Spotlight: Editing Bootcamp: A Fiction writer’s guide to self-editing: Part 1 (TBC WRITER’S TOOLKIT BOOK 11) by Dola Basu Singh

 

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EDITING BOOTCAMP: A FICTION WRITER’S GUIDE TO SELF-EDITING PART 1 (TBC WRITER’S TOOLKIT BOOK 11)

by

Dola Basu Singh


 

Blurb

Looking to self-publish on a low budget but can’t compromise on quality?

Want to polish your book before querying an agent?



Are you a newbie fiction editor wanting to learn developmental editing?



Don’t worry, I’ve got your back.



Lots of books teach the craft of writing but not many focus on reworking, polishing, or self-editing. Learning editing skills shouldn’t be restricted to a privileged few. All writers should have access to strategies that can change a crude first draft into a polished work of art.



Editing Bootcamp will demystify the editing process by showing you how to spot and avoid common pitfalls, and correct the mistakes.



Inside you’ll find:

•Actionable steps for all stages of editing.

•Seven fiction elements including structure, point of view, characters, dialogue and more.

•Handy editing checklists.



Take your writing to the next level with this concise how-to guide. Edit yourself into print.

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“Dola Basu Singh is a cozy mystery author and a professionally trained fiction editor. Many of her short stories have been published and she has won an Editor’s Choice award from Indiereads for her short fiction.



She lives in a small yet picturesque village in Punjab, India, and loves nothing better than to sit under the mango tree in her courtyard with a book in hand, sometimes day-dreaming and sometimes writing, when she is not otherwise occupied editing manuscripts or reading storybooks with her son.”

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A Barren Heart: What comes after Happily Ever After by Shilpa Suraj

ABarrenHeartWhen I came to know that Shilpa Suraj was coming out with her new book, I just could not wait to get the book in my hands. And I am so grateful to Shilpa and Debdatta for providing me with an ARC of the book, A barren heart: What comes after Happily Ever After.

The blurb:

When having it all isn’t enough…

Aman and Rhea seem to have the perfect marriage. They are madly in love – with each other, with their own careers and the home and life they are building in a quiet Mumbai suburb.

Rhea is a successful interior designer with a thriving business while Aman is a commercial pilot who is at peace with his life, on the ground and in the skies! What could possibly be lacking in their picture-perfect marriage?

A baby.

Like most women, thirty plus Rhea Chakraborty, wants to hold her own flesh and blood in her arms. And Aman too wants the same.

Or does he?

After another unexplained miscarriage that takes a severe emotional, physical, and psychological toll on them, Aman isn’t sure if having a baby will complete them or destroy them.

Suddenly, Rhea and Aman find the fabric of their stable marriage fraying beneath the strain of their failed conceptions. Where once they were a team with a common goal, they now find themselves on opposite sides with shifting goalposts.

A Barren Heart is set in so-called modern India and is the story of the struggle of an affluent, educated couple who are still fighting the shackles of societal indoctrination and expectations and losing each other in the process.

The story:

Rhea Chakraborty belongs to a stereotypical loud family comprising of three siblings, two brothers and a sister, and parents who adored each one of them. They were a chaotic, crazy bunch; loved one another to bits and meddled like mad in each other’s lives by always checking up on the rest of the brood.

Aman Gill’s childhood had passed in confusion, drama and hurt. An only child with a mother who loved Mumbai’s nightlife more than her family and a father who drank himself to death because of it had left Aman with no one but himself to rely on. He lost his father just before his tenth board exams and he became the man of the house, growing up way before his time. He and his mother had nobody else but one another, but they did not seem to know what to do with each other.

Aman met Rhea on his first day in junior college and before he quit the college to jin pilot training, she proposed to him and assured him  that she had her business plan all sorted out and she would support him till he got a job. That was two years ago.

Rhea is an interior designer, runs her own small but successful firm with a tie up with  three leading architects in Mumbai. Capt. Aman Gill, a commercial pilot with a private airline is the love of her life, her rock, the stable foundation to her forever tumultuous world.

Married for two years, they have been trying to have a baby but another unexplained miscarriage takes a severe emotional, physical, and psychological toll on them. Aman is in two minds and Rhea is devastated. But will their marriage survive this disaster??

My take:

Almost all the love stories that we read have a happy ending. Some have an epilogue for the reader to have an idea as to what happens next, but there are few stories that talk about the problems a happy marriage might face. This is one of them.

