Friday, October 4, 2013

Strangers by A. L. Parks

Book description:

 Bereaved bride Abby Clark is tortured by visions of the fatal crash that took her fiancée on their wedding day.  She succumbs to a dark existence where loneliness, sadness and nightmares dwell; until handsome, brooding Bryce Holden walks through the door of her favorite coffee shop, wearing the same cloak of despair and grief.  Abby discovers in Bryce someone who understands love and loss, and soon their close friendship grows into a deep love.  But ghosts make strange bedfellows, and Abby is forced to battle the tormenting images that continue to haunt her, and confront the ethereal presence of a beloved wife to protect her future with Bryce.

Our 4 Star Review:

 A terrible tragidy stripped Abby of everything she thought she ever wanted on the day she was supposed to get. Four years later Abby is still greaving the death of her fiance on their wedding day which also happend to be Valientines day. While sitting at a coffee shop on that horrible day in walk Bryce. With one look they both see the pain of loss within each other and become friends. Throughout the following weeks and months they both finally begin to heal from the sadness that enveloped both their lives because of their losses. As time goes by Abby feels more than just friendship between, but because she is too terrified to lose being Bryce's friend she holds back from telling him her feelings for fear he won't reciprocate. When something terrible and unexpected happens it could be the push to finally bring them together. But will they both ever be able to truely more on from their pasts?

Abby's pain from what happened to her comes through so well that you feel as though it actually happened to you. And when Bryce tells her about his loss you can see her compassion and understanding for what he's going through too. I loved seeing how these two broken souls came together to heal each other, even if their fear and stuborness to try for something more could have ruined them. I cried with them, laughed with them, and felt what their were both feeling like it was happening to me.
About the Author
A.L. Parks currently lives outside Washington D.C. with her family. They spend many hours exploring the area and the deep history of this beautiful land, while experiencing as much of life's wonders as possible. She has traveled abroad and lived in almost every corner of the U.S., and hopes her writing reflects various cultures, people, and places.

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