Good morning, readers! Today on the blog, I’ve got a teaser, excerpt, review and giveaway link for I’ll Stand By You by Sharon Sala. I’ve also got a couple of other book reviews posting today, so keep your eyes out for those as well.
I’ll Stand By You
No one is alone
Dori Grant is no stranger to hardship. As a young single mother in the gossip-fueled town of Blessings, Georgia, she’s weathered the storm of small-town disapproval most of her life. But when Dori loses everything within the span of an evening, she realizes she has no choice but to turn to her neighbors.
As long as there is love to give
Everyone says the Pine boys are no good, but Johnny Pine has been proving the gossips wrong ever since his mother died and he took over raising his brothers. His heart goes out to the young mother and child abandoned by the good people of Blessings. Maybe he can be the one to change all that…
“Nothing means a damn thing if I don’t have my baby.”
“And now we get to my suggestion. Do you like Johnny Pine?”
“Yes, of course. He’s been wonderful to us.”
“No, I mean, could you like him as relationship material?”
“That possibility exists,” she said.
“Good. Now let me talk to Johnny.”
She handed the phone back to Johnny.
“Now he wants to talk to you.”
She took the baby and Johnny took the phone.
“I have a suggestion that could bring an end to your troubles.”
“Do you like Dori?”
“Well, sure. She’s great.”
“Do you like her enough to consider a personal relationship with her?”
Johnny looked at Dori, then cupped her face and ran his thumb down the side of her jaw.
“Yes, I like her enough to consider a personal relationship.”
Dori shivered beneath his touch as she realized Butterman was asking Johnny the same question he’d asked her.
“Put the phone on speaker,” Butterman said.
“Just a minute,” Johnny said and then pressed a button. “Okay, you’re on speaker now.”
“Here’s the deal,” Butterman said. “You two are very young to have such adult responsibilities. You’re both trying to take care of your families on your own, and now DFCS has their nose in your business and is threatening you with removing the children from your custody, right?”
“Right,” they said.
“So this would end tomorrow if you were married.”
Johnny took a quick breath, started to speak, and then found himself staring at Dori instead, waiting for her reaction.
Dori already knew Johnny cared for her because he’d told her. What he didn’t know was that she was very attracted to him.
“Well? Did both of you faint or what?” Butterman asked.
“I’m game if she is,” Johnny said.
“I’m willing to do whatever it takes to keep our boys,” Dori said.
Butterman chuckled. “Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials. If it were me, I wouldn’t waste any time. Go get the license and find a preacher, and your trouble with Miss Carter is a thing of the past. I assume I am invited to the wedding.”
* Arc provided by the Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *
I’ll Stand By You is a very different kind of romance read. At first, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect because the writing style is so different from what I’m used to reading, but I found myself liking the story, and enjoying the main characters.
Dori Grant and Johnny Pine are both young, with a lot of responsibility on their shoulders, but when trouble mounts for them, they find themselves banning together to face the oncoming storm. They don’t have an easy road of it and that makes for an emotionally hard read in a lot of different ways, and yet, there’s a sense of quirkiness to some of the characters that lightens the emotional load a bit.
Regardless of the differences in this romance read, Sharon Sala is a vastly talented author, and I’ll Stand By You is a good read. It’s got a somewhat melodramatic tone to it, and is also a little bit campy, perhaps, but if you’re already a fan of this author, you’ll no doubt enjoy this book. If you haven’t read this particular author before, this is a good book to try, but be prepared for an interesting read with lots of secondary characters and a gossipy, small Southern town type setting.
One copy of I’ll Stand By You + a diamond hummingbird necklace
Sharon Sala, who has also written under the name Dinah McCall, has 85-plus books in print, published in four different genres-Romance, Young Adult, Western, and Women’s Fiction, and her Young Adult books have been optioned for film. She has been named a RITA finalist seven times by Romance Writers of America, and in 2011 they named her the recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her books are New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly bestsellers and published in many different languages. She lives in Oklahoma, the state where she was born.