Title: Walking Among the Cherry Trees
Series: The Cook Brothers Series #1
Author: H. D'Agostino
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 1, 2015
Photographer: Kelsey Keeton of K. Keeton Designs
Cover Designer: Cassy Roop of Pink Ink Design
Cover Models: Laura Deal and Dustin Adams
Taylor Cook was the last thing Morgan McGregor expected to find when she stepped off the train at Cherryville station to spend the summer with her grandmother, Virginia. She didn’t know that the boy who befriended her would one day fill her heart with both joy and pain.
First love can be magical. It can reach inside you and grip your heart with a force that you never see coming, and can’t deny. It’s powerful and sometimes debilitating, but most of all… it can break you in ways you never thought possible.
How do you recover when the one the person you thought would always be there, pushes you away at the time they’re needed the most? How do you move on with your life and forget the boy who stole your heart all those years ago? How do you go back to that place knowing that seeing him will cause your careful façade to crack into a million pieces? It’s simple you can’t, but sometimes you have to.
When Morgan gets the news that her grandmother’s passed away and she’s the heir to her estate, she hardens heart in preparation of going back to face him. What happens when she steps off that train again? Will the feelings she’s worked so hard to forget come rushing back and threaten to drown her? Will he even still be there?
I have mixed feeling with this book. On one hand, I thought that it was pretty good. The writing flowed and the story had a great pace. On the other, I just had a hard time connecting with the heroine, Morgan and some parts of this book was really hard for me to swallow. It was hard for me to buy in that she was one way in New York and another way in Cherryville. The difference between the two was so stark that it seemed like two different characters. I would think that the two would somewhat blend together a little more and not be so drastically different.
Morgan returns to Cherryville when her grandmother dies and she is left with her whole estate. Cherryville is where she spent her summer as a youth until something tragic happens and forces her hand. When she wasn't in Cherryville, she spent her time in New York City doing and being everything that her father expected of her. Once grown, she is still doing her father's bidding and is always under his thumb, no matter how much she hates it. I liked Cherryville Morgan. She was more relaxed, caring, and easy to relate to. NYC Morgan was an uptight, unfeeling, socialite that used men. Like I said already, it was difficult for me to wrap my head around the difference of New York City Morgan and Cherryville Morgan. I can somewhat understand the why the difference, but I just can't get over how drastic the two sides of her are.
Taylor lives in Cherryville. He spent his youth in love with Morgan until tragedy forces his hand and he has to push her away. When he hears that she is back, he is leery, but knows he needs to set things right with her. Once he sees her and talks with her, he is determined that she will be his again. He never stopped loving her, and she him. I loved Taylor. His steadfastness is one of the things that made me enjoy this book. His son CJ is a sweet addition to this story, one that I enjoyed a lot as well.
Walking Among the Cherry Trees was a well thought out book. I can tell the author put time into this story. Everything was smooth and, well, it's just well written. Emotions jumped off the pages and, at times, my heart ached for the characters. I just wish I could have made that connection with Morgan. I really think that if I could have, it would have elevated this book from good to great.
Amazon bestselling author of the Second Chances series and the Shattered Trilogy, Heather D’Agostino writes contemporary and new adult romance set in Boston, New York, and North Carolina. Heather has always enjoyed creative writing, but never pursued it as a career option. Born and raised in Harrisburg, NC she received a BA in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After teaching for six years, she decided to leave the profession to be a stay-at-home mom. After finding the world of Fan Fiction, Heather decided to “get her feet wet” in the literary world. With much encouragement and inspiration from the Fan Fiction world, she made the decision to publish her work. Heather prides herself in the fact that her books have real life situations with believable characters. These characters could be your best friend or your next door neighbor. Her first book, Unbreak Me, has been welcomed with open arms into the self-published community giving her the encouragement needed to continue to pursue this dream. Heather currently lives in Syracuse, NY with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, and playing chauffeur for all her children’s activities. You can follow Heather at www.facebook.com/H.DAgostino.Author or follow her on twitter @hdagostino001. Wanna make sure you don’t miss any news? Sign up for H. D’Agostino’s newsletter at http://hdagostinobooks.weebly.com/
Unbreak Me-book one
The Boy Next Door- book two
The One That Got Away-book three
Inside Out- book 3.5 a Second Chances Novella
Fallen From Grace- book 4
The Family Next Door –book 5
Destined (Shattered #0.5)
Shattered (Shattered #1)
Restored (Shattered #2)
Renewed (Shattered #3)
Fated (Shattered #4 Cam & Avery)
Irreparably Broken (Broken #1)
Saving Us (Broken #2)
My Broken Angel (Broken #3)
Broken Pieces (Broken #4) – Coming Summer of 2016
Being Nobody – book 1 in The Witness Series
Becoming Somebody- book 2 in The Witness Series
Promise Me Tomorrow- book 3 in The Witness Series- Coming Jan 2016