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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Review: "Before the Storm" by Sarah Dosher



This is not a simple story of first loves, this is an emotional yet touching look at life and how the smallest decisions can shape futures.

What you think you know can change before your eyes. Fathers abuse, mothers deceive, best friends betray, sisters dismiss, love controls, and anger consumes.

After graduating from high school, Easton Grace knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. His goal for the summer includes two things: avoiding his father’s wrath and protecting his sister. His carefully laid plans are quickly changed when a girl comes to town causing him to lose his tight grasp of control on everything, including himself. 

Following years of sorrow, Taylor Monaco returns to a town she never wanted to see again but will forever call home. Her life was eternally changed by the people in this town, especially one boy. Her heart desires someone she’s not sure her soul can handle.

Can Easton and Taylor find their path before it’s too late - before the storm?




About the Author:

Sarah Dosher was born and raised in rural Oklahoma where she currently resides with her cowboy husband and twins (one cowboy and one cowgirl).

She is addicted to books and The Golden Girls. Her love for characters inspired her to write her first novel, Haven from the Storm. She is currently working on the continuation of the Storms of Life Series. Before the Storm, a prequel novel, will be published August 30, 2013 and will feature Easton, Dean, and Lily. The second novel in the series, Sanctuary from the Darkness featuring Adley and Derek will be published in 2014. 

Visit her website at sarahdosher.com.

My review:

Lily has always loved Dean but the night she saw him with another girl broke her heart.  Then the tornado came and killed her mother and brother leaving her with an abusive father, then to make it even worse Dean disappears after the funeral. 

Lily has gone through the last four years, hiding in her room away from her father hoping to avoid him at all costs or to make sure that he doesn’t get upset.  Things are going as well as expected for Lily, she is getting good grades and is counting down till she is done school and can move out of the house, then one day Dean appears in one of her classes and Lily’s world comes tumbling down.   Will Lily & Dean make amends and follow through with their hears or will Lily be forever enslaved to her abusive father until she graduates? 

This book touches on a very hard subject, child abuse.  Any one who reads this will have their hearts broken and wanting to remove Lily for this environment.  As a mother, this book was very hard for me. It is hard to understand how a parent can do this to their child and have no qualms about it.  Then to make matters worse, the School.  How can school not do anything about abuse if she denies that her father is doing it (they know him and know that he is doing this)….I don’t work in a school or know about all the laws regarding child abuse but this part was one of many that made me angry. 

Aside from the abuse part of the story, you can’t help but get involved in the situation between Lily & Dean.  It is obvious that they have a love for each other that has been building over the years.  I loved the red hawk that was always around Lily and how she thought it was Easton…(loved the things he did to Dean ;)).  There are other things that happen throughout the story that make you want to gasp and like I said you want to help Lily in any way possible. 

A great story for anyone to read….make sure to add it to your to be read list 




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