I know it’s only mid January, but I might have found the first book to put on my 2014-favorites list.
Only nineteen books made the cut last year.
Which isn’t that many, when you consider I read over 110 books.
So, it’s kinda a big deal.
And Lingering Echoes is definitely making the 2014 list.
by Erica Kiefer
She’s broken with guilt.
He harbors a chilling past.
It’s safer if they keep their distance…
But, the echoes that linger connect them.
Returning to Hidden Pines is the last thing Allie Collins wants to do during her final summer before college. For her, the family cabin she spent her youthful summers in, now holds a dark memory that has haunted her every day for the last year.
While struggling to forget her past, Allie runs into Damien, a local rebel with secrets of his own. He’s dark, dangerous and he keeps showing up when Allie least expects him to. She has every reason not to trust him. So why does she find herself opening up to him in a way she hasn’t been able to with anyone?
As pieces of Damien’s identity emerge, answers to a rumored mystery begin to unfold. By the time Allie unearths the secrets of Damien’s past, she realizes just how intricately they are connected. Now she is caught in a dangerous battle that threatens her life and those she loves.
Muse Kristen’s Thoughts
Something horrible happened in Allie’s past. And now she’s being dragged back to the place where it all happened.
Allie is just trying to heal. Can’t a girl do that in peace? Apparently not. The saving grace to this summer is the mystery man that seems to always appear in the nick of time. Just who is he? Can he be trusted? Does it even matter? After all, their own broken pasts seem to draw them together, even if they don’t know each other’s stories.
You know it’s a good sign when I can’t put a book down. Sleep, who needs that? Food? You must be kidding. Just give me all the words, all the feels, and let me sit here in peace.
When I say all the feels, I mean: gasps, swoons, giggles, fist clenching, nearly falling off stools, and even more laughs. There is such a broad range of emotions brought across in this book, and they’re impressively realistic.
“This reminds me, you need to help me figure out what to make with clams, quinoa, and olives.”
“With, what? What are you trying to make, vomit?”
You may have noticed the publisher’s name – yes, this is an entirely clean read. I’d toss it at any YA reader without even a second thought. (Allie has just graduated high school, so this technically falls into NA, when paired with the issues Allie is dealing with.) While this is a clean read, it’s a heck of a swoony tale. As proven by the scribbled notes I left on one scene “Damn this is hot.” Damien fan girl over here.
“There’s something about you…” My voice softened with bewilderment. “I don’t hurt as much when I’m with you. And I don’t know why.” I avoided his eyes, afraid to read his expression, but I’d said all I wanted to say.
This is a story of heartbreak. Of hope. Of finding your way after everything has shattered, and maybe even letting go of the echoes of the past.
I also just discovered there’s a (free) prequel to the story – Rumors. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this, and I imagine that’s a good introduction to Allie for all of you who are interested in the story.
About the author: Erica Kiefer
Erica Kiefer was born on Christmas Eve in Southern California to an American father whose ancestors arrived from Europe during colonial times and a Thai mother who moved to the US during high school. Adding to her rich and varied heritage, Erica grew up living abroad in Asia, including Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand and Indonesia. She gained a great respect for the beautiful mosaic of cultures found in various parts of the world. After graduating from International School Bangkok, she attended Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a degree in Recreation Therapy. Her career as a Recreation Therapist has allowed her to work with at-risk youth since 2007.
Erica made the best decision of her life by marrying her husband in 2005 and is currently a mother of three, one of whom awaits her in heaven. Erica also loves singing, reading, writing, and satisfying her sweet-tooth with chocolate-chip cookies. Playing collegiate rugby was one of the most memorable experiences of her life, thus far.