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- Print Length: 230 pages
- Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC (October 6, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 6, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015QI23I2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Life for Anna White lfe hasn’t always been a happy one especially as she was growing up and it came to having a relationship with the opposite sex. For doing this time she considered herself to be very ordinary young girl; or in other terms, an ugly duckling. However, now she’s blossomed into a beautiful swan, a stunning beauty of a woman; but she’s unwilling to realize it.
For James Thompson transforming himself from an ordinary swimmer, like you or me, into an Olympic swimmer with gold medals, world records, and million-dollar sponsorship deals, hasn’t come easy with the hard work and training he had to endure to reach the level of perfection he has achieved.
Their relationship had to be developing into something significant, otherwise why would James accompanied Anna back on a trip to her hometown, the reason for which is not clearly given.
Her arrival back home is met with a lot of backstabbing by her old friends, who are now jealous of the way she looks, and envious of the kind of guy she’s caught the attention of. If you’ve ever been jealous of an old girlfriend with how things have shaped up in their lives as compared to your own, then you’ll understand what’s happening here with Anna. While this is happening with Anna, James has to deal with her sordid and envious ex-boyfriend, Grant. It is here that James begins to realize that their relationship is not as close as he had believed, but are actually farther apart.
If the intrusion of Anna’s so-called friends hasn’t been enough to add turmoil in her relationship with James, the ever watchful eye and scrutiny on their relationship by the media due to his participation in the upcoming London World Championships definitely will. And will a dark intimate discovered secret by the media threaten to destroy what these two cherish.
These two lovers had represented perfection which each desired in each other’s lives, but with all this going on, the question that rears its head is whether their relationship will be able to survive and endure. Or is what they had in reality had been a dream or an illusion.
For having given her readers a story which is fraught with a roller coaster of different emotions, I’m giving Ms. Barber 5 STARS.
NOTE: The author has used British phrases and spelling of words in the writing of this book.
James is a kind, sweet adoring wonderful guy who is madly in love with Anna. the woman of his dreams. He doesn’t care about her past only the present and his future with him. He respects her and his world revolves around her. He is vulnerable but strong at the same time. He is a world record holding swimmer who has struggle to get where he is. No one but his family and to some extent Anna has seen him struggle. To the outside world he is perfection. To Anna he is who she loves and supports. They are perfect together. Each vulnerable and supportive, respective and honest with each other. Each shows the other themselves unvarnished and accepts each other with love and acceptance.
Anna at times I have a issue with. She is a smart, kind girl but so insecure in herself and with James. She hurts him so many times with her insecurities. She just doesn’t see herself or him as what they are-two people in love and who belong together. Her past relationships that were toxic play a role in keeping her down. It is the trying times that she puts James through that I have a issue with. No matter what that man moves heaven and earth to find her and reassure her. I am not saying he is without fault, his isolation and vulnerability that she won’ t come back haunts him and guilt over not making her feel safe and loved tortures him and at times he lashes out.
The journey these two go on to be together is haunting and beautiful. Anna must find herself and who she is and accept that she is what James wants. She must battle demons of her past to see that imperfections and all is who he really sees and not perfections but the perfectly imperfect Anna that he loves with all his heart. James must see that Anna needs his patience and love to become strong and secure. When they do get there danger threatens the delicate balance.
A beautiful romance of a boy just wanting a girl to love him and he love her with everything. A tale where being in the spotlight doesn’t matter if the one you are destined for isn’t by your side. A tale of a journey to find yourself and feel secure in the love that is given to you unconditionally. The characters capture your heart as you read about their journey to become what they need to so they can be together.
Anna has some self-esteem issues from her past she is trying to work through. However, she is still young and hasn’t learned how to deal with her emotions, so she either shuts down or runs away, which running away causes its own set of problems.
James is a sweet and easy character to like and love. He is a swimming champion and lives in the public eye a little more than he likes. However, this doesn’t stop him from wanting Anna and trying to make a life with her. He wants the world to see Anna as he does and how she brightens his life. He loves her beyond her own understanding of love.
However, every love story comes its own ups and downs, which causes stress on the young couple. Can they move pass it? Can they stand tall as their world changes around them?
The author does a good job pulling the story together, even though, there are some moments of confusion and points where things just didn’t added up. I enjoyed this story.
***I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. However, this plays no part in how I felt about this story.***
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