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Synopsis

 

In one day your life
can go from awesome to total shit and for me it’s going to change forever.  Who am I?
My name is PFC Jameson Carter, and I am a United States Marine, or I was
until a bomb detonated and took half of me with it.  The only thing that kept me alive was the
woman I had waiting back for me at home.
How do you go from
being a complete person to being half of something?  For me, I have help, but how can I be
anything more than half of what I used to be?
Then when the one person you count on, the person you lived for leaves
you how do you react? 
For Samantha Blalock
life is easy, she helps repair people like me, the people who lose limbs.  Something isn’t the same though, she’s
changed.  See I’ve known Samantha for
years.  She’s hiding something.  Can we help each other through these trying
times in our lives?  Or does the fact
remain that we are both irreparable?

 

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REVIEW

 

I was blown away by this story! Amanda is a first time novelist, and I was expecting a good story, but what I read was a wonderful, touching, sexy novel of a veteran coming to terms with the loss of his buddies and his legs as well as trying to find a way to live. There is his current girlfriend, and his childhood sweetheart, who is helping him adjust to his new way of living, and dealing with regret of ‘failing’ his friends.

 

This was so relatable and drew me in. There’s Sam’s secret that once revealed again took the story to new depths. How do you live when so much has been taken away from you? The title is perfect. I was rooting for Jameson all the way, frustrated by some of his choices, worried for him, and cheering him on as he began to face his fears and his past.

 

Just when I think I know where the story is headed another twist occurs. Blindsided, stunned. Wait, what just happened? There are many surprises in a small town and that can be a good thing or a bad thing. But there were really good secondary characters.  This is a standalone novel with a terrific epilogue completing it. I highly recommend this. I could see this as the beginning of a series.

 

My rating out of 5 *****:
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EXCERPT 1:
Two days later I am back in the physical therapy room, watching as men and women just like me are put back together. I can tell Sam is in her element and that she loves doing this. She sees me and walks over, hands on her hips and smirks,”Ready for day number two?”

“You’re a b****, Sam.” I raise an eyebrow and she smiles.
“Well, I’m the b**** your momma warned you about.” She laughs softly and I shake my head.
“Wow, don’t do that! You’re not Luke.” I laugh and she slaps my arm. “Hey! Don’t slap me! HELP! She’s beating me!” I yell out and the guy working with another woman on walking with her one leg and prosthetic, laughs.

 

EXCERPT 2:

 

“You promised me if I face my demon you would do the same. Well, I have been patient. I have tried to wait and see if you would do it, and you haven’t. Jameson, you either face your past and move on so we can have a future, or I am going to walk out of this door and I will leave you to delve into your past. Alone.” Wait, what? Did she just say that she was leaving me?
About the Author

 

Amanda Lanclos is from a small town right outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Most of the time you will find her with her nose in a book, or blogging on her blog.  She is an avid reader, and never expected to write a book.  One day she was inspired and her first novel was written.  She has been married to her amazing husband for three years.  Together they have a beautiful daughter, and two very bad fur-babies.  During College Football season you can find her screaming for her Tigers.

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