COUNTING STARS: A Donnelley Brother’s Novel (Donnelley Brothers #1) by ALANNAH CARBONNEAU

SYNOPSIS 

Counting Stars is an emotionally charged romance about love and loss – and learning to live after everything you’ve lived for has died.

I was with him for six years. Derek was my life, my future, and my dream come true. We had it all – the house, the cars, rings on our fingers, and we were even discussing a baby. Derek was my high school sweetheart, my lover, and my best friend.

Derek is dead.

At only twenty-two years old I am a widow. I’ve spent the last year of my life filtering through self-help books – searching for a way to heal the remnants of my heart.

I am broken.

It is my incessant searching that leads me to booking a month long trip with The Donnelley’s Wild Land Tour’s. I was supposed to tour with Gracie – but she is incapacitated and she’s left me in Logan’s care. If I could, I would turn and walk away from this tour. But I can’t. This is my last chance at learning to live again.

Logan doesn’t know I’m broken. When he looks at me, I feel strong again. I feel alive. He pushes me to learn new things, to experience new ways, and to fight. Logan, in all his bluntness has taught me to fight for what I want and what I believe in. I don’t know how it happened, but Logan picked up the pieces of my heart and helped me to rebuild it. In him, I’ve found acceptance in the hardest thing I had to face.

We all have a path, and for me, my path has been beautifully painful. I was fated; both blessed and cursed, to love two men with the entirety of my heart. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a day, because the pain of the lost life I had with Derek led me to the beautiful present I cherish with Logan.

FIVE STARS

Reviewed by Dawn Vickers on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever

What a book! If I could have given it ten stars, I would have. Don’t you feel there are times when a good story touches you deeply? Well, that’s the case with this book. It is a beautiful read from start to finish.

Derek and Reese were each other’s first. They were school sweethearts, got married, and were happy. Until that fateful day when it was all taken from her. Derek left her in a way which only left Reese with a constant feeling of pain and guilt. Now she is trying to find her way through her agony, trying to cope with her loss. She comes across an article; The Donnelley’s Wild Land Tours. Not only is it just what she needs, but she also strikes up an email friendship with Gracie. They discuss what she needs on the tour, and Gracie agrees to be her guide for a month while living together out in the wild. However, Reese arrives to find Gracie unable to take her, and this is where Logan, Gracie’s son, steps in. Faced with a month alone, with a man she doesn’t know, or the option to go home, means she has to make a decision.

Logan loves the country. He is quiet, moody; doesn’t like to talk much and listens less! His tolerance level for city people is zilch, so when he first meets Reese, he is rude and arrogant. Despite carrying his own hurt, he sees something else in her. He has no idea what Reese is going through but knows she is running from something. Sparks fly! The attraction and banter between them is nothing less than brilliant.

Reese eventually opens up to Logan telling him about her life. They give into their feelings for each other, and their relationship moves forward. Logan realises he wants more than friendship with Reese. He wants her —all of her. Slowly but surely, they are both healing each other. She’s discovering new sentiments; Logan is on her mind and creeping into her heart. Can she overcome her guilt and fear of the past? Can he tackle his problems? And above all, what will happen when the tour comes to an end —will loss prevail?

I’m not going to say any more about this story as it will give far too much away. I will say that this is a highly emotional read told to perfection by an extremely sensitive author. She has done an amazing job by pulling you into Reese and Logan’s world. I really connected to both protagonists; their pain, their joy, their heartache. Despair and being totally lost but finding someone who makes you want to live again. The love scenes between them are beautifully written. Sometimes sweet and tender, other times hot and passionate. There’s also some great supporting characters. Kat, Reese’s bestie, Logan’s parents, Gracie and John, and his brothers are all fantastic. I’m sure Logan’s brothers each have a story to tell which I can’t wait for! I have to admit that I shed a few tears while reading Alannah. You have written such moving and heartfelt words making me instantly connect with Reese. The prologue was truly moving and the wording so real had me crying before I got going with the rest of the book! Looking forward to the follow-up.

TEASERS

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


I live in Alberta, Canada, where the weather is forever changing (without warning). I am engaged to be married in August 2015 to my high school sweetheart and love of my life. There are no children in my life as of right now, but we do have a handful of rambunctious cats (four) and a testy, rescued Shepard/Husky, who take up a lot of my time.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve adored the written word. English was always my favorite class and that may be biased because I can’t count to save my life, so math was a horror! I remember the very first novel I ever read, Shocking Pink by Erica Spindler. It was the most interesting of the covers on my mom’s bookshelf (probably because it was pink) and I was way too young to be reading that novel. But I fell in love. From there, I read almost everything from V.C. Andrews.

My writing started out as poetry, which then evolved to songs, and later into novels. I was never one for the short stories as I found it too difficult to pack everything I imagined into something so small. I now have fourteen novels published independently. I write both novels for young adults and novels for adults – all romance.

Despite my favorite younger reading material, I now adore writing and reading all things romance.

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