Today Mandie has a review of Abby’s Promise by Rebekah Dodson as part of the blog tour. Thanks to Jill Burkinshaw of Booksnall for inviting us to join the tour. Here is what the book is all about.
About the Book
He walked out of my life eight years ago, and for the first couple of years, I wrote him faithfully.
Then life happened, and we lost track of each other. Now he’s back; appearing one day on campus and sweeping me off my feet. He looks the same—rough stubble on his square jaw, broody brown eyes, thick brows that always lifted when I made him laugh. My Jo-Jo has come home after eight years in Afghanistan.
She looks the same as I remember her in high school, but now she’s all woman—sophisticated, educated, and just as curvy as ever. And now she’s a professor, and I’m falling for her all over again like I did at senior prom. War screwed me up, but every day Abby was my saving grace.
She promised one day she’d never let me go, made me promise I’d come back to her. I’ve come back to claim that promise. There’s just one problem: Abby’s moved on. How will I convince the love of my life that a day never went by without her on my mind?
Abby and Joey have been friends forever. They even had pet names for each other – she is Abby Girl and he is Jo-Jo. That all changes when Joey joins the Marines and Abby goes off to college to become a teacher. They intend to stay in touch and even manage it for a while but then life takes over and over the next eight years they lose touch.
Now out of the Marines Joey finds himself without a job and living back with his parents. Enrolling in the local college he comes face to face with Abby who is one of his professors. Joey regrets that they grew apart as much as he regrets keeping her in the friend zone through high school. He now feels that he has a lot to prove. He needs to prove to himself that he can do something worthwhile, prove to his father that he is not the waste of space he thinks he is but most of all prove to Abby he is worth taking a chance on.
Abby gets the shock of her life when she spots Joey in her history class. Now a widow and mother to two year old Zoey she doesn’t feel she needs the complication in her life. She is not sure how to tell him that her husband was his best friend Evan. She is haunted by her life with him and just wants to get through each day, making sure she keeps her job so that she can support her daughter. She is also a little hurt that during high school she really had feelings for Joey but he had cruelly said once that he didn’t date fat girls, devastating her at the time. In her eyes she was still that same fat girl so why would he be interested in her?
Abby’s Promise is a charming book that charts the friendship and love between its main characters. They have been friends for years so they know each other inside out. Both of them have demons and insecurities, and not to mention disapproving parents to deal with but you know that if they can deal with them together then anything is possible. I found that I really enjoyed the authors writing style and that I could connect with the characters making it very easy to read. If you are a lover of romance then you should check this book out as I don’t think you will be disappointed.
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About the Author
Rebekah Dodson is a prolific word weaver of romance, fantasy, and science fiction novels. Her works include the series Postcards from Paris, The Surrogate, The Curse of Lanval series, several stand alone novels, and her upcoming YA novel, Clock City. She has been writing her whole life, with her first published work of historical fiction with 4H Clubs of America at the age of 12, and poetry at the age of 16 with the National Poetry Society. With an extensive academic background including education, history, psychology and English, she currently works as a college professor by day and a writer by night.
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