It’s my turn on the Book tour for Arianna by Cynthia Hilston. Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources and Cyntha Hilston for the copy of the book to take part.
Arianna Banks never committed to anything, whether a relationship, a job, or her education. Carrying a damaged reputation because of an atrocious childhood incident, Arianna’s poor self-image has been her downfall. When her parents die unexpectedly, awash with grief, she wonders what her purpose is. She makes several changes, including quitting beauty school to work at a charity call center. Convinced she is doing important work, Arianna isn’t prepared when a coworker named Marc Arnold challenges her to achieve her dreams through her suppressed passion for writing. Coming off a nasty breakup, Arianna grows closer to Marc, but she tells herself she won’t be at another guy’s mercy. But Marc isn’t ready to give up on her. Now Arianna must choose to walk away or invite him in. But inviting him into her heart means sharing who she really is, ugly scars and all. In the midst of navigating her heart, Arianna excels at her telemarketing job, but does she choose what’s familiar or dare to pursue her heart’s song, as Marc encourages her?
Arianna is the great-granddaughter of Lorna and Tristan Blake from the Lorna & Tristan Series.
A story of Arianna, who has just been dealt the worst blow she can be dealt. Both of her parents have died and she feels cast adrift with nothing to anchor her down. She spirals into depression and hates herself so much. Her journey is one of pain, failure, heartbreaks and loss on the way to try for better things.
She has spent her time constantly changing jobs but, as she begins to try to heal from the loss of her parents she finds a job that makes her feel like she could possibly be making a difference. While at work she also meets a man so special she pushes him away. One in a million he waits on the sidelines for her to actually realise how special SHE is.
This is a touching and at times, emotional coming of age story that is written in a way that keeps the reader connected to Arianna and her journey. As soon as I started reading this my maternal streak came out and there was no going back for me. I spent a lot of this book having my heartstrings pulled as I could see how bad this girl was feeling and just how much she needed her parents
Cynthia Hilston has got the tone just right for this story, and I was so happy as Arianna begins to see herself as others see her. I was almost cheering her on myself. I did wonder if she would find what she was searching for right till the end.
A touching, heartwarming and gritty novel about finding your own self worth and learning to love yourself too.
Cynthia Hilston is a stay-at-home mom of three young kids, happily married, and lives in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction, although she still dabbles in fan fiction.
In her spare time – what spare time? – she devours books, shamelessly watches Hallmark movies and When Calls the Heart, pets her orange and black kitties, looks at the stars, drinks wine or coffee with good friends, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.
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