**BLOG TOUR W/GIVEAWAY** Skipping Stones by J.B. McGee
Not everyone will grieve in this order, nor will everyone go through every stage. It’s during the stage of denial when Alex Hart meets Andrew Foster. He takes her one-step closer to acceptance: the stage when new, meaningful relationships are formed. The stage when the realization occurs that this is now the new state of normal.
Just when Alex thinks she is on her way to healing, she enters the bargaining phase. That’s the phase where you wonder what you could have done differently. You wonder “what if?” Specifically, what if the ones you loved hadn’t left you?
Leaving…this is what makes heading off to war so difficult and frightening for Alex. She knows all too well what it’s like to be the one on the losing end of life, which is why she’s made it her personal mission in life to save as many lives as possible. The extreme high she gets from treating trauma victims turns into Alex’s own form of therapy, or so she thinks.
When faced with her world being turned upside down, Alex may just find that her true therapy is in the one who has always saved her.
Nicole’s Review ~~
This book was such an emotional rollercoaster that I actually had to take a day to decompress before I felt like I would be able to write the review. Within the first chapter I was messaging my co-blogger telling her I was going to kick her since she asked me to do this review. I did not want to kick her out of anger or meanness but because this book was so absolutely touching that I was choking up while at work. It was to the point that I would have to put my phone down so I could clear my eyes and be able to read the words…lol.
Alex is your average 15 year old young lady who is going to be spending the summer with her grandparents while her parents go on vacation. Alex is beyond excited to spend this time with her grandparents, she has tons of love for her family and enjoys being with them. Unfortunately for Alex fate is getting ready to rip her world apart and take from her two of the most important people in her life. This happens so quickly and abruptly that like Alex your breath is stolen from you and you are just a devastated as this young girl and find yourself wondering how is she going to recover.
Alex is suffering so greatly that she just needs space, time and room to breathe. She is feeling overwhelmed and heads to the creek to get this freedom and that is where she meets Drew. What to say about Drew he is a 17 year old young man who seems to understand Alex like no one else can. He says all the right things to her and you can just tell how much he truly cares for this girl he doesn’t even know. As the weeks pass Alex and Drew form a bond that you would think nothing could destroy. However when there are secrets kept from each other those bonds can be destroyed in the blink of an eye.
After yet another devastation Alex dives into all things school and decides she is going to be a doctor and the specialty is near and dear to her heart. In order for this to happen she decides to join the military to help fund her schooling. Due to all her heartbreak she lives off the rush she gets being the first person to help aide injured soldiers. However war is deadly and extremely dangerous.
Just as she thinks things are one way another curveball is thrown her way and now she has a huge decision to make. Can she let go of the past, listen to what truly was the case and most importantly open her heart to someone who has already devastated her once before.
Please do yourself a favor and pick up this read, just do not read it in public if you are like me and get emotionally attached to the characters. I was able to completely connect with the characters and the story line. There was not a point in this book that I was unhappy with how things were going. I prefer books that are like this and that is to say that it shows true life or at the very least isn’t hearts and flowers all the time.
J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clarinet. While attending Converse College, an all-girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001 and she moved back to her home town.
In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children’s literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.
In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.