Sunday, December 18, 2016

For All the Evers by Debra Anastasia




Title: For All the Evers
Author: Debra Anastasia
Genre: Romance
Release Date: December 18, 2016


Blurb

Fallen Billow should be in college like most of her friends, but instead she’s raising her brother and working as a housekeeper at a vintage local hotel. It’s back-breaking work, but not nearly as challenging as fending off unwanted advances from the hotel’s owner. 

Thomas McHugh is fighting for our country, across the globe and decades before Fallen Billow was even born. So there’s no way they’re soul mates. There’s no way he can be desperate to see her, hold her, kiss her. Except there is.

Is it a dream when he inks his name on her skin? Is it a delusion when she puts her hands on his face and says she loves him? Nothing has ever felt more real.

Fate has etched paths for Thomas and Fallen that even time cannot touch. A Purple Heart proclaims Thomas’ valor and bravery. And his death. But Fallen dares to dream of the impossible. She wants Thomas to stay. Just stay.

A tribute to all who have served our country, this novel honors the impossible beauty of love and the endless power of hope. Come open your heart and celebrate the many facets of bravery with Fallen and Thomas.






Debra Anastasia has created a website for Thomas McHugh - the veteran the book is in honor of. (It is recommended readers look at this website after reading the book)









Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Available in Kindle Unlimited





My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release Date: December 18, 2016
Genre: Contemporary
POV: Heroine - 3rd person
Steam: 2
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Publisher: Self-published

The start to this beautiful love story was a letter the author wrote for her uncle Tommy, who was the inspiration behind this book. Although he died in WWII, his spirit lived on with his family.
"After people read this, you will be known. You will be remembered. And you will be loved."
Debra Anastasia was not wrong. This story was heartbreaking and heartwarming. The love held within its pages was astonishingly bittersweet. I hurt even when I was smiling. It took me nearly no time at all to start cheering the couple on for their HEA and I loved how the author suspended reality in order to achieve it.

Fallen was a 21 year old who had dropped out of college in order to take care of her younger brother. Their mother was an alcoholic and had long since given up her motherly duties and responsibilities. Fallen got a job at a historic hotel to make ends meet. While going over her duties, she learns that she must clean room 514, even though no one ever stays in it. She's also warned to NEVER fall asleep in that room. However, fall asleep she does! While sleeping, she enters a dream-like reality and is confused on how she arrived there. She meets a man named Lad who seems to know who she is but she immediately feels that he is not one to trust. She then meets a gorgeous man named Thomas, who seems just as confused by the circumstances of the dream as she is. They immediately embrace their shared connections, as if their souls recognized each other. Over time and through many sleeps in room 514, Fallen becomes determined to make her dreams a reality. She wants a future with the man she loves, Thomas, and he with her. Unfortunately, the year is 2016 and the man she loves is a soldier in WWII.

Between a manipulative mother, an overly aggressive and possessive Lad, and a drive to provide the best life and future to her brother, Fallen never gives up hope that one day she and Thomas will be united in the flesh. With the help of some much-needed allies, Fallen is able to maneuver herself around Lad's strange obsession in order to make time for Thomas. And Thomas tries everything in his power to survive until he can see her again.

This book was truly romantic. It had a Nicholas Sparks feel to it. Not many people can write angst and drama and love and make it so swoon-y. This story had an ethereal quality to it and I'm not quite sure if it's just the author's writing or because of the subject matter. I do know that I paid rapt attention to the way everything unfolded from the first page, not willing to miss one detail. The only disappointment I had was with the ending. It's pretty abrupt considering the buildup that was created throughout the story. I didn't feel like I got real closure and would have appreciated more, if not an epilogue. Overall, this book was entertaining and enjoyable.



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Excerpt

“I bet you were adorable.” He put his knuckle under her chin and encouraged her to lift her head. She rolled back over and settled against his shoulder.

“I don’t want to be adorable. I want to be impossible.”

“How do you mean?” He kissed her forehead.

“I want to be impossible for you to forget, impossible for you to keep your hands off of.” She leaned up for a kiss.

“You’re my impossible then. Have no fear.” He tenderly reminded her he was her impossible, too, with his lips.

She put her hand against his stomach and snuggled in. “This is my spot. Right here. With you—it’s home.”

He swallowed before talking to the ceiling. “My heart was like a fist. Where I am? It’s not a place you plan to survive. I’ve been there for years, and it’s not about skill; it’s not even about luck. You get strapped into a machine, and fate’s driving. You can’t get out even if you want to. So you submit to it. You harden your soul. You get ready to die.”

He shifted, rolling on top of her. She sighed in contentment. Being beneath him made her feel safe and secure.

He kissed her lips, then the tip of her nose, before continuing. “But with you, it’s like my heart’s opening up, and I’m terrified to feel, after all this time. Yet I don’t have a choice. No matter where I am, I draw your face whenever I get a scrap of paper.”

He laughed a little. “We found a puppy, and I named it Fallen, just so I could say your name over and over. The guys think I’m crazy—such a strange name for a dog. But I don’t care. I’m gasping for you every moment I’m awake. And I’m making choices to keep me alive through the week.”

His eyes searched hers. “What if I’m not as tough as I was in the beginning? God, I hope no one is affected by my distraction with this. But in the end there’s you. Only you. Do what you have to to get back to me when you’re awake. You have to. I need you more than air, more than life right now. The softness of you, the tenderness in your eyes when you see me. I’m trying to force fate to throw me in your direction. To hurl me at you somehow. I don’t know if it will work. But I’m praying for it.”

Fallen touched his face, then his neck. “I will do everything I can to find you.”









Author Bio



Debra creates pretend people in her head and paints them on the giant, beautiful canvas of your imagination. What an amazing job that is. The stories hit her hard while driving the minivan or shaving her legs, especially when there's no paper and pen around. In all of the lies she writes she hides her heart, so thank you for letting it play in your mind.



Debra has now published the Seraphim Series, the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, the Gynazule Series, The Revenger and Booty Camp Dating Service. Her novella, Late Night with Andres is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) For All The Evers is her latest romantic suspense.



You can find her at DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared...



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There is a giveaway for signed paperback of For All the Evers and Saving Poughkeepsie, signed hand crafter holiday ornaments, Booty Camp Dating Service ring, Poughkeepsie lip balm and cardboard keychain, and XL One More Chapter t-shirt







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