Thursday, October 16, 2014

Not Yet - Friday 56 and Book Beginnings on Friday

NOT YET by Laura Ward is a touching coming-of-age romance in the New Adult genre. However, I believe the book will appeal to readers of all ages. (Warning: It does have steamy sex scenes and profanity.) The author's thoughtful portrayal of characters with Down Syndrome and other physical and emotional challenges sets this story apart from other romances. Each chapter includes a "Life Lesson" or "Lesson Learned"--some of them positive, some of them negative. Chapters are labeled "Lesson 1," etc., instead of "Chapter 1." 

First Paragraph:
Lesson 1
     Tightening the thin rubber strap that reached around the back of my head, I adjusted my goggles and stretched my arms, palms up and fingers interlocked, to the sky. I rolled my neck and shook my legs, one at a time, releasing the tension. Stepping to the edge of the pool, I curled my toes over the header and jumped, entering the water in a practiced, smooth glide.
     I was in my happy place.

Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle):

     Many times during adolescent tiffs with friends, my mom would ask me, 'What would Evie say?' which always reminded me to get to the heart of the matter--what really is important. My big sister knew a lot. 

Genre: New Adult Romance
Length: 254 Pages
Amazon Link: Not Yet


Emma Harris is learning that life is just a series of lessons. 

Lesson #1: Nothing goes the way you plan. 
Lesson #2: You can’t trust men. Especially not the pretty ones. 
Lesson #3: Turns out, appearances are almost always deceiving. 

      Emma thinks she has life all figured out, and what she knows isn't good. For years, she’s put her big sister, who was born with Down syndrome, first. Now Emma’s ready to start her own life, but fate has other plans. To do the right thing for the sister she loves, Emma’s dreams will just have to wait. 
      She doesn't plan on meeting Landon — a rich, flirtatious jock, who never has to wait for anything. Not for attention, not for money, and certainly not for girls. Meeting Emma marks the first time in his life that he’s had to fight for something. And Landon doesn't know how to lose. 
      Emma has no interest in wasting her summer with a superficial guy like Landon. But very soon she realizes she is wrong about him. The question is, can she trust him? Or will he let her down like every other guy in her life? But most importantly, can Emma trust herself enough to live the life she's always dreamed of? 
      Life has a way of sneaking in the most important lessons when you aren't looking. And once the heart gets involved, that's when the real learning begins. 

*** This book is intended for mature audiences. 18 and over!


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  1. Oh this book sounds so interesting! Perhaps I will overlook the fact that it includes sordid details (I try to avoid books like that)... Great post! :)
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  2. Replies
    1. I've always enjoyed swimming and took lessons for years when growing up. The author did a great job with description of diving into the water, didn't she?

    2. Yeah. She did! I used to compete on school competitions in college. I miss it :)

  3. I really like the beginning! It sounds like it would be a happy place even though I'm not a huge fan of the water!

    Here's my book beginning this week! Happy Friday! :)

  4. I love water and can relate to his happy place. From the snippet, it looks like the author has a knack for descriptive writing.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes - Bad Apples

  5. Sounds good. I haven't read anything in the New Adult genre yet but I've seen so many good books around the blogs.

  6. Sounds like a fun book! I'm curious about the sister since she seems to be such a big influence on the primary character.

    1. The sister has Down Syndrome, which is an important part of the plot.

  7. Sounds good...ENJOY!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  8. Thank you for sharing this one. But the sex scene and profanity will keep me away from it.

  9. Gosh it sounds like a great read that would pose lots of reflective questions and thoughts; thanks for the heads up on the content! Have a wonderful weekend Sandra :)

  10. Usually when a parent compares a child to another, there is some resentment, so I'm wondering about who Evie is and why she has such a great impact on her little sister.

  11. I love the water and sometimes can relate to life lesson #1. I'm curious if Emma and Landon get together and if they include Evie in their activities. Sounds like a good read. Great post!

  12. Great beginning. I knew she was getting ready to dive in the water before it was mentioned. I love swimming. I also have 3 older sisters so can relate to the excerpt:)
    Thanks for visiting my post:)

  13. Sounds very descriptive and at times, emotional.
    Happy weekend!

  14. Oh, this one sounds really delightful. I was "missing in action" from this event yesterday, but had to pop in and see what you are reading. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I like the description of this book...sounds like a satisfying read.


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