My Life in Shambles, a full-length contemporary standalone romance by Karina Halle is now live!
I don’t know what compels you to read a story. For me it can be a number of things, the author, the synopsis, but rarely the cover. I’m not a cover snob, I usually don’t care one way or the other. It’s the content I’m after. Every now and then a cover will “speak” to me. THIS cover…man did it ever speak to me. I could only hope the content would too.
Karina Halle has become one of my all time favorite authors. I read all her books as soon as they release. I usually know what to expect…something amazing, something worth reading. She’s an author who pours everything into her stories, whether it’s dark, or light, dirty, or sweet, every single story is worth reading. My favorites, tend to be the highly emotional, soul searching, epic loves stories, like Love, in English. If you haven’t already read Vera and Mateo’s story, you must. To this day, it’s still my favorite Halle book. However, My Life in Shambles now holds spot #2.
I’m a firm believer in destiny. Everything we do, is supposed to happen, all the choices we make, the people we meet, the places we go, it all leads in one direction. We are shaped by all of those experiences, and often times we hold ourselves back. We let our fears, our insecurities, our past, keep us from making bold moves, from opening ourselves to new ideas, to saying yes to new adventures.
My Life in Shambles, is about all of those things, to not be afraid to say yes to new people, new places, new adventures. Padraig and Valerie are both at a crossroads in their lives. Neither knows where things are heading, both are afraid of the future. Their stories while, unique and different, are still very much the same. They grapple with deep family issues, with loss, and uncertainty. Together though, they bring this calmness, it’s something that allows both of them to see more clearly, to fall in love so quickly.
There are so many things to love in this story. From the Irish setting to the wonderful side characters like Nan and the Major, even Hooter McGavin adds his own beauty to this book. The bonds of family are strong even when they’re flawed and sometimes painful.
I cannot adequately express my love for this story. I’m a sucker for the angst, for those couples that feel with all of their being. Who love to hard, you can’t ever imagine they would survive apart. Padraig and Valerie are one of those couples. This is their love story and it’s epic.
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *
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