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Monday, 13 July 2015

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW Broken Dreams, Cassidy K. O'Connor

Broken Dreams

A twist of fate changes her life forever…
One dream put on hold to honor another…
Do second chances exist? Can dreams be reclaimed?

Twins, Isabelle and Ian are enjoying their senior year of high school with their whole lives ahead of them.

She is auditioning for Julliard and he has offers for soccer scholarships at any school he wants.

Only Isabelle knew he was planning to put off college and join the Army.
Tragedy strikes one day and Ian is killed. In her grief, Isabelle decides to put her dream on hold and honor his.

While deployed tragedy strikes again and she is injured.

Thinking her dreams of dancing again are out of reach she gives up on life. Is she strong enough to overcome her disabilities? Can the love she finds with her brothers best friend Conner be enough to help her reclaim her dreams?

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Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.
5/5 (Exceptional)
*I received a copy of this book from Wickedly Innocent Promotions in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Isabelle is supposed to graduate highschool and move on to Julliard. Ian plans on graduating high school and enlisting in the army for four years then attending college.  Fate has different plans. Connor, Ian’s best friend, steps in during the hardest time in everyone’s life. What is meant to happen in the future?  Will it be what anyone wants or will it be up to fate?
This book is a roller coaster of emotion, from the first page to the last page.  There are ups, downs, and in-betweens.  Your heart will break, your heart will stop, and your heart will swell with pride.  This is one of those books that has more emotions than you will want to handle at one time, but the torture is absolutely worth it.  This book is perfect. It amazes me how well the author wrote the story and how well she was able to express the emotions.
The descriptions and details that the author worked into this story were amazing. At times, it was a little too graphic and at times those intense details made me fall that much deeper into the story.  It’s a double edged sword of detail and description that make this book what it is.  There was never a second guess as to how to picture the scenery or the severity of the scene. At one scene she describes a house and these details were so perfect I pictured the house without any trouble and found myself jealous of characters in a book.
This is a hard read at times and I’m not a Veteran. I think it would be incredibly hard for a Veteran to read but if you are a veteran and you are able to read the book, I hope the author made you proud with the way she wrote it. As a civilian, it opens your eyes a little bit to experience the trauma one might feel. It also makes me extremely grateful and thankful for the men and women who give their lives for us on a daily basis.
I could go on and on about this book, but I won’t. I will ask that you pick up a copy of this book today. It is worth every single penny!

Her yoga pants stop just below the knee and are loose enough I can pull them up pretty far on her thigh. I freeze; it’s the first time since the hospital that I’ve really gotten to look at her wounds.

“Hideous aren’t they?”

“Every mark, every line tells a story about someone you met over there. Each of these is a memory, this isn’t the way you would have wanted to keep them with you but that wasn’t up to you. They are your hero’s mark and you should be proud to show them off.”

Author Bio

I am a born and raised Floridian who loves to travel but never forgets where my roots are. I married my high school sweetheart, have 3 kids and a crazy dog. Travelling and reading are my two favorite hobbies. I love all things Ireland and have been lucky enough to visit twice. I hope to one day watch a Major League Baseball game in every stadium in the country.

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Fun Questions:

1. What's your favorite color? I feel most confident in red and it looks best with my coloring. This is also the color I associate with passion so I’m very drawn to it. My bedroom is a very deep red. I also love purple; ironically I rarely wear it though.

2. List 5 facts about yourself.
I played bagpipes all through middle and high school
I have 3 kids who are all musically and athletically talented.
I married my high school sweetheart and we’re still going strong after 15 years.
I love to travel. I’ve been to Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, England and France.
I’m a terrible homemaker! I work full time plus write on the side so I’m not a true stay at home mom but I still really suck at cooking and cleaning. My husband is much better at taking care of the house than I am.

3. What do you like to do for fun? With three kids I rarely have time to consider my own idea of fun. When I do get out it’s for fondue at Melting Pot, music concerts, bowling and mini golf. I used to read incessantly but since I started writing I’ve found there is no time for reading too!

Book Questions:
1. When did you start writing? Over the years I’ve written small things but never took it very serious. I met some Indie authors last year and learned so much about this DIY world. It was the first time I thought about writing for publishing. Knowing you don’t have to go through publishing companies and face rejections was eye opening for me.

2. Who are some of you favorite authors? What are some of your favorite books? Tessa Dare is by far my favorite and I love all of her books. I recently stumbled upon Barbara Devlin and have enjoyed her Brethren of the Coast series. My daughter is a huge fan of dystopian YA, I read everything she does so we can discuss them. For that genre I really enjoyed the Legend series by Marie Lu.

3. Who inspired you so start writing? Last year I was inspired to write a story for my hubby. He hates to read, I’ve tried buying him various genres but he never finished one. I decided to try writing a story I thought he could get through and maybe have it turn him on in the process. Amazingly he finished my story but sadly it didn’t inspire him to read anything else.

4. What genre's do you like to read that most? Historical romance is my favorite genre; I am in awe of anyone that can write it.