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C. M. Newman enjoys her privacy and doesn't enjoy writing essays about herself. She does hope you enjoy her work, though, and hopes to publish her new novel, TUCK, in 2014.
Summary for TUCK:
In this new Christian romance, Abby Thorne unexpectedly loses her husband, Jesse, to suicide. Needing to get away from her hometown of Denver to avoid the stares and nosy neighbors and so she can start afresh, she leaves her father behind and flees to her family's long-neglected cabin high in the Rockies on the shore of quiet, quaint Tuck-In Lake. It's the only special place she can think of that doesn't harbor memories of her husband of ten years. But alongside other developments, like a renewed though strained relationship with God, Abby finds that her beloved childhood summer home is not the kind of escape she had expected.
While trying her best to find out who she is without Jesse and just why he was taken away from her, Abby befriends Jack Howell, her new loner neighbor and furniture maker. His questionable choices have combined forces with his wrathful ex-wife to keep him from meeting his now four-year-old daughter. As Jack's friendship with Abby transforms into something deeper thanks to an unforeseen chemistry, he repeatedly reminds himself that Abby is nowhere near ready for someone new. While he waits for Abby--usually with patience--he recognizes the fact that he isn't ready to move forward, either. He has other things to take care of first, so he seeks guidance in all aspects of his life gone so astray.
As Abby revisits her faith and learns how to talk to God in a new way, she shares her feelings and findings with Jesse, deepening their unlikely bond. In developing a friendship based on understanding, honesty, and faith, Abby and Jack unwittingly form the foundation for a life together outside of Tuck. The rare trust between them and in God will be exactly what they need when everything finally falls into place.
on April 29, 2013 :
This book was very emotional. If you want a book that chokes you up, has tears streaming uncontrollably down your face, then has you laughing, this is the book for you! I couldn't stop reading it regardless of how much itmade mecry. Oh, a d I.not really a crier, so thatells ya how well this author grabs your heartstrings!
(review of free book)
on March 21, 2013 :
Where should I start?
Well, reading this book took in a lot of my time. But it was worth every second of it. This story literally sent shivers down my spine. It wore me out both physically and emotionally. The storyline was saddening yet uplifting. The love in this book was overwhelming and off the charts.
Every moment, scene and dialogue was perfect. I think there are no faults to this story. I cried a lot while reading this. And trust me, I don’t cry easily. So it says a lot about your writing skills that you were able to make me cry.
The letter at the end was the icing on the cake. It was so beautifully written. This story shows that life isn’t always fair to good people. I think it’s very brave that you decided to write this.
I want to thank you so much for sharing this story with us. I can’t wait to read more of your amazing work. It was an honor to read this.
All I wanted to say was that I absolutely love and adore this! Your writing is absolutely brilliant.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)