Monday, January 20, 2014

REVIEW - #RPRC2014 - Stealing Promises by Brina Courtney

Promises are made to be kept, never stolen. But that’s exactly what happened to Victoria Blane and Levi Manor. Tragedy strikes their perfect relationship leaving Victoria struggling to overcome the darkness that threatens to bury her.
With Victoria’s life in tatters she decides that running away is easier than dealing with her troubles. But when a friend finds her on the floor in her kitchen, she knows it’s time for a change.

Brighton Hanley knows what it’s like to lose someone. He knows what it’s like to be haunted by things that can never change. When he meets Victoria he recognizes the pain she’s trying to bury deep in her eyes. He knows she’s trying to run away, but he also knows that you can’t run forever.

Victoria is drawn to Brighton in ways she never expected. He becomes her champion, her life line… her sunshine in the darkness. But is Victoria ready to let go of the past and grab on to her future? Or will she run away from Brighton before she can be hurt again?
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

I loved everything about Victoria Blane and Levi Manor and the dynamic between them and the history, that alone had me swooning and dreading the inevitable tragedy.
It was so very sad when she lost him the desperation and pain was so real. I was taken in by the detail of the depression that I have seen first hand before.
Kate was so instrumental and Claire they were so great with her. It takes time but the baby steps help so much. She finally after some time begins to get back on her feet. Her progress is slow going and it's always a battle not to slip back into the depression that can overtake when you least expect it.
Victoria has already taken some huge steps into getting her shattered life back when she meets Brighton at school in her group. He looks at her and makes her feel things she isn't sure about and she embarks on a journey to see if love is something she could ever do again. Lost love when it's sudden and tragic leaves a stain on the soul as far as I am concerned. This book is a raw and emotionally open look at life after the love of a lifetime and the battle to move on and live.
She deserves the new lease on life if she will allow herself to be happy, it's a really beautiful thing.
I really do love this book. I recommend it highly and I love what Brina is doing with #ipromise.
 4 of 5 Hearts

My parents wanted to name me something that couldn't be shortened so "Brina" came out of a baby book. It's pronounced like the water filter but with an "n" instead of a "t." I know I wish it was more exciting too, but sadly, it's really not. Though it's different and I like it.

 I've been writing professionally for over a year. I also teach in an elementary school and I coach high school cheerleading.

After finally landing a teach job I was only employed for two years before the furloughs started. If you're from PA you know that teachers are facing the biggest budget cuts we've ever seen, so when I lost my job I decided to start writing the Cryptid Tales novels. I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Author Brina Courtney's upcoming release Stealing Promises is an emotional account of a young woman's struggle of love, loss and finding her inner strength to move on.  Because of the hard hitting subject of the book Brina took to instagram and started #ipromise as a way to support everyone that has suffered a loss of a loved one.  Join her by posting a picture of yourself with a heart on your wrist for #ipromise
#ipromise to speak up for what i believe in every day #stealingpromises
Along with instagram she is also asking fans to donate to The Crisis Text Line.
Crisis Text Line serves young people in any type of crisis, providing them access to free, 24/7, emotional support and information they need via the medium they already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works:

  1. A teen texts into CTL anywhere, anytime.

  2. A live, trained specialist receives the text and responds quickly.

  3. The specialist helps the teen stay safe and healthy with effective, secure counseling and referrals through text message using CTL’s platform.

CTL partners with existing organizations that are experienced, highly trained, and well-equipped to respond to teens in crisis: experienced crisis centers, youth-serving organizations, and experts in the youth and mental health fields.  

Stealing Promises
The smell reached her nose before she even opened her eyes, and Victoria knew where she was. Back in the hospital, the hellhole. It had the distinct smell of cleaning supplies and death. Victoria couldn’t understand why she was back here when she had finally made the decision to take care of the pain herself. Why had Kate arrived when she did? Had she been watching her that closely? Did she expect something like this to happen? Slowly Victoria tried to move her limbs and felt the scratchy sheets beneath her skin. She looked over at the multiple stitches crisscrossing back and forth over her pale skin. This was her life. This what Victoria had done to herself. Her arm would never be the same again. But would anything else? She wasn't sure.
Stealing Promises, one girl's powerful account of love, loss, and ultimately hope.

  My #ipromise mark is tattooed on...

This goes towards my #RPRC2014
2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge,
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