June 16, 2016

IT STARTED WITH A WHISPER by Shannon McCrimmon {5*Review/Giveaway}

It Started with a Whisper

Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: June 1st 2016

 Five simple words: That's all it takes to change the course of 18-year-old Josie Graham's life in the summer of 1989. 

Josie is a musical prodigy: She can sing, play guitar and is a natural on the piano. Instead of spending her last summer before college traveling the country with her rock star father, she's made a last minute decision to spend it working at her Aunt Bernie's inn, in Ambler's Fork, North Carolina. But what could have turned her life-long passion for music into a hatred for an industry she's worked so hard to get into?

Her aunt's inn seems like the perfect place to escape, to clear her head and figure things out, but on her first day there, she almost drowns before Chic Hobbs saves her.

Chic wants nothing more in life than to leave Ambler's Fork and his sordid past behind—at least not until that day Josie Graham swims into his life. The problem is, Chic's got a secret. It's a secret he's keeping from Josie, and he's worried if it gets out, it'll ruin everything, and she'll judge him for his past mistakes the way everyone else in town has.

Josie is carrying a burden of her own. One that made her run to Ambler's Fork - away from her family and everything she's ever known.

Chic saved Josie once. Can he save her again? Or will Josie rescue him this time?

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When you’re in the moment, all you can think about is that moment; then when it all sinks in, you start panicking. But there’s no turning back now. I’m here for a reason. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. I can rationalize anything. People look for a sign when they want one. In this case, the VHS tape sitting comfortably on my passenger seat is my sign. 

If ever there was a book that was absolutely perfect for summer, this is the book. This is the one. 
Taking place at the start of summer 1989, Josie has to make a decision: go on tour with her famous rock star dad, or make a quick and spontaneous choice of going to stay with her great aunt at her Bed and Breakfast. After choosing her aunt over her dad, Josie embarks on a journey she never even realized she needed. She has a lot to work through before the summer is over and with a little help from some new friends, she does just that. 

But this is also Chic's story. He has a past that he wants to keep from Josie just a little bit longer. Since she doesn't know his history she doesn't treat him like the rest of the town does. And it is a feeling he wants to hold on to. Because once she finds out it is sure to scare her away forever. 

As with all of McCrimmon's reads, you become so absorbed into this book. You get so close to her characters, that once it is all over you don't want to tell them good bye. You want to make sure they stick around in the back of your mind, so if the author happens to *cough* write another book *cough* they are right where they are supposed to be for easy memory. 

The storyline was absolutely perfect. As someone that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s I could appreciate all that the author had added to the story. It definitely had me reminiscing about some good times growing up during that time. McCrimmon really did a great job piecing this story together with some awesome moments from the past.
This book was sweet and absolutely amazing. And in the end it will leave you with some fond memories and a smile on your face. I hope to find some more time in future to re-read it again. Yes, I loved it that much!! 5 Start Your Summer Off Right Stars! 

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Shannon McCrimmon was born and raised in Central Florida. She attended Rollins College and earned a Master's Degree in Counseling. In 2008, she moved to the upstate of South Carolina. It was the move that inspired her to write her first novel. She currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and toy poodle. She'd love to hear from you! Connect with her at shannonmccrimmon.com

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