First of all I just want to say how awed I am by this author not only because this is her first book but because she has given us something special she's put her heart and soul into this book. This isn't a fiction Novel it's A Memoir, it's her life it's her experience its raw, intense and had me gripped at the edge of my seat and reading at all hours to see where it was going and how frankly she became who she is today.
This is C.J and Grants story and although it is an Affair (for me) it didn't feel wrong nor much of an affair as I connected to both and saw C.J's struggles at the beginning, it didn't phase me if your worried about Angst I really honesty don't think you need to worry here again just My point of view.
What's it about
Don't we when we're young want love? we want to feel cherished, savoured and loved. We want to find that special person yet you can rush into something which isn't right because you want a family and you want to be happy, sometimes those aspects make us miserable.
C.J was young and she wanted to find the one except she wanted to do what was right in turn she ended up with someone that took a lot of work again love isn't always easy it takes time and work and as a woman I think we can do what we think is right for the people around us therefore C.J settled with someone she wasn't necessarily in love with but just liked. I sympathised.
Except as time went by she knew she wasn't happy.
This spans of a period of time where she fell for the man of her dreams and when she caught sight of Grant she knew he was meant to be hers. Ultimately this is a story about how they met, how they fell and how they became each others Loves.
What I enjoyed and immersed myself in was how natural and real this story was, how you can find something you find yourself in well it was like that for me. It can't be easy to tell the world your secrets and how you felt through periods of hate, resentment and heartbreak yet she did C.J poured her heart and soul into her life and shared it with us honestly I had tears with just that, she really is a special lady for that.
Love shouldn't be hard though even though at times you have to work at it, it shouldn't be hard that person is the person you call in the day that person is the person you reach out to when your down and that person is the one you should trust and let in 110% and C.J knew it wasn't right with her
Our loves should be the one person that pushes us to do what we want to do, they should just support your decisions to become and be happy. Grant was that for C.J this was their story and how that came about, I can't express enough how inspiring both C.J and Grant are they inspired me to take courage and make things happen in our life if we so choose to. It wasn't just a love story but a story about making the right choices and not to always do what she think is right. The thing is, doing what's right isn't always right for you that's something I've learnt over time and this read made me love how courageous C.J was by doing what's right for her, to do what made her happy and quench the choice she ran with.
Above all this was a delight to read, it was heaven and it was joy. I could connect to the author and her love and I could understand her, she spoke to my heart on so many levels. It was so normal and Real. Her writing is so poetic honest and as a debut author it was detailed in the most easiest way possible.
A little bit about me
I'm just going to express a little bit about me, I think that most readers can relate to some aspect of this story the first few years of my marriage were hard and I laughed when C.J. wanted to murder her husband. I could see myself in that scenario at times (Alls good now) but it took a little time at the beginning. I have come from a step family and my husband was married before I came along, so I suppose for me I was able to connect on a deep level to the Fairy Tale that it was. Love should be easy and this book was just that. I applaud C.J. for giving us her and Grant.
Give it a chance you won't regret it!!!
A big thank you to Allison for encouraging me to read it...
ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest reviewC.J. English lives happily ever after in Fargo, ND with her three children, their huge Hawaiian dog, Kona and the man of her dreams. She made her author debut with the sexy and scandalous memoir AFFAIRYTALE and is currently working on two follow up books, one fiction, one non-fiction.
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