Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry
Publication date: April 9th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her beloved mother just died, her sister hates her, and her dad has completely checked out. Fulfilling her mother’s final wish, the family heads to Angel Island for the summer to stay in a beach house her mother once loved.
After a year of being shut away taking care of her mother, Charlotte is numb and practically afraid of her own shadow; she hopes going to the island will give her the time and space she needs to begin healing, and an opportunity to bring her family back together. When she meets her mysterious neighbor, Ezra, it doesn’t take long for Charlotte to confess the issues she’s developed. Ezra begins giving Charlotte assignments to get over her fears, and although she accepts his tasks, all she really wants is to be with him. When she’s with Ezra, she’s able to forget the hollow ache in her heart and the fact that her family is falling apart. But Ezra has secrets…
Can Charlotte pull what’s left of her family together, mend her broken heart, and allow herself to fall for Ezra? Or is it all just a storm waiting to happen?
5 of 5 Weathering the Storm
Waiting For The Storm is such an emotional read that I found myself crying and laughing all at once. It is a story about loss and new love and new found happiness. Even in the midst of the storm there is happiness to be found. I have never lost a parent but I thought I did when 9/11 happened. My father worked right down by the twin towers and when I could not reach him for days I panicked. It felt like the walls were closing in on me and when I was finally able to get a hold of my father I was so happy. So I can't imagine at 17 years old watching my mother die for a year but that is what happens to Charlotte.
Charlotte's mother has died and her sister hates her and her father has checked out. Her father and sister are not handling her mother's death well. Charlotte is holding it all in and she has one more thing she has to do because she promised her mother that she would go back to their summer house on Angel Island and spend the summer there healing. But she is not so sure her family can heal after the death of the matriarch but Charlotte is willing to give it a go.
Once they get to the island Charlotte meets her new neighbor Ezra. Ezra is a great guy that listens to Charlotte and challenges her to do things she would not normally do. He wants her to think outside the box and do things to make her happy again. As they build a friendship something happens between them and their friendship grows into love. But Charlotte is still worrying about her family. She wants her father back and she wants her sister back but what will happen is anyone's guess.
What will Charlotte do? Will her family come back together and will Charlotte get the love she deserves?
Marie Landry is the author of BLUE SKY DAYS (contemporary YA—January 2012), UNDRESSED (a collection of short erotic romance stories—October 2012), THE GAME CHANGER (chick lit—November 2012), and WAITING FOR THE STORM (contemporary YA—April 2013).
Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood, she’s had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, or having grand adventures with her two precious nephews.
For more on Marie and her books, please visitmarielandry.blogspot.ca or check out her book blog Ramblings of a Daydreamer (sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca).