Monday, April 11, 2016

Cover Design: Katie Lee
Release Date: April 11, 2016
Elise Riley is the average girl that has never been treated like she was worthy, always second best even by her own mother. She becomes a victim of a crime committed by one of her closest friends and is shipped off to Humble, Texas to live with her aunt and uncle on the family farm. She swears that she will never trust another guy that is until she meets Ford. Ford Kelly is the star running back at Humble High, always treated like he was number one. Ford lives a life of eat, sleep, and football. He hates it and is starting to struggle from the effects of playing hard his entire life. The one girl Ford likes seems to reject him at every turn. But when he starts to break down her walls, there are more things standing in their way than he suspected. Is love worth the risk? Even if it means breaking a promise you made to your best friend? And if it is worth the risk, will you let it happen? Can you get past all the bad things that have happened in your life?  

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Finding Me is a sweet, heartfelt story about the power of unconditional love.  Brooklyn Taylor surprised me with her story of a young girl whose life has been anything but easy.  Abused verbally by her mother, Elise is already teetering on broken when she falls victim to a crime committed by a friend.  After being shipped off by an unbelieving mother, Elise goes to small town Humble, Texas to live with her aunt and uncle.  It is there she heals and finds that unconditional love does exist in many forms.  

I will admittedly say, I had no idea what to expect from Taylor when I first decided to review this book.  Her story could have went two ways, extremely young adult filled with drama or a book with a message.  I am happy to tell you Taylor has given you the latter.  Her book not only has a great story but a message about so many issues girls face at a young age.  Taylor’s characters were complex and showed true emotion, heartache, forgiveness, and love.  I was completely captivated by the Elise’s story.

If only all of us had Ford Kelly as our first love!  High school running back star destined for greatness, Ford Kelly was hard to resist Taylor really pulled out all the stops when she wrote Ford’s character.  Wise and patient beyond his years, Ford is definitely one of those boys that you fall for when reading- even if he seems light years older than most adult men.  HIs patience, kindness, and love for Elise was one of the reason I was so caught up in this story.  My only suggestion would to have been his own personal journey been a bit more prevalent.  I felt that his conversation with his parents was almost a little too easy.

With all that being said, I can easily tell you Brooklyn Taylor has written and given readers a solid book that is well worth reading.  Finding Me is a book that will pull on your heartstrings while you read it in one sitting.  I highly suggest that you pick this up and become a fan of Taylor’s just as I have.  
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About the Author
I currently reside outside of Austin, Texas. I'm a mother of 2 amazing kiddos and married to my gorgeous soulmate for almost 20 years. I have a full time job in the medical field but would rather be spending my time writing! I love to spend my free time reading, being outside and playing with my family and 4 fur babies. I started to write at the instinct of "hey maybe I can do that!" and haven't stopped since. I have enjoyed every step of the journey. I am blessed to have very supportive friends and family that make my life worth living!
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