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Love, Carry My Bags Paperback – November 18, 2012
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"By the end of the story, you find yourself not only thoroughly invested in all of the central characters' lives, but truly touched by each of them and their experience...I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a heartfelt love story." - eBook Lovers Co-Op
"It stole my breath and pushed me forward reminding me of the power of love and pain of it too...But it is powerful and worth taking the time to read."
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Love, Carry My Bags, is a bittersweet tale of lost love. I wrote it intending it to be a meaty and meaningful read that would keep readers thinking after flipping the last page.
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I absolutely love Camryn! I feel like I know her. The whole time I was reading this I thought...YES! I know exactly how that feels (especially when fighting with Glenn). I love all the letters that were written between Camryn and Reese and her letters with her friends. People don't write letters anymore! I loved Megan's character. I also loved Megan's grandmother's advice on marriage (smart lady). Reese is a fabulous character. I really didn't like Glenn until the end of the book. There were many times I wish I could have thrown something at him.
Reading this story made me look back into my own past loves and friendships. It made remember how tough marriage can be at times and how blessed I am.
This is a must read love story!
This book will take you on an emotional rollercoaster so be prepared... have the tissue box close!
P.S. There were some parts of the story that seem to drag on a bit... Don't give up keep reading because it is worth it!
R.R. Everett does an amazing job with the journey her main character takes..you'll wonder thru out the book how the end will be... Will she find happiness or will it stay elusive as it seems to be..does she really deserve it..did she do something wrong..All of these questions will be answered thru the twist and turns of the story..just like we have in Life!! Time will tell the outcome..and YOU NEED TO TAKE TIME TO READ THIS GREAT BOOK TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS!! The support characters help build the story and add to the realism of it.. You'll love some, you'll hate (dislike) others, you'll question their judgement..but in the book YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED !!Love, Carry My Bags
First you get Camryn's story as a newly graduated teenager, keeping in touch with her love, Reese, by written letters as she spends a year abroad as an exchange student. Their relationship was perfectly sweet! After she returns, distance and other life circumstances seem to impede their romance. Letters are less frequent. I loved this idyllic time in her life. It couldn't get any better than being young and in love, with the rest of your life ahead of you.
The second part is Camryn's college experience, meeting Glenn, and her adult life. This relationship is tumultuous at best, but surprisingly, she learns a great deal about life and some of the positive things she wouldn't give up for anything came from it. This second part was poignant. This could have been anyone's real experience with how life isn't always as ideal as you envision in your youth. Relationships aren't perfect, people aren't perfect.
The third part takes us into her midlife and how she really discovers who she is and what she wants. I'm not going to say more, because I absolutely do not want to give anything away. You just have to read it! I feel like C.R. Everett has a sleeper hit with this one, so I highly recommend riding this rollercoaster!
The book, for me, started off a bit slow, but that may be because I typically read thrillers that start off with a bang. I was a bit lost for the first 6 chapters, wondering where the storyline was going (although I did very much enjoy the interaction & dialogue between the characters). But once Camryn was off to college, Ms. Everett had me guessing! Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, it didn't. The book had me wondering what was coming next.
In my opinion, this book is about life - communication, marriage, divorce, aging parents, etc. There's a major lesson within it that communication is key. Communication, or the lack thereof, played out throughout this book with the three main characters.
This is also a story about a woman growing up, someone who didn't really know who she was in her younger years but who took life's lemons and lessons and eventually figured out just who exactly she was. It was a pleasure watching Camryn discover herself and become a strong woman who wasn't afraid to speak her mind and call it like it is.
The ending, although also a bit long for my liking, was satisfying. Again, I thought I knew exactly how this book was going to end, but it didn't end that way. And I'm glad it didn't; the ending was much better than the one I was expecting.
I know there's not a lot of details here and that's because I don't want spoil anything! If you're looking for a satisfying read, pick up this book.