The author has actually dealt with a very common problem many couples face, the smile that goes missing when one line in a test goes missing.

The characters are realistic and relatable, as are their problems. They have been created and developed beautifully with their flaws, insecurities and strengths. I could feel for Rhea as well as Aman and the problems they were going through and how they both had their own way of dealing with it. I loved their neighbour and friend, Ishita and her understanding nature. I loved the Chakraborty family’s closeness and the understanding between Rhea and her brothers and parents.

The story is simple and the story moves at a fast pace. And the way it has been written, I never felt that I was reading a story, I actually felt that I was a part of their lives and that they were sharing their experiences with me. The book is unputdownable and I really loved the book and am looking to read many more books from the author.

DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

Release Day Blitz ~  A Barren Heart by Shilpa Suraj

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A Barren Heart by Shilpa Suraj

 

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When having it all isn’t enough…

Aman and Rhea seem to have the perfect marriage. They are madly in love – with each other, with their own careers and the home and life they are building in a quiet Mumbai suburb.
Rhea is a successful interior designer with a thriving business while Aman is a commercial pilot who is at peace with his life, on the ground and in the skies! What could possibly be lacking in their picture-perfect marriage?
A baby.
Like most women, thirty plus Rhea Chakraborty, wants to hold her own flesh and blood in her arms. And Aman too wants the same.
Or does he?
After another unexplained miscarriage that takes a severe emotional, physical, and psychological toll on them, Aman isn’t sure if having a baby will complete them or destroy them.
Suddenly, Rhea and Aman find the fabric of their stable marriage fraying beneath the strain of their failed conceptions. Where once they were a team with a common goal, they now find themselves on opposite sides with shifting goalposts.
A Barren Heart is set in so-called modern India and is the story of the struggle of an affluent, educated couple who are still fighting the shackles of societal indoctrination and expectations and losing each other in the process.

RELEASING TODAY!
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About Shilpa Suraj:
Shilpa Suraj wears many hats – corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.
An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.
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Love.exe: A Sweet Romantic Comedy Making You Fall in Love by Manju Nambiar

LoveExeI received Love.exe: A Sweet Romantic Comedy Making You Fall in Love by Manju Nambiar as a review copy from the BookClub and am thankful to Rubina and . A simple romance, it really leaves a smile on the face of the reader. And just thinking of the story long after I finished it, still makes me smile.

The blurb:

If you are looking for a feel-good heart warming love story with a happy ending, this is your right pick!

Nitya Balakrishnan, a young girl from Kerala had it all planned out. She was going to live a life of her dreams in the United States of America. And she thought she had nailed it, when she was accepted into one of the best universities of the world. But cosmos had other plans and conspired to drop love.exe into her.

He came with a bang and stole her away in a breath. Love was not quite there in her agenda, but her heart wouldn’t hear of it. The human heart has its own little brain with its strange logic that remains elusive to our reasoning. For once, she just let it be, only to realize that there is no undo button.

This coming of age, beautiful tale of love, relationships and dreams would prick your soul, bring a smile to you, and tear up your eyes. A must read!

The story:

Nitya Balakrishnan, 21, is in the final year of Computer Engineering at NIT, Calicut, when she gets admission to the Stanford University class of 2006. She is a topper in her school and college and has big dreams. But, her mother is not very happy and tries to tell her to join the job that she has got at Microsoft in Hyderabad. She resorts to emotional blackmail and her mother relents when her uncle intervenes. Now, her family wants her to meet a boy who lives across the road from her University and marry him, if she likes him.

Enter Ganapaty, the boy his family has chosen for her, the boy who lives right across the road from her university in the US. The only child of his parents, Ganapaty, is in India for some official work and also to take care of his terminally ill father.

Nitya likes him, though she had not liked his mother, and agrees to marry him. But a day after the engagement, Ganapaty goes back to the US. Then his mother suggests that after the wedding, Nitya should shift with them to Chennai and take care of his father with her and go to the US later. And Ganapaty does not counter her.

Nitya, with the support of her family, calls of the wedding, and continues with her Stanford plans. She works hard, makes new friends and lands herself a job in the US.

And her office has a new senior employee, Ganapaty……

My take:

The story is simple and has been written in a language that is easy to understand. Nitya is the typical girl next door, belongs to a simple, conservative family and respects her parents. The relationship between Nitya and her parents has been described beautifully. Ganapaty’s character left me wanting for more. His relationship with his family and also other members of his family seemed a little incomplete, but maybe that’s how it is meant to be, like men, secretive (no offence meant).

