AUTHOR: T.S. Krupa
RELEASE DATE: May 10th 2016
PUBLISHER: Avalon Haddam Press
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy
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Ten years ago, Danielle ‘Dani’ Jackson graduated from Coastal State University in Wilmington, North Carolina and left her heartache behind—for what she thought was forever. Now a promising pediatric surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital she has been invited back for her college reunion.
With encouragement from her best friend, Dani begrudgingly returns to face her past–the death of her friend and a broken heart from Jake Dillon, her first love. During her trip she revisits the four years she spent at CSU. By applying to CSU she defied her father and the ‘perfect’ plan he had laid out for her, which included attending an Ivy League school before medical school, but Dani had other plans. She traded in her father’s dream for an institution with sandy beaches, soccer, and one that made her feel at home. Dani never questioned her decision—she knew she was right, but she didn’t know was how hard growing up was going to be.
At the reunion weekend she reconnects with her friends Adeline ‘Addie’ Smith and Colleen ‘Callie’ Schumaker. The girls met freshman year due to Addie’s persistence and quickly became inseparable, but after graduation they started to drift apart. The weekend is further complicated when Jake shows up. Together they all realize that life has been hard on everyone and no one’s life has been perfect. The reunion gives them the time to deal with the past and an opportunity for a second chance—for each of them.
T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, CT. She was raised in a blended Polish-American household. She has one younger sister who currently lives abroad with her husband and daughter. T.S. Krupa earned her Bachelor's degree at Franklin Pierce University, Master's at Texas Tech University and will earn her Doctorate of Education from North Carolina State University in 2014. She played field hockey at Franklin Pierce University for four years and is in her sixth year of coaching a local club team. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and dog.
With a flashback to her college years, we travel through her four-year experience and live with her all that comes with it, the friendship, the stress, the figuring out what´s next, the drinking, the fun and no so funny moments, and of course: love. Even if you have never been in college you can relate with her because early adulthood is something we all have been through, figuring out what to do with your life and discovering the real world.
I really liked Dani, she is a solid and human character. She evolves and grows up naturally and you can relate to her. Her friends are amazing, each one of them is unique and they are a funny group. It´s easy to picture the scenes almost like watching a movie thanks to the descriptions and dialogues.
This book has all kind of moments, happy and sad, funny and stressful, it´s simply a lovely life story. It´s excellent written and it´s easy to get lost in the reading. The author wrote an engaging and beautiful book.