Tuesday, July 30, 2013

[Book Review] Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry

Waiting for the StormWaiting for the Storm
Marie Landry
Seventeen-year-old Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her mother just died, her sister hates her, and her dad has completely checked out. Fulfilling her mother’s final wish, the family heads to Angel Island for the summer to stay in a beach house her mother once loved. 

After a year of being shut away taking care of her mother, Charlotte is numb and practically afraid of her own shadow; she hopes going to the island will give her the time and space she needs to begin healing, and an opportunity to bring her family back together. When she meets her mysterious neighbor, Ezra, it doesn’t take long for Charlotte to confess the issues she’s developed. Ezra begins giving Charlotte assignments to get over her fears, and although she accepts his tasks, all she really wants is to be with him. When she’s with Ezra, she’s able to forget the hollow ache in her heart and the fact that her family is falling apart. But Ezra has secrets…

Can Charlotte pull what’s left of her family together, mend her broken heart, and allow herself to fall for Ezra? Or is it all just a storm waiting to happen?

Before reading Waiting for the Storm, I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like it. I do like Romance novels but really can’t stand the cheesy conversations and endless sappy love. But this book really impressed me. It was well-written, realistic, sweet and deep story that did made me cry couple of times. It’s a book about two tourtured souls finding each other and overcoming those fears and stepping out of your shell to find happiness.

Charlotte O’Dell’s summer was starting out terrible. After taking care of her sick mother, she passed away and the family was tearing apart. Her sister Ella, or as she was now preferred to be called Gabriella, hated her and had nothing to do with Charlotte. Her dad went into deep depression and was getting worse by the day. 

Since her mother’s last wish was for them to go away to Angel Island, they decided to pack and take some time to deal with her death. Charlotte found herself alone, with no desire to socialize or do anything with her life. That is until she meets Ezra, her next door neighbor and a great handyman, who understands her better than anyone. But Ezra holds his own secrets and it might be hard to open him up. 

Ahhhhhh. This book was amazing and there have been many times where it made me cry. And it wasn’t because it was sad or something terrible happened. No. I cried simply because author was able to express emotions through the words that were so sincere, they were really able to touch my heart. Charlotte’s pain and grief were so strong in that book that it made me feel bad, especially since she was a sweetheart! 

Waiting for the Strom is a MUST read this summer! & for us, book bloggers – yes! Charlotte was able to turn to books to help her with her feelings. Here’s a quote from her blog post that really made me love this character:
Sometimes, if you’re lucky, a book will change you. 
It will make you look at the world a little differently, hold your loved ones a little closer, and realize that when love is standing in front of you and staring you in the face, you have to grab it with both hands and hold on tight.

About the Author
Marie Landry is the author of BLUE SKY DAYS (contemporary YA—January 2012), UNDRESSED (a collection of short erotic romance stories—October 2012), THE GAME CHANGER (chick lit—November 2012), and WAITING FOR THE STORM (contemporary YA—April 2013). Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood, she's had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, or having grand adventures with her two precious nephews. For more on Marie and her books, please visit marielandry.blogspot.ca or check out her book blog Ramblings of a Daydreamer (sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca).