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Length: 263 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"A sweet romance ... delves into controversial topics in a tasteful and convincing manner." - Rachelle Ayala, Author
 
"I recommend this book to every woman out there. This book is amazing!" - Wanda - Good Choice Reading - Book Reviews

"I HIGHLY recommend ALL Young Adults read this book, including the guys!" - LaurieHere- Contemporary Fiction and MORE - Book Reviews 

"I was at the same crossroads as Maya, so I could relate with her completely." - Brandi Pletcher, Reader

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  • File Size: 1914 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Publication Date: August 8, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GIBK82
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About The Author
I grew up in Colorado and moved to Nebraska in the latter half of my teen years, where I've remained. I have a great family and my father is James Dean. Yep! The James Dean. Okay in name only, but I still love to say it. I have the best husband ever! He's not afraid to do the laundry, or the dishes, and dang. He's had to survive four females and a whole lot of hormones. Poor guy! We have three beautiful daughters, and our only sons, Robby and Bentley, are of course, cats. They refuse to acknowledge their furry background, and so continue to live as humanly as possible.

My true passion is writing. I'm captivated by stories that delve into facets of the human behavior: affliction, fidelity, passion, betrayal, and redemption. I prefer to take my characters through a physical journey where they learn something about themselves or take them to new and exciting places, but there is always romance involved.

Release Dates:

Finding Forever Trilogy:

August 30, 2013 - Finding Forever

May 1, 2014 - Paradise City (Finding Forever, book 2)

2014/2015 - A World Apart (Finding Forever, book 3)

Other work:

2014 - Less Than Twenty (Twenty Weeks, book 2 Sammy and Sterling)





Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/melisamhamling
Blog: http://www.findingforeverinromance.blogspot.com
twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/melisamhamling
email: FindingForeverRomance@gmail.com



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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
"Twenty Weeks" deals with a very controversial subject. Since the other reviews have already discussed the subject and the storyline this reviewer will discuss the writing, flow and character development.

Firstly, I enjoyed the book as it dealt with teenagers and the difficulties they face. Ms. Hamling did a great job in defining her teen characters and how they deal with problems based on their lack of experience and maturity. Having two grown daughters and 3 granddaughters, one (17 year old) who lives with me I am well experienced with teenage girls.

The character development was very good and there was enough back story to understand how the protagonist makes her decisions and why. The secondary characters were filled out enough, for the most part, that we understand their interactions and motivation.

The dialogue between the teenage protagonists was believable and well presented. Although I felt a lack of development of the adult characters in both their dialogue and presentation and motivation.

The book flowed well and there was enough action to keep the plot moving forward and the reader engaged.

With likable characters, good motivation and well written dialogue and plot this book shows that Ms. Hamling has talent and should continue to develop as a writer. She has dealt with a controversial subject with care, warmth and understanding.

The only real complaint I would have was that the storyline deals with difficult, life changing events and seemed to minimise the real hardship financially, educationally and emotionally facing teenage girls and their parents.

Karen Bryant Doering
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Clare Chu on September 3, 2011
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Such a cute story, yet hard-hitting and poignant. I love it! From the very first line to the very last word, this book will entrall you and drag you into today's teen reality. Maya and her boyfriend got more than they bargained by eating "candy" at a party. In a single moment, she is plunged from sweet sixteen to a series of heart-rending decisions and consequences.

The language is spot-on, and will have you laughing your head off one minute, and then screaming the next. You'll cheer, you'll worry, you'll cry, you'll rejoice. But one thing you won't do is put down this book.

Ms. Hamling delivers a tale that should be required reading in high schools. While spinning a romance, she manages to delve into controversial topics in a tasteful and convincing manner. She does not preach at you, but allows the reader to draw his/her own conclusions, whatever his/her viewpoint. You may not agree with everything every characters says or does, but she presents all sides fairly, even with the division between Maya's own parents. I cannot spoil it for you. But it will not be a book you'll soon forget.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alisha N. Bjornson on July 26, 2012
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I found this book to be a really sweet and fairly realistic account of a young girls struggle with what to do when she finds out she's pregnant at 16. I've noticed that some of the reviewers say that this doesn't take sides on the abortion topic, but honestly it really does. This book is pro-life and that is the main point of it. I really don't mind that because honestly I'm fairly pro-life myself, but others who feel strongly in their beliefs may find this book too controversial to them. I highly recommend it to anyone who is on the fence though, since I believe that it could help sway you towards being pro-life, which is obvious if you know anything about conception. I loved how the author made Maya's mother a NICU nurse who was always working to save premature babies, giving the story another vision. The fathers take is also fairly typical of men, he believes it's women's business and he should stay out of it, but he doesn't want any of the women in his life to make that decision. My father does this on the fence thing, and it really bothers me, since he's very pro-fathers in all other regards.

Anyways, beyond the pro-life agenda, there is a really cute romance between Maya and the babies father Alex. I found the drama to be realistic for what I know of teenagers, jealousy, drug use, sneaking around. At times the book did get a little too unrealistic, although it might be an honest portrayal of how a pro-life family would feel after they realize that they're daughter didn't get the abortion they thought she did. I think that my husband and I would be almost relieved like these parents were, but still sometimes they seemed a little too good to be true. The side story with Andrea was heartbreaking, and I had a really hard time reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CarrieD6 on September 27, 2012
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My 13 yr old daughter and I both read this book and then discussed it. First, I would like to say that I really enjoyed this book. It's a very poignant love story that deals with the very heavy subject of abortion. Throughout this book, I felt excited, scared, dread, happy, hope and a deep, deep sadness. This is a book that is great to use as a conversation starter with teen girls. My daughter and I were able to discuss it and explain our feelings/beliefs on several different subjects. The reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because it is very almost too flowery in some parts. I made it a point to make sure that my daughter knew that life does not often have these happy endings, not to say that it can't happen, but it is rare. I don't want to give away the book, as you read you will understand where I am coming from. Overall, a good read and a definite conversation starter with your teen.
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