The conversations between the characters were my highpoint of the story. Be it between Nitya and her mother, Andy and Nitya or for that matter Ganapaty and Nitya. When Ganapaty meets Nitya and asks on a scale of 1 to 10, her thoughts about the things was the best. Nitya’s heart to heart conversation with her father made me cry.

The story has a lot of things, family relationships, humour, arranged marriage, romance, friendship, happiness, sadness, surprise and the best part is the twist in the tale.

I just could not keep the book down, I loved the pace and the descriptions. The author has described love like the setup of a computer programme, something that was very unique to the book.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

A Teaspoon of Trouble (The Bachelor Bake-Off Book 1) by Shirley Jump

51dmq8ZpOrLA Teaspoon of Trouble by Shirley Jump is book number one in the Bachelor Bake-Off series. This is chef Carolyn Henderson and vet Matthew West’s story set in Marietta, Montana.

The blurb:

Type-A chef Carolyn Hanson has walked away from her job at a trendy NYC restaurant after an abrupt family tragedy. Now, as a guardian to her four-year-old niece, Emma, and a very disobedient mutt – kids and dogs are so not her skill set – moving back to Marietta, Montana seems the best temporary option. But when confronted by her parents’ declining health, Carolyn has to face reality. And she’s going to need some serious help. So who better to ask than Matthew West, a blast from her high school past… and as hunky and helpful as ever.

Vet – and very eligible, if reluctant, Bachelor – Matthew West can’t believe his luck when his high school crush stumbles through his door. Dogs, kids, and gorgeous damsels in distress. Carolyn needs help with the pup, and he needs help whipping up delicious concoctions for the Bachelor Bake-Off. So she wants to make a deal: dog obedience lessons for cooking tips… but Matthew wants to broker quite a bit more…

The story:

Carolyn Hanson always felt that she lived on the outskirts of her family, in the periphery except when she was with her sister or at her grandfather’s place. She had been closer to her grandfather than her father and he was the only person who knew what drove her and seemed to understand her and had taught her to cook. Besides her grandfather, Matthew West had this uncanny ability to know her, and understand her thoughts. He was wildly in love with Carolyn and his entire world centred around her and her smile. He had told her that he had no intentions to leave Marietta and she had realised that if she stayed here, all her plans would disappear. So, after senior year of high school,  Carolyn left her hometown, Marietta and her boyfriend in her rearview mirror.

Now, ten years later, Carolyn is a sous chef at a busy restaurant in Manhattan, working eighty hours a week, and on the verge of being promoted to head chef. . She lives as sparsely as possible, hasn’t had a relationship in two years and had always vowed she’d never get married or have kids. She gets a call telling her that she is the guardian of her four year old niece, Emma, after the death of her sister, Sandy, and brother in law, Bob, in a car accident. With Emma comes Roscoe, her ‘puppy’.  She has met Emma only a handful of times and now had to take care of her, and her dog and she does not know how to handle it.

Raising a four year old and a “puppy” was going to be impossible in Manhattan, so she decides move Emma from Wyoming and go back home to Montana and figure out a plan because plans give her comfort, direction and structure and also because she hopes that her parents will take Emma because she cannot handle a child or a puppy.

Six years ago, Matthew had set up his veterinary practice in Marietta after going away for college. Now, he has signed up as one of the sponsors for the Bake-Off challenge, a baking challenge by the Chamber of Commerce for collecting donations for converting a an empty house in town into a community centre for kids and teens. Married and divorced two years ago, he is the perfect eligible bachelor for the challenge and somehow, he has been convinced to bake on stage, as one of the eight contestant. He has a problem, he cannot bake. He is surprised to see Carolyn walk into his clinic with a little girl and a dog in tow.

So, keeping the situation and problems in mind, she has an offer for him, he trains Roscoe, the incorrigible dog and she teaches him how to bake.

My take:

I love romance and second-chance romances are the best. A simple story about a girl who has lost her sister, and does not know how to deal with the loss and then there is a little girl and her dog, who are now her responsibility. The author has developed the characters in detail and the story has been written from the point of view of both the characters. I loved Emma, her antics and of course, Roscoe. The conversations between Emma and Carolyn were so natural, stilted at first and improving as time goes by. I loved the comfort level that Emma has with Matt right from the moment she meets him and how they bond with each other.

As with the other book of the series, the baking part was fun and the suspense as to who wins makes the story a quick read. The language is simple and easy to understand.

