‘Happily Ever After’ is the start point of this review and my sharing about this author. It is a good love story nicely written and was a grand rainy weekend read – very much on the sweet side!
Emily Prentice is busy helping her grandmother pack up the farmhouse and move into the city and a new townhouse. Emily has taken a job as a clerk in a clothing store and put her plans on hold to help her boyfriend Jordan get his schooling completed right through his doctorate and as she helps her grandmother she is pondering where the relationship is heading and if she wants to make “those” changes to her life. The two women find an old hat box in one of the closets that is full of old photographs of Emily’s father and his first wife! What a discovery and it leads to a full story of figuring out what happened and how life sometimes does not turn out the way that one expects it.
FINDING LIBBIE is about high school sweethearts from two different sides of the social divides. Jack and Libbie fall in love during their senior year of High School. Jack is working a number of jobs because he wishes to go to school to be a certified mechanic. Libbie is the high school sweetheart; Homecoming Queen and well cared for younger daughter. Jack’s family lives on a farm, everyone works hard and they are friendly and well liked. Libbie’s mother has lots of “episodes” and her older sister Gwen takes care of her Mother and her own husband and child. Libbie is sensitive and no one is expecting her to go to college, have a career or work. That is okay with Libbie because she just wants to marry Jack. They celebrate a lovely wedding day with family and friends.
The story turns darker with discoveries about alcoholism, pill addiction, financial concerns and just plain hard work and exhaustion. Libbie begins to have her own episodes and begins her own regime of self-medication. Car accidents, hitting and hospitalizations now the secrets begin to fly out of control. The couple is parted.
Emily just must find out what happened to Libbie after she hears the story and she is persistent, which creates an clever story on it’s own and as Emily pursues her own future begins to take shape and she takes hold of her own life.
Happily Ever After is good in this story and just left this reader pleased to have spent the weekend reading. I think others will like it very much and particularly those who are ready for Happily Ever After endings.
“Deanna Lynn Sletten grew up on the sunny coast of Southern California before moving to northern Minnesota as a teenager. Her interest in writing novels was sparked in a college English class, and she has been writing in some form or another ever since. In 2011, Deanna self-published her first novel and has since published several more, both on her own and with Lake Union Publishing.
Deanna enjoys writing heartwarming women’s fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes readers on the adventure of a lifetime. She believes in fate, destiny, love at first sight, soul mates, second chances, magic, and happily ever after—all of which are reflected in her novels.
Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian shepherd or relaxing on her boat in the summer.” (TLC)
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