Saturday, December 21, 2013

Book Review: Everybody's Got A Story

Author: Heather Wardell
Title: Everybody's Got A Story
Publisher: Createspace
Publish Date: July 4, 2013
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: Both personally and professionally, Alexa knows all too well the power of words. Two years after her boyfriend Christophe's vicious attack, she's still trying to see herself as more than simply 'his victim', still trying to figure out her own story.

After his trial, she moves from New York City to Toronto in an attempt to start over, but his words cling to her and even in a new country she can't see how to move into relationships with the new people in her life while hiding the secret of Christophe's worst offense.

She can't hide that secret from her coworker Jake, though, because the news buff has recognized her from the coverage of the assault and trial and knows every word she can't bring herself to say about her ordeal.

With Jake's help, can Alexa reclaim her story and her life?

Review: Heather Wardell is one of my favorite authors for many reasons. One of them is her ability to create characters that you can connect with. They have faults and flaws. Bad things happen to them as often as good.

In short, her characters are REAL!

Everybody's Got A Story was a harder read for me. The subject matter is a bit weighty. Alexa was brutalized by her boyfriend and she's got scars inside and out. This book deals with her building her life back, of regaining control of who she is.

She has a lot of struggles along the way, building new relationships and finding new friends, questioning her own abilities to read people.

As anyone that's read Heather's books will know, there's always a few people that aren't quite what they seem. Friends that aren't really friends and a guy you just can't stand.

GAH! I couldn't figure out why she liked Howard so much. I hated him from the start. I just couldn't fathom why she liked him so much, he came across as a bit slick to me...and then there was Carly. Beoytch! She was that overly ambitious backstabber that you can find in most any office.

These characters really made a great story.

Actually what made it a great story was Jake...who some will remember from Blank Slate Kate. I was so happy to see him again. I loved him in the previous book.

Once again, Heather tackles an issue that makes you think and wraps it up in a pretty package so you don't know that you're reading something other than chick lit. (And really Heather Wardell is more than just a chicklit author)

This book is part of her Toronto series, but it can definitely be read as a stand alone, although reading Blank Slate Kate first will help you to get to know a few of the characters in this story better.

Definitely a must read for those of you who like a little more substance with their romance.

Rating: 5 flowers


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