Monday, 6 March 2017


Title: A Way Back into Love
Author: Veronica Thatcher

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Notion Press
Expected Release Date: Feb. 15th, 2017
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR


Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns the man she left behind?


Emily stepped back from him and shook her head. “Oh, you know damn well what I mean. You know what, Derek? I’m done having this conversation with you. I’m so done with this conversation and I’m so done with you,” Emily spat out angrily before brushing past him.

“Emily, wait,” Derek said, catching her by her arm. “Where are you going?”

Emily spun around and gave him a bitter look before looking down at his hand gripping her arm. “Leave my arm,” she said in a low yet threatening voice, “And why do you care where I’m going? It’s none of your business.”

Derek didn’t leave her arm in spite of her warning and said, “Em, you’ve had too many drinks. You can’t drive in this condition. I’ll drop you home.”

Emily jerked her arm free from his grasp and replied in a bitter voice, “Thank you, but no. I’m perfectly capable of getting myself home on my own. I don’t need you to drop me home. Do you get it, Derek Thorpe? I DON’T NEED YOU!” Emily yelled the last words, causing a few people to look their way.

Author Bio:
Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them.  She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!

Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.

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I really, really wanted to love this book. The plot outline sounded like it had such potential, and indeed the basic story line was really good and had lots of surprises and twists. The characters are interesting and well written and there is plenty of emotion in this story. The flash backs to the past helped to gradually reveal long kept secrets of why hearts had been broken, which I liked. 

I found the dialogue quite stilted at times, due to both a lack of contractions "You are late" used rather than "You're late" and some rather strange vocabulary choices e.g. "Mom was trying to surfeit me to death today." followed on the next page by "....even though she does not show her affection overtly by trying to feed you to death" and then a few lines later "You don't want to bear her wrath by delaying further". Whilst the words were correctly used they did not suit a contemporary new adult romance e.g. 'her love for him augmenting a little'. This strange use of words inhibited the flow of reading and so the book felt a little disjointed. 

On a positive I did complete this book. I have read, and often not finished, much worse stories than this. In fact what frustrated me most is that with a little bit of work this could be an amazing book. The author clearly has talent and overall I DID enjoy the story. I liked her characters, I enjoyed the plot twists and the emotion of the situation was clearly portrayed. A more contemporary vocabulary for the text and dialogue would make a huge difference to this book.

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