February or Forever by Juliet Madison: Release Day Review and Excerpt

February 1, 2014 Reviews 0

It’s the first of February and you know what that means….

Happy Release Day, Juliet Madison!

The second book in the Tarrin’s Bay series, February or Forever releases today. Juliet has been lovely enough to provide us with a little sneak peek for you all from her new book.

So, tell us a little bit about February or Forever:

In this heartwarming coastal romance, Escape bestselling author Juliet Madison asks, what if your favourite celebrity fell in love with you?

February or ForeverYoga teacher and single mother, Chrissie Burns has a plan: move into the rundown beach house left to her by her deceased aunt, renovate it, sell it, and move on. The scene of a terrible accident years ago, the house needs to get out of Chrissie’s hands as soon as possible.

But Tarrin’s Bay, where the house stands, has more to offer than bad memories. The town is lovely, the people friendly, and even Chrissie’s young son finds friends and begins coming out of his shell. Employed at Serendipity Retreat as a yoga instructor, Chrissie is shocked to be given the role of private teacher to Drew Williams, Australia’s top singer/songwriter for the month.

Relationships between instructors and clients are strictly forbidden, but Drew draws happiness out of Chrissie with his down-to-earth nature and sense of humour. Days of stretching and bending may bring Chrissie unexpected peace and strength, but she knows that this interlude must end, and there’s no pose or position to aid her when Drew walks away and leaves her broken-hearted.

Here’s what I thought about it:

Even a few hours after reading this book, I had a big happy smile on my face. This is definitely becoming a trend when it comes to reading Juliet Madison’s book. Come to think about it, I’m smiling while I type this.

Chrissie is such a strong and resilient heroine. She’s just trying to get her life in order and raise her son the best way she can. It can’t be an easy thing to return to a town and a house that holds a tumult of emotions for her.

Drew is a regular guy by nature who just happens to be a world famous musician. After a scandal not of his making burst onto the news, Drew is taking time out in his home town. Fame is not what it’s cracked up to be.

I love the connection that grows between these two. Neither has had an easy trot of late and they spot something in each other that they recognize about themselves. The romantic chemistry that develops is wonderful as well. I loved that Drew never played the “don’t you know who I am – I’m a star” card and that Chrissie (despite her fandom) didn’t treat him like he was better than her.

The ever-present magical element weaves its way through the story and comes through in a most unexpected way. I thought how you did that was just gorgeous, Juliet.

I cannot wait for more lovely tales from this magical town and from Juliet Madison.

I give February or Forever 4.5 out of 5.

Want a teaser? Here’s the little excerpt I promised you!

Chrissie Burns should have learned by now that white clothing and motherhood didn’t mix. She rubbed a damp cloth at the smear of Vegemite on her Lorna Jane yoga top and wished she could also rub away the anxiety that had resurfaced since moving to Tarrin’s Bay. It was known as The Town of New Beginnings, but for Chrissie, it was the town of bad memories.

‘I won’t go, Mum, I won’t!’ Her six-year-old son, Kai, planted his Vegemite-stained hands on his hips in defiance.

Chrissie sighed. ‘Kai, you have to go to school. C’mon, let’s wash your hands and clean your teeth.’ She gave up on the smear and gently grasped her son’s arm, but he yanked her hand away.

‘Kai, please. You can’t stay home.’

‘But why, Mum, why do I have to go?’ he whined, his freckled face creasing and blue eyes pleading.

‘Mummy has to go to work, you know that. Kids go to school and parents go to work. Now c’mon.’ Chrissie led him into the bathroom and washed his hands on his behalf, and, failing to get him to clean his teeth, left him crying in the hallway while she retreated to her bedroom and ripped off her stained top. She replaced it with a silvery-grey version of the same; a racer-back singlet with extra stretch, and returned to her red-faced son.

Kai sighed and trudged outside to the car, his backpack thumping against his little body with each step. Chrissie grabbed her bag and locked up, then dashed to the car and started the engine. She drove down Dune Road, past Serendipity Health Retreat where she’d be returning for work, and headed towards the school. She stole a glance in the rear-view mirror and her heart lurched at the sight of her son’s blotchy red eyes and the sharp intakes of breath as his bottom lip quivered.

She clamped her lips tight and blinked hard, determined not to let a single tear fall in front of her son. She couldn’t let him see that she was hurting too, couldn’t add to his already excessive load of sadness at Daddy Not Living With Mummy Anymore. No, tears were for when she was alone. Crying was for the shower, when the stream of water could disguise it, and the bedroom, when Kai was asleep and only the tear-soaked pillow was privy to her emotional state.

She didn’t know what else she could do to make him happy. She couldn’t be a stay-at-home mum or homeschool him. They may have inherited a house right on the beach that would sell for a nice sum, but until the renovations were complete she still needed to earn a living and stick to a tight budget. Plus, this job was her saviour; she needed it for her sanity.

Where can you buy the book?

All Romance – AmazonBarnes and Noble – Big W – Booktopia – Google Play – iBookstore – Kobo

Where can you find Juliet on the web?

You can find Juliet at http://www.julietmadison.com. She also lives online at Facebook and Twitter (@Juliet_Madison), as well as Goodreads and her blog.

Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy of the book by Escape Publishing, an imprint of Harlequin Australia via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to them.

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