(Shore House, #1)
Publication date: June 21st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Nora Hargrove’s post-grad life includes a horrific entry-level job, a cave of an apartment, and a strict avoidance of all interpersonal relationships. She knows only one thing about herself—she wants to be left alone.
Avoiding her mother’s forced family time, she seeks solitude on her own terms. In a poorly ventilated, overcrowded Dewey Beach rental, she discovers there’s no place to hide. Not from yourself, not from your life, and not from love. This is the story of Nora Hargrove’s full share.
I learned the healing power of a good bloody Mary and a dip in the Atlantic. I kayaked in the dead of night and witnessed the only shooting star I’ve ever seen. I fell in love on a bed made of pallets. I lived.
Life is deep. Dive in.
I first became a fan of Freed after reading The Devil’s Playground. She has an amazing way with words, drawing you in and holding you captive till the very end.
This book was everything I have come to expect from her, and so much more. With intriguing, complex characters, plenty of emotion and a beautiful story that left me in awe, at the same time making me feel complete in a way I haven’t before.
Nora was a sweet girl, but it was obvious that her introvert ways were courtesy of mother dearest. She had the choice between living with a few strangers for a few days over the summer, or having to face her mother and the memories that fuel her dislike for the woman who gave birth to her – of course she’d rather go with the strangers. I doubt she realized just how much of an impact those people would have on her. They were a mixed bag of fun, feisty, caring, weird and just plain crazy, and this made them all the more endearing.
Being a part of the Full Share team, Nora learned to be brave, to enjoy life – to actually live, instead of only existing. Tank played a large part in her change, as did Jack, but I think each and every one of the characters in this story had a lesson to teach, while at the same time discovering something knew about themselves. They were equal parts of a puzzle and the second one piece disappeared, they were incomplete, searching for a way to breathe.
It was beautiful to behold, but heartrending as well.
This story was an emotional reminder of just how short life can be, how precious it is, and how much we shouldn’t take people for granted. We need to enjoy our time together, and we need to truly live and enjoy each day as it comes.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.
She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.
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