Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her beloved mother just died, her sister hates her, and her dad has completely checked out. Fulfilling her mother’s final wish, the family heads to Angel Island for the summer to stay in a beach house her mother once loved.
After a year of being shut away taking care of her mother, Charlotte is numb and practically afraid of her own shadow; she hopes going to the island will give her the time and space she needs to begin healing, and an opportunity to bring her family back together. When she meets her mysterious neighbor, Ezra, it doesn’t take long for Charlotte to confess the issues she’s developed. Ezra begins giving Charlotte assignments to get over her fears, and although she accepts his tasks, all she really wants is to be with him. When she’s with Ezra, she’s able to forget the hollow ache in her heart and the fact that her family is falling apart. But Ezra has secrets…
Can Charlotte pull what’s left of her family together, mend her broken heart, and allow herself to fall for Ezra? Or is it all just a storm waiting to happen?
Marie Landry is the author of BLUE SKY DAYS (contemporary YA—January 2012), UNDRESSED (a collection of short erotic romance stories—October 2012), THE GAME CHANGER (chick lit—November 2012), and WAITING FOR THE STORM (contemporary YA—April 2013). Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood, she’s had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, or having grand adventures with her two precious nephews. For more on Marie and her books, please visit marielandry.blogspot.ca or check out her book blog Ramblings of a Daydreamer (sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca).
When I found out that Waiting for the Storm was going to be a part of a blog tour, I jumped at the chance to participate! I hadn’t read the book yet, but it sounded like something I would like. I also was really drawn in by the fact that the love interest’s name is Ezra!!! (Any Pretty Little Liars fans out there? ;) )
Anyways, I don’t want to give away too much about this book, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I really liked the story and I thought that everything played out realistically for a girl and a family who had just lost their mother. Charlotte is heartbroken after the loss of her mother, and her sister is handling the loss by not handling it at all. And their father? He has all but fallen off the face of the earth, and is majorly depressed. The three of them head out to a small island in Lake Ontario just outside of Kingston where Charlotte’s mother had spent all of her summers. I was a fan of this setting because it was all so familiar to me! I am actually going to university in Kingston in September, and they talked about the actual school I am going to!
There were a lot of details in Charlotte’s character that reminded me of myself, so I was really able to connect with her. And as soon as I read about Ezra, I was in love! He sounds absolutely perfect, and he drives a Chevy Impala like Dean does in Supernatural! <3<3<3<3<3
All in all, I really liked how this book played out, and I was pleased with the ending. The writing was not phenomenal, and it was lacking slightly in secondary characters, but I would definitely still recommend this book!
Rating: 3.5 hearts
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