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Alyssa and Dalton [Kindle Edition]

Laurel Veil
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

rain begin to fall. Good, she thought, now no one would be able to see my tears.

Love and loss culminate with a devastating discovery in Laurel Veil’s complex young adult novel, Alyssa and Dalton.

Alyssa is not your average teenager. Abandoned by her friends when her mother gets sick, she spends all of her time acting as caregiver.

Adding to Alyssa’s resentment is that fact that her older sister, Rose, abandoned the family just when she was needed the most. Her mother is heartbroken and Alyssa has no idea when—or if—Rose will return.

But then Alyssa meets Dalton at her mother’s funeral and everything changes. Their blossoming romance helps Alyssa take the first steps toward healing as she painfully adjusts to her mother’s death.

As the two get closer, their fragile love is unexpectedly tested when they make a devastating discovery that will change their lives forever.

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About the Author

Laurel Veil currently lives in Texas with her husband and four sons. Together, they enjoy spending time on lakes, visiting amusement parks, traveling, and camping.

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  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ABSORBING & ENGROSSING STORY! May 2, 2014
Alyssa and Dalton by Laurel Veil is an absorbing and engrossing story which will endear to teens and adults alike. Though primarily targeted at young audience, this mystery, teen romance, suspense, and family drama will capture the imagination of adults as the power of love unfolds. Though I'm not familiar with author Laurel Veil, I have reviewed her book Fairy Godmothers Are for Wimps which makes for a delightful reading with life-lessons teens can learn. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Academic Studies and having taught middle school for a while, and a love for reading and writing, she has a way with words which will particularly appeal to young readers.

Alyssa and Dalton is a poignant story that will pull at your heart as you read about Alyssa's struggles. As a young girl it is not easy coping with the kind of situation she is in. She's living with her ailing mom and her older sister Rose. Unfortunately, Rose decides to run away, leaving her sister Alyssa to take care of their dying mother. Reading her daily struggles will make you want to reach out and help her.

Alyssa's mother passed away, and by a strange twist of fate she meets Dalton at the funeral. They hit it off immediately, and it gives Alyssa hope for the future. But life has a way of challenging things, often times bringing even the best of things much difficulty. Will Alyssa and Dalton survive the roadblocks in their lives? Alyssa and Dalton is a gripping story full of romance, mystery, and the power of love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, heartbreaking, hopeful May 21, 2014
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When Alyssa’s mother gets sick, she is abandoned by her friends and family and has to care for her dying mother alone. No teenager should have to bear this burden, but many in the world do, and Alyssa is just like them: completely alone in a world full of people who are also alone. When her mother passes away, she feels like there is no hope left in the world for her. At the funeral, though, she meets Dalton, a boy who gives her hope that life can be worth living again. Love is not so simple, though, and Alyssa has to learn that part of loving is learning to cope with loss. Just as she begins to feel that she can rely on her romance with Dalton, they make a devastating discovery that changes everything. This young adult novel brings up feelings that many teenagers have to cope with, and has intelligence and poignant insight that will move adult readers as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read! May 4, 2014
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This was a wonderful book! No trash or filth just a interesting story line.I couldn't put it down. Would recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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**Warning some minor potential spoilers included**

The young adult genre is such a crowded spot right now. What I find with a lot of these novels is how poorly they are aimed at the demographic. Should our young adults be reading lustful vampire novels? Not in my opinion. Or jaded stories of drugs and sex? There is far too much of it out there. The very best thing I can say about this incredible story “Alyssa and Dalton” is how perfectly appropriate it is to the intended age. It is so well written, an easy read and yet a moving and intelligent story with characters full of depth and soul. It really is such a sad story on so many levels and yet it is without any of the garbage so often associated with young adult novels nowadays. This is an important story about love and loss and growing up under the hardest of circumstances. It is so achingly beautiful. It is rare for me (not that I’m a tough guy) to find myself holding back tears when reading and yet so many times throughout this story I felt so emotionally attached and moved by these characters especially the titular characters of Alyssa and Dalton.

Immediately I felt drawn to Alyssa. You feel her sadness, her desperate fight to save her mother and the intense loneliness she feels abandoned by everyone around her including her own sister. Her survivalist instincts and just her passion for her mother to protect their family is inspiring. Her reluctant relationship with Thor (a mangy dog that endears himself quickly to Alyssa and becomes her protector) only serves to make us understand Alyssa even better. In the first half of the book when she loses her mother, I felt absolutely devastated for her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadness, romance and twists and turns. Loved it! June 10, 2014
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The story is about a teenager that has to be the caretaker to her dying mother. Sadness. Caught myself crying a few times. But then the story picks up when she meets a boy named Dalton. Lots of life lessons occur, then some twists and turns.

This is a great read for both young adults and adults alike. I really enjoyed it from front to back. Well written and really pulls you in.

I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A touching story May 27, 2014
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I found the story of Alyssa & Dalton to be so touching. The story is mostly about a young girl -at the edge of womanhood- having to manage numerous upheavals in her life all by herself. Her self-control and focus are very evident and will win you over.

The later development of the story I found to be surprising and served as a nasty reminder of the realities of life. Alyssa & Dalton eventually get to the expected end but after going through such unforeseen twists and turns.

This was a quick story to read and an easy one to follow and its surprises prevented it from being a predictable read.
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Laurel Veil graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Academic Studies and taught middle school for a short while. She currently lives in Texas with her husband and their children.
Though they love traveling and visiting amusement parks, they believe some of their best memories were made at home, riding on their boat and four wheelers and sitting around a fire at night telling spooky stories!

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