Monday, November 11, 2013

Exclusive! Review of Better by S. Walden

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 Their relationship has been exposed, and now their lives are changed forever.

For Cadence Miller, the fast track to adulthood proves intimidating and frustrating. She’s a little girl lost—abandoned by her parents and uncertain of her future. She doesn’t think she “fits” anywhere. She’s eighteen. She wants to be older. And the result is both comical and heartbreaking.

Mark Connelly will do anything to provide Cadence a stable, loving home—to be her protector. But he’s just as broken and lost, and his heart won’t let go of his past so easily. He knows he must share his secret with Cadence. And he hopes his revelation won't tear them apart. He hopes it will draw them closer, and make their love better.

Jennifer M. says...

Better. What a perfect title for a FANTASTIC book. Some may say it’s taboo…a student/teacher relationship, they may feel uncomfortable and dismiss immediately. Well, I loved Cadence and Mark in Good and could not wait to see where their story would lead in Better. Just WOW. I was blown away. 

“She’s just there, all the time, shining.”
I loved this book so, so much. It wasn’t wrapped in shiny paper with a sparkly bow on was raw. You feel, you hurt, you cry, you laugh and most of all you learn. Life is not perfect. You are shocked and stretched to lengths that may make you feel uncomfortable. This is a student/teacher relationship after all. But Mark loves Cadence and Cadence loves Mark. They were meant for each other.
They are up against so many challenges in this novel. Mark has not had it easy and Cadence is still growing up. You travel on their journey along with them and I found myself in awe over the words S. Walden brought to life.

“Cadence. Rhythmic. His song. His life….She was his cadence.”

You watch Mark struggle with the secrets of his past. You watch Cadence try to come to terms with the broken relationship with her parents. You struggle with the logic that their relationship should be taboo, yet you can’t imagine them not being together.

“Do you even understand the definition of a gift? It’s given freely. No strings. No expectations. No payback.”
“Why,” she whispered.
“Because I love you. Madly. You’ve infiltrated my brain. Driven me crazy.”

The big age difference between these lovers definitely adds some shock value, but you're never painted a false picture or led to believe that these characters are what they’re not. You know Mark is older, more mature, and has had real life experiences. You know Cadence is young, immature, and lacking guidance in her life. But what you learn is that two people can complete each other and fit together perfectly even if their lives aren’t perfect.

Summer Walden pushes the envelope. She writes about things that take you out of your comfort zone and make you feel, learn, grow, and most of all, for me, she made me think. I thought about life, God, relationships, judgment, and love. I learned that love is necessary, it is “Better than hope…Better than faith…The greatest thing.”

5 Good, Better, AMAZING stars!!!

Twitter: @swaldenauthor

S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.

She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at and follow her blog at where you can get up-to-date information on her current projects. 

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  1. Can not wait for the conclusion.

  2. I just got Good and anxiously waiting the release of Better. I want to read them all at once. I've heard such good things about this series. I can't wait.