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Running from Fate [Kindle Edition]

Rose Connelly
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mira Anders has lost her job, damaged the professional reputation she has spent years building, and is at the end of her rope. Seeking solace, she returns to Boston, going home to the man who has been like a father to her for the last 15 years. When Pat Kelly urges her to apply for a position with his estranged son’s architectural firm she thinks he’s crazy. While once friends, she hasn’t seen or spoken to James Kelly in a very long time and they didn’t exactly part under the best of circumstances. Despite her misgivings, she finds herself applying for a job in the design department and she is hired. Her worries about her identity never materialize because James does not recognize her as the same chubby, homely girl he knew as a boy. Just grateful for the opportunity, she decides to say nothing; after all he’s just her boss.

But there is a problem: she finds herself intensely attracted to the man who had once been at the center of her adolescent fantasies. Mira must face a difficult decision: try to build a relationship that is essentially based on deceit, or tell him the truth and risk losing both her wonderful job and James all over again. Just when a solution seems in sight a dark specter from Mira’s past threatens their fragile, but deepening bond and Mira’s very life. Will they be able to overcome their doubts and trust each other before it’s too late?


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From the Author

"Running from Fate" is the first novel I have ever finished. One day, after making start after start on idea after idea I just decided to go for it. What had stopped me previously was the idea that I would be no good at what was essentially my dream in life, but I decided that if I didn't at least try I would automatically fail. It was a struggle and required almost as much time revising as it did writing, but it was also a joy and the start of something.

Since finishing "Running from Fate" I have written another book called "A Blush of Magic," for which I am currently still trying the route of professional publishing, but Amazon and Kindle readers have been so good to me that I might change my mind. I am working on my third novel, tentatively titled "Prophecy of a Dangerous Love" and have a notebook full of ideas for more stories.

"Running from Fate" will eventually be in a series with Mira's (the main character) best friends, Lily and Sarah, getting their own books. I have ideas for both, though Sarah's story is more fully formed. I can't say, though, when they will be written as it just depends on when they feel ready.

Happy reading!

Rose Connelly

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  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008SIPSIU
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story, Too Many Holes in the Plot September 27, 2012
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A beautiful story that brings out the best and arguably some of the worst qualities of the romance genre, "Running from Fate" follows Mira Sweeney Anders and James Kelly, childhood sweethearts who by a cruel twist of fate were separated.

Now, both grown and well-respected in their chosen careers, they met again but under false pretenses on Mira's side. Though Mira knew who James is; James had forgotten her. Can their love be rekindled in the dog-eat-dog architectural world that they live in?

I truly enjoyed the book. It is well put-together, no grammatical errors execept for the "intentional" ones to show the character's ethnicity. Then, at first glance, the editing seem very good but by the time I reached the ending, I began to wonder if the holes in the storyline was because certain chapters were eliminated to be within the required word count.

I'll clarify that statement but there will be ***SPOILERS*** so, if you don't want to see it, please stop reading here. Here goes:

First - how can James NOT RECOGNIZE Mira at all? Okay, Mira might be pudgy or on the heavy side when she was younger. But she was already a teen the last time they saw each other. But, Mira was not grossly obese or anything like that wherein her bone structure was hidden. She might be a bit overweight. So, even when she lost her baby fat, it would have not changed her facial features at all.

Plus, Mira is not a common name. It's not exotic, but it is not a popular girl's name like Michelle or Marie. So, when Mira applied for a job even with her married name Anders, James should have thought of Mira, the girl from his childhood who adored him.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finished in one sitting August 9, 2012
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I confess it has been years since I have read a romance novel, but "Running from Fate" might be the one that gets me reading them again! I vaguely remember the bodice-rippers of my youth tending towards one-dimensional characters with essentially the same problems, story-line, and personalities. Rose Connelly smashes that mold to pieces, spits on it, and stomps it into the dirt a little more for good measure.

James, Mira, and even the minor characters in her novel are flawed, realistic people engaged in a very human drama in a Raleigh, NC that is almost a character in and of itself. Both modern professionals and perhaps second or third generation Irish immigrants they are definitely not the typical romantic hero and heroine. Mira is a brilliant but beset with both external and internal demons. James manages to be both arrogantly stubborn and charmingly sympathetic at the same time, leaving the reader alternately wanting to punch him and hug him by varying degrees.

This mostly dramatic and serious novel is peppered with just the right amount of quirky humor and laugh-out-loud dialogue to prevent you from reading it in public least people start giving you funny looks. The characters are colorful and believable, and the ending left me ready to pick up another Rose Connelly novel. If you are looking for a modern romance that is a little more intelligent and a little less cookie cutter than the norm, then I can't recommend this one enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thin and expected January 28, 2013
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Sometimes I read romance novels to reassure my faith in a happy ending. Unfortunately, this writer isn't a very good writer. The story is thin,
the characters thinner, and it's so expected, it won't do much for you except tell you to read something with more humanity and weight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars plot holes you could drive a truck through November 16, 2012
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For the most part, I liked this book. It was well written and well edited. However, here were several plot issues that really intruded on what could have been a very good story. At the beginning, person A confesses to a murder and then at the end, person B confesses to the same murder. There is no explanation for this, it's never explored any further. The reason that James is so angry over Mira hiding her identity is weak and insufficient. In fact, how James could not have recognized Mira is beyond me. It wasn't like she was seven years old the last time he saw her, she was fifteen. She couldn't have changed that much. The final piece at the end isn't developed either. Why did Lily interfere like that? Again, it is never explained, just left hanging. The HEA was practically nonexistant.

The author also could have spent a bit more time on character development for the hero. I think I understood Mira but I never empathized with James. The reasons for his bitterness were outlined but his thoughts and feelings were never described enough for me to understand why he did the things he did. He was a bit irrational sometimes, with no reason.

I did not read this title until after the recent update. I don't know what was added but I would say that it still needs some work. The author writes well and has some potential but she needs to spend more time on plot development and probably character development as well. Incidentally, kudos for a cover that captures a key moment in the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok Read October 6, 2012
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Story line had very good potential but the book fell flat. The writer could have done so much more with it. I really would not bother reading this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars James
Mira she has a temper, "a low growl trickled out of her lips before she could stop it. Mira took a deep breath and tried to reign in her emotions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by andrewsheath
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but too many errors to ignore.
I really enjoyed the story line, but the book was full of errors in grammar and missing or wrong words. Where was the editing?!?
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Ellsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good book
First, I almost always read mysteries, so this was not my typical kind of book to read. That being said, I think that the author has a really nice writing style and I enjoyed... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kerrabella
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I really enjoyed the book. Even though there were grammatical errors, it was really good. I hope the author writes a 2nd book to Kira's and James' story. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Erin H.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book
This was a very well written book and I loved the characters. The only down side was that I wished there was more to read..
Published 17 months ago by King
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for cheap price!!
Maybe I am a cheap date, but this book was amaze balls! Really great writing, funny, witty, all of the above. Great Sunday lazy day reading.
Published 17 months ago by fur
5.0 out of 5 stars Good!
Good romance and great description.. Amazing on how love can be sooo strong and manages to stay there! Over all loved the book!
Published 17 months ago by Vianey Ruelas
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Good book that I really enjoyed. I am glad I got it. I finished it in one night. I would recommend this book to a friend but I probably wouldn't read it again.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible
So many gave over views so I don't need to. To find a book that keeps you interested from cover to cover, have great characters, good story base, is such a pleasure. Great read! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected.
I downloaded the book just to have something to do one day and it turns out that it was a "not-bad" read. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Hazelish
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