Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Best is Yet to Come Review & Tour!!!


Rafe Chauvin left his home in the blink of an eye twelve years ago, running from a secret he kept buried deep inside. The day after his high school graduation, he joined the Army to escape the pain the secret brought. When Serena Adams told Rafe Chauvin the lie of a lifetime twelve years ago, she thought he would be relieved. She never imagined what consequences that one reckless night would lead to. After years of trying to escape her lies, she returns to her hometown in South Louisiana. Hannah Matthews is a war widow. Her husband, Tom, left her behind with two very young daughters and made his best friend Rafe promise that if anything were to happen to him that he would look after his girls. Bound by honor, Rafe keeps his promise, stepping up and forming a close friendship with Hannah. When Serena is hired to plan the weddings of both Rafe’s brothers, they are brought together for the first time in over a decade. Lies are finally uncovered, leaving a trail of anger and bitterness in their wake. As the paths of these three individuals converge, and they reach a crossroads in their lives, will they move forward and discover that the best is yet to come?

My Review:

I given the opportunity to read this book and although I didn't read the two prior to it I was able to figure out what was going on and follow it pretty easily.  That being said, I really wish the book was longer.  I fell in love with this story.

Rafe is the kind of man who feels everything to his core.  Being a Army man, who has grown close to his dead friends widow and kids, he goes beyond the call of duty and becomes a huge part of their lives.  As you might imagine, Rafe being the good guy he is, starts to feel things for Hannah pretty much right away.  It turns out, our sweet widow Hannah, feels the same things.

Hannah is a mom of two small beautiful little girls, who now has to raise them alone.  Tom, her husband, has died and left her in the protection of Rafe.  The guilt she feels about moving on with her life without Tom, made me feel on so many different levels.  I understood she was lost and devastated and being with Rafe has helped.  When things start to heat up between them, I love that she still thinks about Tom and doesn't just pretend he is completely gone.  I see a lot of stories gloss over the loss of a spouse, Renee took us to that dark place of facing it.

The side story of Serena and the secrets she has kept and the lies that she has told was an emotional shock for me.  I wanted to strangle and hug her simultaneously.  Part of me totally understands it.  Another part of me wants to know how anyone could tell such a lie and still go about their business.  But then I remember that she has suffered too....

I am totally going to read the other two books because this one stole my heart.  I loved it.  I give it 4 lipsticks.  I absolutely recommend you read it!






Author Bio:

Renee Peterson is the author of the Brothers of the Bayou series and several short stories.  She has multiple works in progress to be released in the upcoming months. She spends most of her time raising two young kids and the remaining part of her time creating stories of love in the places she has been the places she wants to go. She grew up in the country side of Maryland, but has traveled around the country living in California's Mojave Desert, along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina and now resides in the Cajun country of Southern Louisiana where she has fallen in love with the culture and food. Renee loves hearing from her fans and welcomes their feedback. You can e-mail her at authorreneepeterson@gmail.com, follow her on twitter at @reneepeterson18 or friend her at facebook.com/reneepetersonauthor



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