Thursday, February 6, 2014

Blog Tour and Review: Life's A Cappella, by Yessi Smith

I want to tell you how great my life was. How I lived without regrets. With constant laughter. Without any tears. I want to tell you how I lived each moment to the fullest. How each breath I took was fresh and full of life. With eagerness. Without any fear.
I want to tell you all of that, but then my story would be masked with lies and not worth telling.
My life didn’t start until I left my past. And I left everything. My mother, my friends, my name.
My new name, the name everyone knows me by is Erin Lewis.

Four years after finding the courage to leave her hometown in Alabama, Erin is finally happy with where her life has led her. Not only is she secure in her environment, but the relationships she has formed center her, making her forget how damaged she once was. Before she can fully settle into her new life, her past crashes into her present, unraveling a set of events that destroy the very foundation she has built her new life on.

4 out of 5 stars

I was asked to review this ARC for my honest opinion.

I really was not sure what to expect when I started this book, but the prologue itself sucked me in immediately.  Anytime I read that someone has left everything about their old life including their name, I want to know more.

Life A Capella is the story of Erin Lewis.  She is quite the main character and I found myself wanting to smack her for her stubbornness to ruin her own life at times, but the more I read, the more I understood her.  Erin is an extremely independent and strong woman.  She has worked through college and is almost ready to graduate as a nurse and make something out of herself that no one would think possible, including Erin.  I love her determination and attitude.

Trent is introduced pretty early in the book and is really good for Erin.  He seems to have the perfect life from the outside but really he is just great at living in the moment and taking what you get and making the best of it.  I love his character. 

Some books are really difficult to write reviews without spoilers, this is one of them for me.  I will say that buckle up and prepare for a roller coaster ride!  Fall in love with some amazing characters such as Shayna, Camille and Sofia and get to reading!

If you are looking for a typical boy meets girl throw in some nonsense drama and live happily ever after, you need to stop and not read this book.  It is so much more than your typical New Adult Romance.  It has a gut wrenching story.  But that is why I loved it.  It is always so refreshing to read books that are about so much more than typical love stories.  It really was a breath of fresh air. 

Meet Yessi Smith

I’m a Hispanic living in South Florida with my redneck husband from Texas and our “half breed” son, who is actually the reason I started writing again after years of celibacy. My son loves stories, but not the kind you can read in an existing book. No, he’d rather make up a story, complete with our own illustrations. So, thank you, Son, for igniting a flame I had let go out.

I also live with two dogs: a neurotic Border Collie we call Nitro and a midget Rottweiler named Nisa.
I have always found my sanctuary at the beach and in music and writing. I wish I could write rhymes so I could become a famous rapper, but rhyming is completely lost on me.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s in Human Resource Management. I have held several jobs, from picking up dog crap to upper management positions. And now I am hoping to leave the business world behind so I can live full time in a world that does not exist until I place my fingers on.

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Releasing February 7, 2014

Five months after their wedding, Trent struggles with the strain of juggling work and family life as Erin furthers her education, getting a Master's degree in Nursing. All Trent wants is one weekend alone with his wife to reconnect but Erin's focus is adamantly elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Nate, Erin's oldest friend and brother, has formed an undeniable bond with Tonya that he is reluctant to pursue because of his own inner demons.

Will love be enough?

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