Thursday, September 29, 2016

Blog Tour: Watching the Sky Cry by J.B.Hartnett


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Ten years is a long time when you’re thirty-two. We’d seen our share of ups and downs, but I could honestly say, they were mostly up. That’s the thing about happiness though. It lulls you into a false sense of security.

Neither one of us ever thought we’d ever be touched by crippling loss or immeasurable grief. But not all stories have a happy ending, and I knew, better than anyone, that sometimes, one of you won’t make it till the end. One of you has to go first. And one of you will be left behind to pick up the pieces.

That one is me.

But starting over isn’t what I thought it would be. I need escape from the memories that plague me, remind me. So I went back to where it all began. To the town where I was born. To the place whose beauty could pierce my pain. Where I experienced my first kiss, where I fell in love, where a man was my earth. And I…

I was his sky.

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Review by Jen Skewes

I always look forward to a new book from Jb Hartnett.  I have read all of her books and I think this one just may be my new favorite.  I finished this book a few days ago and was giving my self some time to collect my thoughts to write a review in a way that would do this book justice.  Because truthfully I am not sure how to do that.  I loved this book from the moment I started reading it.  I love a second chance romance and this one did not disappoint.  It was a beautiful story about loss, heartache, love and second chances.  But most of all it is about life and the struggles that we go through and the strength we have to move on.

Rylie and Nick had a wonderful and loving marriage and like most marriages they also had their ups and downs.  But the love that they had for each other was strong and that helped them get through the hard times.  Until one day it was all gone and Rylie was left alone with a shattered heart.  It has been two years since she lost her husband and Rylie has become a shell of herself. She has not been able to move on and has continued to grieve for the man that she loved and lost.  But she finally realizes that it is time to move on.  It is time to pick herself up and figure out where she belongs.  She needs to start over and in order to do that she needs to go to the place that has always felt like home to her.  The place where she spent her Summers with her family.  It is also the place, where she met her childhood best friend Quentin who also was her first love and the boy that broke her heart.  

Going to live with her aunt and uncle was her fresh start but I don’t think she intended for it to go the way that it did.  Knowing that there was a good chance that she would run into Quentin again made her nervous.  I am sure there was so much going through her mind, how he was responsible for her broken heart 20 years ago but at the same time the feelings that she may still have for him.   

It has been twenty years since Quentin has see Rylie and the feelings for her have never changed.  And this is exactly what I loved about this story. Rylie is going through so much right now and seeing Quentin brings back so many memories, both good and bad.  But this is her time to move on, this is her second chance.  There is no playing games between these two, when they were kids they were always honest with each other and that has not changed.  Quentin has been waiting for the day when Rylie would come back into his life and he knows exactly what he wants and he does not hide it.  The love and the bond between them is still evident.  You can feel it from the moment that they see each other again. This is their second chance, one that they may not get again if they don’t take it now.  They have both been through so much in the past 20 years and believe me there is still more that they have yet to face.   There are truths that need to come out and when they do how will they handle it all?  Will they finally get their happily ever after?

I loved the emotions that this story brought out.  My hurt heart so much for Rylie.  I cannot imagine experiencing the heartache that she has gone through.  But when that moment finally came, when she realized that she needed to stop the self destruction that has been going on for the last two years, she had all the strength in the world.  It was that strength that helped her through it all.  

I also loved the connection between Rylie and Quentin.  You could feel the love between these two but you also saw and felt the amazing friendship that they had.   I loved Quentin and how much he still loved her, waited for her and only wanted her.  He had his own struggles that stemmed from his childhood and what he has been through.  They both have their baggage but I loved watching them open up to each other and get to know each other again.  

Watching the Sky Cry is one of those books where you feel like you are going through it all with the characters.  At times my hurt heart for the both of them.  They have both endured so much pain.  But the love that they had for each other was so beautiful and to see them falling in love all over again just melted my heart.  This is a Rylie and Quentin's story but there is also another part of the story that involves the supporting characters.  I didn't feel like it took away from their story at all because in ways it involved them as well.  It was part of the struggles that they had to go through.  I really loved this book.  One of my top reads this year!!!!  A beautiful, emotional journey of love, loss and second chances.  

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You never had a girlfriend.” I whispered.
“No, Rylie. I didn’t.”
I pushed away from him, my mouth coating itself in preparation for what was to come, and ran toward the field behind his parents’ house. I threw up everything in my stomach, but I kept heaving with wracking sobs, unable to keep my shit together. If I’d listened….if I’d answered his letters…if I hadn’t met Nick…
His hands were in my hair, pulling it back, but it was no use. I was a mess in every way possible.
“This isn’t…” I hiccupped, “how I imagined this going.”
“Yeah?” he said softly. “How’d you imagine it?”
“We would have it out, and then we’d have angry sex, and then we’d fall in love and have babies and live happily ever after.”
See? Honesty.
“Oh Rylie,” he said with humor in his voice, not at all bothered when he wiped the edges of my disgusting mouth with his hand. “I’ll be pissing you off again…probably on purpose just so we can have that angry sex you just mentioned.”

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About the Author:
Julie is a southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably a romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin)and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).

She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she might be a singer/songwriter. The 'writer' part is that one that stuck.

Julie is obsessed with Pi...the equation and the food. She's allergic to cats, cantaloupe and hates mushrooms. So if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.

She currently lives with her romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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