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Swear on This Life: A Novel Paperback – August 9, 2016
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Praise for Swear on This Life:
“Swear on This Life is Renée Carlino at her finest. Raw, real and gripping; I read it in one sitting.” (Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us)
"This bestselling author knows how to deliver a literary punch, and Swear on this Life is her strongest yet.” (Redbook.com)
“Mysterious and compelling, Swear on this Life is the epic love story your summer needs.” (Bustle)
“Carlino fans will love this one, and so will readers who have not yet made her acquaintance. The tale is engaging and paced to keep the pages turning long after the lights should be out.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“[Readers] will find themselves simply smitten by both the novel in front of them and the story within the story. Romance readers and women’s fiction fans should snap up this charming love story.” (Booklist)
"Romance fans will find this heartfelt story of resilience and first love hard to put down." (Library Journal)
“Mesmerizing. A story of love and redemption, Renee Carlino's novel is a perfect reason for staying up too late to read.” (Shelf Awareness)
“Holy schnikes, this book...I love the juxtaposition of the story within a story, and I’m addicted to Emi and Jase’s ill-fated love.” (Heroes and Heartbreakers)
“Easily one of the very best reading experiences I’ve had all year. I absolutely loved every word and highly recommend it to everyone!” (Aestas Book Blog)
“I know we’re only a little more than halfway through 2016 but I’m proclaiming Swear on This Life to be a Top Pick of the Year. It has to be, thanks to the incredible storytelling ability of Renee Carlino.” (Harlequin Junkie (Top Pick))
“The single most intoxicating reading experience I've ever had.” (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads (#1 Favorite Read of 2016))
“Renée Carlino is an author whose stories always make the heart grow tenfold, but with this book she brought mine to the point of bursting…[I] cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone seeking an exquisitely-written second-chance romance that will leave you lost in thought for days to come.” (Natasha is a Book Junkie)
“A beautifully-written second-chance romance that stays with you long after you’re done.” (Vilma’s Book Blog, 5 stars)
“Carlino's writing will transport you.” (Book Baristas, 4.5 coffee cups)
“Renee Carlino continues to astound me with her unforgettable and unique stories that touch readers’ hearts, and I am a FOREVER fan.” (Shh Mom’s Reading)
“Compelling and unique…If you enjoy second chance romances, emotional reads, and books by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Colleen Hoover (and Renee Carlino!) don’t miss Swear on This Life.” (The Reading Date)
About the Author
Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of Sweet Thing, Nowhere but Here, After the Rain, Before We Were Strangers, and Swear on This Life. She grew up in Southern California and lives in the San Diego area with her husband and two sons. To learn more, visit ReneeCarlino.com.
Top customer reviews
Oh wow!! Now I’m in quite the predicament because I was so sure The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon was my favorite book this year, but now I have this book tearing me apart. I freaking loved this book! I think Renee has outdone herself. I think this is her best book so far and that is saying a lot because I really loved Before We Were Strangers.
So what is wonderful book about? The book’s summary actually does an excellent job recapping the plot. Emiline (Em) is going through the motions of living a life…having a boyfriend and pursing a literary career. All of which remain unsuccessful as she’s nothing but a shell on the inside. As she stumbles across a new bestselling novel by a mysterious author named J. Colby, Emiline is thrown into the past. This bestselling story is her story. She is now reliving her tragic past. Emiline knows J. Colby has to be her childhood best friend and first love, Jase. And so the journey begins, as Em is forced to deal with her past and figure out her future.
“Our story is great. Maybe not all the other s***, but the story of us is perfect, Em.”
