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BOOK REVIEW ~ AROUND THE BEND ~ BY BRITNEY KING ~ PENNY STEPHANIE

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Title: Around The Bend
Author: Britney King
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If you were to pass me on the street, you probably wouldn’t even look twice. I’m that normal. I’m just like you, only wealthier. I have it all. The kids, the family, the dog, a house on the hill. Hell—I’m so cliché, I even have a white picket fence. I guess you could say that I’ve dotted my I’s and crossed my T’s. But what I also have—what no one sees in yoga, or at Nieman Marcus, or during the dreadful Ladies Who Lunch charity events I attend (because only God knows why), and perhaps most importantly, in the school pick up line—are secrets.

Deep, dark, deadly secrets.

We all keep secrets, don’t we? We all have thoughts in our heads, things we do, things about us that if people knew, they’d be shocked…right? Well, what if one day we just decided to let the cat out of the bag, so to speak.

What if we decided to let the whole world in on our dirty little secrets? And what if along the way, as we were spilling those secrets, we realized that things aren’t always what they seem and with that knowledge, it changed the whole story?

In this book, I’m laying it all out there. The unraveling of my life. My coming undone. What one might’ve seen had they been paying attention.

What I’ve found in life is people often believe lies before they’ll believe the truth. Well, here it is, in a nutshell. I’ll let you decide which is which.

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Excerpt

Myles didn’t wait for a response. He simply grinned, grabbed her arm just above the elbow, and led her out of the bar, and back to his room. Pain was a given, she’d just realized. And sometimes, you just needed to give into it—no matter what form it showed up in.

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Jessica watched him go as she dug her toes further into the wet sand and squeezed them, watching as the muddy water poured over her feet and enveloped them. She let him get a ways ahead before she allowed herself to smile—just a little. All along she’d let him think he was breaking her, but maybe, just maybe, they’d actually been breaking each other.

Review

5 Pennies

It has been  awhile since I have had a book literally take me by surprise like this one did.  It is not just a story of broken marriages and lost love, it is so much more.

Jess thought she had it all a loving husband, two amazing children and they wanted for nothing that is until the day the accident changed it all.  Jess checked out on life and living after coming home from the accident, she would rather stay drugged and sedate then face what life had in store for her.  She had a nanny, butler and driver to take care of everything else.  But then one day her life took another turn when Spencer announced he was going to take a leave for awhile.  Jess didn’t understand but it was still not enough to get her to wake up and get a grip on life.

Myles is a former service member from the Navy; he was finishing up his current job when he got a call from Addison at the agency to see if he was a fit for this new job.  The job would be a caretaker for the property at Jess’s house, but it would end up being so much more.

Myles and Jess both have histories and are broken and seem to be just what each other need at this moment in time.

This story has twists and turns that make you have to stop and take a breath.  I had my moments of happiness but then also moments where I needed the Kleenex.  The story has attempted murder, extreme loss and everlasting love.  It is a story that made me angry at times, but in the end the lessons learned and the time spent with the ones you love was all worth it.

Britney King did an amazing job with the writing of this book.  The characters are so real, as well as the struggles they are facing.  I definitely learned to expect the unexpected as I read this book but I loved every minute….

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Author Bio

Britney King

For those of you who prefer it straight up, no chaser: Mama to five. Writer. Juggler extraordinaire. That just about covers it…

The extended version and in third person no less ;): Britney is married to a man she adores (when he isn’t driving her crazy) and is the mother of FIVE pretty amazing kids, who (surprise!) also have a habit of driving her crazy. Her best guess is that it’s genetic. She is the author of two novels, Bedrock and Breaking Bedrock, with plans to release a third and fourth in 2014. In addition, she founded a local network for women in 2012, which has grown to over 1200 members. Currently, she occupies a job she enjoys–serving and running Austin Women’s Network. To further prove that she may in fact be certifiably insane, she decided to pursue her dreams and published her debut novel in May of 2013. Then and only then, could she consider her training to be an expert (life) juggler complete.

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