Marietta books have become my personal favourite and I can actually picturise so many locations now. The characters and places from other Marietta books make it more enjoyable.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I plan to read more of her books and also the other books in the Bachelor-Bakeoff series.

 

Spotlight: LOVE.EXE:  A Sweet Romantic Comedy Making You Fall in Love by Manju Nambiar

 

 
LOVE.EXE: 

A Sweet Romantic Comedy Making You Fall in Love by 

Manju Nambiar


 

Blurb
If you are looking for a feel-good heartwarming love story with a happy ending, this is your right pick!Nitya Balakrishnan, a young girl from Kerala had it all planned out. She was going to live the life of her dreams in the United States of America. And she thought she had nailed it when she was ac-cepted into one of the best universities in the world. But the cosmos had other plans and conspired to drop love.exe into her.



He came with a bang and stole her away in a breath. Love was not quite there in her agenda, but her heart wouldn’t hear of it. The human heart has its own little brain with its strange logic that remains elusive to our reasoning. For once, she just let it be, only to realize that there is no un-do button.



This coming of age, a beautiful tale of love, relationships, and dreams would prick your soul, bring a smile to you, and tear up your eyes. A must-read!

Grab your copy @



Amazon.in | Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk About the author

 


“My work is mostly reflections on the society with a satirical flavor. The characters in my book are people you can easily connect to and have met all your lives. I try to make the read entertain-ing, light and pleasant. To me, writing is a medium to spread comfort, positivity and good hu-mor.



I have had a racing mind since childhood, which does all kinds of analysis, interpretations and con-clusions of everyday mundane events but have always held my tongue tight for fear of sound-ing politically incorrect. I found writing to be a perfect platform where I got to finally vocalize my thoughts and ideas. 



Manju Nambiar hails from the southern state of Kerala, India. A computer engineer by profession, she now works in one of the leading firms in San Jose, California where she lives with her husband and daughter. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, playing with her daughter and catching up on the latest technologies and trends in the Valley.”

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The Mistletoe Mishap by Michelle Lynn Brown

51BvU0ixo4LThe Mistletoe Mishap by Michelle Lynn Brown is a book that I bought because of its beautiful cover.

The blurb:

Will a mishap under the mistletoe lead to a lifetime of love?

The last thing Caitlin McConnell wanted to do was spend her Christmas in her hometown of Mistletoe, Texas. The town is filled with bad memories and broken dreams. When the woman who took Caitlin in during her father’s incarceration begs her to come home, she reluctantly agrees, also letting it slip that she’ll be coming home with her fiancé. But two days before her departure, her would-be fiancé breaks up with her, and the whole embarrassing ordeal is overheard by Tristan Harding, who comes to her rescue and gets her through the night.

Tristan has spent the last year struggling with his very public breakup and struggling to finish his novel. When his agent offers her home in Mistletoe as a refuge to write, he reluctantly agrees. But on his first day into the town, he runs into Caitlin and the two find they are the focus of the town’s attention. When an innocent dinner fuels the rumors circling the them, people mistakenly think Tristan is Caitlin’s fiancé. Word of their engagement gives him a break from the pressure his agent is putting on him to write, and Caitlin provides an enticing distraction to staring at a blank screen.

As they agree to keep up the charade, Caitlin begins to wish they were a real couple. Will the Mistletoe mishap lead to love, or just more disappointment for Caitlin?

The story:

Caitlin McConnell has been invited to spend Christmas in Mistletoe, Texas, her hometown, by Irma, the lady who looked after her when her father was not around and she is supposed to go with her fiancé. But, when Caitlin is attending her boss, Britney’s wedding, her boyfriend breaks off with her. And that too in public and this is witnessed by Tristan, who is also one of the guests. And he helps her keep her head high at the wedding.

Tristan Harding, an international bestselling author, is in the process of writing his next book. His agent, Martha gives him an offer to stay at her vacation home in a quaint little town, Mistletoe, and write his next novel.

Though, Caitlin is now a successful marketing assistant for the vice president of one of the top marketing firms in San Antonio. She does not want to visit the town as she has bad memories of the town but she decides to go because Irma wants her there. She is gratified that she is driving her new car and would be staying there in her dream house and is hopeful that things would be different in Mistletoe. And when she is on the way to Mistletoe, Britney calls her to say that one of her mother’s wayward clients is staying in the main house so she may run into him, but she should not get shocked.

