A beautiful emotional journey in a book

As many of you know I aspire to be a novelist.  I am writing every day, and dream of a day when it will be my book people will be reviewing. 

Writers envy

There it is – the green monster is out.  I have writers envy when it comes to Melissa Weisner.  She is an absolutely brilliant wordsmith and reading her work transports me to a better place.  Reading The Girl in the Picture, by Melissa Weisner made me want to writer better myself.  I am filled with admiration for her ability to tangle up words that truly evoke emotions. This is the second of her books that I have read, and when the chance came up to read The Girl in the Picture I jumped right in.  If this was anything like Her Family Secret I knew I would love it.

A book about a writer on a journey

Tegan is a writer.  When the story starts she is a writer without a home.  She doesn’t even have the car she was living out of anymore.  She is on the road, a long and dusty road in desperate search of that place that she might call home.  A place that will evoke those feelings of security that she hasn’t experienced yet.  Carrying her past, and her present in a backpack she connects with Jack, who on the surface has it all.  He is travelling in a car filled with boxes from one home to another. Yes, this novel is about a road trip as the two connect, and ultimately it is a romance, but it is so much more.  At the heart of it is a  newspaper clipping falls from the cardboard box out the back of Jack’s car. Tegan takes in the woman in the picture: her chestnut hair, her eyes full of laughter, the way she nestles against the man beside her. And as she reads the words in the article, Tegan almost stops breathing.

Book description

When Tegan’s family is torn apart by a terrible tragedy, she runs away in search of somewhere to keep safe from the past that haunts her, and the painful secrets she’s never told anyone. Arriving in Copper Canyon, Colorado, where wooden storefronts line the quiet streets and no-one knows her name, Tegan breathes easy for the first time in years. And when she grows close with Jack, another lost soul who won’t talk about his home, it seems she’s found the perfect companion to explore the mountain landscapes with.

But just as Tegan starts to think maybe safety isn’t a place, it’s a person, she notices the box of photos and newspaper clippings that Jack takes everywhere in the trunk of his car. Who is the woman in every frame? And why does she look so familiar…?

Tegan knows the only way to protect herself, and keep her dark family history locked away, is to discover more about the woman in Jack’s photos. But when she does, will the truth help her build a new life, or will it send her running once more?

An absolutely unforgettable and breathtaking novel about love, loss, and the secrets we’re all hiding. Perfect for fans of Kerry Fisher, Diane Chamberlain, and Kerry Lonsdale.

Author Bio:

Melissa Wiesner is a night-owl who began writing novels about five years ago when her early-to-bed family retired for the evening. In 2019, she won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award in the Mainstream Fiction Category for her first novel. Melissa holds two Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Community Agency Counseling. Her day job is in Social Work where she often encounters people knocked down by hard times but who pick themselves up and keep going, just like the characters of her novels. Melissa lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her charming husband and two adorable children.
Treat yourself to an amazing read: Amazon: https://bit.ly/3g5Io3Q I am heading back to my own writing now, before relaxing in a bath with my latest read in a short while.  What do you love reading? Kerry x


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