Friday, January 17, 2014

Stealing Promises by Brina Courtney Review and Giveaway

Promises are made to be kept, never stolen. But that’s exactly what happened to Victoria Blane and Levi Manor. Tragedy strikes their perfect relationship leaving Victoria struggling to overcome the darkness that threatens to bury her. 
With Victoria’s life in tatters she decides that running away is easier than dealing with her troubles. But when a friend finds her on the floor in her kitchen, she knows it’s time for a change.
Brighton Hanley knows what it’s like to lose someone. He knows what it’s like to be haunted by things that can never change. When he meets Victoria he recognizes the pain she’s trying to bury deep in her eyes. He knows she’s trying to run away, but he also knows that you can’t run forever. 

Victoria is drawn to Brighton in ways she never expected. He becomes her champion, her life line… her sunshine in the darkness. But is Victoria ready to let go of the past and grab on to her future? Or will she run away from Brighton before she can be hurt again?

“Levi? Are you all right? You’ve been so distracted all night.” She put down her spoon and made a heart shape with her hands. It was their secret message, to say “I love you” in a private way, even in the most public of places.

Levi looked up at her, his eyes gleaming by the candlelight, and he smiled. “Victoria, I have something for you.”

Stealing Promises by Brina Courtney is a book of tragic loss, overwhelming grief, and the struggle to move forward in the present and find one’s self again. 

Victoria is dealt a staggering blow when her picture perfect relationship is left in shambles. Despite her family’s attempts at ushering her through the grieving process, she cannot move past the devastation and wants her life to end. Her brush with death spurs a change in her as she realizes she cannot drown in sorrow forever. Determined to regain control of her life, Victoria travels down a path of growth and healing. Gaining new friendships, restoring relationships that were once strained, and finding a connection with Brighton Hanley could be the key to a healthy, happy future. Can she truly find redemption or is the weight of her past too much to overcome?

I fell head over heels in love with Stealing Promises and Victoria Blane. Her character truly experienced a roller coaster transformation. I felt every ounce of sorrow and loss, hope and love that Victoria experienced. I was wrecked and redeemed from start to finish. Brina Courtney has expertly written a story of soul crushing heartbreak and the struggle to gain closure and move forward. Her words tore me to pieces page after page, all while soothing and mending the ache in my chest. There is beauty in a story so tragic and Brina Courtney has perfectly captured the range of emotions one feels in a situation like Victoria’s. There is nothing artificial about the emotions behind her words. Her story has an air of authenticity, her characters are relatable, and the passion Brina has invested in her novel definitely shows. 

If you’re looking for a gut wrenching ugly cry that leaves you with hope (and a book hangover), Stealing Promises is the perfect novel. Brina Courtney will destroy you but it’s absolutely satisfying.

Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs. 

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