Monday, October 20, 2014

Excerpt & Review: BY WAY OF ACCIDENT by Laura Miller - Last Day for Giveaway!

I'm super excited about tomorrow's release of BY WAY OF ACCIDENT by Laura Miller!! This is a book I cannot recommend enough! This story is beautiful, touching, compelling, and just completely breathtaking. I wish you all get a chance to read it and fall in love with it too. So to give you a sneak peek, here's the prologue from the book and my review. 
Giveaway Reminder: Today is the last day to enter to win 1 of 3 eBook copies of BY WAY OF ACCIDENT which I'll be gifting tomorrow on release day! AND the author is also having a great giveaway you should check out here!

Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: October 21, 2014

SYNOPSIS

They say in every guy’s life there’s a girl he’ll never forget and a summer where it all began. Well, for me, 1999 is that summer, and Brooke Sommerfield is that girl. But that was nearly nine years ago. And what they don’t tell ya is that you’ll blink, and both the summer and the girl will be gone. 

I have no idea where Brooke ended up. She disappeared that same summer I met her. And kind of like when you move something on a wall after it’s been there for a long time and everything around it is faded, that’s how I feel about Brooke. She wasn’t there very long, but when she left, everything around her memory sort of dimmed. That is until a letter postmarked the year she left mysteriously resurfaces. And call me crazy—everyone else has—but I have to find her. I have to know what became of the green-and-gray-eyed girl who stole my last perfect summer. I have to know if she believes in second chances—because I do—even if they do come with good-byes.



PROLOGUE

They say in every guy’s life, there’s a girl he’ll never forget and a summer where it all began. Well, 1999 is that summer, and Brooke Sommerfield is that girl. I’m convinced she was an angel. My grandma always used to say that angels come in blinks. Brooke was just like that. She flew into my life and then flew right back out again—almost as if she were never there at all. But she was definitely there. And I’ve got her invisible memory to remind me of it. But anyway, that was years ago and yesterday when she flew in by way of accident. At thirteen years old on that hot June day, I only had three things on my mind: Cooling off, girls...and girls. So, I’d have to say that June 22, 1999, was also the best day of my life.

See, there was a creek that ran through the back of our property when I was growing up. It stretched the entire length and then jutted north and disappeared behind old man Brandt’s land. I had followed it one day when I was bored. There’s not too much more to do in Detmold, Missouri. They say the town, or what’s left of it, is named after some big city in Germany somewhere. I’ve never been, but I hear they’ve got old castles and big museums over there. And while we don’t have old castles or big museums, we do have an old building with weeds growin’ in it that used to be a post office...and big fields. We’ve got lots of big fields.

But anyway, after old man Brandt’s property, that winding, narrow stream crawled past a turn-of-the-century white farm house owned by a little old lady named Samantha Catcher. She doesn’t live there anymore. I guess that house eventually just got too big for her because not too long after Mr. Catcher passed, she moved to a tiny one-bedroom in the next township over. And now, she rents the old farm house out to people who are just passing through our little town. They stay a little while, and then soon enough, they’re on their way again. When I was young, kids would tell stories about why Mrs. Catcher kept the old place. Some said it was because it was haunted by her late husband. Some said she needed the money because Mr. Catcher gambled their life savings away before he died. But I know that Mr. Catcher wasn’t a gambler—well, beyond being a farmer—and I was pretty sure he wasn’t a ghost either. See, I was convinced that Mrs. Catcher kept that old place because it made her happy. I’d catch her in between renters plantin’ flowers in front of its porch or hangin’ a new welcome sign on the front door. She’d always be smilin’ then. See, Grandma also told me once that memories are invisible to everyone but the beholder. So I just assumed that Mrs. Catcher was looking at all her memories that nobody else could see when I would catch her smilin’ at that old house.

But all the same, that creek kept crawlin’. It kept on goin’ for miles after Mrs. Catcher’s place, but I didn’t. It was gettin’ close to supper time by then, and I was gettin’ awful hungry, so I turned around that day, and I walked back home. But the point here is that I knew that creek like the back of my hand, and I knew everyone who lived anywhere near it too. So that’s why June 22, 1999, was different. It started off normal. I baled hay. I got hot. I went to the creek. Believe it or not, I was on my summer vacation—right here at home, helpin’ my grandpa out around the farm. To me, it wasn’t much of a vacation, but my parents thought spendin’ some more time with Grandpa would do him and me some good. So, there I was on a Tuesday evening gettin’ ready to jump into that creek when I spotted somethin’—somethin’ that would stick with me for a really long time. And that day in the summer of ’99, I walked home with the best souvenir I ever got from a summer vacation—an invisible memory—of a shiny, little thing that would change my life forever.

But again, that was years ago. And now, I’m just left here smilin’ at this old creek just like Mrs. Catcher used to do at that old farm house. My mind just keeps replaying the little time I held Brooke Sommerfield. That beautiful girl is gone now, but I can still hear her in the wind. If I listen real hard, I can hear her laughter over the whip-poor-will, and I can hear her whisperin’ softly about the sky and its secrets and dreams and being happy. I close my eyes and breathe her in. She smells like daisies and fresh creek water—and summer. And all of a sudden, I hear a soft sigh rustlin’ through the trees, and I force my eyes open just in time to see a flock of geese—wings wide, toes spread—landing on the water.

