Tour Dates: July 22-27th
Title: Finding Bliss
Author: Dina Silver
Release date: July 16, 2013
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Chloe Carlyle has always longed for the perfect family.
Growing up with an alcoholic single mother, she has seen her share of heartbreak and disappointment, and is striving to build a new legacy for herself. After graduating from college, she takes a job working as a summer girl for the Reeds––a wealthy, accomplished family that personifies her American dream. Her summer takes an unexpected turn when the Reeds’ eldest son Tyler, the star quarterback for Notre Dame, shows up and turns her life upside down.
An ambitious young woman with a wry sense of humor, Chloe never imagined herself as the type to succumb to the looks and charms of the hometown hero, but she falls hard for Tyler, and is devastated when they part ways at the end of the summer. As she heads off to law school, Chloe tries to convince herself this was just a fling, but she can’t quite get over him. It’s not until Tyler contacts her out of the blue late one winter night that everything changes.
After doing everything in her power to build the perfect life, Chloe soon learns that there are things beyond her control. She must draw on inner reserves of strength as her life takes unpredictable—and sometimes heartbreaking—twists and turns, and she finds herself faced with decisions she never thought she’d have to make. Poignant, heartfelt, and emotional, Finding Bliss is a reminder that you don’t have to live a fairytale life in order to have a happy ending.
A graduate of Purdue University, Dina Silver has spent the past fifteen years feeding her red wine habit by working as a copywriter in the advertising industry. In addition to writing ad copy, she formed Dinas Ideas (dinasideas.com), a greeting card company, in 2003. Dina serves as the sole writer and designer for the business and has penned over 300 greeting cards since its inception.
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Source: eARC for Honest Review from Author via Amazon
Genre: Adult Contemporary
So this is my first Dina Silver experience and I enjoyed the journey.
Chloe is the girl with sketchy past with the alcoholic mother but that only drives her more to be a super successful lawyer. To achieve this goal she takes a part time job school babysitting.
Tyler who happened to go to the same school as Chloe as well as be the big brother of the kids that Chloe is babysitting and he also is the star in Chloe's fantasies of her potential 'better life'.
When Tyler meets Chloe there is a spark but not tons of chemistry but Chloe is so in love with the idea of being in love she makes Tyler to be so much more than he is.
In reality Tyler is Meh! Just ok. He may be good looking but he doesn't have much of a back bone nor a lot of strength and desire to be the best that he can be. So he listens to everyone else especially mommy and daddy's wishes to be the star football player and marry for money and status.
Chloe is a bit neurotic and really naive yet still endearing. However , she had a total of maybe 8 hours with Tyler and she thought they had this huge epic relationship.
While Chloe is away at school pining for Tyler she meets Cam who ends up being her rock and BFF.
With the spark between them, Tyler makes an effort for Chloe but an accident happens and it can either push them together or pull them apart. In this cases it pushes them together but for Tyler it is more of complacency but with Chloe it is all her wishes coming true.
With the growth of their relationship I felt it was very complacent and predictable then they had trouble conceiving which rocks Chloe's world and not for the better. She becomes obsessed with having a baby that she get tunnel vision and pushes everyone away.
As I was reading the book I was just about to get bored and then at like 82% I was... I did not see that coming. I should have but I didn't. My heart fell into my stomach.
If I had Chloe's life I don't know if I would have made similar or different choices.
With Tyler I never really felt him. He couldn't commit or stand up for himself.
The ending I am still unsure if I loved it or hated it.
3.5 Heart dropping thumbs up