Saturday, April 4, 2015

"unraveled" by heidi mccahan

A broken young woman learns that you can go home again in Heidi McCahan's Unraveled.

Blind-sided by her questionable fiance, Lauren Carter returns to the one place she's been avoiding, the place she used to call home. As she's forced to look into the eyes of her past and even worse, her unraveling future she discovers that running only leaves you out of breath on a dead end street. Will she choose to unveil the secrets that haunt her? Or will she bury them once and for all and embrace a new life so different from the one she once held dear?

Blake Tully, wildly successful and breathtakingly winsome owner of a new rafting business, finds Lauren's unexpected reappearance confusing. As he torments himself with what if's and what should've been's, he can't mistake the feeling that crawls down his spine every time he looks at her. Although she broke his heart once, he longs to give his childhood sweetheart another chance, but can he convince her to stop running away when life gets tough? And can he forgive her when he discovers the reason she's been hiding?

Follow the story of these two shattered hearts as they discover the beauty of grace and forgiveness.

Unraveled is an intriguing story of secrets, shame, love, and forgiveness.

As Lauren's story is slowly unraveled (for lack of a better word!), the reader is taken on a fascinating journey. It's difficult to truly describe in this review, as there are a few major plot points that I don't want to spoil, so I'll just say this: Lauren's story is one worth reading. Her romance with Blake is worth cheering for, and the revelations about her past kept me flying through the pages.

The one aspect of the story that didn't ring true to me was the character of Aunt Jane. She seemed so incredibly spiteful and vindictive, and while I could understand her pain, I think she was made out to be over-the-top evil.

Unraveled is the second Heidi McCahan novel I've read (after Covering Home). The two stories are incredibly different, and Unraveled was nothing like I anticipated—it was much, much better. If McCahan keeps churning out stories like this one, I'll be a reader of hers for a long time. 4-1/2 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my review of Covering Home (4 stars).

Heidi McCahan is a Pacific Northwest girl at heart. She spent her formative years in Alaska, where her unique upbringing, coupled with Alaska's breathtaking scenery, fueled her active imagination and loosely inspired her debut novel, Unraveled. 

Heidi graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine from Whitworth University and a Master's Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a brief career as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Heidi married her husband, Steve. They currently live in North Carolina with their three boys. 

When Heidi isn't stepping on Legos, chauffeuring the boys around suburbia or watching one of their many sporting events, she loves to read and write heartwarming romance.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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