Review: ALL-AMERICAN GIRL by Justine Dell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: February 26, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Literature Lovers
At the age of thirty, with two failed marriages and a tanking writing career, Samantha Moore deals with the world with the only tool she had left: anger. And she’s tired of it. When her grandmother’s near-death sends her rushing back home to Vermont, she hopes for the chance to overcome the rage ruling her life.
Once she’s home, Lance Cummings becomes a constant source of indigestion. Lance is a single father who learned first-hand the devastating effects of a damaging relationship. He sees through Samantha’s nasty temper—straight to her cry for help. He wants to help her, but he also wants to know why Samantha ran from him—and their future—twelve years before.
Taking care of her Grams, dealing with an alcoholic brother, and getting Lance to remove his annoyingly attractive nose from her business is draining on Samantha. And she’s only got three weeks to finish her stagnated novel or her publisher will drop her. No pressure. To top it off, pretending to hate the man she actually loves makes each day in Vermont harder than the last. Especially when Lance turns up the heat.
Abby: Talk about relate-able! I love it when I can crack open a story and I can see myself in the main character’s shoes. This was perfectly written so that you feel Samantha’ s pain. She is a bitch at first, but you understand why. Justine did a great job at creating a rude New Yorker without making you hate her. You felt for her. She is damaged from two failed marriages, a traumatic family loss, and the loss of losing a step daughter. She feels so guarded.
This book is about self discovery, forgiveness and love.
Lets talk about the love. This book gets a little juicy. It is never overdone. Always perfectly descriptive. You know when you read, and the author describes a look, that a guy gives a girl and you get chills from that description, this is that book.
Dawn: Internal Conflict. Love. Guilt. Love. Sadness. Love. Pain. Love. Fear. Love.
This was a story of Samantha and her belief in herself and her ability to allow herself to feel love once again – for others and for herself. I wanted her to have her happily ever after with Lance from the very beginning. But really, there was so much that she had to face and learn about herself in order for that to even be a possibility. Lance was a storybook hero who also came with a few chinks in his armor. I was constantly rooting for Lance and Samantha to find their way back to each other. I have to say I was a little surprised but not disappointed about how quickly a couple of threads wrapped up in the story. There is definitely room for the stories in Burlington to continue and I’ll add them to my reading list if so.
*Provided a copy of this book for an honest review.
About the Author
Justine lives in the Midwest, happily catering to her family, which consists of a horse-obsessed teenage daughter, four dogs, and a husband who is too good to be true. She’s never moved from her hometown, but hopes to grow old in a much warmer climate. During the day she works a normal job with college students who try their best to keep her young. They’ve done a good job thus far. At night, said teenage daughter and her horse require mounds of love and attention. The weekends belong solely to her and her writing. That’s when she morphs into a sticky bug, unable to leave the confines of her computer chair. She started writing three years ago after seeing a movie that set off a chain reaction she couldn’t have stopped if she’d wanted. It’s not a hobby for her; it’s an obsession. One she loves and one she loves to share. Her debut novel, RECAPTURED DREAMS, is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold. Her second book, ALL AMERICAN GIRL, will be published Feb 26th, 2013 by Omnific Publishing.