LIVING AGAIN by L.L. Collins

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Kayley Carson thought she had it all–married to the love of her life, a great job, and a baby on the way. Then one day, her life changes forever when she loses her husband in a tragic accident. No longer sure how to navigate life after her enormous loss, Kayley clings to her newborn baby, her family, and her friends to keep herself living.

When she meets someone that challenges her belief that she’s better off alone, she has to decide if she is capable of letting him in after swearing she was never going to love anyone the same way again.

She’s not the only one with a painful past. He is struggling with trust issues after a previous relationship went horribly wrong. After a terrible misunderstanding brings out both of their insecurities, will the painful memories of the past keep them both from living again?”

Tbird’s Review

I will admit, this book has me in tears right from the beginning.  Watching Kayley go through the death of her husband almost broke me.  They had a fairy tale life, so in love and then suddenly it was gone.  She was left with a broken heart and a baby that was due in a month.  The author did a wonderful job taking us through the tunnel with Kayley of grief, fear, anger and isolation.  During the birth of her baby, the author let us feel the conflicting emotions of happiness and sadness.  Kayley had just been handed a beautiful baby, but this baby will never meet their daddy or feel the love he had for them.

Just when you think you know where the story is going to go, the author pulls out a surprise that sends Kayley and the baby to a place she never wanted to go again.  It held so many bad memories, but this time she might have found the answer to prayers she hadn’t even prayed.  Accepting that she would never be able to love anyone other than Alex, she forced herself to build a life made up of herself, the baby and the memory of Alex only, but Ben had other ideas.

Ben was trying to recover from a horrible break up a few years ago.  It left him with a shattered heart and the lack of trust in women and relationships, but when he saw Kayley, he knew she was worth the risk.  Now he just had to convince her that it was okay to let Alex’s memory go and learn to love again.  Known as Dr. Yummy to her friends, he had the help of not only her best friends, but her family and even the family of Alex.  His biggest weapon though was Kayley’s child who fell in love with Ben right away.  Using all of this he set out on a mission to make Kayley his wife.

Of course with every story there are peaks and valleys, Ben wasn’t above messing up and destroying what he had built with Kayley, but he was persistent in repairing the damage that he caused.  There were so many dynamics to this story as I went along.  Watching Kayley grieve the loss of Alex was so emotional, I don’t think I was even ready for her to move on.  I fell in love with Alex just from her going through her memories of him.  I found myself wanting to scream at her a few times, it is too early to forget Alex and go to Ben, but then how could I not want her with Ben.  That man melted my heart with the way he treated her and there is nothing sexier than a man who loves being around children and loves them as his own child.  I found myself at times crying and not even knowing if it was from sadness about Alex or happiness that she found Ben.

I am aware that this is a general review, but I don’t want to spoil the story for you.  Just trust me when I say, there are so many loose ends to be tied in this story, you will find that emotional roller coaster ride for yourself.  Kayley is such a strong lady, she really is an example of a woman rising from the ashes and she learned to live again.  It wasn’t easy for her and I don’t see how you can’t become emotionally invested in her story, especially if you have lost someone so dear to you in your own life.  The author was brilliant in bringing out our own emotions through her writing.  I will say that there were times in the book that I felt she gave too much description and it became a slow read, but those times didn’t last long.  With her style of writing we didn’t need all of the details, she did a great job drawing us into the story from the first page.

If you are wanting a heartfelt, warm, emotional book this is for you.  Take the journey of a young widowed mother as she finds a new life for herself and opens herself up to loving again.  It was a wonderful book.

Meet the Author

LL Collins is a 30-something teacher from Florida. She’s a wife, mom, daughter, sister, and friend. Her love of writing has found a home in the self-publishing world. Look for her debut novel, Living Again, coming October 4th to eBook and paperback, and her second novel, Reaching Rachel, in January 2014. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out and start writing and try to make her lifelong dreams of becoming an author come true. She has been a teacher for over ten years, a wife for 14, and a mom to two boys, 11 and 9.

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