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Finally Mine: A Small Town Love Story Paperback – October 22, 2018
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Sweet Sorrow" by David Nicholls
"With fully fleshed-out characters, terrific dialogue, bountiful humor, and genuinely affecting scenes, this is really the full package of a rewarding, romantic read."—Booklist Learn more
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"This book has ALL the feels and I think it is Lucy's best book yet. Make this book the next one on your TBR list. Wait...no." Stop what you are reading and read this book now. - Story Lover's Society
"This book was truly a full 5 stars. It's an emotional read that you will not want to put down." - Julie from Hey Girl HEA
"You wanna cry? You wanna laugh? You wanna fall in love? You wanna cry some more?" - Stormi
"OMG 79 chapters, Lucy Score, you magnificent genius!" - Tiffany K Adams
"Emotional and Heartfelt. Your heart will break, soar, and cheer for Gloria and Aldo." -- Author Mika Jolie
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Some of the basics…this is a complete standalone. However, if you read Pretend Your Mine, you know and love this couple already. The story-line runs parallel with the story-line in Pretend Your Mine, so some scenes overlap but from a different perspective. If you haven’t read Pretend Your Mine, I promise you will not feel like you are missing anything, but I have a feeling you’ll run and read it once you are done with this one. I guess at the heart of this book I would call it a second chance book. Not just a second chance romance book but a second chance at life book. This book has so much in it. It’s got some military, small town, humor, tragedy, emotions, and more. This book is about fear, rebirth, acceptance, and finding your own strength. It’s about discovering who you are when faced with tragedy, and loving that person. It’s about friendship and letting people love you.
If you’ve read Lucy Score before, you know she writes about these amazing kick-ass female characters that just jump off the page with strength, sass and intelligence that any woman would admire. Gloria is very different. She is unsure, timid and riddled with self-doubt. She’s one of those women that is easily overlooked. The most beautiful part of this book is seeing her blossom with a quite strength and learning to truly become herself. I think that her strength, one that is hard earned, is more admirable than most of the female characters I read from any author or genre. I connected with Gloria on many levels. Her journey gives me hope and is awe-inspiring.
As amazing as Gloria is, Aldo is just as wonderful. He is in my top 10 favorite book boyfriends of all time. Aldo has so much going for him, but my favorite part of him is how much he believes in Gloria. No matter what, his belief in her never waivers.
This book has ALL the feels and I think it is Lucy’s best book yet. Make this book the next one on your TBR list. Wait…no. Stop what you are reading and read this book now. Once you are done reading this book then tell all your friends about it. Or better yet…just give them a copy. The world needs more love, hope, and acceptance like in this book.
I got to the end, finally, and there's somewhat of a cliché ending. Then there's a link to get the real ending. "See where Aldo and Gloria end up in 7-8 years. You know you want to. It only costs your email address." Seriously? I have to give you my email address to get the end of the story? I already paid for the end of the story.
Sorry, pass on this. Even if it's free. Trust me.
But wow, did she ever miss the mark with how she represented victims of domestic violence. Over and over, we hear how Gloria made a poor choice to stay with her abuser, how she should have known better and not stayed, how others tried to help her see sense, but she chose unwisely and remained.
Study after study shows that women stay out of fear of death and fear of harm to their loved ones. And stats show their fear is well founded. Example: “The statistics are that women in abusive relationships are about 500 many times more at risk when they leave,” said Wendy Mahoney, executive director for the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Domestic violence is all about power and control, and when a woman leaves, a man has lost his power and control.” 500x. Yeah. That’s not about the inability to choose well or not having the grit to go. That’s about the impact of toxic masculinity. A criminal justice system that doesn’t actually protect domestic violence victims. And media representations like this that shame women who have the great misfortune of being the target of an abuser. This depiction was harmful. Smart women who make good choices can inadvertently end up in a violent relationship, and they remain stuck because of the reality of a danger that’s 500x the risk. When they leave, many die. The shaming self-talk in this book was so irresponsible. Just once, I wanted someone to say that she was stuck in a paradox—she stayed out of a sense of survival as she continuously sought ways to extricate herself at the same time.
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If I could find a comparison, it would be this: this book is the equivalent of kintsugi, the Japanese method of repairing ceramics using gold. (Look it up, it's beautiful).
Gloria and Aldo have breaks and scars, but together they repair each other so they become golden together.
Firstly, in order to get the fullest emotional impact from this book, read Pretend You're Mine first. It gives you a full build up to this story and is amazing in and of itself.
Aldo is such a superbly written man. He has flaws, he is deeply human but his goodness can't ever be denied. He is like a wish fulfilment character, almost unbelievable but Lucy manages to keep him just on the right side of too perfect.
My real moment of awe was Gloria's character. She is laid bare here. Her perceived weakness is dealt with unflinchingly. Her ultimate strength and humanity is written with such skill. Truly one of my all time favourite female characters. I loved her story on a deep level.
Lucy Score calls this her best book and I completely agree with her. There is real understanding and sensitivity when tackling both domestic violence and disability issues that I applaud her for.
It's a hard read but so uplifting that I felt the HEA was deserved on all levels.
Would make a good film both books together
The first book I read by Lucy Score was Pretend Your Mine. I fell hard for the story, the characters and the author. In this story we meet Harper & Luke and follow their journey. We also meet Aldo & Gloria and get a glimpse of their story. In Finally Mine we get to thoroughly immerse ourselves in their story which runs concurrently with Pretend Your Mine.
Aldo is delicious perfection as the hero of this story. His bromance with Luke, his friendship with Harper and the hilarious relationship with his mother highlight the all round good guy but the way he respects and encourages Gloria’s journey is to die for. When Aldo is presented with his own challenge to his dreamed of life, we get to experience the highs and lows of finding a way to accept yourself and fighting for a new and better happily ever after.
But it’s Gloria’s journey which floored me. The strength and determination to change her future was a joy to experience. I was rooting for her from the first page and getting to experience her taking her steps to independence and love was honest and heart warming.
Both characters have to battle their scars and their own demons and it is wonderful to watch them overcome them and take a chance on each other.
The respect and honesty the author has taken with both characters struggles is nothing short of amazing.
Lucy Score has a special talent for creating small towns filled with wonderful and quirky characters that have her fans clambering for more stories and Benevolence is no different.
This book has shot to one of my all time Top 5 reads and I can’t recommend it enough. I’d also highly recommend reading Pretend Your Mine.