So…I loved this story’s entire concept. From the moment, I read the blurb, I knew I was going to love it. Renee delivers on this story. While the story is in present time, the majority of it is in flashbacks. The flashback of Jase and Em and how their story begins is so heartwarming and sweet, but also raw and painful at the same time. She does a wonderful job showcasing first love. Their love was so innocent, pure, and untainted; I loved reading how their friendship blooms into love; I’m a sucker for first love and this was just done absolutely right! Oh, my heart was pounding from all the emotions. Their childhood and how the ugliness of life taints their innocence just broke my heart. As a mother, I’m not sure how anyone could not provide for their child or love them. I just wanted to take both Em and Jase home and love them. Jase and Em were wise beyond their years. They grew up quick and I loved watching how they made each other strong. Their strong character made me love them so much more. Definitely two of the best characters I’ve read.
I swallowed and then tears filled my eyes. “I swear to god on your life and my own that I love you and trust you.” And that I’ll love you forever.
So then there is present day…I’ll be honest, I was having a hard time with Em in present day because she was a shell. The Em in the past with Jase was strong and vibrant, whereas present day Em was indecisive and broken. As the story begins to wrap up, I started understanding just how broken she was and why she was broken; I started to understand her and I realized that Em’s character is so real and it just make this story so much more raw. Then there is Jase. There is a reason why everyone keeps asking Em if she’s finished the book because oh my god, the last line in that book just got me…I was almost in tears and that doesn’t happen often. I was just on this long journey with them and then that last line just summed up everything. That last line sealed the book for me and how I felt. I’m a goner for this book.
So overall, I’m on a book high and that is how I know I’ve read a great book. I’m still thinking about it. Renee is definitely a top favorite author and she is just getting better and better. This is a must read!!! Happy reading!
From the moment I opened Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino I was captivated from the beginning to end. I became immersed in the story and became a part of Emiline's and Jason's lives, past and present. I experienced their emotional journey on a very personal level.
Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino was written with a very unique plot delivery. It all begins with Emiline. She's a struggling aspiring author teaching creative writing as an adjunct professor. Her life is anything but perfect. She's involved in a long term relationship with Trevor, a former college football star, that seems to have stalled just like her writing. She's beginning to question her relationship, her career aspirations, and her life direction. In her mind she knows she has made the right decisions that have her on the road to a normal, stable life. A life that is far better than her past. A past that she chose to put behind her, a past she chose to forget. The past is part of what shapes and molds an individual. Good or bad it is a part that should never be forgotten.
When her best friend recommends a highly acclaimed novel, All The Roads Between by J. Colby, it's the beginning of Emiline's journey in the story of her life.
From the very first sentence in All The Roads Between, Emiline is drawn into the story. Two impoverished kids on a dirt road depending on one another to survive their destructive and destitute lives. Jackson and Emily are clinging to one another in a world beyond their control. Their journey from childhood to adolescence is far from the carefree and innocent life most people experience. There are no rose colored glasses to make their lives look better. The only thing they have that's good in their lives is each other. A love that is completely pure, untarnished by the circumstances of their lives. Good things are only fleeting in their lives and the ugly world once again rears it's ugly head. This time it destroys the only pure thing in their lives, it destroys their love for one another.
As Emiline reads this book, she begins to see a parallel of her own life. All The Roads Between is the story of her childhood. She is Emily and Jackson is Jason. Upon further research she finds the author J. Colby is none other than Jason Culbertson, her first love and best friend. He has betrayed her once again and exposed her dirty secrets. Secrets that should of stayed buried in the past. She's beyond angry, she's devastated.
While reading the book, she discovers that J. Colby will be doing a book signing at a local book store near her. This is her opportunity to confront Jason after all these years. She will finally be able to exercise the demons that have haunted her. She will finally be able to let go of Jason's betrayal.
The confrontation is anything but a long awaited reunion. It is only the beginning for both Emiline and Jason. Emiline needs to finish the book before she can move forward. Jason released his demons long ago, the book is his redemption. Emily and Jackson's story is only a part of Emiline and Jason's story. It is up to them on how the ending plays out. It's time for them to write the rest of their story. They are long overdue for their happily ever after.
Renee Carlino is a brilliant writer. Two novels merge into an epic love story that take the readers on an emotional journey.
Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino should be on the big screen. It is an epic romance that will touch every soul. It is a true love story.