Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Review: All There Is by Violet Duke

****4 STARS****

This is a wonderful start to a new series from an author that is fast becoming a favourite of mine!! Duke writes a wonderful story that pulls you through a mix of emotions all perfectly reflected and timed.

Did you ever recall an event from your childhood yet when you discuss your recollection with a witness to the event that things aren't what they seem? This is the premise of this lovely story set against a background of heartache for both the characters stemming from a tragic childhood event that had a life changing effect on them and it seems inevitable that their lives cross paths again affording them the chance to find closure on a dark past.

This is a wonderful second chance story that covers some difficult subjects yet it is a joy to read and perfectly balanced with injections of humour.

I loved Emma and Jake from the offset and loved that their story started way before they meet as adults. Their story has a slow build as they sort through the mess of their shared history but you will be rooting for them all the way through.

I'm really looking forward to more from this series.

Reviewed by Vikki Ryan 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Violet Duke debuts an emotional series about letting go, starting over, and trusting in the redemptive power of love.

Emma Stevens is ready for a fresh start in Juniper Hills, but she still lives with the impossible guilt of her past: having failed to rescue her little stepbrother from a fire that decimated her childhood home and her family. Her next-door neighbor may have been the one to drag her out of the burning building that night, but it doesn’t exonerate him since he caused the fire. Not even when he shows up fourteen years later to help salvage her bakery.

Jake Rowan may not have been able to save Emma’s brother from the fire, but at least he was able to save his own brother. By taking the fall and the punishment for him, Jake managed to protect his older brother’s future…but it cost him the girl of his dreams.

Now Jake finds himself on Emma’s doorstep once again. Not to save her life this time, but to repair it. And more importantly, her heart, if she’ll let him.

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