Book – Torn
Author – Eleanor Green
Publication Date – January 7, 2014
Type – Stand Alone
Genre – Romance
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars
ARC provided by blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
When Katie Harrington becomes engaged to Branson Stone she believes her life is right on track for all her dreams to come true.
However, flashes of a life she never lived haunt her—leading her to discover a past that has been purposely erased from her memory in order to protect her from horrible truths.
The look on her fiancé's face as she retells everything she remembers will forever be etched in her mind. Instead of catching and comforting her, he lets her go.
Retreating to the family’s cottage in the Outer Banks for the summer, Katie’s heart begins to heal. She succumbs to the allure of a dangerously handsome local, Aidan Romero. But as soon as Katie begins to let go and move on with Aidan . . . Branson finds her.
Now Katie is torn between two lives—facing her painful past with Branson, or moving on with Aidan and keeping the secrets safely buried forever.
Such a sweet love story in the beginning and normally with such sweet stories, I would be throwing up a bit in my mouth….but not with this book because the unexpected happens partway through it. Even though Katie is plagued with nightmares and the same dream over and over again – she is a sweet, strong and fighting for independence to become a nurse.
The author took us for a road trip through roads full of happiness, love, swooning, caution, terror, heartbreak, angst, sorrow, betrayal and forgiveness. So NO, my friends, I wasn’t disappointed in this story and I didn’t have to go brush my teeth and drink some mouthwash.
The only quirk I have about this story is the time Katie spent at the Outer Banks and her relationship with Aidan. It was too quick and I get it….it was meant as a rebound but still, I believe that Katie felt too deeply for Aidan.
Oh and that grandmother at times I wanted to wring her skinny neck…..and don’t get me started on when Branson broke my heart too! Ugh….can you say STUPID PRIDE?? I still think Katie should have made him fight harder for her.
Katie meets Branson in her last year at college and it’s a fairy tale romance between the two of them. They just click…not much more to say than that. Katie though suffers from crippling nightmares that keep tugging at her mind….she feels like she knows what is happening but it doesn’t coincide with the memories she really has.
While Katie and Branson are planning their wedding, it all comes back to Katie and what happened in the life instead of what she thought her past consisted of. She is devastated, feeling betrayed by her grandmother, she lets everything out about her past to Branson who is dumbfounded and unable to process the past she is telling him. He lets her walk away, Katie feeling that she is tainted now and not worth the love of Branson.
She travels to the Outer Banks with her meddling grandmother and meets Aidan. She starts to open up again but…..is there still something missing from her life? Will she ever find the true love she had with Branson? Could there be more than one soul mate in her life?
Beautiful story of love found and then lost.
As a debut novel….Eleanor Green is going places!!
About the Author
Eleanor Green resides in Tennessee with her husband and two children. She enjoys the things everyone else does—reading, writing, cooking—but is also an adventure seeker.
Terrified of cats, passionate about hot tea, allergic to being cold.
Still left on her bucket list: getting lost in Italy and being invited in for dinner by a sweet family, eating a scorpion, and swimming with the dolphins.
Eleanor also writes under the name Lisa Poston Murphy.