Title:Heart of Marley
Author: T.K. Leigh
Release Date:November 3, 2014
Genre:New Adult/Romantic Suspense
To the moon and back…
From the stars to the ocean…
That was Marley and Cameron Bowen’s secret code.
Twins born just five minutes apart, they have the perfect life… Until tragedy strikes just weeks after their eighth birthday and their father is killed by a drunk driver. Having trouble coping with the loss of her soul mate, their mother tries to find comfort in drugs and alcohol… And an abusive man with a penchant for underage girls.
No longer able to stand listening to his sister’s screams and cries every night for nearly three years, Cam takes matters into his own hands and they’re finally able to escape the nightmare.
They’re finally able to start over…
But the nightmare still haunts Marley. The years go on and she is forced to put on a smile, making everyone think that she is the perfect, well-adjusted teenager that she is supposed to be… Until she is faced with a painful reminder of her past during her senior year of high school and she’s no longer able to keep on the mask that she has been compelled to wear.
Recommended for ages eighteen and over due to strong language, sexual situations, and graphic violence.
This book took me places that no other book has taken me. It is an emotional rollercoaster that keeps you on the edge of your seat with Kleenex in your hand.
Marley and Cameron; their relationship is an amazing true sibling, twin bond and friendship like no other. Cameron is Marley’s rock and protector. They both had a difficult childhood after their father passed when they were eight years old. Marley’s was extremely hard since she was the victim of abuse for three years, until Cameron was able to step in and put a stop to it.
Now they are seventeen years old, almost eighteen starting their senior year of high school. They live with their aunt and uncle and two cousins (which are now more like sisters). The community in which they live is very narrow minded and nosey, causing increase stress and expectations on Marley when she is already dealing with her own inner demons.
There is so much I want to say about this book, but I also don’t want to give anything away. I will say that the messages embedded within Marley’s story are very prevalent in today’s society and I believe are sometimes still pushed under the rug. There are so many instances of the what if, what if she had gotten help that she needed, what if Brianna had spoken up, what if Cameron hadn’t kept secrets from her, what if their father had never died. It is very easy to play the what if game, but bottom line Marley was an individual crying out for help, the signs were there but she was not being heard.
I think the message that needs to come from this book is a reminder that we are all fighting our own battles, just because others see happiness on the outside doesn’t mean there aren’t demons below the surface. It is always important to be present for your friends and family. Don’t ignore the signs or sweep topics under the rug, be the person that makes a difference.
This book was so bittersweet, I have loved Cameron since TK Leigh first introduced us to him in her previous books, but now I have to say I love him even more. Marley’s story helps us better understand what made Cam who he is today. I have to say I was emotionally wrecked after reading this book. It was difficult to recover from the story. But I enjoyed learning more about who Marley was and what great changes were made following her death.
I am not sure how TK Leigh does it when she writes, but she writes in a way that makes the reader relate to the people in the book and feel what they are feeling.
Marley and Cam’s code to know that no more harm would come is so touching I just had to include it in my review:
Cam says, “To the moon and back,” and Marley replies, “From the stars to the ocean”
Twenty Fun Fact
- I wear a shirt when I write that has Shakespeare’s face on it and says “This shit writes itself.”
- I am a middle child. I have a sister that is two years older and a sister that is two years younger.
- My favorite movie of all time is Casablanca.
- When I was 21, I did an internship working at Walt Disney World. Best seven months EVER!
- I met my husband in the parking lot of a Jimmy Buffett concert. He was working. I was drinking.
- My favorite beer is Blue Moon.
- I love the Red Sox.
- Every time I publish a new book, I drink champagne and watch Anchorman and Talladega Nights. It’s a tradition now.
- When I was moving out to California from Connecticut after graduating law school, the hubs and I drove route 66 all the way from Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier. It was such an amazing experience, and I think there may be a book in it.
- My pen name is a play on my real name. My full name is Tracy Leigh Kellam. I don’t think I need to spell out where T.K. Leigh came from. 😉
- I have a yellow jeep wrangler that I love. Her name is Savvy J.
- In my opinion, there is no such thing as too much coffee. Or peanut butter.
- I am a sushi addict.
- I am deathly afraid of snakes. I can’t even watch a movie with them in it or I’ll flip out.
- My favorite New Kid on the Block was Donnie. I’m glad I picked one that aged well.
- I am a huge proponent of “Adopt, don’t shop.” We have a dog and 3 kittens, all of whom we have found on the streets and saved.
- One of my favorite TV shows is Arrested Development.
- My favorite book of all time is The Great Gatsby. What can I say. I’m a sucker for a story with no HEA.
- I currently have 8 works in progress.
- You will all be seeing Cam and Jolene again. 😉
T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.
When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
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