Title: Around The Bend
Author: Britney King
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If you were to pass me on the street, you probably wouldn’t even look twice. I’m that normal. I’m just like you, only wealthier. I have it all. The kids, the family, the dog, a house on the hill. Hell—I’m so cliché, I even have a white picket fence. I guess you could say that I’ve dotted my I’s and crossed my T’s. But what I also have—what no one sees in yoga, or at Nieman Marcus, or during the dreadful Ladies Who Lunch charity events I attend (because only God knows why), and perhaps most importantly, in the school pick up line—are secrets.
Deep, dark, deadly secrets.
We all keep secrets, don’t we? We all have thoughts in our heads, things we do, things about us that if people knew, they’d be shocked…right? Well, what if one day we just decided to let the cat out of the bag, so to speak.
What if we decided to let the whole world in on our dirty little secrets? And what if along the way, as we were spilling those secrets, we realized that things aren’t always what they seem and with that knowledge, it changed the whole story?
In this book, I’m laying it all out there. The unraveling of my life. My coming undone. What one might’ve seen had they been paying attention.
What I’ve found in life is people often believe lies before they’ll believe the truth. Well, here it is, in a nutshell. I’ll let you decide which is which.
Myles didn’t wait for a response. He simply grinned, grabbed her arm just above the elbow, and led her out of the bar, and back to his room. Pain was a given, she’d just realized. And sometimes, you just needed to give into it—no matter what form it showed up in.
Jessica watched him go as she dug her toes further into the wet sand and squeezed them, watching as the muddy water poured over her feet and enveloped them. She let him get a ways ahead before she allowed herself to smile—just a little. All along she’d let him think he was breaking her, but maybe, just maybe, they’d actually been breaking each other.
I usually try to refrain from starting a book while I am still in a book-hangover because I normally find it hard to get into the next book. I didn’t have any problems with that this time…AROUND THE BEND instantly had me hooked.
The story starts off fast and it doesn’t stop. You get drawn in by the raw emotion and the constant twists in story. It was enough to keep me completely immersed and I couldn’t stop reading until I had reached the end. And believe me, I didn’t want it to end! There were some parts that were hard for me to read, not because they were lacking, but because of the situation…Like when she is reading Jonathan’s journal (with permission!) and when I was getting near the end… Let’s just say, I’m really glad I had cupcakes and tissues on hand!
While reading AROUND THE BEND I was literally left breathless by some of the unexpected twists and turns. You go from happy to completely devastated and awestruck by what Britney King had in store for Jess, who, by the way, is so full of strength! I hope there is a little of Jess in all of us. I’m giving AROUND THE BEND 5 stars for its unexpected turns and raw emotion…it made this book unforgettable! I’m gonna end my review with my favorite quote from the book:
“…..stuck somewhere between sadness, anger, and understanding.
With just a touch of hope sprinkled in.”
For those of you who prefer it straight up, no chaser: Mama to five. Writer. Juggler extraordinaire. That just about covers it…
The extended version and in third person no less ;): Britney is married to a man she adores (when he isn’t driving her crazy) and is the mother of FIVE pretty amazing kids, who (surprise!) also have a habit of driving her crazy. Her best guess is that it’s genetic. She is the author of two novels, Bedrock and Breaking Bedrock, with plans to release a third and fourth in 2014. In addition, she founded a local network for women in 2012, which has grown to over 1200 members. Currently, she occupies a job she enjoys–serving and running Austin Women’s Network. To further prove that she may in fact be certifiably insane, she decided to pursue her dreams and published her debut novel in May of 2013. Then and only then, could she consider her training to be an expert (life) juggler complete.