Thursday, 18 April 2013

Review: Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry

Title: Waiting for the Storm
Author: Marie Landry
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Genre: Contemporary
Source: Author
Publication Date: 9th April 2013

Tell Me About It
Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her beloved 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?

My Thoughts
I have really enjoyed Marie's previous books, Blue Sky Days and The Game Changer, when I heard she was writing another book I knew I had to read it, and after putting a call out to bloggers I sent an email requesting a copy and was super excited to get find one in my email box.
Waiting for the Storm follows Charlotte, her Dad, and her sister Gabriella (as she now likes to be called) as they try to deal with the loss of her mother.  Charlotte's Dad is now Zombie-Dad, Gabriella haw now taken Charlotte's place in the popular crowd and is now Miss Popular, but has also had a personality change, and is resentful towards Charlotte and chooses to wear a lot less clothes.

The family makes a trip to a holiday home on a little island that the Mum used to go when she was younger.  While there we get to meet a few new faces, Miranda and Kennedy and while I initially disliked this duo, I soon changed my mind when they stood up against Gabriella.  Ezra, what can I say about Ezra, the hot neighbour/handyman/genuine nice guy, he is there for Charlotte and soon helps her come to terms with what she has experienced, and is a great listening ear for her to talk to about everything she is feeling.

Ezra's relationship with his family was sad, but to go through that alone he is a strong person and has a strong spirit, to see him and Charlotte happy made it worth while.  What happened to Gabriella was wrong, and while I don't agree with any single part of what happened to her, it helped break down the barriers between Charlotte and herself, letting us get a glimpse into what their relationship used to be like.  I really enjoyed how they all eventually found their way out of the darkness that each person was in and found something worth fighting for.

Waiting for the Storm is an emotional book full of all kinds of feelings.  Seeing how the death of Charlotte's Mum affects the family as a whole, but also as each individual deals with it. Zombie-Dad, Nervous Charlotte and Slutty Gabriella.  Getting a first hand look into how each person deals with the loss of their family member was real and raw.  Before I had even finished chapter two I was crying, Marie has a way of instantly drawing you in, then BAM, she hits you with something emotional that makes you cry, like heart breaking, full body sobbing.  Marie has used her own personal experience and has weaved it into her stories to perfection which makes it hit home extremely hard and fast, I also think it hits home to me even more than usual because of the circumstances surrounding the book and my own personal life.
Marie is definitely one of my authors that I will read automatically, and I am looking forward to seeing what else she writes in the future.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the lovely review, Michelle, I'm thrilled you enjoyed this one! :-)


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