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From USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino (Before We Were Strangers), a warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she’s the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel.
When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.
Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.
That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.
The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?
A must read
I was hesitant at first to read this but finished it in 2 days, such a captivating story I couldn’t put it down. I’m always searching for reads like this and am usually disappointed, but definitely not with this book. Definitely recommend.
A Great Read!
You won’t regret reading this! It’s a wonderful story, even though the characters have it right in the beginning.
The characters, the development, the story itself, it was overall a great read. I love how this author pulls her stories and characters together to make remarkable books.
However, I will say that I think the writing could use a little work, as it lacks a little depth in details.
And I wish that the ending wasn’t so rushed. I just feel that they deserved a better ending after all they went through in the story.
BUT NONETHELESS A NEW FAVORITE.
A book to remember!
Holy wow! What a refreshing, unique, and amazing read! I lost a day, I was so entranced by this story of past love, current reads, and a small amount of a love triangle. This book campfires my heart and soul and it’ll be a book to remember!