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In My Mother's Footsteps (Summer Heat) [Kindle Edition]

Forbes Arnone
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Anela Alborn’s life is a lie. After growing up without the love of a father, her mother reveals his identity. Tragedy strikes and she sets off on an adventure that leads to more than she could ever imagine. Bumping into Christian Sivers distracts her from the real man of her dreams, her father. Will he live up to her dreams? And does she follow in her mother’s footsteps?

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Reviewed by Trisha Dawn Daffon for Readers' Favorite

In My Mother's Footsteps (Summer Heat), we follow Anela. At 22, she has lost her mother and just about everyone else in her life. In this book written by Forbes Arnone, the story starts after her loss.   After their falling out and before her death, her mother had arranged a trip to Hawaii for her. The letter explains that she now has the chance to experience Hawaii, just as her mother did, and also to reconnect with the father she thought was dead. After a month, she takes the trip and follows in her mom's footsteps. In Hawaii, her life takes a different turn, just when she thought she had accepted all her losses. 

What's not to love about In My Mother's Footsteps? There are no reasons on my list because I totally love the book. Forbes Arnone was able to capture my attention with this love story which is fresh and honest to the core. The story was also realistic and believable. I had no trouble imagining it happen at present time. There were some emotions at play and they mixed pretty well. I really felt each character's emotion and I sympathized with them or I'd feel just about the opposite. Anela was such a lovely character. I really felt her loss and I was teary-eyed when things took a surprise turn for her. Yet, I look up to her for being independent and strong. Her chemistry with Christian is undeniable and I cannot help but get sucked in, too. However, the very best chemistry came from the unconditional love and new found life demonstrated in this book. 

In My Mother's Footsteps has a very good plot and the story was woven quite well. It's such a lovely read. I believe nobody should miss reading this.

Product Details

  • File Size: 224 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Renaissance Romance Publishing; first edition (June 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQEGT3O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.4 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Island Escape! July 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Shocked by the sudden death of her mother, Anela is gifted a parting surprise; a chance to go back and follow her mother's footsteps and learn to understand and forgive. Anela has been dealt a rough hand, but with time, she heals and moves on, eventually finding her happily ever after.

Arnone's descriptive imagery took me back to Oahu; to the pineapple plantation, Hanauma Bay, the Polynesian Cultural Center ... so many great places. And I personally enjoyed the vague references to Anela's reading material. (I might have read the same romantic Scottish highlander tale myself! *coughs*Jamie*coughs*)

I really enjoyed this heartfelt novella, and would recommend it without reservation. ~R.E. Hargrave
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Reading August 2, 2013
By crissee
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this story within two days and it captivated me from the beginning. The story was well researched and you could tell how much the author loved the setting and her characters. Her characters were relatable and even though there was some angst, it wasn't over the top. I look forward to more books by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Story! August 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

***Review From Amy Conley For The Nerd Girl Page***
Anela Alborn's life is a lie. After growing up without the love of a father, her mother reveals his identity. Tragedy strikes and she sets off on an adventure that leads to more than she could ever imagine. Bumping into Christian Sivers distracts her from the real man of her dreams, her father. Will he live up to her dreams? And does she follow in her mother's footsteps?

My Review:
They say great things come in small packages and that's exactly what you get with this book and you would never know it's a short story because it's packed full with a beautiful story about loss, love, and family and some exciting adventures! This book is beautifully written and has a perfect balance! I lost myself within the pages and enjoyed every moment of it.. it's a captivating read that really pulls at your heartstrings that you just want to jump in and give the character a hug and tell her "everything is going to be ok.. you'll see!" Not only did I enjoy the characters and the main focal point of the story but there was some really fun scenes that had me laughing.. scenes that had me in complete awe because the author did such a fantastic job at describing the locations and the scenery it all felt so magical and real! You really couldn't have asked for a better book! Oh! and have the tissues handy your going to need them it has the most beautiful ending I've ever seen in a book!

***Review has been written in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official***
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story!!! July 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was truly left speechless by this story. I laughed, I cried, I cheered. I fell in love with all of the characters. One thing I worry about in short works is Character development, but these characters were absolutely perfect (in their human imperfections) and written to make them believable, real, and loveable despite their problems. In a piece like this the story must work and be interesting and the author hit it right on. I've never been to Hawaii but I now feel like I have. I am looking forward to this author's upcoming novel. More great writing and another great story awaits, I am sure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Roses June 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Abha C.'s Review

When Anela's mother, Carla, dies from an undetected aneurysm, Anela meets with their family lawyer to go over the arrangements Carla has put into place for Anela's future. At the time of her death, Carla and Anela were estranged. Carla had hidden information about Anela's background: details of her father.

Anela was so hurt once she found out about the information Carla had withheld from her that she preferred to have nothing to do with her mother after that. However, the finality of death makes Anela regret that decision. She and her mother had been very close; each believing all they had was each other.

Carla on the other hand may have regretted her decision to keep Anela in the dark. So she provides Anela with the means to explore the past and go to where Carla thinks Anela’s father can be found.

Anela decides to trace the path her mother laid out for her before she died. Anela travels from her home in California to an island in Hawaii. The details of both places and the journey appeared to be well researched and detailed in the book.

I give it only 3 stars because the story seemed a little far-fetched particularly the ease with which Anela gathers more and more information about the father she never knew and is accepted unconditionally.

I liked the storyline but felt it was lacking in the character development aspect as well as the way in which the relationship builds between Neil (the estranged dad) and Anela.

Review Disclaimer: Book provided in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! April 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved reading this book. In some ways I felt like it was about me. I wanted keep reading to know what happens next. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to life story of hope, and new beginnings. December 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Armed with a parting gift of sorts, a deathbed surprise, and a 10 month old knowledge of the existence of her dad, and the itch to meet him, Anela is venturing into unknown Oahu, for the first time in her life.

The story is about what happens to her along the way.Told beautifully, this book recounts the experiences of a girl yearning for a family, the firsts she experiences, and ultimately, how she embraces her future.

Great book, I got this as an advance review copy through Story Cartel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a simple book for those who love reading travel
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3.0 out of 5 stars In My Mother's Footsteps
Overall, this was a decent read. Anela lost everyone she loved, but before her mother died, she learned that she did have a father that was alive and living in Hawaii. Read more
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I truly enjoyed this book. The author was able to hold my attention from the first few pages, and at times had me rushing through it to see what was happening next. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Debbie Leone
4.0 out of 5 stars Love and Forgiveness
This small book, "In My Mother's Footsteps" contain love, forgiveness and beautiful writing. A mother dies, a daughter finds her father for the first time, and relives her mother's... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this piece of the tropics
I really enjoyed this short book. I didn't want to put it down. I was transported to paradise and fell in love. The writing is great and easy to follow. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Healing power of Aloha - Love
He kehau ho`oma`ema`e ke aloha.
Love is like cleansing dew.
Hawaiian proverb'

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More About the Author

Forbes Arnone's love of travel began when she traveled to the West Coast to visit her father at the age of three. Her home until she was sixteen was a small coastal town near Boston. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.
Her lifelong love for reading and writing was put aside for many years while she made her way in the world and nurtured her young family. Even though she is older, and life never seems to settle, she's finding her way while attending college full-time in pursuit of a B.A. in English Literature. She also runs a business, and is still caring for her family. Believing she can do it all, with the help of her family, she worked on her first novel during the late hours of the night while balancing the rest of her life during the day. Her hard work paid off, as her first novel, My Mr. Manny, will be published August 2013.


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