02 January 2018

..::Book Review::.. Cassidy Lane by Maria Murnane


THE OVERVIEW:  "Bestselling author Cassidy Lane walks into her twentieth high school reunion with several novels under her belt, but no date on her arm, and deep down she still feels like the smart girl no one asked to the prom. Then handsome Brandon Forrester confesses his teenage crush, and soon Cassidy finds herself swept up in a modern-day fairytale romance not unlike the tales she spins for a living. 

While their relationship blossoms, however, the new book she's writing isn't going as well, and for the first time in her career she considers crafting an ending that doesn't end with a proverbial walk into the sunset. Contemplating the simultaneous reversal of her own romantic fortune and that of her protagonist's is daunting, but maybe it's time for both her writing and her personal life to take a new path. Or is it? 

Filled with Murnane's trademark wit and optimism, a charming cast of secondary characters, and loads of heart, Cassidy Lane will have you cheering for its heroine down to the very last delightful word."


THE REVIEW:  If you are a long time follower of this blog, then you know that I have reviewed Maria Murnane's Daphne White series (both Wait for the Rain and Bridges).  This was the first novel that I have read outside of the series, and I was excited to see what kind of life her other characters would bring.

It all starts with a high school reunion.  Yes, we all dread them, but none more than Cassidy.  She is doing well for herself as a writer, but she doesn't feel as much.  Fortunately, when she gets there she rekindles a little something with Brandon Forrester.

Much to her surprise, the text messages start.  Lots of them.  Thousands of them!  Unfortunately, they live on opposite sides of the nation, so in order to see each other, they must plan trips or plan business meetings around their busy schedules. Luckily, they find time for a real, true date.  Cassidy flies out to California and Brandon Forrester swoons her at a high class restaurant.

Cassidy quickly finds herself falling in love with her Mr. Right.  Sadly, after the date, the texts start slowing down, and she's questioning him-- and finds out that his mother had a stroke in the hospital.  

The relationship is over, and Cassidy parallels the falling out with the ending of her newest book as it happens.

So, how does the book end?  You are just going to have to read it to find out.  You will not be disappointed!

+ Relatable content; love reading all of the text messages back and forth!

+ I felt a personal touch from the author, especially during the struggle of trying to find the proper ending for a novel.

+ I enjoyed the development of the relationship, and then the cutthroat end to it as well.  Most books gently end relationships.
- We never got to learn more about Trent's story, or who he was watching.

- Was Brandon having an affair?  Did he go back with his ex-wife?  There is so much left to be imagined, that guidance on his side of the story is strongly desired.
• YES, the book begins with an introduction at a twentieth high school reunion.

• YES, all of the girls are crazy about Brandon Forrester.

• YES, Cassidy struggles to write her novel as her relationship is blossoming with Brandon, but as it closes, it helps her find the right ending.

This book (paperback, because I'm partial to them!) costs $7.00 on Amazon. It's also available on the Kindle Unlimited Plan, if you have that.  You can purchase it for $8.97 at Barnes & Noble.

You can also read the first chapter for free on Maria Murnane's website.
RECOMMENDATION:  YES, I definitely recommend this!  Please refer to the pictures/review to see why.

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I received this product for free in exchange for inspection and an honest and unbiased review.

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