She realises that Britney’s mother’s wayward client is Tristan. One thing leads to another and there is a rumour of them being engaged and he suggests that they should continue it for some time as that would give them both more time.

What happens next………….

My take:

I loved the cover, the story and the characters. The characters are realistic and so is the conversation between them. I loved the little town and its traditions.

The story is enjoyable and I loved the simple language and how the story flows. This is my first book by the author and I plan to read more books by her.

Overall, a simple romance in a cute setting.

A Spoonful of Sugar (The Bachelor Bake-Off Book 2) by Kate Hardy

51JObe1nDULI received the book A Spoonful of Sugar (The Bachelor Bake-Off Book 2) by Kate Hardy from BookBub.

The blurb:

Tyler Carter is a healthy-eating gym owner who doesn’t bake. When his employees enter him into a bake-off contest to raise money for Harry’s House, an after school space for kids commemorating local first responder Harry Monroe, he needs to learn–fast!
Shy special needs teacher Stacey Allman loves to bake and often dreams of sharing her confections with her uber fit, gorgeous neighbor. So when Tyler sets off his smoke alarm and explains his dilemma, she can’t resist the temptation of playing pastry chef tutor. He offers boxing lessons in exchange. More time together? Yes please.

But when Tyler’s ex comes back to Marietta asking for his help, will it derail Stacey and Tyler’s chance at love, or will it make them see that they’re the perfect fit?

The story:

Tyler Carter, a gym owner, always eats healthy and never heats cake. He is in a soup as his team signs him up for the Bachelor Bake-Off Challenge that the Chamber of Commerce is holding to raise money for Harry’s House, an after school space for kids commemorating local first responder Harry Monroe.

Stacey Allman, 27, a special needs teacher, who had moved into the apartment next door to him about six months ago, does quite a bit of baking.  Though, he does not know her well enough to greet her in the lobby, he thinks that she would be the ideal person to help him through the next few weeks as she knew how to bake.

They become friends and he helps her overcome her problems. Stacey has her own hang ups and Tyler is not looking for romance, but friendship and someone who could help him make difference to the world. And then his girlfriend of five years makes an entry….

My take:

I liked the book and also how it is located in Marietta, Montana. The characters and familiar places from other Marietta books makes the setting familiar.

The characters are nice and real and flawed. The author has handled Stacey’s hangups very nicely. The feelings of both the characters have been described beautifully and the understanding between them has been depicted well.

The language is simple and the story is fast paced, I really enjoyed the baking challenge and waited for the outcome. The recipes in the book seem to be worth trying and I shall try them soon.

I loved the book and am waiting to read more books from the author as well as from the series.

Why the book is named such, read it and find out…

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from BOOKBUB.

Love in the Spotlight by Laura Burton

litsI received the book Love in the Spotlight by Laura Burton as a review copy from BookSprout and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Faking a relationship on reality TV is harder than you think.

Melissa Jones

I applied to be on my favourite TV show,  The Love Trials, as a joke.  I never expected to get chosen.

I mean, come on! I’m single, for one thing. It’s a couples game. 

And yet, here I am. In a Scottish castle––no less––and about to make a fool of myself on national television.

The producers say they’re going to match me up with a total stranger. We need to fool the other couples––and the British public––that we are totally legit. Easy enough, right?
The prize money will help me quit working for my lousy boss and start up my own business.  My ticket to getting out of my tiny village and move to London! I just have to make sure I don’t mess this up. And at no point, can I actually fall for the guy. Oh no. True love is off the table. 

Love in the Spotlight is a single-narrative rom-com based in the United Kingdom. With lots of laugh-out-loud mishaps, hidden agendas,  unexpected twists and a boatload of swoon-worthy romance.  Ever wanted to know what it’s like to meet the man of your dreams on a reality TV show? Scroll up and one-click now.

Author note: Love in the Spotlight is a steamy-clean romantic comedy with all of the sizzle but no sex or offensive language. 

The story:

Twenty eight year old Melissa Jones lost her parents in a helicopter crash and moved from one foster home to another till and her best friend and room-mate, Elsie, could be old enough to live independently. Now, she works as an assistant to an events manager. As a dare from her best friend, Mel applies as a contestant in the 20th season of her favourite reality TV show, Love Trials. She applies because she knows that she will be rejected as she does not have a boyfriend. But to her surprise, she is selected.  She decides that if she wins, she would move to London and set up her own planning business. And she reaches the Scottish Castle, the venue for the show and meets Ronan, a total stranger, who is going to be her fake boyfriend for the show. All she has to do is pretend that she is head over heels in love with Ronan.

