dug her toes further into the wet sand and squeezed them, watching as the muddy water poured over her feet and enveloped them. She let him get a ways ahead before she allowed herself to smile—just a little. All along she’d let him think he was breaking her, but maybe, just maybe, they’d actually been breaking each other.
Britney King
For those of you who prefer it straight up, no chaser: Mama to five. Writer. Juggler extraordinaire. That just about covers it...
The extended version and in third person no less ;): Britney is married to a man she adores (when he isn't driving her crazy) and is the mother of FIVE pretty amazing kids, who (surprise!) also have a habit of driving her crazy. Her best guess is that it's genetic. She is the author of two novels, Bedrock and Breaking Bedrock, with plans to release a third and fourth in 2014. In addition, she founded a local network for women in 2012, which has grown to over 1200 members. Currently, she occupies a job she enjoys--serving and running Austin Women's Network. To further prove that she may in fact be certifiably insane, she decided to pursue her dreams and published her debut novel in May of 2013. Then and only then, could she consider her training to be an expert (life) juggler complete.
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