Friday, September 13, 2013

REVIEW: This Much is True by: Katherine Owen

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Fate brings them together
Fame & lies keep them apart
One truth remains...

She's become the Paly High girl with the most tragic story...
At 17, Tally Landon just wants to graduate and leave for New York to pursue ballet. Her best friend Marla convinces her to attend one last party--a college party--where she can be among strangers and evade the whisperings about her heartbreaking loss of her twin that follows her everywhere she goes. She meets Lincoln Presley, Stanford's famous baseball wonder and has a little fun at his expense--when she lies about her age and who she really is--intent on being someone else for the night and escaping her tragic story.

His only focus is baseball, but he can't forget the girl he saved on Valentine's Day...
At 22, Lincoln Presley's star is on the rise--about to finish at Stanford and expected to be taken early in Major League Baseball's upcoming draft--his cousin's party serves as a welcome distraction. But then, he sees the girl from Valentine's Day that he saved from that horrific car accident and can't quite hide his disappointment when she appears to look right through him and not remember him at all. He vows to learn her name at least before he leaves. What's the harm in getting to know this girl? What's the worst that can happen?

Fate soon tests these star-crossed lovers in all kinds of ways...
And yet, despite the lies being told to protect the other, and the trappings of fame that continually separate them, and in lieu of the deception by those they've come to trust the most; one truth remains.


Review:  (I received this book as an ARC from the author for an honest review.)

     What a roller coaster.  I can't believe the journey the author just brought me on.  W.O.W.  Simply wow.

     Tally is an up and coming ballerina, expected to be the best in her field.  She has the look, the grace, the skill and the determination to make it right to the top.  With High School graduation on the horizon she cannot wait to move to New York and take the world by storm.  Little does she know, things never go as smoothly as we would like.  When tragedy strikes Tally must forge ahead, but can she do that with out losing herself in the process.

     Lincoln Presley's story is similar to Tally's.  He is talented and focused, only his gift is with baseball.  A pitcher to be exact.  With several MBL teams interested in picking him up in the upcoming draft, Linc must keep his eye on the ball.  All of his energy and time needs to be focused on being the best damn pitcher he can be.

     When Tally and Linc enter each other's lives both aren't looking for serious.  Each just wants one night to blow off a little steam.  Then why is Tally feeling things she hasn't felt in a long time?  Why can't Linc get those sad eyes out of his mind?  One night changes each of them forever, even if neither wants to admit it.  But what happens when your heart doesn't see eye to eye with your head?  When your desires don't match your dreams?

     Right from the beginning the author had my attention.  Seriously, what a first chapter.  From that point forward she had be hocked.  The author pulls you into Tally and Linc's lives and has you feeling their pain, their determination, their joy and their heartache.  I was begging for the author to give each either happily ever after, one way or the other.  There isn't a single aspect of this story I didn't love.  

     Go meet Tally and Linc.  Let them take you on a journey.

Happy Reading!!

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