“Life passes you by when your eyes are closed,” I whisper back to the wind. And then I smile wide, and I sit back against the grassy creek bank, and I watch my invisible memories play out just as if she had never left me.

That summer came slow, but it went so fast. Turns out, those endless days were never meant for the two of us. I never seemed to get enough time with her. Maybe it was because she taught me how to live. Maybe it was because she taught me how to love. Or maybe it was just simply because I loved her.

I sit back further into that grass, and I watch those geese float down the creek. All around me, the tree frogs are startin’ to call, singin’ back and forth about whatever it is frogs sing back and forth about. And I just sit there, and I think about that beautiful girl. 

“I’ll find my way back to you, Brooke Sommerfield. As sure as the sun is gonna rise in the mornin’, I’ll find you,” I whisper to the wind. I tell it what I wish I could say to her. I tell it what I told her once before in a letter—a letter she would never receive until years later. See, that’s the funny thing about fate; it works around us, despite us, in spite of us, even. And it’s near impossible to figure out, until all the pages are in place. But all the same, that doesn’t stop me from prayin’. Every day, I pray that this wild ride fate’s got me on ends with her. I pray that you, Brooke Sommerfield, are on my last page. And I pray that page is a happy one. But whether it is or it isn’t, either way, I have to know what became of you. I have to know what became of the girl who stole my last perfect summer. And I have to know if she believes in second chances—because I do, even if they do come with good-byes.

But until then, Brooke Sommerfield, my summer angel, you and I will be what my grandpa always liked to call...unfinished business.

MY REVIEW

5+ BREATHTAKING FATE STARS!
  
Here's a book that completely took my breath away. By Way of Accident touched me like not many other books have before. Its unique story it's absolutely beautiful and the way is told transported me to magical sceneries, to places filled with so much meaning, and to moments that conveyed love in ways that I haven't experienced before. This book was just a mesmerizing experience!

"Life passes you by when your eyes are closed."

By Way of Accident is the story of River Asher, a thirteen year old farm boy from Missouri. Since this is his story this book is completely told in his POV and let me tell you, the way he talks is the sweetest thing ever! I loved his innocence, curiosity, and beautiful and hopeful heart. Those characteristics are exactly what drive this story and makes it so alive and stimulating.

The story starts on a summer of 1999 when River is thirteen and meets a girl. Not any girl, the girl and her name is Brooke Sommerfield. Their meeting isn't planned, it just happens on this gorgeous creek and the moment River lays eyes on Brooke he's totally lost. At such a young age, he doesn't know what's happening or what he's feeling but what he knows is that those emotions make him happy and all he wants is to be close to Brooke so that's what he resolves in doing.

"This girl's wild--in a larger than life kind of way--but I think I love her. I don't think I've ever thought that about anyone before--the wild or the love part. It feels kind of heavy, but it also makes my heart kind of dance a little."

River and Brooke spend that summer discovering their feelings and experiencing love for the first time. They also build a connection that ties them together so strongly without them even knowing. And oh, my God... How I loved when these two were together. I felt butterflies in my stomach for all the innocent and pure excitement they made me feel. With the way River told things and the emotions that transpired between them, I was literally transported back to the beautiful and magical way it feels to be young and in love.♥

"I never seemed to get enough time with her. Maybe it was because she taught me how to live. Maybe it was because she taught me how to love. Or maybe it was just simply because I loved her."

Unfortunately, love at their age does not have the necessary powers to protect them from circumstances out of their control. So when Brooke has to move away they're forced into a separation both of them are not ready for but can't prevent either no matter how wrong it feels. River is left heartbroken but somehow hopeful at the same time because upon Brooke leaving they decide that not even the distance is going to break them apart. Well, that's until life starts happening to them and nine years pass them by and what started as a fighting love then it turns into doubts, disappointments, and what ifs. . .

"Maybe everything really does just have an expiration date--one that you can't see until she tells you she's leaving, and then she's gone."

River was incredible and did I say sweet? Yes, he was the sweetest and one of the most heart-melting characters I have ever got a chance to read about. This boy and then later on this young man completely stole my heart from page one and took hold of it until the very last page. He was captivating, charming, and had such a genuine personality that all I wanted in my heart was for him to be happy because no one deserved that more than him. Thankfully, as sweet as he was, River was also relentless so he never gave up on Brooke because his heart wouldn't let him forget that summer of 1999 making his journey that much more emotional and his fate absolutely breathtaking.

"I should have know that the kind of feeling I once had for this girl is the kind of feeling that lasts longer than one short summer."

I adored this book from cover to cover and I could not recommend it enough! Laura Miller totally outdid herself with this story; her writing was flawless, stunning, uplifting, and so compelling. And not to mention the fact that she made this boy and all of his emotions feel so real and heartfelt like you wouldn't believe. So no more words from other than a total must read!!

"The single most important thing in this world is love."

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BY WAY OF ACCIDENT
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***GIVEAWAY***
Enter to win 1 of 3 eBook copies of By Way of Accident! 
eBooks will be sent to winners on release day of Oct 21, 2014.

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