Friday, January 19, 2018

All of You by Lindsay Detwiler - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Alex is working in a small town hospital. He has a bright future ahead of him as a doctor. When he's driving to work he sees a woman falling into the water and immediately dives after her. This woman is Marley and he's instantly intrigued by her, for Alex she's the most interesting person in town. He would love to spend more time with her, even though this goes against his father's wishes and his plans for Alex's future career. What will Alex do?

 Marley is taking care of her mother and let her own dreams go because of it. Her mother is unstable and Marley keeps hoping she'll change, but this seems to be in vain. When she meets Alex there are sparks. Marley has finally found someone who understands her, but she thinks she shouldn't get into a relationship with someone. She doesn't feel she has much to offer at all because she has too much baggage to be a good catch for anyone. However, there's something between her and Alex that can't be ignored, will they have a chance together?

All of You is a beautiful emotional love story. Marley is a wonderful woman. I loved that she enjoys the smallest things and can totally be herself. I liked her kindness and gentle caring nature. She's perfect for Alex. She's an adventure and that's exactly what he needs. Alex is a good person, but he's always doing what people are expecting of him and it's time to follow his heart instead. I loved the gorgeous bond they form together, it's clear that they are soul mates and belong to each other. However, their parents are standing in their way and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to see if Alex and Marley would be able to find the courage to live their own lives instead.

Lindsay Detwiler's writing has a lovely easy flow. I was completely captivated by her story and couldn't put it down. I love stories about true love and All of You is definitely a good one. Alex encourages Marley to make her dreams come true and Marley shows Alex what it's like to enjoy life. They are endearing together and that put a big smile on my face. I really liked this wonderful romantic story.

Advice

If you love stories about true love you should definitely read All of You.

About Lindsay Detwiler


I am a high school English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery. I am the English teacher cliché ; I love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.

Publishing a novel has always been one of the top items on my “bucket list.” I started writing Voice of Innocence while still in college. Recently deciding that I should follow the advice I give to my students, I realized it was time to share my writing with others. Voice of Innocence was published in February of 2015 and will hopefully be the first of many novels in the women’s fiction genre.

I currently live in my hometown with my husband Chad (my Junior High sweetheart); our cats Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and our Mastiff Henry.

I have many inspirations in my life as a writer. My parents instilled in me a value for education and reading from the time I could talk. One of my earliest memories is sitting with my parents as they taught me to sound out words. My husband has also inspired me to pursue my dream of writing. I met Chad in an art class when we were only twelve. He has shown me that love is real, is enduring, and is our most important ally in this sometimes harsh world. He has supported me through this entire process, believing in my writing even before I believed in it myself. My favorite author, Nicholas Sparks, also indirectly inspired me by showing that love stories can be powerful and deep.

My goal with my writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in my work. Some reviewers have noted that my book is not the “typical romance.” I think that’s because I come from a place of honesty. I examine the difficult questions, look at the tough emotions, and paint the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. I want my fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. I achieve this through my descriptive writing, my narrative voice, and my characters who are easy to relate to. I want women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” I want to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. I want readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how I know I’ve done my job.

My hope is that by becoming a published author, I can inspire some of my students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. I want them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.


“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” ~William Faulkner

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7 comments:

  1. All of You sounds like a beautiful, emotional love story.

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  2. I love stories with deep, true, lasting love where there is support through thick and then, so this really resonates with me!! ^_^ I've been unwell for years but my husband has patiently and lovingly supported me - THAT is true love!! :D Take care and have a wonderful 2018! :)) xx

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  3. I love reading about the authors :) Thank you

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  4. OOOH look at that cover. Sorry I have a thing for covers, but love the premise of the book as well. Really interested to see how the journey progresses especially when there's some different stories within the main story if that makes sense.

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  5. love the look of this book, would love to escape into it for a few hours!

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  6. Love to discover Marley. Sound interesting.

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  7. Thank you for the great book prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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