Waking Amy

By Julieann Dove

Waking AmySynopsis

Amy Whitfield is blindsided when she comes home and finds a note on the fridge from her husband, Wesley, stating that after four years of marriage, he’s leaving her. Amy was in the midst of trying to spice things up, to bring life back to their boring marriage. It seems now that she was too late.

As Amy sits with her head between her knees, trying to figure out what to do next, a call comes from Mercer General Hospital. The ER nurse is telling Amy’s answering machine that Wesley has been in a car accident.

When Amy arrives at the hospital, she finds her husband in a coma. The doctors say there is no sign of brain damage, and Wesley will eventually wake up. Relieved, Amy sees this as her second chance: the chance to get it right this time. To channel the girl Wesley won’t leave when he regains consciousness… She just needs some help to pull it off. After all, she was voted girl most likely to die a virgin in high school.

Amy would never figure on getting that help from Mark Reilly…Wesley’s doctor! He’s a non-committer, too-cute-for-his-own-good bachelor, and completely the guy Amy begins falling for. It’s a race against time to see who wakes up first—Amy or her husband.

Publication date – February 23, 2016

My Review

Amy is walking through life accepting her marriage for what it seems until she finds a note from her husband on the refrigerator door – he’s leaving her.  She can’t envision not being married to him or to living alone and is confident she can make Wesley fall in love her again.  While she is still reeling from the reality of Wesley’s note, she receives a call from the hospital. Wesley was in a terrible accident and is in a coma.

Though the book deals with the reality of Amy’s situation and Wesley’s accident that occurred as he was driving away from her, there is a lot of laugh out loud humor, and it all begins when she meets Wesley’s doctor Mark.

Amy enlists Mark’s help to teach her how to be attractive and sexy so that Wesley will wake up from his coma and realize the mistake he made in leaving her.  When Mark agrees, the fun begins.

In this character-driven story, the author paints Amy as someone who is searching for her own identity. She has always been there doing Wesley’s bidding and accepting their marriage as it was – virtually platonic. Wesley’s departure and his accident, force Amy to take stock of herself.

From the first, I despised Wesley, but because he’s in a coma your knowledge of him is second hand until much later in the book.  However, you will learn enough upfront to dislike him instantly.

Mark is definitely swoon-worthy but has his own problems to overcome.  As the handsome doctor who sleeps with someone different every night, can he convince Amy he’s the one for her?

Dove did a wonderful job of fleshing out the characters. Amy was complex. She was sheltered and unsure of herself, but with the help of other characters, she became strong and self-assured.  The storyline was believable and filled with fresh humor.  A fast-paced story, I read it in one sitting.  Waking Amy is one of those books you can’t put down.  It is contemporary romance, chick-lit, and comedy rolled into one.  If you enjoy any of these genre’s you will enjoy reading Waking Amy.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

About the AuthorJulieann Dove

Julieann lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!

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THE SEEDS OF A DAISY

By Alison Caiola

 

The Seeds of a DaisySynopsis

From the outside looking in, Lily Lockwood, popular star of the hit TV Show, “St. Joes”, has it all. She has recently been nominated for an Emmy and her star is on the rise. She shares her gorgeous beachfront Malibu home with her even more gorgeous actor boyfriend.  Perfect, right? Not so much! Within a matter of a few days, it all falls apart. The wind is knocked out of her when she finds out that her boyfriend, on location shooting a Western, is riding horses all day and his curvy co-star all night.  Before Lily can catch her breath, she gets word that her beloved mother, best-selling author Daisy Lockwood, in in intensive care after a near-fatal accident.

Lily flies from Los Angeles to New York to be by her side. Once there, she must make crucial life-and-death decisions. While sorting through her mother’s papers, Lily is shocked to make a discovery about Daisy that threatens to shake her very foundation. This sets Lily on a journey of self-discovery as she unlocks the mysteries of her mother’s past.

My Review

Lily Lockwood is in the middle of a crisis.  Her love life is falling apart, and she is in the middle of a shoot for an episode of St. Joe’s.  An unexplained recurrent pain in her stomach is nagging her, and now people are urgently trying to reach her, she’s had eight missed calls to be exact.  Eight missed calls!  Her mother, her only living relative, has been in a terrible accident and is in a coma in a New York hospital.  As her mother’s closest friends gather for support, Lily talks to her mother, begging her to open her eyes. Her mother is not only all the family she has, but she is Lily’s confidant, her manager, and is the source of moral support.  Lily cannot imagine life without Daisy Lockwood, mother and famous author.

Lily hears a rumor that there was someone else in the car.  As she tries to unravel all the mystery around the accident, she discovers the identity of the passenger who was thrown from the car.  Who is this stranger, and can she deny the attraction between her and the stranger’s brother?  What about her former boyfriend? Can she forgive him and move on?

I am not a fan of movies or television, but I was immediately drawn into this story.  Caiola writes vividly and creates both  characters and a plot that are memorable.  Her characters jump off the page and perform right before your eyes. Lily could have been written into the story as a perfect, unflawed person, but again the author stepped up and created an actress and daughter who had beauty and talent, but also issues any real person might have.  She depended on her mother to make her decisions, but with her mother in a coma, she suddenly had to step up and not only make her own choices, but decisions for her mother as well.

There are several conflicts to be solved, and Caiola accomplishes this easily. The main one, of couse, is whether or not Daisy can come out of the coma.  There is also the matter of Lily’s romance with Jamie, and if it an be salvaged.  The circumstances surrounding the accident, the mysterious second passenger, and the passenger’s gorgeous brother play here too.

THE SEEDS OF A DAISY is an entertaining, must read book for those who enjoy chick lit, a bit of glamour of the Hollywood scene, and engaging characters.

THE SEEDS OF A DAISY is book one in The Lily Lockwood Series.

About the AuthorAlison Caiola

Award-winning author, Alison Caiola’s, many years in Hollywood as a writer and PR Executive qualify her to write about the entertainment industry, as she does so well, in the best selling page-turner, The Seeds of a Daisy and the upcoming fiction novels, The Silver Cord and The Family Bond. Hollywood is the backdrop in all three books, whose stories are wrought with gut-wrenching emotion, heart-stopping adventure, and real laugh out loud moments. Alison’s writes in the women’s fiction, general fiction and popular fiction categories.

Alison Caiola has worked with such Hollywood greats as Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise and Kevin Costner. She has written scripts, screenplays (mostly romantic comedies) and articles in popular lifestyle magazines. Like Daisy, in The Seeds of a Daisy, Alison has a son–J.D. Daniels–who is a successful, award-winning actor and author. She currently resides on the beautiful North Fork of Long Island with her Malti-Poo daughter-dog Emma, surrounded by vineyards, farms and wonderful friends

The Lily Lockwood Series: Book One The Seeds of a Daisy,

Book Two:  The Silver Cord (published Feb 2015)

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