Ronan is an only child who was raised by a single mother. He is here for a purpose, he needs his half of the prize money urgently and desperate times call for desperate measures.

Ronan is attractive but Melissa cannot have a crush on this guy as both of them are in the game for the prize money involved. And she cannot ignore the fact that he has the right personality for her.

My take:

This is the first book that I have read from this author and I am sure I will read more of her books.

The story has been written in first person from Melissa’s point of view. The characters have been developed in such a way that we got know them little by little as the story proceeded. I really wanted to know a bit more about both of them. The conversation between the characters is realistic and I could actually visualize some of the scenes.

And the reality show ensured that I could not keep the book down as I really wanted to know what happened next.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from BOOKSPROUT in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

The Lost Sheenan’s Bride by Jane Porter

sheenan6The Lost Sheenan’s Bride by Jane Porter is the sixth and last book of the Sheenan series and is the story of the lost Sheenan boy, Shane.

The blurb:

Trying to get over a broken heart, twenty-four year old teacher Jet Diekerhof takes a gap year to travel and have an adventure. Her practical farming family is horrified until Jet’s older sister Harley gets her a long term sub position at a one room school house in Montana’s Paradise Valley. Jet’s grateful it’s 775 miles from her overly involved family—and the guy who broke her heart. She’s also sworn off men until meeting darkly handsome Shane Swan changes everything…

Thirty-four year old Shane Swan has been an outsider since birth. Raised by his maternal grandmother near Flathead Lake, Montana, until her death when he was four, meant he ended up in foster care. But ever smart, determined, and ambitious, Shane has become one of the most successful writers in America. Yet none of his success has answered the burning question: why was he the one given away, and his brothers kept? Now Shane has moved to Marietta to unravel the secrets and lies and what it means to be a Sheenan, and nobody is closer to the Sheenans than Brock’s young sister-in-law, Jet.

Normally Shane would never use a woman, but if Jet can connect him with the keys to his past, he doesn’t seem to have choice. Until he begins to fall for her. Can two strangers, who were never meant to be, believe in love again?

The story:

Jet Diekerhof, 24, has been the quintessential book girl, teacher’s pet and had thrived in school. She is one person who abides by the rules. After graduating, she had earned a teaching credential and after one year of teaching, she was disillusioned as ever. So Brock’s wife, her sister asks her to come to Marietta to spend her gap year, Jet accepts. And she takes up a job as a teacher in the local school against a leave vacancy.

Shane Swan was four when he went into foster care when his grandmother who raised him after his mother left him there, died. Now, at 34, he is a successful writer from Manhattan, who writes under the pen name, Sean S. Finley. He rents the Sheenan ranch from Dillon to write a book, but he is actually in Marietta to find out about his past after he realises that he is a Sheenan.

In Marietta, the Sheenans, except Trey, are liked and respected. But the family has its secrets and feuds and Shane is a part of that. This family was supposed to be his family, but this family chose to give him up. And he hates them, despises them and after living in their house for nine months, he is almost consumed with them. All the Sheenans boys except Brock Sheenan, the eldest, have kept their distance from him after Cormac Sheenan realises that the book is about a tragedy that took place there years ago and if things come to light, many people would be upset.

So, he wants to use Jet to get close to the Sheenans but hates himself for doing so because he wants to protect her from himself and rest of the dangers in the world. He meets her and they become friends. She is fascinated by him, though he is not an open book and deflects attention from his personal life to safe topics like movies and novels and places that they had both travelled.  The Sheenans tell her to stay away from him.

A thirty four year old internationally acclaimed writer and a twenty four year old school teacher should have little in common but when they were together, it felt right and natural and interesting and exciting.

I also liked the interaction between Shane and his siblings. One minute they wanted to pound him into the ground, the next they were welcoming him to the family.

My take:

I loved this story and the characters. The characters from the previous books make an appearance and also some parts of the fifth book in the series are there in the book. Still, this book can be read as a standalone. But I feel, reading the previous books in the series will make this one more interesting.

There is family, there is loyalty, there is mystery, there is friendship and there is love. The author has woven this story around the suspense and the Sheenans and I really wanted the suspense to be over soon.

The scenes have been described in detail and I could actually picturise a lot of the story. The conversations between the characters are so realistic.

And I must confess that I loved all the books in the series as I binge read them and am sad that this is the last book in the series. I would definitely love to read more about the Sheenans.