on July 12th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott comes the gut-wrenching story of a love that transcends all oddsÔÇöand transforms the deepest pain into the brightest hope.
Firefighter and first responder Preston Ward thought he had grown immune to the jobÔÇÖs emotional burns. But when he goes out on a particularly tragic call, he realizes that some scenes are too devastating to forget. And yet, if it werenÔÇÖt for that terrible night, he never would have met the woman who makes him want to risk his heart.
More than once, Harmony Banks has watched her perfectly ordered world torn apart by fate. Now sheÔÇÖs finding out that what she lost wasnÔÇÖt as perfect as she thoughtÔÇöand itÔÇÖs tearing her apart. The only thing that keeps her going is the kindness of a stranger: the firefighter who saved her life the night everything changed.
Preston isnÔÇÖt like the men who have come before. For one thing, heÔÇÖs far more genuine. And the love Harmony feels growing between them is almost too intense for her wounded soul. But if she and Preston can push past heartbreak, theyÔÇÖll find that something incredible awaits in each otherÔÇÖs arms.
Searching for Harmony is the first Kelly Elliott book that IÔÇÖve read and IÔÇÖve since downloaded a few others. The heroine is Harmony Banks and the story opens with a cataclysmic event that changes everything about her life. ItÔÇÖs such a sad opening and her grief is compounded by further revelations that leave her completely unmoored and confused. Heartbreak and anger dominate her emotions until one Preston Ward pushes his way into her life. Preston is a young man who knows all about her loss and offers Harmony much needed friendship.
The story is all about second chances in many forms; family relationships, personal development and love. ItÔÇÖs told from both Harmonys and Prestons points of view and in both present time and via flashbacks. Elliott does a great job balancing these and unfolding the story in this manner. She also does a great job sharing HarmonyÔÇÖs heartbreak and getting the reader to feel it. The much needed happy feels come from watching Preston and Harmony develop their friendship and move through to another stage. Preston and Harmony are such a sweet couple, that offer each other so much. For Harmony, itÔÇÖs family. I think I was as in love with Preston’sÔÇÖ family as Harmony was. Preston needs to be reminded to follow his dreams and harmony is a great support system and reason for him to change his path.
There is also some angst in HarmonyÔÇÖs past that repeats itself and just when it seems she has recovered, sheÔÇÖs reminded and is sent into a tailspin. This was probably my least favorite thing about the story. That Harmony is made to re-live the sting of betrayal. I felt pretty angry about the entire situation. I guess you could say I felt protective of Harmony when she initially learns of the deception and I carry some disgust and anger with the Banks family. She handles things okay, but my heart ached for her. Her reaction isnÔÇÖt all that far-fetched, but she clearly goes overboard and comes perilously close to not getting a much needed chance at love.
All in all, Searching for Harmony is a sweet read. ItÔÇÖs a reference to both Harmony’s need to move past her grief and PrestonÔÇÖs ability to help make this happen. 3.5 stars and recommendation in the young adult genre.
~Review by Cyndi
Preston pulled my chair out for me as we sat down. We talked the entire time we ate. He told me about growing up in Boston before his father retired to the country. He had two brothers and a sister. His favorite place to be was at his parentsÔÇÖ country house or on the ocean sailing.
I decided to keep the conversation on Preston and he didnÔÇÖt seem to mind.
Lori walked over and placed the Nutella and Bananas down in front of us.
“Dig in,” Preston said with a smile.
Chewing on my bottom lip, I asked, “Um . . . is Nutella good?”
PrestonÔÇÖs mouth dropped open as he stared at me.
“YouÔÇÖve never had Nutella? Like, ever?”
Pressing my lips together so I didnÔÇÖt giggle, I shook my head.
Preston leaned back in his chair and put his hand over his heart. “IÔÇÖve so much to teach you. So much.”
Swallowing hard, I felt my face flush.