Monday, September 16, 2013

Book Review: Tear Stained Beaches

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Book: Tear Stained Beaches
Author: Courtney Giardina
Release Date: February 19, 2013

Haylie Julian wants nothing more than to put her crumbling marriage back together. Chase used to be a fun-loving, light-hearted husband who has lately become an overworked attorney obsessed with climbing the corporate ladder. It isn’t long before Haylie starts waking up next to a man she barely knows. His secretive phone calls and late nights at the office leave her feeling alone and afraid of what he might be hiding. Ignoring his continuous pleas to just leave well enough alone, she continues to dig for answers…and discovers a heartbreaking truth.

Struggling with what she has just learned, Haylie sets off to a quaint little North Carolina beach town to decide if her marriage can survive. It isn’t long after she arrives that her world is once again turned upside down, as Chase’s secret stares her right in the face.

Tear Stained Beaches explores what happens when a marriage isn't the "happily ever after" you thought it was. Can trust be rebuilt? Can a wife forgive the ultimate betrayal?

My Review:

** I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. ** 

This book is not the genre I typically read. However, the book is well-written and I really liked it. My heart broke for Haylie. I really hoped that Chase's behavior was the result of something else like stress at work or something. When Haylie discovered the truth, my heart was so sad for her. I kind of guessed the twist that occurred in Kettlewood Island. Although, I guessed it from the beginning, it was interesting to see how long it took Haylie to discover it and how she would react to it.

"I let the tear fall onto my pillow. He'd never come home with the smell of perfume before. Nor had he ever been out past midnight."

The moment that poor Haylie knew what was happening, yet still trying to deny it.

"I started to feel like a failure. Why wasn't I good enough? What did I do wrong?What could I have done differently?"

The thoughts of hurt and betrayed woman.

"When you left, I realized what a mess I'd made. That I was running from a life I should've been thankful for. I just got caught up in the stress and the pressure that I cracked. But I see now that nothing Haylie, nothing in this world is worth losing you."

The words from a remorseful husband.  

"From now on, I was looking only to the future, and I was ready to take on whatever it was that would be waiting for me."

Did Haylie forgive Chase? Or is she moving on without him? Well, you have to read the book to find out!

I give Tear Stained Beaches ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Where to Buy Tear Stained Beaches:
Barnes and Noble

About the Author:
 photo cgiardina_zps30071107.jpg Courtney Giardina has always had a creative streak and a wild imagination. She has been fascinated by writing and the entertainment industry since she was a kid. Courtney grew up dancing, cheerleading and playing piano before she turned to writing as her creative outlet. She won an award for her writing in elementary school and wrote countless poems, songs and short stories.

Courtney was born and raised just outside of Rochester, NY. In 2012, she moved to Charlotte, NC and has been focusing on finally doing all the things she said she would do “someday.” After making a New Year’s Resolution in 2012 to write her first novel, Courtney completed Tear Stained Beaches after 9 months of long nights and wearing out the delete button on her keyboard. She has also started acting and has appeared in 3 short films in the Charlotte, NC area. She has a passion for health and fitness and enjoys living a very healthy lifestyle.

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