A collection of short stories about Hope, Healing, and Love, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and NAMI.
There are times when the Earth stops moving and the weight of its gravity pulls you down, deeper than you ever thought possible. You tumble farther than you ever imagined falling…
And when the sun goes black and your heart feels empty, starting over seems like an impossible feat…
You’re not alone.
Twenty-Two Authors have joined together in this collection of short stories about fresh starts and second chances to help illustrate that even when life takes away everything, and when hope is a horizon you think you’ll never catch, it is possible to Begin Again.
*All Proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and NAMI*
Foreword by Rebecca Yarros
Featuring short stories by:
Man, I have a love-hate relationship with novellas. I love having a story that can be read in less than an hour, but all too often I find myself needing more. It’s like a sampler platter, so, so good, but there are always items you didn’t get enough of. The Begin Again anthology had a lot of that going on since it is predicated on new beginnings. In full disclosure, I didn’t read all of the stories in this book before writing this review.
This is one of the stories I needed more of. I loved how Mason and Asher’s story was starting, and I hope that Ms. Grey finds the time and desire to write their story to a happily ever after. She did a wonderful job of whetting my whistle as far as these two were concerned, but I need more to feel satisfied.
Mason pulled at my heartstrings, so much. He’d been through so much, lost so much; it was hard to not feel heartsick for him. Especially when part of what he’d lost was right there, every day, enforcing that missing part of his life. Asher was more of a mystery, and I would love to get more of his backstory. From the little we did find out about his past, it seemed like he had a lot to recover from, too.
I loved Asher and Mason when they were together. The addition of Asher’s twin, Addison, added just enough levity to the story to keep it fun. I hope, eventually, we’re treated to the rest of Mason and Asher’s story, as I imagine those two are going to have quite a ride to get to a place where they can be completely whole and happy.
Waiting for Autumn
This story broke my heart. It really brought to mind how easily one small choice, something a person does all the time can irrevocably change lives. It also highlighted how easy it is to put the blame for those poor decisions in the wrong place, whether it’s on yourself or on a scapegoat because it’s easier than accepting what actually happened.
Sebastian was wonderful; I loved that he took a horrific situation and – with a little support from kind-hearted people – pulled himself from the depths of his own personal hell and found success. He also showed strength not many people his age have, especially those who’ve experienced the losses he had. He won me over with little effort, and I loved seeing him overcome the circumstances thrust upon him by others.
I sincerely hope JA DeRouen gives Sebastian and Autumn a full-length novel. I would love to see them work out all the history they have and learn to love and trust one another fully again. It would also be wonderful to see more of Brady, as he proved himself to be a wonderful character in the little time he was in the book.
Connect with the Authors
A.M. Johnson: http://bit.ly/2AIEbv9
Stephanie Rose: http://bit.ly/2qJo4hp
J.A. DeRouen: http://bit.ly/2Fibo49
Ginger Scott: http://bit.ly/2naNBxx
Anne Jolin: http://bit.ly/2maam1x
Ariadne Wayne: http://bit.ly/2CJX3vI
Emery Jacobs: http://bit.ly/2ctSfOk
M. Andrews: http://bit.ly/2Epfq9I
K.P. Haigh: http://bit.ly/2qHcXpe
K. Renee: http://bit.ly/2AJf63t
Maria MacDonald: http://bit.ly/2Fi7OXI
Faith Andrews: http://bit.ly/2CXPIgo
K.K. Allen: http://bit.ly/2CHTuWP
Mara White: http://bit.ly/2miq2At
Autumn Grey: http://bit.ly/2EpsFqM
Josephine Brierley: http://bit.ly/2Fj5W19
Amanda Richardson: http://bit.ly/2vVxruL
Stephie Walls: http://bit.ly/2AJFzOe
Jaci Wheeler: http://bit.ly/2AIHDGa
Stephanie Alba: http://bit.ly/2EnDj1p
L.A. Taylor: http://bit.ly/2mhMg5Q