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The Reason is You [Kindle Edition]

Sharla Lovelace
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this"astonishing and glorious" (USA Today) romance from the bestselling Sharla Lovelace, a woman returns to her Texas hometown and rediscovers the meaning of true love...

In the small town of Bethany, Texas, Dani never fit in. Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn’t stop the talk. Now she’s back, trying to settle in with her daughter and have a normal life. But the men in her life might not make it that simple. First, there’s her old friend Alex. He’s mischievous, sexy, and still hot enough to melt her shoes. And he’s a ghost—a real one, who’s always been there for her when she most needed him. Of course, there are actual men in Bethany, too. Like Jason with his hard body. Dani seems to have a habit of running into him—literally. Now she must decide between a man who long ago touched her heart and a man she can actually touch…


Editorial Reviews

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“A hauntingly beautiful story from a writer with a fresh new voice.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas

“The book’s opening reads like women’s fiction—a freshly impoverished and romance-challenged heroine moves back home and reinvents herself, finding love in the process. But by page two I knew Lovelace was going to yank that expectation away from me and shape it into something astonishing and glorious, then thrust it back at me and dare me not to love it. And I did. I loved it…The Reason Is You is a splendid debut and all-consuming reading experience.”—USA Today

"A spot-on debut novel, Sharla Lovelace's prose is smart, witty, funny, with a hot sexy edge that makes The Reason Is You an oh-so-tantalizing romantic journey, without any gooey gushiness oozing too sweet sentiment. She takes us through the lives of Dani and a fascinating cast of characters—and lucky for readers, the line between our world and the mystical one is deliciously blurred. I could not put down this book, devoured it quickly, and can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next."—Kathryn Magendie, author of Family Graces

“A romantic story about love, ghosts, and second chances. But under all of that, it's a story about redemption. This novel is the definition of a page-turner.”—Therese Walsh, author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy  

About the Author

Sharla Lovelace is the author of The Reason Is You, Before and Ever Since, and the novella “Just One Day.” Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her family, an old lady dog, and an aviary full of cockatiels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00AZ8ATNU
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JSSF22
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for those romantic at heart April 3, 2012
Format:Paperback
I loved the blurb, I think that is what caught my interest, but it was the writer's style and storytelling that kept my attention all the way through until the last page. And even then, I said I wanted more!! At first I didn't understand the cover, but after reading the book, it is just perfect!! I am not going to give it away, you must read the book!!

It started out a bit slow, but I now understand that the author was setting the stage, building the plot and the characters. I honestly don't really know where to start, there was so much in this book. I was so torn between Alex and Jason. Oh my the tears I shed when the decision was made for her. Oh how I fell in love with Alex and my heart sadden for all he lost and what was in his reach, but really wasn't. Their "first" kiss was electrifying.

This book was emotional charged, I cheered, I laughed and cried. I loved the discovery period between Jason and Dani. I loved the relationship and honest conversation Dani had with her daughter, Riley. You don't want to miss Miss Olivia, she is a hoot! This story touched a upon "bullying", being an outsider, about love lost and love found and finally acceptance.

"One single perfect white rose, lying in front of the cake. Jason is the second and greatest love of my life, my future, my best friend.
He's my everything now. Alex gave me that gift."

I hope I did this book justice in my review. I almost cried writing this, remembering all the potent scenes between the characters. I quite honestly will read this again, it is a must read book. Bravo to Sharla Lovelace for having a hit with this one!! All I can say is follow the tour, know that I am not along with my thoughts and buy the book when it is available. I debated between a 4.5 and a 5, in the end it deserved all 5 hearts!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful women's fiction April 24, 2012
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Single mom Dani returns to her hometown of Bethany, Texas after losing her corporate job in Dallas, a fact her sixteen year old daughter Riley isn't too thrilled with. Dani moves in with her father and takes a job at the local bait store. If that doesn't sound dismal enough, Dani's past comes back to haunt her. Literally. Dani sees ghosts. She talks to them too. And they talk back.

Growing up, Dani was an outsider. Now, at 40, she's still an outsider. Her best friend, Alex, is a ghost who's been dead for 40 years. Dani first began seeing Alex when she was a teenager. Their relationship is sweet and sexy and mysterious. Things get complicated when Dani realizes that her teenage daughter can see ghosts too. Plus, there's a budding romance with a real flesh and blood living man--Dani's boss, Jason, who's got some baggage of his own.

