20190808_150222.jpgWelcome to my stop on the Everything You Are blog tour sponsored by Suzy Approved Book Tours! Thank you to Suzy for the invitation!

About the Book:

From the bestselling author of Whisper Me This comes a haunting and lyrical novel about the promises we make and the forgiveness we need when we break them.

One tragic twist of fate destroyed Braden Healey’s hands, his musical career, and his family. Now, unable to play, adrift in an alcoholic daze, and with only fragmented memories of his past, Braden wants desperately to escape the darkness of the last eleven years.

When his ex-wife and son are killed in a car accident, Braden returns home, hoping to forge a relationship with his troubled seventeen-year-old daughter, Allie. But how can he hope to rescue her from the curse that seems to shadow his family?

Ophelia “Phee” MacPhee, granddaughter of the eccentric old man who sold Braden his cello, believes the curse is real. She swore an oath to her dying grandfather that she would ensure Braden plays the cello as long as he lives. But he can’t play, and as the shadows deepen and Phee finds herself falling for Braden, she’ll do anything to save him. It will take a miracle of forgiveness and love to bring all three of them back to the healing power of music.

My Thoughts:

Braden Healey is a musician, and when his hands are severely injured, he loses not only his career, but also his family, as he turns to alcohol. 

Tragedy strikes Braden again when his ex-wife and son are killed in a car accident. His daughter, Allie, is seventeen, and Braden returns home to care for her. He also wants to protect Allie and keep her safe, considering all he’s lost. He thinks the family may be cursed. 

“Phee” MacPhee is the granddaughter of the man who sold Braden a cello, and she also believes the curse is real. Phee promised her grandfather that Braden would continue to play the cello, but clearly, he cannot play. In the process, Phee falls in love with Braden. 

I really felt for Braden and all he had lost. His character was written with care and sincerity. The writing is beautiful and tender, pulling on all my emotions. The author does a wonderful job bringing in themes of alcoholism, grief, and loss, as well as all the emotions that come along with these issues in a family. I also loved the part music played in this story. It really added interest for me.

Overall, Everything You Are is a beautifully told story of utter despair versus hope, forgiveness, and redemption. I recommend it for those who enjoy powerful reads. 

I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Kerry Anne King is the author of the international bestselling novel Closer Home. Licensed both as an RN and a Mental Health Counselor, she draws on her experience working in the medical and mental health fields to explore themes of loss, grief, and transformation. Kerry lives in a little house in the big woods of the inland northwest with her Viking, three cats, a dog, and a yard full of wild turkey and deer. She also writes fantasy and mystery novels as Kerry Schafer.

Have you read Everything You Are, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR