Monday, September 16, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Before the Storm by Sarah Dosher

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This is not a simple story of first loves, this is an emotional yet touching look at life and how the smallest decisions can shape futures.

What you think you know can change before your eyes. Fathers abuse, mothers deceive, best friends betray, sisters dismiss, love controls, and anger consumes.

After graduating from high school, Easton Grace knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. His goal for the summer includes two things: avoiding his father’s wrath and protecting his sister. His carefully laid plans are quickly changed when a girl comes to town causing him to lose his tight grasp of control on everything, including himself. 

Following years of sorrow, Taylor Monaco returns to a town she never wanted to see again but will forever call home. Her life was eternally changed by the people in this town, especially one boy. Her heart desires someone she’s not sure her soul can handle.

Can Easton and Taylor find their path before it’s too late - before the storm?

Elle says:

Before the Storm is the second novel from Sarah Dosher and Book Two in her Storms of Life Series.

If you’ve read the first book in the Storms of Life Series, Haven from the Storm, you know Easton Grace’s fate. Even though you know how the story will end, the journey along the way is absolutely captivating. I loved Easton’s story even better than the first novel!

There are scenes that paralleled Haven from the Storm, however, the novel truly is a completely different story from Lily’s. The book is eye opening, heart breaking, and beautifully tragic. I can’t reveal anything about the story without giving away spoilers, so I’ll just say this story hooked me and Before the Storm still resonates and lingers in my mind.

I fell in love with the characters. Easton is such a complex character. He self sabotages, loves so fiercely, and is his harshest critic. As much as this was Easton’s story, this was also Taylor Monaco’s story.

Taylor really shined in Before the Storm. She’s strong yet vulnerable. I definitely finished the book with a major girl crush on Taylor. There’s something relatable and realistic about her that makes you root for her and want her to find happiness in her life. I really hope Sarah Dosher considers writing a follow up novel for her.

If you fell in love with Haven from the Storm, you’re going to fall even harder for Before the Storm. If you haven’t become familiar with Sarah Dosher’s novels, I cannot recommend them enough. They’re beyond fantastic – emotional and gritty – and should be at the top of your TBR list.  

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Sarah Dosher was born and raised in rural Oklahoma where she currently resides with her cowboy husband and twins (one cowboy and one cowgirl).

She is addicted to books and The Golden Girls. Her love for characters inspired her to write her first novel, Haven from the Storm. She is currently working on the continuation of the Storms of Life Series. Before the Storm, a prequel novel, will be published August 30, 2013 and will feature Easton, Dean, and Lily. The second novel in the series, Sanctuary from the Darkness featuring Adley and Derek will be published in 2014. 

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  1. Thank you for the giveaway:-)!!!!

  2. I love to find new writers to follow. I thank you for writing so I can read them i do enjoy reading am an avid reader in a good wk i can read 2/4 bks so i am always looking for new writers good blurb