I absolutely loved this novel. I especially loved the scenes between Dani and Riley, which feel so real. The ending had me sniffling, but was totally satisfying!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very engaging read! May 1, 2012
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I love it when I begin a book then just can't put it down! Sharla Lovelace's writing style is very engaging and just draws you into the lives of her characters. She has a wonderful descriptive talent without going overboard--the town and people truly come to life as you progress through the story. I look forward to future books written by this new author!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Not a lot of books make me cry. They almost do but not quite real tears. This one did it twice. I set it down crying, but it ended beautifully. It's about a ghost, a woman and her daughter, a very nice real life man, some nice and some not so nice side characters, and about love. There is a bit of the reincarnation theme in some of it and the idea that dead people don't all cross over right away. All of that is tied up in love too.

I should explain why I read this book in the first place. I was a huge fan of the TV show Moonlight. I LOVED Mick St John (played by Alex O'Loughlin) I haven't watched CBS since they canceled the show after one short season. When a friend from the "Save Moonlight" days sent me an e-mail with a link to an article [...] I was intrigued and ordered the book. I had no trouble picturing Alex in the book as Mick in the show which made this even more special. When Dani walked out of the house and saw him standing leaning against her car all dressed in black - that was it!

But I am ahead of myself here. I don't want to reveal too much, but Dani is the 41 year old mother of a 16 year old daughter, Riley, and is a single mom who has lost her job and had to come home to live with her dad and find a job in this small, according to Riley, podunk town on the coast. Dani had a very rough childhood as her mother died of an aueurysm just minutes after she was born. Dani can see and talk to dead people. As a child she didn't realize others could not until the other kids made fun of her for talking to herself. She became the brunt of their jokes and cruelty. When she was a teen she was led away from a bad situation by Alex, a hot guy of around 31 (Moonlight reference)and who just happened to be a ghost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever August 1, 2012
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Let me say first...I rarely, if ever write reviews. This was just too good to pass up. My typical book is a good steamy romance. However, this book is so funny, witty & emotional & it seems a shame to lump it with "romance". Love is the central theme but classifying it as romance almost implies a Harlequin cheap read (nothing against those btw). The dialogue is easy to read, believable & will have you spewing your drink a few times due to the witty banter. I saw the 5 star reviews & almost passed it up thinking the author may have bribed 15 friends with margaritas to write good reviews. Sadly, no margaritas were consumed by this reader/reviewer as a bribe but I felt the need to brand it with my own 5 stars after purchasing & reading it. I hope that Mrs. Lovelace will continue to have writing success in what will most likely be a very successful writing career. Thank you for the great read Mrs. Lovelace!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Reason is You
I don't usually write reviews so it takes a book I really enjoy to get me to. I found this author when I read Stay With Me & I enjoyed it so much that I bought every other book by... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ycuamom
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
First time I have read a book published by this author. Loved her writing! Could not put book down until I finished it.
Published 2 months ago by evangelina alanis
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this book!
This is the first book by Sharla Lovelace that I have read. Wow. I absolutely loved this book! It was funny at times, heartwrenching at other times. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kimberly Dawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the Summary Scare You and Try This Book.
I have to say this book is not what I expected and was not like anything I've read before. It is a cute story of Dani who sees dead people and her best friend Alex who is dead. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jcmulligan
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars
Sharla Lovelace's writing is the reason I Iove reading. This sweet, tender, unique love story was a treasure to find. One of the sweetest endings to a story ever. Must read.
Published 4 months ago by Llcombs
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book!!!
Had never read any of this authors books before, however I did enjoy this one, would read more of her books.
Published 6 months ago by Carol A. Signet
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Let me start by saying that I absolutely loved this book. It's one of those stories that make you sit back and think. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Buttercup
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start but picks up speed and keeps you turning pages to the...
Although a bit slow to start, the story picks up speed about halfway through and keeps you turning pages right to the end. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Em & M Books
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ rating....
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I'll admit, I was sold on this book simply from the story blurb...thank goodness, it lived up to my expectations. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Smitten with Reading
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written story
I was looking for books to read this summer, and I could not really find one I liked, until I found "The Reason Is You," by Sharla Lovelace. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Shauna Silva
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More About the Author

Sharla Lovelace is the Bestselling and Award Winning Author of four novels and a novella, the most recent two being DON'T LET GO and STAY WITH ME. Being a Texas girl through and through, she's proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, a souped up golf cart, and two crazy mutts.

Sharla is available by Skype for book club meetings and chats, and loves connecting with her readers! See her website www.sharlalovelace.com for a complete book listing, info on upcoming events, and to sign up for her monthly newsletter at http://eepurl.com/jI_6b.

You can follow her as @sharlalovelace on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.


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