Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Finding Joy by Jenni Moen

Love is patient.
It can happen when you least expect it,
where you least expect it,
with whom you least expect it.
Love is kind.
But love may not grow out of kindness.
It can happen with the person who hates you most
because love knows no bounds.
And it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love doesn’t hold a grudge.
Love forgives.
Love forgets.
But when the healing of your heart
breaks the hearts of the ones you love …
it may seem impossible to 
Find joy

Yay! Adam and Allie are back! I love, not just these two, but all the characters in this story. If you read book one, Remembering Joy, you know why. If you didn’t, stop reading this review and go buy it (You can scroll to the purchase links.) You can check out my review for Remembering Joy by following the link below. I’m telling you, stop now if you have not read it. This review of Finding Joy contains spoilers to book 1.

Okay, so if you are still with me, you read Remembering Joy, right? Let me give you a quick recap. Adam was plotting against Allie because he hated her. Allie was involved in a car accident that killed his little sister, Joy, but she had no memory of it. As Adam tries to plot against her and ruin her life, there is a lot of trying to push feelings away, but the two fall in love. Adam decides not to tell her about Joy and to just let it go. But Allie finally remembers killing Joy when she accidentally sees Adam’s movie for class. Understandably she freaks out and runs away. Adam isn’t letting her go, though. He fights for her and the two embark on a relationship without secrets and hidden agendas.
In this book, Finding Joy, there are more secrets, hurt, guilt and forgiveness. The secrets that Allie and Adam keep from each other are not malicious, though. They are just trying not to hurt each other or “rock the boat.” Though they have gotten better at communicating, when it comes to the really big issues, they are still working on it.

Through most of this story, Adam is the rock and the glue in their relationship. He has to keep reassuring her that he has let go of the past and that she is his future. Allie has a harder time letting go. She is still riddled with guilt, but works to move past it. The love between the two is so strong and they are both willing to put in the work to make their relationship last forever.

The parents come in to play a bit more in this story. Remember, Garrett Harper, Allie’s father, had gone to great lengths to ensure that Allie didn’t remember Joy. We find out how great those lengths are in this book. There are so many issues that her and her dad have to weed through. Also, Adam has to learn how to get past the years of hate and anger that are directed at the Harpers. If he is going to be with Allie he has to figure out a way to forgive them, so they can be a part of Allie’s life. This man will do anything for her. I just love Adam. Not only did he forgive her for taking Joy, but he tries every day to make her happy. He is just awesome.

Adam also has to break the news of his relationship to his mother, who is a recovering alcoholic. He is afraid that when he tells her, it’s going to send her back to the bottle. I enjoyed understanding Adam more in this story. We learn more about his difficult childhood. He is such a great, solid character. Does he have some downfalls? Of course. He isn’t perfect. In my opinion, his flaws make him so much better.

Allie and Adam’s relationship isn’t easy. At. All. But with the support of the great people around them, and most importantly, each other, they make it work. The author did a flawless job at tying up any loose ends from Remembering Joy. I feel like the ending is perfect for them. It leaves you feeling hopeful for them. I believe this is the final book for Adam and Allie, which is too bad. I really enjoyed them.

Jenni Moen lives in her hometown in Oklahoma with her husband and three crazy, exuberant kids that have the potential to burn the house down at any moment.

When she's not chauffeuring kids around town, performing her mom duties as a short order cook and maid, or vacuuming for her fastidious husband, she hammers away at her keyboard at her big girl job as a patent attorney. While vodka and exercise have provided some relief from the daily grind, it is reading ... and now writing ... that are her true escapes.

What inspires me to write:

Honestly, reading inspired me to write.  I’ve had my nose stuck in a book most of my life.  I think most avid readers wonder at some point or another whether they have what it takes to be a writer.  During the holidays last winter, I went on an eight week reading binge that involved a lot of angsty and smutty new adult and contemporary romance novels.  When I finally came out of it, I decided to take a stab at it myself.
As for what inspired Remembering Joy, specifically, I can honestly say that real-life inspired it.  On my seventeenth birthday, I was involved in a car accident.  It didn’t end tragically but it could have.   Remembering Joy is the result of letting myself consider the absolutely worst case scenario.  Also, there are little pieces of me and my closest friends in each of the characters.

Hardest Scenes to Write:

That’s easy for me to answer.  The hardest scenes for me to write are the most heartfelt ones … the ones where the characters gush  and pour their hearts out to one another.  I’m not a gushy, gooey kind of girl.  I’m more likely to show you how I feel than talk about it.  However, I guess deep down I must be a hopeless romantic because it’s all I want to read and write.


I’m a rebel on this one.  I love cliffhangers.  The more cliffy the hanger, the better.  I love a book that leaves me wanting more, more, more.  I love to throw my hands up in the air and scream and curse at the end of a book.  And I don’t mind waiting for the next book.  I’d rather wait for a well-written novel that’s not full of typos and fragmented sentences than get the next installment as soon as possible.

Despite my love of them, Remembering Joy does not have a cliffhanger ending.  I wasn’t sure about this whole writing business or that I wanted to be committed to writing a sequel.  However, I left enough loose ends that I could if I wanted to.  Now that I’m about 1/3 the way done with the second book, I’m loving where the story is headed. I can’t wait to give Adam and Allie the ending they deserve.

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