It's A Birthday Celebration and Giveaway with R.L. Griffin

Stella's future was set, and it was a bright one. She was engaged to a man she adored, and was headed to law school in the fall. Tragically, her perfectly planned future ends just as it was beginning.

With no ties to family or friends, Stella finds herself alone in a new city, spiraling out of control. Her typical day comes to a close with her passed out on the floor; sometimes clothed.

Luckily, her new roommate, essentially a stranger, is dead set on getting Stella past her grief and back to functioning within society. Putting one foot in front of the other, she climbs up from the bottom of a bottle. Even with all her progress, Stella walks through life unfeeling, numb. Defiant, she sends out warning signals for the world to keep away. But, is that what she really wants?

With the steadfast help of a few tight knit friends, she gradually begins to feel again. She starts to savor the flavor of food again; lets herself notice how the handsome bartender glances at her. Still, after allowing herself a fling, she wonders if she will ever be able to let go of her shattered past, fully enjoy the present, or get over what she thought would be her perfect future and with the man who destroyed her heart.

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***** FIVE STAR REVIEW *****

"She was held together by a thread. Not even a strong fishing wire, but the kind of thread that could fray and break in the wind. A thread that could unravel at any moment, scattering and smashing all the pieces of her that she as trying desperately to keep together."

I am always apprehensive with reading books from new authors, especially when it's their first book. Just like usual, I am blown away by R.L. Griffin! She writes with the right amount of heart and imagination! This book could not be any better!

I experienced so much with this book! Heartbreak. Loss. Longing. Love. Rejection. Heartbreak again. Love. This is truly a story of a woman trying to find her way back in to "living" after losing the one thing she lived for. I found myself forgetting that this was just a book, not something my friend was going through. It's so well written and intriguing. I could not put it down!

Poor Stella. She has lost her fiance. She is in a place where she doesn't know anyone. She has been lucky enough to have her new roommates, who were strangers to her, being her rocks through such a horrible tragedy. She goes through the emotions and grief as anyone would. She denies herself the life she should be living. Just trying to move on and live life is the hardest thing for her. Then, love finds her again. But like anyone else, she denies it. She runs from it. She refuses to give in to it. The love of her life is gone and there is no one else who can fill that void. Will she find that happiness or will she find that her life as she thought it was, was never really as it seemed?

I can't seem to put in to words how wonderful this book is! Just take my word for it.... You will not regret reading this book! 

R.L. lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, son, and two dogs. After going to law school at American University, Washington College of Law, she settled back in the state in which she grew up but only after she fell in love with D.C. She worked in the Senate during the impeachment trial and the Department of Justice.

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