Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blog Tour: The Face in the Mirror by Barbara S. Stewart


Loss brings things home. You reflect on what you had, and what you’ve lost.
What if you met the love of your life... Again?
What if he never fell out of love with you?
And you realized that you were still in love with him.
Could you push the past aside…
And focus on the future?
Relive what was good…
And learn from the bad?
What if you found a secret…
That revealed that everything about your family was a lie…
Changed your thoughts on love and commitment…
And turned all that you believe in upside down...
What if a mirror reflected what you loved…
And what you lost?

4 Star Review by Jennifer Hagen

Renee, “Renie,” was once in love with Mitchell.  They began their courtship when she was 15 and he was 18.  Love blossomed for them and they became the perfect couple, but life got in their way during their college years.  Mitchell was apprenticing to be an electrician and spending a lot of hours away from home, and Renee was spending hours on college homework leaving little time to spend with Mitchell. Something had to give, and sadly it was their relationship.  Renie walked away from it all – away from an 11-year relationship and away from a man who loved her whole heartedly and never lost the look of love when gazing at Renie.   One could be so lucky to have the love and admiration of Mitchell’s gaze.

Renie and Mitchell are seeing each other for the first time in 9 years.  They cannot fight the feelings that they still have for each other, in fact the love is probably stronger than it ever was.  Neither one of them was able to replace the other in their heart. They are taking the time to talk to each other, something that they didn’t do in their previous time together.  Mitchell harbors no feelings of hatred for Renie for walking away, even though at the time he didn’t understand why she did it.

She’d broken my heart into a million pieces, but I didn’t dwell on that hurt because I knew my own heart.  I’d never fallen out of love with her.

This is a beautiful story of having a second chance at love and following your dreams.  Renie’s discovery of her late mother’s journals sets in motion the realization that Renie’s family holds deep secrets.  These secrets will destroy the trust that Renie has for members of her family tree.  Renie’s self-discovery journey is taken with Mitchell at her side, encouraging her every step of the way and supporting  her decisions.  Mitchell could be bitter and angry at Renie, but rather he chooses to focus on their future and encourages her to forgive herself.   

“I just wanted to tell you how much I love you.  More than any love song can express, more than any thought you can imagine or think.  I love you more than every next breath I breathe…You’re my girl, Renie.  Always have been, always will be.”

This is a story that is told for the readers that enjoy a more mature storyline.  The main characters are in their middle to late 30’s and they are gorgeous souls enjoying their reconnection.    I always enjoy Ms. Stewart’s telling of a story as she includes much detail to every scene and I can easily imagine myself being present with them.   Ms. Stewart stepped up her game by adding steamy scenes and these were tastefully written, adding a little bit of hotness while still maintaining the more mature formality of the story.  You will want to make certain that you have chicken breasts and picante sauce on hand so that you can enjoy the recipe she includes that is enjoyed by all the characters in the book. 

Barbara S Stewart (7/13/1959) - Is a yankee-billy. She was born in Havre de Grace, MD, but raised a BRATS (you’ll find it in the book!). 

Residing in Middleburg, FL with her husband, Gene, they share their home with a fat cat named Kooky. She’s worked in the electronics industry, and most recently in healthcare. In 2009, she was awarded the American Cancer Society’s HOPE award for volunteerism. 

She writes love stories, and the ideas usually evolve from music – a song she hears that ‘paints a picture.’ She refers to her writing as ‘the sound-track of her life.’ Sprinkled through her stories are humor and sadness based on experiences shared with family and friends. If you know her you may read something and think, ‘is that me?’ You never know… She loves books by Adriana Trigiani and Nora Roberts, and loves exploring new, self-published authors like her.

The third book in the Rock and Roll Trilogy – Feel Like Makin’ Love will be released later in 2013. She also has another work in progress, The Face in the Mirror that she hopes to release sometime in 2013, as well.

She loves to hear from readers, and you can find her at:


Rock and Roll Never Forgets (The Rock and Roll Trilogy)

When I Look to the Sky (The Rock and Roll Trilogy)

Feel Like Makin' Love (Rock and Roll Trilogy #3)

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