Thank you for those who have kindly review A New Beginning (I didn’t even ask for most of these! I won’t lie that I asked a couple people if they would read it for a review but they were not obligated to.) For an excerpt from A New Beginning, click HERE.
This 2nd novel follows the story of Blanche when she moves back home with her young son after her marriage has broken. Is there hope for new life, even in a small town in the early 60s? The author weaves the lives of her characters with such compassion and grace that I found myself thinking about them even when I wasn’t reading the story. Her books are the kind that you hate to see end because you feel like you have lived with those characters. — Bettie G.
I loved this story! I was waiting for it after reading A STORY TO TELL. It kept me turning the pages from page one to the end. I won’t put any spoilers in this review, but I will say the part where Blanche and Emmy were stuck in the snow was so exciting! That was one of my favorite parts, but the best part of all was the beautiful, happy ending. Lisa has her own style of writing that had me right there, right in the middle of everything that was happening. I laughed and I cried. Emotions raced through me. This was, truly, a terrific book and I highly recommend it to everyone. Keep writing, Lisa! — Joan C.
So potentially mini spoiler alert: This was a happy ending I was really wanting to and dying to see. A New Beginning further follows the story of Blanche which began in A Story to Tell. In the first book, you follow young and admittedly naive Blanche as she runs away with the first boy (man really as he was several years older than her) to pay attention to her and convince her life can be different from her current small town life. The marriage turns verbally abusive fairly early on and then ultimately becomes physically abusive as well, which prompts Blanche to leave. The story wraps up with Blanche going home to her parents with her young son and leaving Hank for good.
In A New Beginning, several years have passed and Blanche is trying to make a life for her and her son, Jackson. But then in walks Judson, who she knew as JT when they were younger. Attraction is clearly there but Blanche tries so hard to fight it because she does not want to go down that road again. She has other things to worry about. But oh my, Judson is clearly nothing like her ex and would be so great for her if only she could let herself fall in love.
Personally I don’t think you necessarily have to read the first book in order to read and understand this one. But I do think reading A Story to Tell first would give a reader a greater appreciation for the ending, as well as some of the other events sprinkled throughout, of A New Beginning. — Ashlee L.
What can I say about this book? I loved it and it is definitely a “Must Read” book. It is full of emotions and you can feel every one of them. I can’t wait to see what this author writes next. Grab this book, you won’t regret it. — Ann Ferrari
I didn’t read the first book, but I didn’t have too. The memories of Blanche made it quite clear what she had gone through. Part Two is compelling, interesting and you can’t help it but fall in love with that handsome hunk J.T. It was a great story with a little bit of everything: romance, drama, heartbreak, lots of emotions and feelings, humor and teasing… “A New Beginning” is definitely worthy of recommendation. — Rebecca
This was my first video review. Thank you, Heather. (Find her book on her site.)