Series: Austen #3
on February 1st, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you another installment of the Austen Series, inspired by the works of Jane Austen, with a heartfelt contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility.
When Annie Daschle arrives in New York City, the only thing she can control is her list.
Not her father’s death or the loss of her home. Not the hole in her heart or the defective valve that’s dictated so much of her life. But she can put pen to paper to make a list of all the ways she can live out loud, just like her dad would have wanted.
See the city from the top of the Empire State Building: Check.
Eat hot dogs on the steps of The Met: Check.
Get a job at Wasted Words: Check.
What wasn’t on her list: Greg Brandon. And just when she thinks she’s figured out where to put him, everything changes. In the span of a few staggering heartbeats, she finds herself her caught in the middle of something she can’t find her way out of, with no clear answers and no rules.
List or no list, she realizes she can’t control anything at all, not even her heart.
Not the decisions it makes, and not the moment it stops..
Living Out Loud, an all-new emotional standalone from Staci Hart is LIVE!
Staci Harts follow up to A Thousand Letters, one of my very most favorite books ever, Living Out Loud is a wonderful twist on my favorite Jane Austen book. What a score for me! I do adore Staci Harts writing and I adore his book! It’s a unique homage to Austen, capturing just enough for the reader to recognize the similarities (characters traits mostly) while keeping the story line fresh. I was most impressed with her ability to recognize someone who she could trust.
The story focuses on middle sister, Annie Daschle, as the family transitions to a new living situation, moving from a small town in Texas to New York City. For Annie this move is a new beginning, a chance to experience things not available in her native small town. I have to say, Annie s one of my favorite eighteen year old characters. For the most part she’s pretty astute, but she’s young and hasn’t honed all the skills that take observation to instinct. If I knew her in person I would say she’s lovely. Her innocence, in many ways brought about by her heart condition, is refreshing, almost “old fashioned”. As she ventures out she finds herself a job, a great friend, and a few love interests.
One of them being someone we met in Staci’s book Last Call, Greg Brandon. Greg is older and wiser and considers the 10 year age gap between them with skepticism. I myself love older man, younger woman romance and we get it in spades. The slow burn blossoming of romantic love, going from friends to lovers is wondrous and beautiful. He’s is an absolute gem. With that you know there is gonna be some drama, but Hart keeps it in check.
As always , Staci’s words are profound and poetic. I’m repeating myself from another review when I say I.love.all.her.words! and that she’s is Incomparable Greg’s thoughts are absolutely poetic and I fell in love every time he reflects on his growing adoration of Annie.
“There were roots— I could feel them working their way through me. They weren’t superficial, spreading out under the surface; they were the kind of roots you could never excavate, the kind that became a part of all they touched in the most permanent way.”
And when Annie reflects on Greg:
“His beauty lay in the depths of his eyes where his heart and soul lived, in the joy of his laughter and the way he cared. Because he did care; he cared deeply.”
Living Out Loud is the perfect read. I felt heartbreak and hope, giddiness and fear. But most of all that rush of falling in love.
~Review by Cyndi
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About the Author
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.
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