About the Book
Author: L.M. Karen
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Release date: November 5, 2021
A sweet second chance romance of healing as two childhood friends find their way back to each other.
Alison and Grady met in kindergarten and quickly became inseparable. They grew up together as best friends until a series of misunderstandings drove them apart just as they graduated high school. Ten years later, a chance meeting throws Alison and Grady together again. It might take him a minute, but Grady discovers he still knows Alison like the back of his hand.
As Grady and Alison reconnect they find the second chance at love they always wanted and the healing they never knew they needed.
This is the third and last book in the Oak Street Series Trilogy. Each book can be read separately as standalone books but are better when read together.
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"I wish we could have those ten years back,” she whispers. I do too, but we can’t. Mistakes were made. Decisions final. Time doesn’t stop and you can’t get it back. You have to continue with what you have. I have recently learned that healing is not becoming whole again. It is growing into something stronger. Frequently in medicine and in emotional and mental health, healing isn’t perfect. It is certainly not easy, and most often there are scars left behind as proof of the pain. Healing often teaches you more about yourself and what you can endure, and it’s possible that is the purpose. It’s possible that sometimes things cause us such physical and emotional pain in order for us to heal. So that despite everything, we overcome. The human mind and body are resilient that way.”
About the Author
LM Karenwrites contemporary Christian fiction romance. As a longtime lover of words, she can generally be found behind her laptop or with a book in her hand. A graduate of Toccoa Falls College, her heart is in the mountains. She eventually made use of the voices in her head by putting them on the page.
Read an Excerpt from the Book
I take a deep breath before venturing back out to the popular establishment from the restroom, then begin to edge past the crowd back to the front where my date agreed to meet me before proceeding to a table for dinner. I haven’t gotten many steps before I hear a high-pitched squeal calling my name.
“Alison! Alison McKay!”
My shoulders tense. I would recognize that voice anywhere. I turn and find a beautiful brunette with glowing green eyes bouncing toward me.
“I just knew that was you!” she cries, scooping me into a huge hug.
Although at least eight years younger than me, Lily Knight towers over me. The last time I saw her was my high school graduation day. She was only around ten at that time but already my height. It’s been ten years since then, and she’s grown into a beautiful young woman. My heart aches unexpectedly, and I am shocked to find myself glad to see her.
“Lily, it is good to see you,” I say sincerely when she lets me go.
She squeals exuberantly, “Gosh, Alison, you haven’t changed a bit. Still so beautiful. How are you? Why did you stop coming around? We all miss you so much.” Lily hugs me again and, without allowing me to answer any of her questions, keeps talking. “Ohmigosh!” She pulls away from me and takes my arm excitedly. “Grady is going to die when he sees you!” she exclaims, pulling me toward the opposite corner of the bar from where I had previously been sitting.
My feet and my heart concurrently and instantaneously stop, and I pull my hand away from Lily’s. Of all possible scenarios, likely and unlikely, I would have placed seeing Grady Knight tonight as the single most unlikely thing to happen, only short of actually enjoying my date tonight. I am not prepared. The thought of facing Grady Knight, the only man I’ve ever loved, and therefore the only one to have shattered my heart, tonight? On monthly date night? When I have likely been spontaneously canceled on and left alone in a pretentious fusion restaurant? I shake my head in horror and back away. I feel conclusive in stating there is nothing more abhorrent that could happen.
Lily turns and blinks at me in surprise at my abrupt stop. “He’s this way, Alison. He’ll definitely want to see you,” she says with a worried frown “Are you okay? You look pale…well, even more pale than you usually are. Not that you’re normally pale, you just have a naturally alabaster complexion.” She adds the last with an envious smile.
“I…I am sorry, I have to go,” I stutter and turn quickly toward the door, making a run for it before Grady sees me, or I see him.
“Alison McKay,” a friendly voice calls appreciatively through the crowd. My actions freeze. I inhale a panicked breath as my heartbeat thunders at what I’m sure is an unhealthy speed due to the adrenaline and norepinephrine flooding my system. I force myself to turn around.
The crowd easily parts for Grady as he makes his way to me. He is below average height for a Caucasian American male yet he has a presence people notice. The last time I saw him was our high school graduation day. His light brown hair is the same, but instead of it being shaggy and long, it’s neatly cut and combed. The freckles on his face have lightened but his eyes are the same warm brown. His face is more chiseled, I notice. In truth, all of him appears to be more sculpted than the last time I saw him.
Deep breath. I can do this. “Hello, Grady.” I’m pleased my voice is even despite my insides quaking violently.
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To celebrate her tour, L.M. is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!
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Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.
Thank you for sharing your review of this story, this sounds like a wonderful book and series, a must read for me
I'll read the others first, then.
Thanks for the contest.
Thanks for sharing, the book sounds great
Congratulations on your recent release of Everything, L.M., I enjoyed the excerpt and your book sounds like a great second chance romance for me to enjoy! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Debbie, for sharing your review! Have a fantastic day!
This is the first I've heard of this author only to find out this is book #3? I will check out the first two also. Thanks for your review.
Sounds like a super story about reunited friends and romance.
This book sounds like an excellent read.
I really love the cover art! This sounds like such a sweet romance story! :)
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