12 December 2013

Sweet Forty-Two by Andrea Randall - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Regan Kane arrived in San Diego with nothing but a violin, his car and what feels like a lifetime of grief. Although he’s surrounded by friends and music, one delivery from the post office reminds him that the past is always just around the corner. When he befriends a local bartender, Regan wonders if letting go is what he wants to do at all.

Georgia Hall has spent most of her life in the shadows of her mother's mental illness. Pushing away those around her ensures they won't get hurt when she succumbs to the same fate.

All of that unravels when she meets Regan. As her life spins out of control and the line between reality and fairytale blurs, she has to make a choice to trust or fall.

Regan and Georgia are searching for healing among the wreckage. Will doing so together make moving on all the more sweet?

Or will the secrets and darkness of the past drive them apart?

And I was hooked!

Everyone’s got an R-rated version of their pain, Georgia.

Georgia Hall doesn’t believe in happy endings and prince charming. At a young age, her life was technically put on hold while she watch her successful mother being pulverized alive by her mental illness. Since mental illness is hereditary and she’s afraid that she too might catch it – Georgia tries her best to distance herself when people get too close to her.

Just because you find better ways to deal with it, it doesn’t mean it gets better.

Regan Kane arrived in San Diego still grief stricken from the sudden loss of a love-one. All he has was his car and his violin. Nevertheless, he’s got an ample of support system – his cousin, his friends and his music. Until a delivery from the post office reminds him of the past he tries to put aside.

Meeting Georgia via his cousin, CJ had him in knots, but seeing her in action made him question if he really wanted to know this girl better. She is a complex, complicated and confusing character. He was sure he knew her – until she shows another version of her he didn’t see coming that would throw him off the edge.

It was a little exasperating, but Georgia was holding on to statistics and no matter how much she wanted Regan, but is afraid that she is just going to break his heart. She had to make a choice though – it was to trust him with her deepest, darkest secret and risk pushing him away or let him go.

He doesn’t deserve that has to be medicated.

Here are two young, broken people, who met in the time that they badly needed someone in their lives, became friends, and finally found their way to healing and love. I fell in love with both characters – my heart went to both of them for everything they have been through at a young age.

I admire Georgia’s mom – she was stronger than what I expected her to be. It was a surprise when she was introduced in the novel – I mean really introduced with all the credentials. Her acceptance with the illness, the way she brought up Georgia (it wasn’t conventional, but necessary) and that during her lucid interval, she was still the mom she loved and can still be the mom she needed when her heart got broken.

It may have taken a while – their past, a lot of secrets, broken trusts and some heart breaks. But after the long, bumpy journey these two people have, the end was totally worth it.

I can’t believe the novel was that long! I haven’t even realized it until I was on the final page. It might have been longer than what I am used to reading, but I have finished it in one day – once you start it, Andrea Randall won’t allow you to stop!


Andrea is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University and does not currently use her degree in Development Sociology. She does, however, use her people skills and love for writing every day. She and her partner, Charles Sheehan-Miles, live and write together in Massachusetts

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