Sunday, December 8, 2013

Review & GIVEAWAY: "Ripple" by L.D. Cedergreen

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Kendall Brooks has an impossible decision: Tell the truth or protect the lie?
She has buried herself in years of undergrad, medical school, and now her residency–hoping to leave behind what she is unable to face.
Her world is rocked to the core when she returns to her small hometown and runs smack dab into her first love, Adam McCoy.
Adam is the key. He stirs up old emotions that send Kendall spiraling back in time, remembering all the moments that led them to her ultimate deception.
Will revealing the truth of what transpired all those years ago provide her the self-forgiveness that she desperately craves or will her devastating secret destroy the only man she has ever truly loved, shattering her heart in its wake?

Kendall has tried to get the attention of Adam. He's the most sought after guy in high school and suddenly he's paying attention to her. They start hanging out as friends and then the relationship progresses quickly. Decisions that you make can always come back to haunt you again and again though. When we're young we don't always make the best decisions.

Betrayals are hard to forgive and even harder to forget. Two wrongs never make a right. Right?

Kendall and Adam make the wrong decisions repeatedly and they pay for it greatly. The pain they cause does not just harm themselves, others will be hurt in the process. Sometimes our own ambitions and insecurities get in the way of our happiness. That is what this story is about. Can true love really conquer all?

Kendall is such a strong character. She is so trusting and naive at the beginning, but as life continually deals her a hard hand she becomes hardened and un-trusting. It seems every time she thinks she has everything figured out some life altering event happens.

Adam is the kind of character that you love and hate. He seems so genuine at first and then it seems he is a smoke screen. He goes through the motions trying to be what he is expected to be. There were times I started to hate him as he called Kendall selfish, yet was guilty of the same. He finally redeemed himself by the end, figuring out that he wasn't without blame after all.

This is a story of true, tortured love. It goes from happily ever maybe to not gonna happen and back again repeatedly. It's the story of young love, but it's not a typical story.

This is a 5 STAR read.
It will have you wanting to re-read it again.
Have the tissues ready, you'll need them.
Ugly criers beware, you'll be sobbing throughout.

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I stood at the cold dark water’s edge, my reflection staring back at me from the glasslike surface. The reflection of a girl that I no longer knew. I breathed in the overwhelming scent of pine and recognized the tranquility that surrounded me. The soft hum of the city in the distance, the echo of an eagle’s cry overhead, the steady drum of my heart—the only sounds that could be heard in the quiet serenity that was present all around me. Inside an entirely different scene existed. Whirling thoughts, like hurricane-force winds, blew through my mind while a dark, thunderous storm was raging inside my soul, cutting the power to the central organ of my existence—my heart. I was destined to weather this storm on my own. After all, like Mother Nature, I was the controlling force behind these conditions. I threw a stone into the mirrored surface of the water before me and watched the small circular wave expand from the point where it broke through the stillness. It was hard not to think of the stone as the choice I had made, the choice that inevitably created waves in the smooth waters of my life. The first lie, like the first ripple in the water, seemed so small but quickly became more significant. Each wave growing in size and depth, impossible to stop. The effect from that one choice spread through my life like the ripple moving across the surface of the water. I longed for the stillness.
Meet the Author
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Facebook / Goodreads L.D. Cedergreen has always enjoyed writing. It started as short stories, and later developed into poetry–some of which has been published–and now her first full-length novel. She’s a vivid day dreamer, a passionate reader, and a fan of all music. She is a small town girl at heart. Originally from Washington State, she now resides in Southern California with her husband and two little ones. As much as she would like to call herself a beach girl, she is–without a doubt– grounded by her small town roots.  

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