Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Release Blitz & Book Review: If I'd Known by Paige P. Horne

If I’d Known
by Paige P. Horne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 7th, 2018


It was the summer of 1972 and till this day, I can still remember the way my heart felt the first time I laid eyes on him. Travis Cole was more than just the bad boy from Ft. Pierce Florida. He was my always.

Time is a thief, they say and if you’re not careful it’ll slip right past you, taking everything you hold dear in this world with it.

My name is Charlotte Harris and I hold in my heart a timeless tale about true love, loss and everything in between.

*Based on actual events, takes place past and present.

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About the author:

Paige P. Horne is an American author who has written and published five novels. Horne has been known for writing truth within fiction. Her debut novel, titled Give Me Love was published in May of 2015 with the second book in the series Give Me Perfect Love following later that year. Other titles she has written and published include: Close to Falling, which hit Amazon’s best sellers rank the first few hours it was published, Chasing Fireflies, and the spin off, Chasing Ellie. She is currently working on her sixth novel, titled It Was Always You, which is based on true events.

Horne was born as Paige Elizabeth Peacock in Hawkinsville, Georgia on September 21st, 1988 to Terry and Angie Peacock. She grew up in Macon, Georgia with her brother Kely Peacock. Horne was married on April 4th, 2014 to her best friend, Billy James who currently works in the film industry. At this time, Paige and Billy have no children. They resign in the small town of Gray Georgia with their two dogs: Dodge their Great Dane and Dottie their Dalmatian, with plans to move to Atlanta to be closer to her husband’s work in the near future.

Paige P. Horne enjoys, reading, spending time with her loved ones and traveling with her husband.

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My review:

This was one of the most heartbreaking, yet still beautiful stories I’ve ever read. A bittersweet story about love, loss and friendship. Paige once again delivered a deeply touching story that will most definitely stay with me for a long time. Her books always make me thoughtful and reflect on my life because of the very real feel of the characters and their stories. Even more so with this book as it’s based on true events. (Just thinking about this makes me cry, to know that someone lived through this true love and heartbreak.)
'Travis may not be perfect to you, but he is what perfect means to me.'
The story took mostly place in the present and went back in time when Charlotte told Cynthia – a young girl who wanted to become a journalist - about her past, or reflected back on precious memories.
'People say time is the only healer, but my wounded heart only scabs over until a memory comes along and rips it away, bringing me to my knees all over again.'
I must say that I’d expected the book to be told somewhat differently, that the main focus would be on Charlotte and Travis’ story and not so much on the three women. But their stories were woven together and the past was mostly in shorter chapters, which is why it took me longer to get into the story and to connect with the characters. Though I loved how the characters helped each other to move through their struggles because time is too precious to waste it when it slips through our fingers so fast.
Maggie’s character lightened up the story a bit for which I was very grateful and I enjoyed how these three very different women bonded within a short time over all their shenanigans.

Charlotte and Travis’ story was very beautiful and sweet, and turned to something so painfully raw and touching, sorrowful and heartbreaking.
“Everything has an expiration date. Eventually, we all fall.”
It takes strong people to walk on this path those characters walked on and for Charlotte to come out breathing somewhat easier in the end, no matter how long it took for her to see the sunrays through the stormy clouds again.
'It's easy to forget how fragile life is, until you know you only have so much of it left.'
It doesn’t get more real than this because this stuff is not something one could have easily made up. It’s made of the real stuff, the tough stuff. It’s real life.
'After all this time, I still ask why? Why me? Why us?'
-- I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book given by Give Me Books Promotions. --

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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