Friday, February 7, 2014

Life's A Cappella Review and Give Away

I want to tell you how great my life was. How I lived without regrets. With constant laughter. Without any tears. I want to tell you how I lived each moment to the fullest. How each breath I took was fresh and full of life. With eagerness. Without any fear.
I want to tell you all of that, but then my story would be masked with lies and not worth telling.
My life didn’t start until I left my past. And I left everything. My mother, my friends, my name.
My new name, the name everyone knows me by is Erin Lewis.

Four years after finding the courage to leave her hometown in Alabama, Erin is finally happy with where her life has led her. Not only is she secure in her environment, but the relationships she has formed center her, making her forget how damaged she once was. Before she can fully settle into her new life, her past crashes into her present, unraveling a set of events that destroy the very foundation she has built her new life on.

Lorelei's Review
At the age of 18, Erin Lewis found the courage and determination to leave her hometown in Alabama.  She left behind her past, her mother, her friends, even her real name. She left it behind to go somewhere else and start her life the way she wanted it, fresh and new with her past behind her.
...My life didn't start until I left my past...
Erin is now a 22 year old woman who has been living in Miami for almost 4 years. She is about to start her final semester of college and get her degree in nursing. Erin wants to become a pediatric nurse in a Doctor's office.  Her love of music is her therapeutic way to relax herself and focus.
Erin builds her new life. She has an incredible best friend Camilla, who shows her how to trust a person and how to laugh and have fun. She has a wonderful boyfriend,  Trent who shows her the true value of the love from a good family as well as warmth and compassion.  
Just when Erin thinks life is finally turning into the life she always wanted her past comes knocking at the door. Her whole world is thrown off balance in front of her friends and Trent. Erin must find away to let go of her past,  let love in completely,  and decide on what she really wants with her future.
Yessi Smith really knows how to play on your emotions with her words. There were parts of this book that made me laugh,  that made me want to reach in and hurt someone,  and made me cry. I gladly rate this story a Nerd Alert A or 5 stars. Yessi really wrote an incredible debut story and I look forward to what she will write next.

Meet Yessi Smith

I’m a Hispanic living in South Florida with my redneck husband from Texas and our “half breed” son, who is actually the reason I started writing again after years of celibacy. My son loves stories, but not the kind you can read in an existing book. No, he’d rather make up a story, complete with our own illustrations. So, thank you, Son, for igniting a flame I had let go out.

I also live with two dogs: a neurotic Border Collie we call Nitro and a midget Rottweiler named Nisa.
I have always found my sanctuary at the beach and in music and writing. I wish I could write rhymes so I could become a famous rapper, but rhyming is completely lost on me.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s in Human Resource Management. I have held several jobs, from picking up dog crap to upper management positions. And now I am hoping to leave the business world behind so I can live full time in a world that does not exist until I place my fingers on.

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Five months after their wedding, Trent struggles with the strain of juggling work and family life as Erin furthers her education, getting a Master's degree in Nursing. All Trent wants is one weekend alone with his wife to reconnect but Erin's focus is adamantly elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Nate, Erin's oldest friend and brother, has formed an undeniable bond with Tonya that he is reluctant to pursue because of his own inner demons.

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